8:49 here and I’ve been up for two hours already. Can you believe it?

I have Mike’s car for the day….I dropped him off at the New Haven train station almost an hour ago. He has a job interview today — in BOSTON! It’s at 75 State St., which is a really cool building (the tan one with the geometric top). I know he’ll do well. It sounds like a great job….with offices in London, Brussells and Paris….which means there COULD be a chance for a transfer abroad…. šŸ˜‰

Last night we went out to eat at The Blue Pearl, a fondue place in New Haven. It is DEFINITELY a place worth checking out. They have great cocktails (I got a creamsicle martini, which was really good!), and we had a four-course meal of fondue — for only $25 each!

After the bread with bean paste (whenever I eat that, it always reminds me of Acqua al’2 in Florence), we started with a savory fondue: gruyere and roasted red peppers. We were given white and brown bread, cucumbers, green apples, grapes, and crackers to dip. Next was a small arugula salad with a vinaigrette that I really liked. Then the surf and turf fondue, which was grilled chicken, grilled steak, grilled shrimp, and spicy andouille sausage with a cayenne and Cajun sauce to dip it in. The final course was a dessert fondue: we chose a Belgian chocolate and amaretto fondue, and it came with marshmallows, lady fingers, banana bread, apples, and dried apricots.

New Haven really has a good restaurant scene. We’re trying to hit up all the good ones before we leave Connecticut in a few months.

Since it’s so early in the morning, I’m taking advantage of it. It was nice to see a slightly lilac sky, and it smells SO nice outside — I love the smell of early spring. I’m doing my laundry right now (believe it or not, a few people are doing theirs as well), and I have a Dogwood meeting at 10, but I want to do what I always miss out on….I want to get BREAKFAST at McDONALD’S. I always miss out on that! But perhaps I’ll hit it up as soon as I switch the laundry.