Do you love food and wine? Well I do and I am ready to share that with you. So who am I? I am not a chef and do not have any formal culinary training, nor am I even close to being a sommelier but that doesn’t stop my desire to seek out great food and libations. My goal is to provide fair reviews of restaurants, tasty treats, and wines. I often read reviews from critics who cannot enjoy a blue plate special for what it is or from someone who doesn’t understand what an amuse-bouche is. There is nothing better than a plate of delicious food, whether fine dining or comfort food to bring people together. In addition, I will post my own culinary creations and tips from the kitchen.
My daughter is attending culinary school at Johnson & Wales in Charlotte North Carolina and continues to fuel my passion. It is nice when she comes home and wants mom’s home cooking. She is always amazed how I can make a “gourmet” meal out of nothing or can make an actual gourmet meal without the “recipe” . She does take credit for teaching me the proper way on some techniques.
I should mention this is my first attempt at blogging so please bear with me as I figure this out. I was born in Alaska and spent my childhood summers there learning Alaskan and Filipino recipes from my mom’s family. I grew up in Dartmouth Massachusetts where my dad’s family was living so I am a New England girl at heart and lover of all seafood!!! My dad was a cook in the Coast Guard and taught me how to be resourceful in the kitchen. His family is English so I was able to learn some home recipes from my grandmother- love her glazed lemon bread and my aunt’s whoopee pies. Dartmouth Massachusetts has a prominent Portuguese culture which also adds to my culinary upbringing.