thomas keller and me

Hello world! My name is Tara and I want to welcome you to my little bubble of the internet. I find it very hard to talk about myself without feeling overwhelmingly narcissistic, but after blogging for a year I came to a realization that my about page is uncomfortably dry and not really descriptive of the person I am. With that in mind, I hope you learn something new about me by the end of this read!

I was born and raised in the beautiful (and in my opinion, the crème de la crème of cities) San Francisco! I would not mind living here forever if everything goes my way. In fact, I love my town so much I even wrote a virtual tour guide for you readers.

Can you guess my ethnicity? I am a Eurasian mix of Chinese (mom) and German, French and Polish (dad). Yes, I know I look Latin or Middle Eastern and it is so fun to always see the shocked expressions on people’s faces when I start talking in Chinese!

I’m currently going to school for Nutritional Sciences/Dietetics in hopes of becoming a Registered Dietitian. I have about a year left of undergrad and then I am off to do my Masters. I would love to share more specifics but even a 1% chance of jinxing myself makes me nervous. 🙂


When asked about long-term goals, I can only think of three things in life that I really need. A rewarding career, a happy partner and my child(ren) to grow up with good morals. Everything else will fall into place if it is meant to be.

My bucket list ranges from little things like walking the Golden Gate Bridge (I seriously need to get on that) all the way to seeing the Aurora Borealis and doing a TED talk.

I am the self-dubbed Ikea master. Some people like running or meditating to relieve stress. Me? Building dressers and bed frames is all the zen time I need. Just hand over the Allen wrench and power drill and I am ready to go.

To say I eat out too much is an understatement. In fact, this blog would be very empty if it was not for all the fantastic restaurants I get the pleasure of dining at. As a person who has taken the secret food-lover oath, I promise to treat each and every plate with dignity, and love each and every carb, protein and fat the same. Well, hopefully they are whole grains and unsaturated fats but that is a topic for another day.

I have enough baggage to fill a whole room and it is hard sometimes but I am inspired to fill my life with joie de vivre and make time to stop and smell the flowers. It really makes a difference. (okay, that is enough with the clichés)


Like everyone else in the world, I like to travel. Surprising, right? I have not explored the world as much as I would like, but here are a few glossy pictures for you to look at since I started writing posts-
-China: Guangzhou (where my family is from), Chengdu & Jiuzhaigou (one of the wonders of the world), Leshan & Mount Emei (biggest Buddha in the world)
-New York: In Aug ’13 and Jan ’14
-Southern California: Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.

I am also so humble to be able to do pretty cool things because of this blog, such as…
-Being able to attend the Nespresso Grand Chef Rendezvous event where Michelin starred chefs from around the world prepared a six course dinner. Also being gifted this beautiful Gran Maestria.
-Attending food events like the Burritt Room tasting and Smashburger opening.
-Reviewing products like Morning Rounds and Zabada Cleaning Supplies.
These are just a few of many opportunities that have come my way and I am so grateful to have you. Without everyone reading and being interactive, I am honestly just talking to myself in an empty room.

If there are too many posts to go through, I give you a TL;DR version of my whole 2013 year. You are welcome.

I cannot really think of anything else but feel free to e-mail me or use the contact page! I answer everyone’s e-mails and love hearing from my readers. Cannot say thank you enough for letting me rent at least a second of space in your brain!