Contributors

Victoria Felicity Elizondo

Victoria Felicity Elizondo

Photographer and Writer

Sign: Virgo 

Likes: Salsa Dancing, Music, Long Bike Rides and My Wire Hair Terrier Bella (IG: @BellaGirl_ )

Dislikes: Tripe (Tripa as we say en Espanol)

As California a girl who grew up in the Bay Area to Mexican-American parents,  certain things growing up were just daily life. Memories of planting vegetables all year round with my grandparents and reaping a harvest as the seasons fresh vegetables were ripened as they talked about “life en el campo.” Being sent outside to pick lemons off our fruit tree and shooaway squirrels as they try to eat our fallen ripe avocados. “Organic, farm-to-table” food has always been a way of life, it was a way to save money, survive and live.

I now look back to the days with my grandmother out in the garden and am thankful, there under the California sun my grandmother planted a seed that has grown into a love for good food and intentional living.

Aleksandra Bulatskaya

Aleksandra Bulatskaya

Writer

Sign: Scorpio

Likes: Documentaries, Kittens, Wine

Dislikes: Homogeny

I’m a typical Russo-American girl who grew up appreciating the mountains, ocean and fresh produce of Northern California. Currently, I call Brooklyn home and work as an advertising copywriter in Manhattan.

I moved to the US in 1995 from Odessa, Ukraine. it’s a city famous for its humor, architectural beauty and Mediterranean-influenced culture. Called the “Pearl by the Sea” by locals it’s perched on the Black Sea coast.

It’s an area that celebrates its diverse roots, which is reflected in the food. There’s the fragrant fruit from Georgia (the country, not the state), Uzbek rice pilaf, hearty Russian and Ukrainian dishes, and of course fresh sea food.           
I grew up eating fish that many times, my mother would have to whack in the head (sorry vegetarians) to make sure it was really dead before throwing it in the pan.