A New Chapter, and a New Adventure

Hi, y'all! My name is Christen, and I have a problem. I'm obsessed with food. Like, really obsessed.

Recently, I relocated to my hometown of Greenville, SC after a five-year stint in The Big Apple - that's New York City for any of you living under a rock. ;) My time in New York was filled with many wonderful adventures - including exploring new restaurants and cuisines. 

I moved into my tiny apartment with a baby-sized kitchen with ZERO counter space, ready to take on New York City. To save some money, I decided to try my hand at cooking, a feat that while daunting for someone who burned soup in college, turned into a passion and obsession. Many nights after work were spent with me hovering over the stove in my little kitchen, concocting various meals and putting my own spin on recipes. 

After a couple years cooking in tiny apartment kitchens, I decided it was time for the big leagues: culinary school. I chose The Institute of Culinary Education because of their experienced staff, gorgeous new facility, and prestigious curriculum. Those eight months were some of my favorite memories in New York. 

After some time, my priorities started to shift. I started to wonder if this path was the right one for me. Was this career path viable in a city like New York? Could I handle working my nine-to-five job five days a week and spend my weekends in a restaurant kitchen? Could I quit my day job and hustle like I had never had to hustle before to make ends meet?

The answer ended up being 'no.' After completing roughly 80% of the curriculum, I decided to hang up my chef's coat. But I wouldn't trade my time at ICE for anything. The instructors and staff were so supportive, and I will take the lessons I learned with me throughout my life. But it was time for me to get back to my tiny kitchen and the passion I had once felt for cooking and creating.

And now, a few months later, here I am, back in my hometown, starting a new chapter. This place is a completely different city than the one I grew up in and left over five years ago. It truly is the best time to live in Greenville, SC. And I could not be more excited to be home!

This blog will chronicle my culinary adventures - from exploring new restaurants in Greenville and beyond, to what I'm cooking up in my own kitchen! Come join me on this new adventure!

Cheers,
Christen

p.s. Below are some of my favorite New York eats!

 

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