Baby, it's COLD outside!

...And so, I'm headed to Orlando, Florida...for another 7 days.

The life of a graduate student requires that we sometimes go off to various places in the world (within the USA on my budget!) to go to conferences, and I'm off to attend one of my favorite ones: The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology. It's a meeting that brings together scientists from all branches of biology to help them integrate their research with that of others. I think that this is one of the most important things that we as scientists can do, so I'm happy to support it. And I'm happy to leave behind all the rain and darkness that my home state is currently being bombarded with. But I can tell you one thing, I'm not excited to go and travel and not have Internet access for another week! I miss you all!

But I'll be back...with lots of photos of the places I get to eat...gulp...as long as I can muster up the courage to whip out my camera and explain to my fellow scientists why I simply must take photographs of everything I eat... more likey I might end up with pictures of the outside facades of the places I eat, but I promise to try! I'm still crossing my fingers that I'll get lucky and have Internet access in my room, but being that I am a lowly grad student, this may not be the case.

So, keep cooking, my friends, so that I have many new recipes to try when I am finally able to be home! Have a wonderful first week of 2006, and I'll talk to you all when I return!

PS. If anyone can recommend a restaurant while I'm there - please do so! Hopefully I'll be able to at least check my email at some point!

13 comments from you:

Nerissa said...

Have fun at the conference :) And eating ;)

We've seen so little of you. Hope to see you soon! *hugs*

Melissa CookingDiva said...

Michelle, your conferece sounds like fun. I love -biologia-! Have fun,...lots of fun :) Hugs,

Dawn said...

Michelle, have fun at your conference. You might be able to ask the concierge where a free local WIFI spot is...I was able to find several in Vegas when we went last year. The Apple store usually has it, I think!

The roast on my page was technically a rib roast, but the store it was purchased from actually detaches the ribs and then ties them on. When you're done cooking, you simply remove the bones and slice. It's much easier that way.

We are going to be going to the Boulder area. Where did you live?

faith (in orlando said...

Hi Michelle! I just came by your blog from foodpornwatch, randomly, and saw you're going to be in Orlando. I don't know where you'll be, or what your tastes are, but here's a couple suggestions. There is a superb south Indian restaurant across the street from the entrance to the WDW Resort, off SR 535, called Dakshin. (dakshin-orlando.com) Also, there is wonderful sushi place called Amura, downtown.

All in all, Orlando is such a wasteland of chain restaurants, but there are some great places if you know where to go! Good luck - enjoy the sunshine. It's been in the high 70s here all week. :-)

Joe said...

Take care and have a safe trip!

ilva said...

Ejoy the sun and the science! I love the photo!

vlb5757 said...

Boy I so jealous! All I can think about is how you should go and scuba dive! I will seeing your posts. I need to get mine started back up again. Have a great time and eat at some great places!

Michèle said...

oh you lucky girl! Looking forward to hearing about it when you get back ;)

michelle said...

Hi Diningdica - I'm back! Finally! I'm ready not to leave again for a long time! I did have a good time, but the eating leaved quite a bit to be desired...more soon.

Hi Melissa - Thank you! Can't wait to see what you've been up to.

Hi Dawn - I wasn't able to get any internet connection, nor leave the hotel much, but oh well, such is life! Your rib roast does sound like an easy way to do things, so I'm going to have to try that. I was born and raised in Grand Junction, but also did my undergraduate degree in Ft. Collins, so I've been to Boulder quite a bit. There's actually a lot of great food places/stuff in Boulder, so you're going to have a wonderful time there!

Hi Faith! Thanks for your suggestion! I did get to try some Dakshin leftovers from someone else's visit while I was there but didn't get to go myself (though I gave your recommendations out freely!). Unfortunately, I got stuck mostly at the chain restaurants following other people around or eating at the hotel!! Next time. I did bring back some lovely fresh-picked grapefruits, however!

Hi Joe,
Thanks for stopping by! I actually had a layover in Phoenix and picked myself up some Prickly Pear jellies and some heirloom popcorn - I'll be back by your site to see what else gets cooked up there!

Hi Ilva,
Thank you my dear - I did enjoy both!

Hi Vickie,
I WISH I would have been able to go scuba diving! As it was, all of the marine inverts I saw were pictures from people's talks! Can't wait to say hi!

Hi Michele,
I wish I had more exciting stories to come back with...I can't wait to see what you've been up to while I've been gone!

Melissa CookingDiva said...

Michelle!!! glad you are back!!! Can't wait to learn about your adventures. Hugs :)

Ivonne said...

Can't wait to see what you come back with!!! Great blog!

michelle said...

Hi Melissa! It's good to be back!

Hi ivonne! Thanks for stopping by! And thank you for the compliment!

Nerissa said...

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