Every weekday, we're highlighting a blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
About six years ago, I gave up a six-figure job in corporate American (sorry, Mom!) to live a dream: to write about our lives through the lens of food and relationships. Today, I’m a former engineer turned food writer. Through my blog, A Life of Spice, I have been able to fulfill my dream.
To date, I have: discussed morels with the grand-old chef extraordinaire Imtiaz Querishi in Mumbai; sampled hamur on dhows in Dubai; sipped camel’s milk in Bahrain; followed a superstar food critic around Mumbai and an anonymous one in D.C.; presented at the French Embassy in D.C.; discussed the importance of Windex and basil in our lives; discovered the true elements in "The Pursuit of (real) Happiness" and gotten lost on the backstreets of Delhi searching for the perfect paratha; tapa-ed in D.C. with Chef José Andrés and sampled the amazing cuisine of Chef Ananda Solomon; taught cooking online (yes, it can be done) and in my private cooking classes; sampled flights of honey and hosted colorful henna parties each spring.
I love tradition but embody change, and the recipes on my blog reflect this new way of looking at things - whether it’s by creating tamarind margaritas or singing the praises of fried eggs cooked with onions and potato chips (yes, it tastes as great as it sounds.)
My friends often tease me and say they are never quite sure what will pop-up on my site: I have written about my insane aversion to celery, talked about my son’s reaction when he would not lose any teeth and of course, documented reasons why I love New York and Mumbai ... and why you should dance like no one is watching.
My writing reflects food and culture and its effect on our lives. I feel like my blog gives me the freedom to say what I want and be who I once only dreamt I could be: a writer.
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