I love …

… spending time on my weekends experimenting in the kitchen dreaming up new ways of doing something or recreating memories from childhood.

… lazy evenings with family and friends sharing a meal, sipping libations, catching up on our week.

… wandering around our beautiful county, camera in hand, capturing life and beauty as I see it through my lens.

… the smell outside just before it starts to rain, the crispness in the air that signals the start of fall, all the wondrous color of spring and the long days of summer.

… feeling the warmth of my puppy curled up and tucked into the small of back while we sleep and then waking up to her crawling up on my chest to give me morning kisses.

… the dank, musty, moldy smell of a century old wine cellar and crave just as much the earthy notes of coffee brewing.

… wandering through rows upon rows of books, breathing in their scent, feeling their bindings, looking at the beauty that their inferior "e" versions just can't compete with.

… getting lost in a good book, a classic flick, fantasy-laden sci-fi and thunderous action movies.

… great design, straight lines and curves, a creative journey that is filled with discovery where you wind up in a place that is not at all what you expected because it's better than you dared to imagine.

My name is Ani and I'm an awarding-winning visual journalist by day; daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, aunt, friend, fur baby mommy and all around creative being … always.

For as long as I can remember, our family gatherings have been centered around food. Early on in my parent's marriage, Dad used to cook for a living. A man of few words, his way of expressing love for us, even now, is by spending days preparing a meal that will be quickly and enthusiastically inhaled by us all.

My sisters and I grew up equating the preparation of food with a show of love, just like Dad always has. He taught Mom to cook, who then made the bulk of the nightly family meals modifying his recipes to her own tastes and creating several recipes of her own along the way. Each have their own way of cooking certain dishes and I love them all. 

As an adult, I've discovered the meditative properties of preparing meals, exploring recipes and creating my own. Entertaining and sharing my culinary adventures has become a passion that I love sharing with everyone I meet.

I've worked as an award-winning visual journalist for more than 20 years. Duties have ranged from photo editing, photographer, illustrator, writer, art director and page designer. My off time finds me photographing the sights and sounds of San Diego, creating recipes in my kitchen, coaching fellow creatives, designing jewelry, freelancing photography and design work and spending time with my adorable, albeit, very energetic cocker spaniel, Starbuck.

This site is a labor of love. I hope you find something here – whether it's the stories and photos I share of my life and family, my soul-bearing confessions or the recipes I share – that speaks to you and adds a little positivity or inspiration to your life. Join me while I share my life one breath, bite, click at a time.

Buen Provecho!
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UPDATED April 25, 2014: 
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Thank you! 
Hugs… Ani

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