Gaining an understanding of different cultures one plate at a time!
Mint Matcha ChocolateChip and a Homage to California
Lately it’s been nothing short of dreary around here, so i’ve been thinking of the warmer days that hopefully will be upon us soon. I’ve been a bit MIA lately because I took some time to myself to try and get an idea of where I want to go with this little project. I enjoy being a free spirit and I want to show you a bit into my world on my creative terms. I think my biggest struggle lately though is I have this constant fear of failure.
Food Photography: The Harvest Table
This past fall I had the absolute pleasure of teaching a class with a friend of mine, Jenn Bakos of Jennifer Bakos Photography. Jenn is someone I look up to a great deal, not only is she kind hearted, but she’s also extremely talented and puts her heart and soul into everything she creates. We had taught a two hour mini class at The Studio of Photographic Arts aka. SOPHA’s Annual Down on the farm class in July and had such a great time doing it we jumped on the chance to teach a class this fall.
Loubieh bi Zeit (Lebanese "Green Beans in Oil")
Recently, my husband and I stopped eating meat. To be perfectly honest, he’s a lot more disciplined about it than I am. If I'm out with others, I bend the rules a bit and find myself going for short rib tacos instead of the veggie option. As a food lover, swearing off meat altogether just doesn’t work for me. I am interested in all sorts of food and will try just about anything put in front of me.
The American Table: Breaking Bread with Nomad Bakery
I spent some time with Cheryl Holbert of Nomad Bakery and her family. I met her daughter, Kara, in college and grew close to her and her parents over the years. It was a great opportunity to catch up, eat delicious food, and discuss our feelings on everything going on in our country and the world beyond. My love for food has grown over the years, and it was really wonderful to watch Cheryl take her passion for bread baking and turn it into a successful and amazing business. She was named one of Dessert Professional's online magazine’s top ten bread bakers in North America 2016.
As a Lebanese American, preserving culture has been a high priority in my life. My respect for my heritage and it’s traditions has brought along a mutual interest and respect for other cultures. Through this blog, my goal is learn something new about the people around us while also partaking and creating delicious dishes that represents their cultural identities.