Goodbye, L.A. Hello, LA

Goodbye, L.A. Hello, LA // Eat Your Greens

Oh, hello. It’s been awhile.

If you’ve done the pregnancy math, you’ll know that I had a baby in early June — a son! my beautiful boy — which would be reason enough for a blog hiatus. But then life turned upside-down a couple more times when, hilariously and improbably, five weeks after our baby was born Rob booked a part as a series regular on a spin-off of the most popular TV drama on the planet. A show that shoots in New Orleans. That needed him to be in New Orleans by the end of that week. For an indefinite amount of time.

For the next six weeks, I was alone with a newborn, a dog, a cat, an apartment that needed to be packed up and moved across the country, and my spinning, exhausted mind. It was without a doubt the most confusing six weeks of my life, full of gut-wrenching loneliness and terror, but also a huge, blinding love for my new son, as well as for my family and friends, who went all in and helped me in a thousand big and small ways that I will remember and feel grateful for to my dying day.

Somehow I survived. And now I live in New Orleans. It’s been three weeks and our new life still doesn’t quite feel real.

NOLA eating at The Company Burger

NOLA eating at The Company Burger

After this summer’s kick in the throat, I’m very slowly getting back into the kitchen, feeling creaky and uncertain, but glad to be there. I miss my bountiful California farmers market and restaurant menus with plenty of veggie options, but I’m also excited to be living in a city with such a vibrant food culture and looking forward to soaking it in, one buttery, bready, blackened bite at a time.

So look for the return of recipes soon, and in the meantime if you have any recommendations for places to eat, shop for ingredients or just check out in NOLA, let me know!





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    Sarah — September 29, 2014 at 10:56 am

    Yay, Anjali! Can’t wait to see what adventures and delicious foods your new city brings. Xx

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    Wandering Chopsticks — September 29, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Congratulations on the baby and the move! I figured the long silence was because you were busy with the little one. So cute!

    And congrats to your husband too. I watched NCIS this week for Scott Bakula so I really wasn’t paying that much attention to the rest of the cast, but so cool that your husband landed such a major part.

    Lots of good eats in New Orleans! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Gastronomer — September 29, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    Congrats to Rob on the new role! And YOU ROCK!

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    Marie — September 30, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    You are one tough cookie!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Look forward to seeing your NOLA adventures!

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    Jules — October 1, 2014 at 10:49 am

    To eat:
    Toups Meatery
    NOLA Smokehouse
    Killer Poboys

    For shopping:
    Cleaver & Co for any meats or charcuterie
    Holly Grove Market
    Crescent City Farmers Market

    We can’t compete with the type of farmers markets you’re used to but hopefully you’ll find good things at these markets.

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    Joanna — October 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Cochon! My friends are eating there this weekend while in NOLA for a wedding.

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    Ivy — October 23, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I hope you enjoy your new adventure! But what about school?

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    H.C. — November 20, 2014 at 9:50 am

    A belated congrats on your move from L.A. to LA, can’t wait to see what foodventures await you in the Big Easy!

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    Sujatha — December 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Hi Anjali,

    Congratulations on all the good news! I am an avid follower of The Kitchn and have often read and followed your recipes there. So am glad to have finally subscribed to your blog as well!

    Looking forward to some great posts from your site ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy New Orleans!



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    Patrick — January 9, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    very courageous Anjali – loved ready your story (and recipes)

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