I fell in love with food and wine when I was studying in Milan, Italy. Italians just get it right when it comes to dining experiences. I have special memories basking in the sun on a patio in Lake Como sipping chilled Lambrusco, eating blocks of fresh mozzarella with thick slices of tomatoes tossed in balsamic vinegar. Italians value taking things slow, a concept that can make working in the country difficult for someone like me. But when it comes to food and eating out, taking things slow teaches you to savor your food, to stop and think about your wine and your surroundings. No one was rushing through a meal to get to the next activity, because the meals were always the main activity. After Italy, I wanted to get my hands on anything that could teach me more about food. I marked up cookbooks before bed, listened to podcasts about dining trends and cooking tricks, and most importantly, began to notice little details of a restaurant. Details are important and they factor into our decisions on what we love to eat and where we love to eat it.
I started a food Instagram to capture my experiences in 2015 and was surprised at the reaction from complete strangers who followed me. I got questions like “where should I take my picky eater husband for our anniversary dinner?” “Where is a place in Minneapolis that would impress my parents in town from San Francisco?” More often than not, diners are looking for a restaurant that fits the occasion they’re celebrating more so than a specific dish or cuisine they’re craving. My original mission for this website was to provide experience-driven, food-loving people with reliable recommendations on where to eat in the Twin Cities. My restaurant database houses reviews for 200+ restaurants in the Twin Cities I’ve been to personally, and I work hard to provide suggestions for places I love – from the taco truck to the fine dining, small-plate restaurant perfect for special occasions.
It was always a dream of mine to live and work abroad, and in 2022 I made the leap and moved permanently to London, UK. Although Minneapolis will always hold a special place in my heart, I knew it was time for a new adventure – one that will no doubt come with new foods, restaurants, and friends to share those experiences. As a part of this journey, I decided to lean into developing recipes and cooking at home. I plan to share these recipes with you all – from my humble flat in Chelsea, London to your homes across the country and world!