Mission

 

 

 

 

 

 

The three tenets we live and work by. . .

Building community

Our idea of community is one in which each guest accepts each other for the whole and incomplete person they are. We hope to strengthen communities by sharing a love for food. We know that some of the best bonding happens over the dining table and we want to support those times. We aim to give light to the farmers, chefs, home cooks, and diners for all they do in supporting our community. We want to facilitate new discussions about the ever evolving role of food and cooking in society so ultimately people can feel empowered about their food choices politically, socially, economically. 

Eating well

Health is a major issue in today’s world. While we are not into dieting, we focus on living a conscious life. We want to support our community by offering healthy tips for eating a balanced diet. We also want to empower our guests to choose the most healthful, responsible foods that align with their mission. Sometimes this may mean growing your own food, or shopping at the local farmer’s market to get the most nutritious  foods, or make a political stance on the monopolized food industries. 

Adventure FUN

We promote exploration. We believe that exploring other cultures allows us to more deeply know ourselves. Exposing ourselves to new customs, traditions, and foods teaches us that however different we may seem, we all share a common goal of community and connection with others. 

We also promote living an active lifestyle to stay healthy, energized, and young at heart. When we take time to care for our body each day, and move it in ways that please us, we can do more things and live the life we want. We must take time to do some sort of exercise and some sort of mental clearing to live the healthiest life possible. We believe in Einstein’s words:

“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live. Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born”.

Note from the Chef

Welcome to my nomad kitchen! I’m a Los Angeles native who trained in classical French technique in Paris.

While LA is home, my love for travel has taken me to many kitchens around the world. It began with internships in restaurants in Nice, France and then Florence, Italy. I’ve been in the food industry for over 10 years, opening restaurants, catering, healthy personal chef-ing, and teaching cooking classes.

Then, I took the trip of a lifetime. I traveled a year with digital nomads (I catered healthy meal bowls while traveling), and dedicated my time to learning recipes of the world. I took cooking classes in each city and now am making those authentic recipes easy and accessible for the home cook. Some of the recipes you’ll find featured as a cooking class on my blog are from Morocco, Spain, Portugal, Serbia, Colombia, just to name a few.

My focus is not on crazy restaurant techniques, but empowering the home cook to make (or just serve) good food at home. Some of my favorite classes to teach are paella, homemade pasta, and dumplings to name a few. For upcoming classes, click hereMy signature dish that also got me my first personal chef job at 19 is Chicken Parmesan.

Many of the recipes I write emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables. My approach is the Mediterranean diet. Being half Mexican and half Armenian living in California, I grew up with dishes like Steak con chilesChile RelleñosTabuli, Stuffed eggplant, and spinach patties, many of which I made with my grandma and are featured on the blog.

My mission is to help my friends and family eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, and smaller amounts of meat. I believe the best diet is one of balance, not restricting one food group or another. I do have a big sweet tooth for pastries so sometimes I have a hard time with the balance. So, you’ll find a few dessert recipes sprinkled throughout. Can’t help myself.

Keep on cooking,

Joanna

 

To subscribe for healthy recipes and travel tips, follow this link:

www.shapeupfridge.com

View the Vegan eCookbook that Joanna wrote, as well as others that she has assisted with.

If you’re interested in the first cookbook of the trip, it is finally out! Order “Month in Marrakech: a food and travel memoir” by clicking on the link.

 

 

 

 

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