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Old 04-19-2008, 08:50 PM   #1
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Hi there all,

This is my first post. I've been snooping around the forums for a while, and have really liked the feel of this community. Let me tell you a little about myself!@

Right now I am studying Cognitive Science and Philosophy at the university of toronto. I am originally from Washington DC.

I've been cooking for only 3 years now. I grew up going to an international school, so i had lots of friends from all over the world. As consequence, i was able to taste a lot of diferent types of foods throughout my short life (i am 22 now). However, I am a semi-vegetarian. I have been a vegetarian (only eat chicken) since i was 7, so for 15 years now. As such, I have pretty much realized that i will never be a cook, but I dont really mind, as cooking is a passion, but not my only one.

This summer i got an internship to learn the art of "slow cooking" at the American Academy of Architecture in Rome. I will be working with an understudy of Alice Waters, from the famous Chez Panisse restaurant in Berkley, CA. I am very excited, as The restaurant was ranked #20 in the world last year and Ms. Talbott was actually the executive chef for the Clinton Administration. I think my cooking skills will be "pre-rome" and "post-rome".

I myself Have steadily tried my hand at many different varieties of cooking. I prefer spicy food, but will try anything, particularly if it is healthy. I am also a workout-aholic, and box in my free time.

Right now, in Toronto i visit the "st. lawrence market" every week. If you havent been, it is billed as the largest indoor marketplace in N. america. It is truly a great asset for a cook. With all of the different ethnicities in toronto, one can expect to find EVERYTHING in the city, particularly at this market. I have a butcher, fruit/vegetable guy, and a baker that I have befriended and look forward to seeing every week. It is also a place where one can find rare spices, great homemade sauces, unique and exotic fruits, and great varieties of all things cooking. I am truly blessed.

Cheers to all, and thanks for having me!

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Old 04-19-2008, 09:12 PM   #2
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Welcome to DC..Glad you've decided to join in..There are many recipes and ideas here and wonderful people who quickly become friends...Look around and enjoy ..

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Old 04-19-2008, 10:33 PM   #3
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Old 04-19-2008, 11:21 PM   #4
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:26 AM   #8
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Old 04-20-2008, 01:22 PM   #9
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Old 04-20-2008, 01:28 PM   #10
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Welcome to DC. I bet Toronto is a fantastic place to get great ingredients and preparation ideas. I was in Toronto for a recent birthday and we splurged at Centro (among other places). Really spectacular. We got tons of ideas for dishes to make when we got back home. I can't wait to go back. Hope you enjoy DC as much as I enjoyed Toronto!!
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