My Philosophy On Food
Hi, I’m Connie and I’m the recipe developer, food photographer and writer behind this blog. I was born and raised in Vancouver, BC and can’t imagine living anywhere that isn’t along a coast.
By day, I’m a clinical dietitian who works in a hospital and specializes in gastrointestinal surgery and diseases.
By night, I put my records on and I bake up a storm in my kitchen. For 6 years, I had a small business in dessert catering where I baked anything from a single birthday cake to hundreds of mini desserts for weddings.
In between, I’m a backpacker who daydreams about wandering in new places.
Though these may sound like totally different and opposing aspects of my life, there is one common thread between them all: food.
Food has always been my center and grounding point.
As a dietitian, I help people heal from surgery and improve their wellbeing through food.
As a baker, I create food for celebrations and all of life’s momentous events.
As a traveler, I discover new cultures and build connections with others through food.
I fully believe that food is so much more than just fuel for the body.
It nurtures and heals.
It brings people together. Some of my fondest memories are of simple end-of-the-day, sit-around-the-table-gatherings with friends, old and new.
It tells stories about culture, our collective history and our personal journeys.
It takes on so many meanings but above all, it is powerful. Food is a language that we all share, no matter where we are from.
This is what I want to bring across on my blog, connection and stories told through food, via my recipes and photographs.
I started this blog back in 2010 when I was just a teenager in high school with an insatiable appetite for dessert. I was just beginning to explore and learn about baking on my own via cookbooks that I borrowed from the library. It was a slow beginning, just me and my tiny Sony digital camera, but I was driven to create. As time went along, I discovered a passion for food photography as well and since then it has given me an entirely new medium of expression.
Over the decade since I started blogging, I also started to travel around the world. Now my inspiration to create and bake in my own kitchen is drawn from flavours all over. In February 2014, I went on my first international volunteering trip to Guatemala. It was then that I fell in love with travelling which got me on 3 rounds of backpacking where I explored 8 countries in SE Asia. Then, I hiked to Machu Picchu and checked off the first “Wonders of the World” that I have ever seen in my life. My hunger for travel continues to grow as I try to keep up with it. When I’m working and feeling “trapped” in Vancouver, I feed my wanderlust by going on camping trips in BC’s backcountry.
As of 2021, I took the leap and made the move across the ocean to Athens, Greece. How I found this place as my new home is a long story that is simultaneously full of beauty and scarred by pain. A story that I may choose to write someday, but not now.
When I’m not working or blogging, I’m either at a coffee shop, treasure hunting for old vinyls, or riding my bike along the seawall.
In 2010, when I first started blogging, I didn’t think anyone except my friend would read this (Hi Brenna!). Fast forward to 11 years later today: my friend still reads my blog along with all of you from around the world, which just blows my mind. Thank you for being here.