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YOU ARE HERE.

And I am so glad you are.

I love food, and I know you feel the same. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be here. I understand that your background, region, family, race, culture, whatever is impacted by food and vice versa. Now is the time for you and I to explore how food and culture intersect. 

 

I hope you will join me on this journey to explore food and people. I have no idea where it will take us, but I do know magical things happen when we share a meal. 

CL BURKINS

For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by people: What's your story? Where are you from? Why did you make the choices you've made? What is your family dynamic like? God, I can ask a thousand questions of someone because I want to know what it is like to walk a mile in their shoes.

When I became a mom, I taught myself to cook. Neither my mother nor grandmother bestowed upon me a generational knowledge of cooking either beloved family recipes or anything else for that matter. I didn't even know how to make a box of brownies when I got married (true story). Now, I like to think I'm pretty damn good at it.

Fast forward. My children were mostly grown. Then, the pandemic hit, and I began to understand the importance of connection, of learning to live each day, of being present in the now. So, I cooked, baked, wrote, and imagined life when we could eat out and travel again. Something began to take shape in me.

If you think about it, times with family and friends center around a meal. You don’t text a friend to say, “Hey, do you want to meet up to discuss politics?”, or “Do you guys want to go grab a book together?” No, you ask those people in your life to connect around food and drink. It’s what you lead with, and the politics or books unfold around that connector. 

So, the idea that the most pivotal and profound moments in our lives are attached to food became a need - to explore and celebrate it.  And since I’ve been blogging for over six years, I figured, “Why not marry those two passions?”

Now, after raising 7 incredible men (that is NOT a typo) with my wife, and leaving an 11-year career in public education, it was time for me to do something I am truly passionate about: FOOD. 

So, I’ve embarked on a journey to explore and discover what the world has to offer through food, with the understanding that the escapism, aesthetic, and ultimate connection will follow.

Yes, this is a blog about travel and food, but it’s also about life. After all: Life’s short. Let’s eat.

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