Hi, my name is Olivia and I’m the blogger, photographer and “chef” behind Olivia’s Cuisine. I am originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I currently live in New York. I am recently married, as of January of 2014, living the newly wed bliss (most of the time!). That guy in the picture on the left is my husband Tim. He’s the one having to try and judge every single thing I make in the kitchen, helping me choose photos, reviewing my posts (I’m a foreigner after all, so I do make lots of mistakes!), washing the dishes and running to the grocery store when I realize I don’t have something I need. But above all, he’s the one that deals with my insecurities, tells me everything will be ok, makes me laugh and helps me be a better person everyday.
Apart from being the awesome food blogger I am (I wish!), I’m an actor and I also have a degree in Marketing and Advertising. However, I have’t been acting lately as I pretty much decided the kitchen is my stage! :-) Oh, I also bartend on Broadway 6 nights (and some matinees) a week! I write lots of my posts during Act One, while I’m sitting around doing nothing cause the customers are watching the show.
Tim and I have a little dog daughter, named Lola. She is an English cocker spaniel and the sweetest dog you will ever meet. She is also a little tazmanian devil, so make sure you don’t leave any shoes – or pretty much anything you wouldn’t want to see destroyed – next to her. As of today (July 5th, 2014), she is 1 year 2 months and 27 days, so pretty much still a puppy. And whenever she does destroy something and you try to scold her, she just looks at you with her guilty puppy eyes and in a second your heart melts and you forget why you were angry in the first place! :)
My favorite food is my grandma’s beef stroganoff (that you can find here!), my favorite dessert is her Pavê (that I have yet to share with y’all) and my favorite drink is Diet Coke or Champagne (but I don’t drink alcohol that much). My favorite TV shows, as I simply can’t pick one, are: Game of Thrones, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Revenge (my guilty pleasure). My favorite color is pink. My ultimate dream is to buy a big house, have three kids and have a kitchen with a kitchen island! Right now we rent an apartment in Manhattan and my kitchen is, although big for NYC standards, tiny!
This blog is meant to be a place where I express my adventures in the kitchen, a friendly place where readers can browse through my experiences and find /nurture their passion for cooking. I am not a professional chef. I learned how to cook with my grandmother and with my mother. I crashed and burned a lot, as I’m sure many of you also did. I had times when I thought I would never be able to make something, as it always turned out bad… My husband is the one who usually pushes me forward saying I will eventually master it, and guess what? He’s usually right!
I always say that everyone can cook if they do it with love. Not even the greatest chef in the world would be successful in making a dish if he didn’t do it with love. I want you, my readers, to know that I have lots of love for this work I’m doing. You can always reach me with questions, critiques, suggestions, requests and pretty much anything else. Please let me know if you’ve made my recipes (either on Facebook, Twitter, through the site comments or email!) and what you thought of it!
I also need to remind you that I am brand new at this food blogging stuff, so bear with me til I learn everything about it! :) I am really glad that we are connecting and that I can share my passion with you!
Hope to see you around here often! Happy cooking!