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I can be a bit of a creature of habit at times – especially when I find something I like. My breakfast choices were set for the week after the first day. A hard boiled egg, dried apples and apricots, a slice of tasty cheese, a chocolate pain au chocolat, coffee, and the most amazing apple juice.

After a super productive day of festival planning, we had a choose your own adventure night with one of four dinner + activity combos. I picked dinner and embroidery. We walked into the restaurant, Usine, to this amazing floral arrangement.

I had the beetroot risotto with goat cheese croquettes, rocket salad, chioggia beet, and balsamic syrup. It was tasty! I had the vanilla crème brûlée for dessert and it was delicious.

After dinner, my group headed to Desiree Hammen‘s loft. She’s an embroidery artist. Desiree had a beautiful table set up for us — full of thread, objects, embroidery hoops, and snacks. We each made our own free-hand embroidered piece, using a “found” object from a table. We then cut our fabric down to the shape of a leaf and sewed it to a large collage of leaves to be given to the festival director.

Afterwards, I met up with some friends at a beer bar called Van Moll. I respect any bar that serves all the beers in the “correct” glasses and the house-brewed beer was unique. We had a nice time chatting and laughing at our own jokes until we headed back to the hotel.

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