Some people go to football games, some go to exotic locales and sit on a beach, others participate in extreme sports, and some shop.
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. My favorite of these trips was to three of Emeril Lagasse’s restaurants in New Orleans before the hurricanes. After checking several Food Network chefs’ establishments off my list, I chose to look for gems off the beaten path.
That’s where I found the most sincere, passionate and impressive culinary experiences.
Today I’ve come to love the art of cooking far more than I could have anticipated. I am a passionate advocate of chefs and the food culture. I am forever in awe of the work of great masters in the food world and am continually learning new techniques thanks to the incredible availability of lessons from the Food Network, and even better, in person from wonderful friends who happen to be professionals in the industry.
I’m the ultimate good food fangirl. This is my culinary pilgrimage. Enjoy.