My husband and I moved from Los Angeles to Las Vegas in 2005. Since then, we’ve moved on to Seattle, but family, friends, etc. keep us coming back to both cities. I originally started this blog in order to keep a diary of our experiences, as well as share them, and plan to keep that going. Since I am somewhat obsessed with food, restaurants and food will be the main focus here.
I’ve always had a love-love relationship with food. It’s fascinating to me. We need it to survive. It nourishes us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. One bite can take us back to another time and place. I’ve been to some amazing restaurants, but the experiences that stand out in my mind are things like eating a freshly cut asparagus from my grandparents’ farm, or having a steaming hot bowl of ramen on a rainy day. I guess food conveys as much of an emotional memory as a physical one to me.
Although I grew up in Southern California, I’ve been lucky in that nearly every summer of my youth was spent at my grandparent’s farm in a tiny town called Dinuba in Central California. Here they had a grape orchard, but also grew a multitude of fruits and veggies, as well as ‘traded’ produce with neighbors, and this is where my appreciation for fresh produce was born. I didn’t realize at the time how lucky we were to eat the stuff we were eating! In addition, I’m also lucky to have had a grandmother and to have a mother who were/are excellent cooks. My only regret is that my grandmother, like me, tended to cook without recipes, and once she died, those dishes were gone.
One disclaimer, I in NO way claim to be a food expert. I refuse to call myself a foodie. I pair the wrong wines with the wrong meals. I dislike organ meat. I’m terrible at following recipes, and I almost always add, omit, or swap ingredients. I guess my relationship with food is this: I know what I like and don’t like, and I don’t feel it necessary to follow any particular “rules” or apologize when it comes to how I eat.
Anyway, for what it’s worth, I plan to review most every restaurant I try. Most of these are non-chain, and/or mom and pop places, because these are the types of places we enjoy dining at and supporting.
Enjoy, and if you plan to visit the Seattle area, check out my other blog.. seattlemusings.com