Hi there! I’m Robin, founder of CaliGirl Cooking. I started this blog as a way to share my favorite recipes and my love for cooking with my family and friends. Once I saw how much they appreciated it, I decided to grow the blog and share my recipes with the rest of the world.
My love for food started in college, when I began having to put my own food on the table every night while simultaneously making sure I was getting enough nutrients to sustain me through long days of class, volleyball practice, strength training and conditioning. I started experimenting and soon learned that I loved not only the process of making the food, but also how much better I felt when I made something from scratch as opposed to buying something pre-packaged from the center aisles of the grocery store.
I graduated with a degree in Public Relations and Psychology, and found myself working for an event production company in Honolulu right after I completed college. I have always loved party planning, so this was a natural career move for me. It was here that I really, truly fell in love with the Food & Beverage side of the hospitality world. I was lucky enough to work closely with some of Hawaii’s top chefs, and also jumped into seriously studying the world of wine.
I soon realized that my love for food, wine and cooking could not be quieted, so I left my event production gig, enrolled in culinary school, got a job as a line cook at a local French bistro, and signed up for my first level sommelier exam.
After realizing how much I missed my home state of California, I moved back and started working in the winery business in Napa, while also completing my First Level Sommelier certification and the Certified Specialist of Wine designation. Although I was no longer in culinary school at this time, Napa was the perfect breeding ground for my love of food and wine to blossom. I dined in some of the world’s best restaurants and got to taste top-rated wines. Some truly unforgettable experiences that have further fed my passions.
I currently live in Santa Barbara with my husband and love cooking for friends and family and experimenting with new recipes. It has been so fun introducing friends to flavors and foods that they have never tasted before.
My hope for CaliGirl Cooking is to show even the most fearful, inexperienced cook that they can be successful in their culinary endeavors. I also want my recipes to be a source of inspiration for those who are more comfortable in the kitchen and looking to expand their horizons. My goal is to bring people together and show that creative, fun, balanced recipes are not out of reach for anyone. I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy sharing it with you. I love connecting with all of you so please be sure to drop a line and say hello! XO