From Tech to Stage: How Chris Kuester Took A Break From The Valley To Pursue His Culinary Dreams

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A lot of us say we wish we did this and wish we had this career - and really how many of us actually go out and do what they WISH they could do? I met someone who actually followed through with pursuing his dreams of taking a hiatus  from his 9-5 tech job to become a cook at a prestigious restaurant in San Francisco, Trou Normand. Keep reading

My Dupe: Barry's Bootcamp Smoothie

Cacao Mint Chip

I'm a huge fan of drinking smoothies for breakfast and post-workout, especially at Barry's Bootcamp here in San Francisco. Since he lives out of state, he doesn't have access to getting this smoothie so I decided to be a good friend/co-worker and figure out the recipe (or at least try to) so he could make it back home in North Carolina.

Learn how to make it home!

Reem's California x The Buttery Existence

How To Make Sfeeha 

Reem Assil is a force to be reckoned with in the cooking world.  After traveling on a life changing trip to Beirut, she was inspired to bring Arab baking and hospitality to the Bay Area, specifically in Oakland where she opened Reem's California.  As part of a thank you gift to her Kickstarter Community, she and I collaborated on creating a how-to video on how to make Sfeeha, a Lebanese mini-meat pie that is juicy and full of flavor.

Click here to learn more about Reem & how to make Sfeeha at home. 

Kekao Fusion

New healthy food delivery service in San Francisco

I'm such a sucker for food delivery services.  I know that's weird for me to say since I operate a food blog, but real talk, I still work a full-time job and I frequently find myself having the issue of not being able to meal prep or I end up making some bad decisions and order some naughty food from a near by restaurant.  Honestly, when I have the option between french fries vs. a salad, I get weak and order the fries. In a random twist of fate, I took an Uber Pool one day and met Annie Wang.  She is bubbly, friendly and a chef from Seattle who recently launched her meal delivery service, Kekao Fusion  in San Francisco. Jackpot!  

Check out my review of Kekao Fusion.

Mom's Meatballs & Marinara Sauce

An Italian-American Tradition from Boston

Spaghetti and Meatballs is a classic dish that many of us ate growing up, regardless of where your family is from.  If you're like me, you topped your pasta with the sauce from a glass jar and your meatballs came from the freezer.  However, my friend Kaz was lucky to have learned his mom's family's recipe on how to make those two items from scratch. 

Check out why Kaz was the chosen one to carry on this family tradition.

Where To Buy The Best Cupcakes In NYC

Brooklyn Floral Delight

Instagram has approximately 400 million users as of 2016, which is insane! What's even crazier is to think that it was through this social media platform that I found my new go-to baker when I'm in NYC: BK Floral Delight, or as I now know her as, Jiahn.  

Learn how you can buy your own cupcakes from BK Floral Delights.

CEREAL HAPPY HOUR

WITH KELLOGG'S NYC

Now as an adult, my taste palette has become more complex and while I still love the taste of Frosted Flakes, eating pure sugar for breakfast doesn't work for me anymore.  I love the combo of sweet and savory now and haven't really found that in a cereal, until I paid Kellogg's NYC a visit in Times Square.  

Check out what my favorite cereal dish was and my attempt to recreate it back home in SF.

How To Eat Like Cronut Girl In NYC

She doesn't only eat cronuts - promise!

Photo Credit / Instagram:  @cronutgirl 

Photo Credit / Instagram:  @cronutgirl 

Cronut Girl is someone who knows food, especially desserts in NYC.  I am one of the lucky few who actually know her true identity - she's like Gossip Girl! 

Lucky for you, I'm sharing her go-to spots in NYC for you to check out.  However, as for her identity, I'll never tell. xo, TBE

Whiskey Slush

A Rolfes Family Tradition

My former co-worker, Alex Rolfes (yep, Meta Cupcake Guy)  shared his story about a Rolfes family tradition: Whiskey Slush.  Just the name of the beverage brought back memories of me drinking slushies after long day surfing on the beach with friends back in So.Cal, so I was intrigued to see what kind of memories were associated with his version. 

Learn why this is his family's go-to beverage for their family events and how to make it at home.

A New Found Love for Filipino Food

Glenn's Story

When I first met Glenn, our mutual friends Jen & David raved about his skills in the kitchen so I knew I had to schedule some time for him to teach me a recipe or two.  I checked out some pictures from some past parties he's cooked for and was so impressed with the presentation that it came as a surprise to me that he was not a professional chef.  Glenn confessed to me that he originally didn't love filipino food.  However, after his chance meeting with Amy Besa, view on his culture's food changed forever.

Learn about his journey on how he rediscovered his love for filipino food and how to make it at home! 

Milking the Soy with Kim

How To Make Tofu From Scratch

I always knew I wanted to have Kim teach me how to cook something, so when she told me that she wanted to teach me how to make tofu from scratch I couldn't say no!  Tofu is something that I normally just buy at the store and never really thought to make from scratch.

Learn how to make your own tofu at home and why she decided to start making tofu herself.