Growing up in the Midwest, I had a warm childhood centered around family and friends. Many of my first memories center around food and the traditions of family holidays. I was never someone who thought that they would live more than a few hours drive from their family.... fast forward to college and I spent four years in Ann Arbor, MI (Go Blue!) before moving to Philadelphia for an internship after graduation. Philadelphia is only about a 90 minute plane ride from Chicago, but it could have been oceans for how nervous I was. Living in Philadelphia, I made incredible friends and ate even more incredible food. Fast forward another few years and I found myself accepting a job in Los Angeles, a city that I had sworn I would never live in. The West Coast felt like an alien planet to me compared to the Midwest, someplace fake and not genuine like where I grew up. Then I found the haven of The South Bay, a few quiet beach cities where it felt like a little slice of the Midwest in Southern California. All this to say, this blog is a curation of me and my many homes around the United States, Skokie, Evanston, Glencoe, Philadelphia, and Redondo Beach.