I felt like I did everything wrong today, but in hindsight, I suppose it wasn’t that bad. Mostly the fact that I tried for hours to make a good quenelle and still can’t do it is what’s bugging me, but the only thing that will fix that is practice. I have to keep reminding myself that it’s only the third day and there is a learning curve - I know in a day or two it will click and then I will wonder how I could ever NOT do it! It’s just really frustrating and almost embarrassing in a way. Blerg.
I plated a lot again today, I think I know how to do most of the desserts now, yay! Considering each dessert is on a different plate and has usually 8-12 components and I’ve only been doing it for two days, this is a big accomplishment. Still, it’s a lot of things to remember and only a short period of time to assemble it while making it look attractive, so you know, stress and stuff.
Apart from work, I am really enjoying being in New York. It’s so different from LA in so many ways. One thing I love in particular is taking the train home at the end of the day… it’s a strange sense of camaraderie, sitting with a handful of strangers all on their way home from work, trying to keep their eyes open and listening to their ipods, it’s like “oh, you feel just like I do!” This opposed to people with vanity plates that say “IMDB ME” cutting you off in traffic on the 101, as if to say “I’m more important than you and I deserve to get where I’m going much faster than you.” That, and everyone is SO friendly! Everyone says New Yorkers are assholes, but so far I haven’t really felt any of that, it’s not nearly as bad as it is in LA. For example, I worked several all day events for Wolfgang Puck and there are probably two people that would recognize me, and definitely no one knows my name. I’ve been at Gilt for three days and every single person that works at Gilt, in the hotel kitchen and for the hotel in general has introduced themselves to me. Seriously awesome.
Ugh, another late night. Time for bed, BOO.