Several weeks ago, I had the honor of meeting up with Kerstin of Cake, Batter, and Bowl! She was in Chicago for a wedding and was nice enough to set aside time for brunch with me at Yolk. I'm sure most (if not all) of you have read - and therefore love - her blog. This was my first time meeting Kerstin in person, actually my first time meeting any cooking/food blogger, but I feel like I've known her for a long time. Kerstin and I met when she stumbled upon my young blog back in March and left such a kind, genuine comment. First of all, I was excited to see that I had a comment at all :), but ecstatic that she had actually read through all of my ramblings of "About Me" and "Blog Beginnings," and that we had so much in common. She had recently started her blog too. Since then, I have looked forward to each and every post of hers; Kerstin develops her own unique, delicious, thoughtful, nutritionally-conscious recipes, and she's even participated in the Pillsbury Bake Off! How cool is that?!
Over a scrumptious brunch at Yolk - where we both ordered savory breakfasts and upgraded our toast to pumpkin pancakes :) - we chatted about our jobs (we're both postdocs in cancer research labs), about blogging, and about our futures. She is as kind and funny as you'd expect from reading her blog, and I had such a great time with her. A few days later she even posted a recipe with my favorite ingredients! I had planned to recreate the skillet breakfast I had there in a big post, but I just couldn't wait any longer to tell you about our brunch, so the skillet will have to wait. UPDATE: Anytime Skillet
Outside Yolk in River North
I'm "average" height - she's really that tall :) :) :)
So you may be wondering if that means no recipe today, right? True, but instead I'm alerting you to an awesome CHOCOLATE giveaway Kerstin's having right now from Hotel Chocolat. I'm an obvious chocoholic so this is my kind of giveaway! With the holidays coming up, no one can have too much chocolate! You have until Sat. Dec. 5 to get your entries in so get over there! :)
Stay tuned for Day 2 of the 12 Days of Christmas tomorrow!!!