Milan, Macarons + My New Favorite Breakfast

Busy, busy, busy! (Fun fact: I once wrote a short story with that same title.) But seriously, who knew going back to school would be so time-consuming? Not me! I’m not sure what I expected from a one-year MBA program, but somehow I pictured myself having more free time. As it is, my schedule is more packed than it was when I worked full-time! Here's a little update with my nouvelles

1. Expo Milano 2015. Lilas invited me to tag along on a little "road trip" the other weekend to Milan. I repeat: road trip to Milan. Now those are two words I thought I'd never say in the same sentence. The drive from Lyon took less time than going from Minneapolis to Chicago, though the tolls were significantly higher. It costs 50 euros just to drive through the Mont Blanc Tunnel! The expo is basically a showcase where over 140 countries present their ideas about how to feed the world. They're expecting more than 20 million visitors over its 6-month run. If the crowds we battled on the day we went are any indication, reaching that goal should be no problem.

Each country had its own pavilion with food typical of that country for sale. The whole setup was very impressive from an architectural standpoint but after that, it reminded me of Disney World for grown-ups. Lots of lines and very expensive food! It was an interesting experience, but for the 34 euro ticket price (plus the cost of food), not one I'd need to repeat.

The U.S. was billed as "food truck nation."

The U.S. was billed as "food truck nation."

Lilas, me and her friend Carole.

Lilas, me and her friend Carole.

And a few more snapshots of our Italian weekend...

This photo pretty much sums up what I pictured Milan to be like in my head.

This photo pretty much sums up what I pictured Milan to be like in my head.

2. Macarons. A little birthday present to myself from this bakery. I asked the woman working there which ones were her favorite (pistachio and salted caramel) then threw in two chocolate for good measure. They did not disappoint!

3. Bobo. Short for bourgeois-bohème, this is what most locals say to me when I tell them I live in the Croix-Rousse neighborhood. 

4. Fromage Blanc. Open any Frenchie's fridge and you're likely to find this staple in some form or another. The literal translation of 'white cheese' used to scare me a bit from trying what looks like yogurt. But on my last trip to the massive Carrefour in Écully, I decided it must take up half the massive yogurt aisle for a reason. So I bought some. Name aside, it's basically like unsweetened, plain yogurt. I tried it parfait-style, layered with jam and oatmeal in a jar. I usually prepare a few containers of this version of overnight oats so I can grab them for breakfast during the week. So delicious!

5. Banana Bread Bundt Cake. Need I say more?