Rachel: Because of the blog, the folks at Eat Retreat invited me to San Francisco last fall for three days of learning, cooking, eating, drinking, and all-night, Malort-fueled bullshitting, all in the name of food. Forty of us crammed into cabins on a farm for attendee-led workshops about salt, coffee, olive oil, and wine that isn't Two-Buck-Chuck (among other things). It was all very hands-on, like to the point that we slaughtered our own chickens. It completely changed how I eat meat, and gave me a massive appreciation for olive oil now that I know it's not supposed to taste like crayons. Lucy happened to be in the Bay Area for a shoot that weekend, so we got to bum around the Mission, visiting Tartine and Bi-Rite. That sort of brought everything together for me. I learned to trust myself when I'm cooking, when I'm writing, and when I'm having an adventure.