When Rene and I first started dating, we lived four hours apart. We were both finishing senior year of college - me here in New York, him in Pennsylvania. We fell in love hard and fast. Living apart from someone who was so suddenly essential to my happiness was a challenge, to say the least. Sometimes, it was literally debilitating - I actually remember laying on my bed, unable to do or think about anything else, wondering why it has to be so difficult. We saw each other about every three weeks, and when we were together, it was like the whole world had stopped, and . . .
Hey guys! Hope you all had a fabulous rosé-fueled Fourth of July :) I'm back from my annual trip to the Cape and ready to get down to some serious business. In my last post, I mentioned I would have some news soon, and well - it's time to share! On Friday, July 29th, I will be leading a workshop titled "Healthy Eating for a Sustainable You" as part of the annual Civic Art Lab event on the Lower East Side. Hosted by GreenspaceNYC, it's a non-profit collaborative that "develops and curates free educational programming, hands-on workshops, and public design projects . . .
Hello, and welcome to my new home. Chez Sasha had a great run for over half a decade and the time to evolve into something new has arrived. So why the change? Well, I started blogging for two reasons: first, to combat basic boredom, and second, to document my kitchen experiments and share them with the world. When I wrote my first blog post (it is still live, much to my embarrassment), I had no idea what I was doing – not in terms of writing recipes, nor in taking photos – and had no intentions or goals for it whatsoever. All I knew was that it was really fun to . . .
2015 was a busy, transformational and unbelievably lucky year for me. It all started in February when I had the chance to complete Natural Gourmet Institute's "Writing for Food Media" Certificate Program, as perhaps the most amazing job perk ever. Working alongside Dawn Perry and learning with my fellow classmates took my passion for developing recipes to the next level. Completing the program gave me the confidence to pursue bigger projects and to market myself as a true recipe developer, not just a "food blogger." I also took learning photography more seriously. I . . .
Hey, guys! I'm taking a little break from blogging and plan to be back in a few weeks. Please don't miss me too much! I hope you're all having a fantastic summer, and that you'll stay in touch via Instagram and other social media. Oh, and check out this article I wrote for Gothamist, "What To Eat On A Day Trip To Brighton Beach," in the meantime. A bientôt! . . .
Remember when I told you about the "Writing for Food Media" program at Natural Gourmet Institute back in February? Well, the program wrapped up in April, and was an even better experience than I had hoped for. The class was taught by Dawn Perry, Digital Food Editor at Bon Appetit magazine, and all-around awesome person. In eight weeks, we learned how to develop, test, write and edit recipes, and prepare them to be photographed. Each of us developed five recipes: a soup, a salad, a main, a snack or drink, and a dessert (I'll share mine with you soon so stay tuned!) . . .
Remember when I waxed poetic about the wonderful place that is Natural Gourmet Institute... which also happens to be my place of work? Well, thanks to NGI, I get to take advantage of the most wonderful opportunity and I am so excited to tell you about it! For the first time ever, NGI will be running a "Writing for Food Media: Recipe Writing and Development" Certificate Program. Over the course of eight weeks, the program will cover how to develop, write, test, and prepare recipes to be photographed - the way it's really done for real cookbooks and real magazines. . . .