Welcome to Gastronome Tart!
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek.If you have stumbled across this blog, I’m sure you are wondering who is the mind behind it. Well, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Amy and sure enough, I love food. Which I like to think is coherently obvious (hence the excitement in picture below of stumbling upon a chocolate shop in The Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, Australia) My hope is that over time you and I will get to know one another.
Let me just start off with where it all began...Ever since I was a child my taste buds have ran rampant. I always loved to try new concoctions. While I didn’t grow up in a household that spent much time in the kitchen, I did grow up in a home where my parent’s tried to instill in us a love for the arts. Although my mother was an elementary school teacher and my father a veterinarian, artistic expression was always encouraged. Whatever we wanted to do, our parents full heartedly allowed us to embrace it. Becoming a cartoonist? Take a class! Playing the violin? Give it a try. Want to learn photography? What about a camera for your birthday present? However, the one thing that stuck with me was dance. I danced my behind off for so many years. Loved it. Loved it to the point that I even went to an art school in high school. The movie Fame had nothing on us. However behind this all, there seemed to be a cycle. Dance, eat, dance and repeat. After a long class there was nothing more that I enjoyed than a nice meal.
I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. After high school I had moved to Los Angeles to pursue my college education. Immediately after graduation, I met my hubby to be. Rob and thus my true culinary passion began. Rob and I dined all over town. Santa Monica to Beverly Hills and even all the way down to Newport Beach. Food was elevated. When I was a child, a nice steak dinner at Morton’s was the epitome (which I still do enjoy a bone-in Ribeye from time to time) but now I was being introduced to foi gras with chocolate sauce. Imagine my surprise when I found out what that truly was (although it has never been a deterent since)
At the end of 2005 when Rob and I were just an engaged couple, we left the state of California for the east coast. Settling in Denver, NC. Denver was just a pit stop for us on the way the Charlotte. We decided to stay there for a few months while looking for a place in Charlotte. Denver. It was literally in the middle of no where. Since we had just moved, we had sold my car in California, so while I was searching for a job, Rob had already landed one and I was stuck in the middle of a town where just to get milk was a ten mile trip. I was without a car while he went off to work and that’s where the beginning of my gastronome tendencies started.
I would rip open every culinary magazine and cookbook I could get my hand’s on. I tried and failed many times at many recipes, however, I knew that if you do something and fail, keep doing it until you succeed. Almost every single week I would bake goodies for my husband to bring to work. Some were more successful than others, however I always tried.
After our move to North Carolina we moved to Nashville, Birmingham, Richmond and Suffolk, Virginia... Then back to Birmingham, Los Angeles and now Charlotte, NC where we most likely will stay. Phew! Through it all, I have traveled around the world, learned culinary tips, honed my photography skills and ate my way to happiness.
During my culinary triumph’s and failures, I have always loved the commaderie of true foodies. Such a basic yet complex necessity like food that brings everyone around the world together. I would love to speak to any of you about travel, food,or photography. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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