Photo by Celeste Noche

Hi! I'm Michelle. I believe in eating welltravelling often, and biking everywhere. I've lived in four different countries and once spent the summer biking across the country. 

I started this blog after moving to Denver, Colorado in order to get the hang of high-altitude baking — you can read more about the blog's beginnings here. But since then, I've moved back to my favorite city of Portland, Oregon San Francisco, California where I'm still baking up a storm.

I'm perpetually trying to balance my time between baking the goods you see on this blog, a full time job, and doing Olympic weightlifts at a super-intense gym called Crossfit rock climbing at an indoor gym. All that sugar needs to be balanced out somewhere, right? 

Outside of the blogosphere, I currently work in the marketing engineering department of a successful software start-up huge tech company. Although I'm a formally trained economist (read: I shelled out the big bucks to go to an esoteric liberal arts college that nobody's ever heard of), I would much rather be experimenting with the different recipes that you see in this blog, figuring out how to make my blog look pretty with CSS, or playing with my camera.

As far as photography goes, I use a refurbished Canon Rebel XSi Canon 5D Mark II with a 50mm f/1.8 lens and a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens as of July 2013.

I love straightforward recipes with simple ingredients — I'm very much of the Mark Bittman and Smitten Kitchen philosophy that you can make delicious and beautiful food with unpretentious and unfussy ingredients. That being said, while I like to think the majority of recipes in this blog are accessible, I'm prone to occasionally indulging in exotic spices, quirky flavor combinations, and challenging undertakings. I blame the years I spent in San Francisco living next to Humphrey Slocombe's ice cream parlor. Oh, and my lady crush on Christina Tosi from Momofuku Milk Bar.

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Photo by Celeste Noche

Important info about me:

yes please always foods
any kind of meat bun // fried chicken // avocados // pork belly // brussel sprouts // sweet potatoes // peking duck // leeks // caramel flan // brownies // macarons // eggplant // donuts

no thank you always foods
burritos // blue cheese // turkey // salad // negronis // beans

things i love always
my cat // the talking heads // snacks // london // fall (the season) // palindromes // flossing my teeth // harry potter

things i like sometimes
making pie // riding my bicycle // crossfit // taylor swift // the new york times // my boyfriend // the internet

things i hate always
people when they're not polite // waiting in line // brunch // snow // small plates restaurants // driving // board games