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Charlottesville, Virginia, United States · Member since June 2011
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After graduating college, I took some time holed up in a house in the mountains of central VA, and tried to figure out how exactly I was going to apply my fancy degree to life. In order to not be completely broke after college I took a job in the restaurant industry. Initially what started off as a way to have quick, easy income, has turned into somewhat of a career. I fell in love with food (both eating and cooking), and the science of baking in particular. I have started a custom cake business, Panda Cakes, and work as a bartender a few nights a week at place that emphasizes craft cocktails with fresh, local, and homemade ingredients. It's at that job where I met my other half, Micah.

M and I have shared passion in delicious food (especially tacos) and booze. We love booze, not in a "lets take shots and get hammered" way, but in a way that a chef may approach a Food Network Chopped challenge or just cooking in general. For those who don't know what that is, basically we like to take fresh, in season ingredients and use them to complement and enhance the flavors of liquor. For an idea of what we do, you can check out M's blog (URL HIDDEN) He's pretty awesome.

We also love traveling, but don't love flying. I like to think we're pretty lucky to live where people want to come vacation, but we are so close to amazing day trips. So any time we have 2 days off together (a rarity), we head out to Warm Springs or a vineyard or a hike.

Holy crap, I love my dog. LOVE her. Like even just looking at her, it hurts how much I love her. Her name is Cayda Bella and she is possibly the worlds smallest full grown boxer. Her passions include rawhide chews (I think she loves them as much as I love her), frosty paws, and snuggling. She is one of the cuddliest dogs I have ever had. I'm going to cut myself off here because I could go all day...

This is it for now....