As I look forward to February it is not any calmer. I have some very special things coming up with some light travel and I can’t wait to be able to share some it.
But until then, let’s take a peek at this week’s picks:
 I love when people provide a list of some of their favorite blogs. That is how I came across Laur who writes The Mad to Live and her post on being passionately curious. I wrote a little about curiosity and wonder when I was trying to participate in Reverb10. I feel it is an essential agreed in most traveler’s DNA. Her post is amazing, I enjoyed it immensely, particularly the ending:
“The passionately curious people of this world are the ones seeing, doing, feeling and being what their wildest dreams are. They’re the ones that create the change, that chase after their wild and crazy goals, that have been around the world and back again. Being passionately curious will take you to, well, anywhere feel like going. Why not embrace it?
And when you do embrace it, be passionate as hell about it.“
 When is comes to all my Parisian blogging friends there is one thing that I am very jealous of and that is there access to David Lebovitz. Since he is a blogger and a Parisian as well as chef and author extraordinaire my blogging friends find themselves in blog-ups, tweet-ups or book signings where they can speak with the legendary guru of chocolate. And now Shannon of Je Ne Sais Quoi has gone and done the ultimate….an interview with him! Swoon! How fun!
 Even though I travel a lot for pleasure, I do travel for business as well and people always think it glamorous. Exactly what Road Warriorette explores this week in “Top Five Secrets About Business Travel.” I totally cracked a smile several times while reading this, she really nailed what it is like for most road warriors, or in this case, road warriorettes.
 I am a huge fan of duck confit, I love it! Whenever Mr. Misadventures wants to make me an extra special treat he will open up one of the Comtesse du Barry cans that we lovingly bring back from our Parisian trips. I was so pleased to see Georgia Pellegrini write about how to make one of my favorite meals. Now to share the recipe with my hubby…
 There are many strange and interesting things in Berkeley, but I was thoroughly shocked by Berkeleyside’s exposé video on rats on Telegraph Avenue, one of the town’s most famous streets. I am personally very worried about this topic as the building next to our home had rodents as well as the restaurant down the street. Those who live in New York are probably used to this phenomena, but it seems pretty crazy for a town the size of Berkeley.
 I have lived in California long enough to be ashamed to say that I have yet to visit Yosemite. (I guess it is the week for confessions, my pal Kristin of Camel & Chocolateswho lives in San Francisco admitted to not having visited some of the key SF sites.) I know that it will be absolutely gorgeous for photos, etc., but I am just not the camping-and-meet-up-with-bear kind of gal. But Food Gal on the other hand definitely knows how to peak my interest into visiting this majestic place….you guessed it..food!
- My soap-making fellow Berkelian pal who I have blogged about as well as given away her wonderful products, Hilary, of A Slice of Delight is participating in and planning (you go girl!) a really cool event for Valentine’s Day. There are a whole bunch of crafty Etsy ladies in the San Francisco Bay Area and they are showing off their wares at an event at the Show Place Art Gallery in Berkeley on Friday, February 11th. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area you should definitely check it out! Here is more info on the event on Facebook as well as Craig’s List.
- From my CES Road Trip report, the winner of the Hugh MacLeod Intel illustrated poster is Christine!
- I have two guest posts out there in the blogosphere this week, a post on A Lady in France about my passion for Paris and part two of my five part interview with Nathalie Hamidi (in French).
- I am going to close my reader survey at the end of next week, so if you haven’t completed it yet, please take a moment to do so, I would really appreciate it!
Photo credit: geraldii