Dana and Christina met while both were in the MBA program at New York University. Dana was Christina’s Resident Advisor in student housing (long story on how both ended up in that situation…). After they had graduated from NYU they became roommates and it was then that they discovered their mutual love of wine, cheese, cooking and entertaining. That passion, combined with an unusually large apartment (by New York City standards), led to numerous recipe-testing, wine and cheese binge-ing and dinner parties for friends.

DANA’S STORY:

Some people’s New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight. Mine is to eat more.

By day, I am a marketer at a large beauty company in New York City. But all day long I dream about food. I am obsessed with food, cheese and wine. I specifically love cheese, which I am starting a love affair with as we speak. My obsession with cheese is borderline crazy, and threatens to overtake my love for my husband.

I grew up in the South with a mom and dad who baked bread from scratch, had a giant garden (kids = weed machines) and tried to trick us into eating organic, homemade “fruit roll ups”, instead of the sugar packed store-bought ones. And along the way, introduced us to Indian, Chinese, Italian and Greek cuisines, among others. My appreciation for food blossomed early.

I live in New York City, the nemesis of homemade food, which is a wonderland of amazing restaurants and tiny kitchens. Yes, rest of world, New Yorkers really don’t cook much. Our lack of a dishwasher, small, unusable ranges and lack of a dishwasher (yep, I said it twice…) make it nearly impossible.

And despite it all, in New York City, I cook. I am a passionate self-taught cook and dinner party thrower, and have enthusiastically taken class after class at Murray’s Cheese, the Institute of Culinary Education, and Artisanal Cheese to build my food expertise.

I live with my husband, a workout fanatic who wholeheartedly disapproves of my food addiction. He eats to live, while I live to eat. But somehow it works. We’re funny that way.

I hope I can be a resource to inspire you to start a journey with food. Like a real romance, not that one-night stand nonsense. I encourage you to let me know what you think about the site, share your experiences, photos and ideas. In exchange, I promise to share all the food knowledge I have, some inspiration, and all of the steamy details of my romance with food.

~Dana

CHRISTINA’S STORY:

I just love food. Eating it, cooking it, talking about it, thinking about it, learning about it. Food, food, food.

Oddly, as a girl growing up in San Francisco I did not eat a wide variety of ethnic cuisines. We ate at home a lot and going to a restaurant was a real treat. But I was surrounded by women who cooked amazing food and I loved being in the kitchen, helping and observing.

The only things I ever wanted to make were desserts. Show me a kid who doesn’t love sugar. My great-aunt Ruth would try to encourage me to try other recipes and would always tell me, “you know you can’t just eat desserts” but I didn’t think it was fun to make dinner. Even when I went off to college and was living on my own I still didn’t really cook a whole lot. It wasn’t until I moved to L.A. that I really began to experiment. I finally started to build a kitchen with utensils and appliances for which I previously had no use or didn’t know existed.

Then I moved to New York for grad school and my dorm room had the smallest kitchen I’d ever seen. No real cooking was going to happen in there. I think the most complicated thing I made that year was French toast (and it was yummy). I spent a semester in Madrid and had the best experience of my life eating all over Europe.

After graduation I stayed in New York for a couple years and again threw myself into cooking and all things food-related. Preparing a meal and entertaining at home are two of the best things in life as far as I’m concerned. I’m a bit of a freak about healthy stuff (I will not eat anything with strawberries in it unless I know the strawberries are organic) but I do indulge (wine, cheese, etc.).

Now I’m back home in San Francisco and loving everything Northern California has to offer. I don’t pretend to be an expert in anything – I continue to learn and grow in my abilities. But I fully enjoy trying new recipes and experimenting with food so I will share my experiences and hopefully get feedback from you along the way.

~Christina

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