Friday, June 27, 2008

Farewell, Baltimore

Some of you already know this, but for those of you who don't, tomorrow is my last day in Baltimore. I'm moving back to NY tomorrow and I'm starting an exciting new job on Monday.

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.

15 comments:

Musicgurl said...

Good luck with the move Roopa. The Charm City food community I'm sure will miss you. :)

rana said...

Roopa!
you will be very missed here in Baltimore. New York is lucky to have you again

strawberriesinparis said...

We'll miss you Roopa! Hope U-Haul treated you well my dear!

BMoreSweet said...

Roopa, we miss you already. The town just isn't the same! But more importantly...what have you cooked since you've left us?

Fearless Kitchen said...

Good luck with the new job and the move!

mohan said...

Best Wishes on your move Roopa!
You are moving from one great (but little) American city, to another (but much larger)! Dont worry, Balmer, and indeed, the entire state of Merr-a-lin will always love ya, Hon!

Lucky said...

b'more native here.

wow - too bad i stumbled onto your blog the weekend you leave charm city! good luck in your new job and i hope to see more of your posts!

Pigtown-Design said...

All the best, Roopa. My life is richer for having known you!

Erin said...

The city misses you already!

John said...

Good luck with the move! We all look forward to seeing you when you visit. And if and when I have the money to get back up to NYC again, I will definitely give you a ring.

K8teebug said...

We are going to miss you here in Baltimore! Good luck with everything in NYC!!!!

Meghan said...

Hope your move was fantastic! The good thing about Charm City... once you call it home, you can always come back!

mindy said...

Good luck with your move and new job, hon! I love Baltimore too; most of my family lives there and I love to visit.

mindy said...

Good luck with your move and new job, hon! I love Baltimore too; most of my family lives there and I love to visit.

Pigtown-Design said...

All the best, Roopa. My life is richer for having known you!

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