I'm a teacher by day, culinary sojourner by night.
For entertainment. For inspiration. Even for enlightenment.
I've had a compelling love of cooking since I was playing "food chef" in the bathtub as a tiny child. I'd pretend to prepare a gourmet meal with bubbles and soaps alá the Frugal Gourmet or Julia Child, and in the earliest days of food television when Food Network debuted, Emeril Lagasse. To me, cooking was the most wonderful vehicle for comfort, pleasure and enjoyment. It enabled me to show my adoration of my family members via practical means as well as to express my creativity and love of the arts in a beautifully temporal medium.
Our family had a great sense of the importance of food in our cultural traditions, and some wonderful family gatherings and celebratory dinners out at special locations (anywhere from Polly’s Pies to the Ritz Carlton Dana Point to Disneyland and everywhere in-between). I began traveling with a culinary purpose during my time as a military wife. We were fortunate to enjoy some incredible, authentic food from locations I’d likely never have traveled to.
That’s where I found the most sincere, passionate and impressive gastronomic experiences. In small cafés, bistros and fine dining establishments not yet discovered or well-traveled.
Today I’ve come to love the culinary arts as a passionate advocate and patron. This is a living journal of my varied and most treasured experiences with the culinary arts. Enjoy.