7 Reasons Why

The root of my love for cooking called me at 6 years old. I stood staring at my mom crying as she hung up the phone. My dad, may he rest in peace, who normally had one facial expression, even looked concerned. As a 6 year old I’m thinking what’s going on? Why is she […]

Brunch Chilaquiles

“Let’s do lunch at Carnivale for your birthday Aunt Nieta.”  I remember taking Imani to the movies as a kid, now she’s taking me to lunch.  When she asked, my first thought was “that’s cute, let me make sure I have money to pay.” See I’m thinking she’s still that cute chocolate drop kid, how […]

Loaded Bison Nachos

He had me at “What are you doing for Cinco De Mayo?” I knew he was the one and I would bore little Bumblebees after that question.  We would be together forever living a margarita filled happily ever after. Don’t look sideways at that, the Gates take May 5th SERIOUSLY.           […]

Summer is Coming

Summer is coming. This is what I told myself sitting in a popular Italian restaurant taking a new employee to lunch. I rationalized. Nieta, you worked out this morning. You DESERVE creamy sun-dried tomato ravioli. You got this, burn it off tonight.  My mind was made up.  In my Chris Rock voice, “I’m getting mines.” […]