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A New Start

I’ve decided to revamp and rename my blog since I plan on adding more than just recipes. I will still be writing family recipes, but I will also be adding my bread baking journal as well as restaurant reviews. My instagram handle is foodgasmtky so if you’d like to see more photos, please follow along!

A little bit about me… Born in California, raised in Tokyo (hence the handle, foodgasmtky. Very original right?). I’ve lived in both California and Boston for the last 11 years now and I just recently came back to Southern California after a 3 year stint in Boston. I graduated with my Masters in Gastronomy from Boston University in 2012. During my time at BU I also received my culinary certificate. Since graduating, I’ve found myself at varying jobs including tech, hospitality, and my favorite one being a recipe writer and food stylist for a now-defunct shop that sold recipe kits.

What I learned about myself in the last decade is that I’m happiest in the kitchen. My own kitchen. I love to cook and bake for my family and friends and I also love to share what I do. I also really enjoyed my time working in hospitality and am now 100% sure I am not interested in being a part of the “start-up world”.

Food holds a significant importance in my life and I’ve decided to create my own path to my food-filled future. Since I’m currently not working anywhere (funemployment?) I decided that I’d spend my days teaching myself how to bake bread and pastries. I know that that sounds super general and “bread” can include a lot of things, however, I would like to teach myself and perfect how to bake items that I could potentially sell in my own bakery in the future.

I’ve always wanted to own my own food business, and I just happened to watch a special program on TV in Japan about Chef Tsunetaka Kawakami. Chef Kawakami has spent his last 30 years working as a baker, owning bakeries, and helping others successfully open their own bakeries. He has a 5 day program which teaches his students the ins and outs of what it takes to open their own bakery and he also teaches them his general bread recipe that each of his shops sell. The program on TV went into great detail regarding this 5 day program and I felt very inspired by Chef Kawakami. To learn more about Chef Kawakami, you can go here.

I still plan on writing recipes passed along by my family members as well as family friends, but I also wanted to document my new adventure in learning how to bake bread as well as include some restaurant reviews. Some of the recipes that I use are from Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bakery cookbook, which can be purchased at Barnes & Noble or on Amazon here . Please feel free to follow along and leave comments if you have any questions, advice, or just want to say hi 🙂

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