There really is absolutely no excuse -- or at least no good excuse -- for the fact that after a solid week of vacation, I still haven't managed to put up a new post. In the past several weeks, I've failed to post about: this blog's second birthday, my birthday (although I'm slightly farther along than my second) and the various food-centered celebrations surrounding it. Recently I've experienced events such as wonderful dinners at Prune, Gramercy Tavern, Periyali and Blue Smoke, a champagne tasting with friends which had astounding results, the recovery of a recipe/grail that was actually in my grasp all the time, and a remarkable reconnection with old family friends -- which happened via this blog, and resulted in my being able to re-experience a food memory that I had thought was lost to me forever. To my credit, I can say that I've been trying to plan various nuptial events while holding down a demanding job and finishing a graduate certification, but when all's said and done, excuses are just excuses. I have at least four posts in mind, and I am going to do my level best to get some if not all of them up here soon. Please stay tuned.