I’m in Europe right now, soaking in the rain and the fog and all that greenery from every Irish vista. You were all completely right – it’s gorgeous and everything I ever imagined. It’s actually providing the perfect pause from my hectic food gift life, the cookbook release planning, and a few new projects that are about to get underway the moment I’m back in the States.
In fact, there’s a big project that’s about to come to life this June (as in, a month from now). After nearly eight years of blogging and about five years of this site’s current design, I’ve been working on a new identity and site for Eat Boutique. This current design has taken me about as far as it can, so next month I’ll show off a brand new site and logo, including some major previews of my forthcoming cookbook, Food Gift Love.
I’ve redesigned a gazillion websites during my technology life and no matter how lovely and functional and better the new site is, it’s always a little hard to let go. It’s going to be tough for me to say good-bye to this logo and layout and it may be hard for you, too. But I promise, the same Maggie-spirit is still here… just gussied up a little.
And if that isn’t enough, I’ve worked in a little surprise for you and me and anyone else who isn’t ready to let go. I remembered that there was another time in my recent past when I had to let go and move on, which was the hard decision to decide to stop my back and forth life between Boston and Paris.
Paris was life-changing. It was difficult to be away from my home in the States, but it was also such a time of growth for me. It was a time to learn about what mattered, and how I wanted to eventually spend my days (all my days). Every moment in Paris influenced my work with food makers, my passion for living a boutique life and, most definitely influenced many of the recipes and stories in my cookbook.
So to remember those moments and to give a cheer to the outgoing design and welcome in the new Eat Boutique, I’m dedicating the next four weeks of blog posts to all things France. It’s springtime in Paris and also springtime in Paris on Eat Boutique.
Starting tomorrow, you’ll see a brand new Paris- or French-inspired story or recipe up on the site every weekday. I made sure to cover everything from my favorite expat writer living in the city of light to my five favorite Paris markets. I’ve arranged for us to profile some of the best of the best in Parisian life including cafe and bistro owners, shop owners, cookbook authors, bloggers and even a favorite new jam maker, because, come on, we all need French jam all the time.
It starts tomorrow. And once we’ve all spent springtime in Paris (on Eat Boutique) together, we’ll launch our new design and dig into a summer of food gift stories and recipes. Until then, I hope you enjoy every Paris moment — à bientôt!
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019.