Welcome to the East Bay Gourmand!
To those that are reading, I have been thinking of starting a blog for some time now. I love to explore new upcoming places whether they are bars, restaurants, bakeries, etc. I consider myself somewhat of a foodie (although who doesn’t these days). I love food and I usually follow the words of wisdom from the food editor in the Pixar Movie “Ratatouille”. “If I don’t like it, I don’t swallow.” Okay, maybe not literally. I will swallow, but it doesn’t mean I’ll enjoy it. So I guess I have a modified version. “If I don’t enjoy it, believe me I’ll be writing about it.” Well if I enjoy it, I’ll most certainly be writing about it as well.
A little about my and why I am starting this blog. My first job was in the food industry, so I grew up learning the ins and outs of how a restaurant works. Aside from that, I also grew up Italian (Sicilian to be more specific), meaning I grew up baking, cooking and loving all things food. I went to UC Berkeley and have grown up in the South Bay. I am currently working in San Francisco and have been living in the East Bay (North Oakland) for the last year.
I plan to write 1 to 2 times a week on all things regarding food. Whether it is in my adventures in baking, cooking or my exploration of the new upcoming East Bay, San Francisco or the South Bay. I plan to write about what I experience in restaurants, bars, bakeries, coffee shops, etc. I will be writing about food, ambiance, service and hopefully writing on the inside scoop that allows these places to run. Such as cooks, servers, chefs, managers, etc. For those that have worked in the food industry, there is a lot to be told on the other side. Those that are on the side of receiving the food, really have no idea what is going on most of the time. Even I, having worked in the food industry for quite some time, forget what is like when my service is slow or when my food is cold, etc.
I also am very inspired by many of my restaurant experiences to play around with ingredients in my baking and cooking. I will also be writing about what I cook/bake and where my inspirations have aspired from.
I look forward to sharing all of my experiences and hopefully inspiring others out there to try what I have found and to experiment with my inspirations in cooking and baking. Most of all I look forward to taking you all on the journey with me. I hope you all will comment and let me know what you like and what you don’t. Let’s get to exploring and cooking! Buon Appetito!