Welcome to my site! I’m so glad you are here, my name is Christina. Cooking has always been a hobby and from an early age I found delight and creativity in making Saturday morning fruit platters or my famous cheesy eggs. Growing up, I worked catering gigs with my mom and was exposed to the retail food business through weekend and summer jobs. During high school, I worked at the famous Red Mill Burgers in Seattle. Although I had a passion for food, I also was deeply interested in travel – and eventually these interests fused together.
I traveled to Florence, Italy, while attending Arizona State University and fell head-over-heels in love with Italian cuisine. After visiting Paris, Parma, Argentina, India, Austin, Uruguay and New York, travel began to inspire and influence the flavors in my kitchen. When I launched Foodie With a Life (FWAL) I was teaching yoga and working full-time. I saw that my friends and I were working and living full lives but left with little time to prepare healthy, wholesome, delicious food – something we craved but didn’t prioritize. In 2011, I launched this blog as a resource for other busy people to access simple gourmet dishes with easy to follow instructions.
Now, as a mom, my need to provide healthy, delicious food for myself and my family hasn’t changed, but my perspective has. I’ve doubled down on strategies for menu planning and simple dishes with less ingredients.
Can you really eat well and have a full life? Absolutely! It’s about having a loose plan for the week, setting yourself up for success and building your culinary toolbox. These recipes are straight from my kitchen and bustling life and I hope they find their way into yours as well.
Thanks for being here!