January was definitely a month of new beginnings and growth, with a strong start to the new year, another new retailer (and 2 more in the works!) and a few shifts in my personal life.
I was asked to provide delectables for a calligraphy workshop hosted by Hunter & Hare and Fox & Flourish. I just couldn’t say no to being a part of this event! I may hate Valentine’s day but I’m a sucker for romance, especially if it’s laced with (sarcastic) humour. Written letters are such a lost art, especially amidst the frivolous swarm of texts, social media, and whatever other methods of connecting over the internet of which I too am a victim. There is something soothingly intimate and grounding about taking some time away from all the white noise to sit down with our selected stationary to compose a letter for a loved one. Each calligrapher was given a duo of raspberry and passionfruit caramels wrapped in red and white twine; move aside, Proust! Mels just might replace madeleines one day. I hear they don’t crumble the way he remembers anyway.
We also saw the launch of our newest flavour: Passionfruit with Black Cardamom and Ginger. These can be found at Cafe Bica, Meadow Gifts and Apparel, and Kali Trading. I’ve been super eager to hear feedback after a succesful trial run last Christmas. So far, it seems to be a hit! I’ve even gotten pleas from as far as London UK, South Africa, New York city and Japan to restock personal caramel stashes. To whomever my covert caramel fairies are, thank you for spreading the love and expanding my caramel collective =).
Last but not least, I am finally back at UBC after a four-year hiatus! I am only working twice a week now at Rangoli and sneaking into the kitchen when I have some hours to spare. I am just a few courses short of my degree in Political Science and English Literature, but am taking my time to melt back into the pace of studenthood. I figure if I’ve waited this long for the right moment to go back I should do it on my own terms. To usher myself back to school, I got a stellar Archival rolltop backpack from Eugene Choo Annex and an UASHMAMA lunch bag from one of my favourite caramel retailers, much & little. I swear, they were listed on my required readings and materials list. Okayyyy not really, but oh boy, I have never been this content with going to school, nor have I ever been so committed to waking up at 6 am to make it to early morning class, fully equipped with my lunchbag stocked with brain fuel. Keener much? Perhaps, but I’m enjoying this positive perspective and it sure feels good to know that I have made these decisions for myself rather than succumbing to the pressure of the opinions and judgements of others in hopes to please. But that’s enough about me, and mels, it’s time to polish off my coffee and tuck this blog away until next month so I can curl up in this chair, in my favourite reading room on campus, and continue to perplex over what the heck Hegel was talking about.