As much as I love NY (I love the city itself and my parents and almost all of my friends live there), I'm really going to miss Charm City. Over the past two years, Baltimore has really grown on me. I love its diverse neighborhoods, small town feel, simultaneous accessibility (it's easy to figure things out and get involved in things here) and inaccessibility (you really need a car to get around), its unabashed pride for being what it is, and a million other things that I'm too lazy to list. I'm also going to miss the friends I've made here, especially because I've only gotten to know most of them only somewhat recently and it's unfortunate that I'm picking up and leaving right when things were getting good.
I'm not sure this blog would be what it is if I didn't move here two years ago. While I did love to cook and bake when I lived in NYC, I didn't do so nearly as much as I do here. This is mostly due to the fact that I never lived alone in NY and therefore couldn't make cupcakes at 11 pm (assuming I even was home at 11 pm and not out at some sort of concert or happening) or leave the dishes in the sink overnight after making an elaborate meal, and also because my dining options are more limited here (but I'm in no way saying that there aren't great restaurants here, because there certainly are!). The combination of having my own (incredibly tiny) kitchen and being home more frequently really motivated me to cook more often and also to document and share my kitchen adventures.
If someone told me two years ago that I'd have a purple and magenta blog on which I posted recipes and which people other than my immediate family and closest friends read, I would have said they were nutty. But that's what happened, and I really do have Baltimore to thank for it. Of course I'm going to keep posting on here when I'm in NY, but it probably will be quiet on here for the next few weeks while I get settled in at home and at my new job.
With that, off I go to pick up the U-Haul. Farewell, Baltimore. You've been wonderful to me these past two years and I'm really going to miss you.