Hi friends, sorry for being quiet this week – I’m in San Francisco for work and it’s been one busy but super fun week! Last week, in the kitchen, I’ve had a somewhat disappointing recipe testing results. Things were fine, but were they notable enough to tell you about here? Not particularly. There’s one recipe, for example, a cake, I’ve been working on, and this one will take awhile, because I know exactly what I want to wind up with, and there will be lots more recipe testing to do. I’ve dug my heels and decided I’ll work on it as long as it takes (weeks! months! years, if I must!) but I’ll get there and won’t stop testing it until I do.
As trips to San Francisco tend to go, eating here has been fantastic. I highly recommend all three restaurants I tried with my colleagues: Prospect, Ame, and La Mar – were all absolutely amazing. And the conference I’ve been helping out with, was chock-full of great content. My favorite speaker was Anne Wojcicki, one of the founders of this incredible company, 23andMe, a personal genetic testing kit that anyone can buy for $99. I’m pretty sure that I am the last person to learn about personal genetic testing kits – I mean, it seems quite obvious now that I think about it – but I was riveted to Ms. Wojcicki’s presentation. Not only will the kit show you potential health risks embedded in your DNA, but part of what made me so engaged in her presentation was this message: if we all pool our genetic data together, we can learn so much more about not just one another, but how to help one another in helping to solve many diseases. This coming together bit, that we are all better off collectively together, sharing information, than being on our own – the power of that message – hit me like a tidal wave. It only reinforced what I’ve been thinking of and believing in for so long, but the presentation itself, Wojcicki’s passion, were incredibly powerful. I highly recommend everyone checking out the company.
Despite waking up before sunrise and going to be relatively late, I managed to pull these links together for you because there were some awesome things to read. I hope you like them and I hope you all have a lovely weekend ahead! I’m traveling most of the day today, so will be a bit off line. Also, for folks waiting for the results of the giveaway last week, I will get the results this weekend. Cheers!