Welcome and thank you for being here! I’m Calysta and I created this food blog as a space to celebrate my love of food and how it can be a vehicle for personal enjoyment, community building and a wellness lifestyle. I also hope to foster engagement around themes that bring me joy: preparing and eating delicious food, connecting with people, learning about new food trends and preparation techniques, and being intentional about enjoying my life.

Originally from Los Angeles, I currently call the lovely Oakland, California home. I have a delightful 2 year old son and a plethora of nieces and nephews that I claim as mine as well.  In addition to being a brand new food blogger, I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I also have a background in theatre including teaching, producing, writing, acting… some say I’m dramatic and I say “AM I?!?!?” ;)~ I love to travel as much as possible and I’ve been lucky enough to randomly find myself under the tutelage of a home cook in many amazing places: Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Greece, Vietnam, South Africa, Japan, New Zealand, and The Marshall Islands. My travel experiences have been magical and I hope to offer culinary travel opportunities here on the blog in the future. 

My love of cooking began when I was around 10 years old when I somehow eased into an interest in making lots of sauces (all vinegar based as my mother tells it) and one thing led to another and you couldn’t pull out of the kitchen!  I found such comfort in being creative in preparing food and I noticed a meditative state I experienced while doing so that still occurs to this day. While some see cooking as stressful, I see it as the ultimate stress relief! I love learning and growing in my knowledge of food and sharing those findings with others. In many ways I see the opportunity to create this food and lifestyle blog as a natural evolution of my creative, social and career backgrounds that have all centered around engaging with and helping people. I have so many ideas for recipes, experiences, tools, resources and events that I hope to share here. I hope you stick around and enjoy what this blog becomes as much I surely will! Click here to jump into some yummy recipes!