Strangely light work week allowed for a lot of cooking, starting with this recipe from Bon Appetit for Freekeh Paella with Clams and Almond Aioli. Sophie, of course, went clam-less, but if it were up to me I would have doubled the clams or perhaps added some shrimp. I did double the chorizo. I initially goofed and bought fresh chorizo which will be repurposed in breakfast tacos, and I used cracked freekeh which cooks in about half the time. The amount of freekeh could probably be reduced if you don't double the protein. The almond aioli was absolutely delicious. I would make it again and serve as a straight up dip--albeit not as creamy a an egg-based aioli. It would be a stellar accompaniment to moules-frites as well.
A shout out to the PescaDeli who observed me waiting to buy clams and chorizo and allowed me to enter 15 min prior to opening time, and to Fresh Baguette who provided my al fresco coffee and croissant. I biked over after Crossfit and sat outside at a sunny table enjoying coffee and pastry and pretending I was in the French Alps.