In a past life, I went through a phase during my first year at UCSD contemplating leaving and attending culinary school. What stopped me? Well the guilt of leaving behind unfinished business did it. So I figured it'd be best to finish what I started at UCSD and if culinary school was still so strongly calling out to me at that point then maybe I'd be more serious about it. Its been several years since that time and I think now I much rather enjoy the finished delights at the front of the house than slaving in the back over them.
Wandering around the city, EHK and I happened across the French Pastry School and decided to check it out since the smell of sweet buttery baked goods beckoned us. We were fortunate to be introduced to a member of the admissions staff who gave us a tour of the facilities and thorough introduction to the programs offered and instructors. I was in awe at all of the beautiful kitchen equipment and exquisite creations made by the students. My favorite memory of the school was being walked into the chocolate room. Its an enclosed room that keeps chocolate in ideal storage conditions. There I was greeted by the seductive aroma of chocolate and surrounded by all these lovely edible creations such as the white chocolate flower above.
I still sometimes wonder how different life would be if I had acted on that urge years ago. However, I'm happy with where my life is headed right now and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Work can be stressful and preparations to return to full time schooling is giving me anxiety attacks but I find solace when I reflect on the people and things that bring joy and peace to my life.