Thoughts For Food

Insights into the Mind of a Culinary School Student

Back again, for real this time!


Hi everyone! I know, it’s been far too long since I’ve posted anything on here, but I just wanted to give you guys an update as to what’s going on.

I’m currently 5 months deep into my internship at Honest Cooking Magazine and I’ve been having a blast! It’s such a great experience. I’ve learned so much about editing articles, finding cool stories to write about, conducting interviews and of course, sampling some of the most amazing food and drink I have ever tasted. Now, a little background on where I work!

Honest Cooking is a small, young startup that is still growing. We’ve done big events in the past and are in the middle of planning events for the future so it’s always a busy time at the office. There’s only a handful of us so far, but it’s good because we get to know each other and build close working relationships. We’re always looking for the next big food story or recipe, so if you have any to share, please do so!

Honest Cooking is actually divided up into 3 different websites:

  • Honest Cooking, the main hub
  • Alimentari, the Italian-themed website (the one I work on the most)
  • Pair, the site dedicated to drinks, cocktails and wine

I’ve written for all three websites in some capacity, but Alimentari is the one I write for the most, partly because it’s what I was assigned and partly because I love Italian food. It’s been a wonderful experience and I hope I get to stay on permanently!

Now, what does that mean for entries and updates here? Well, it means that they will happen…whenever I have time sadly. I know, it’s a bit of a cop-out answer, but it’s all I can manage with the schedule I have at the moment. BUT, I will be cross-posting stuff I work on to here a few days after they get posted, so keep your eyes out for links! I’ll also be posting up more original content as well so don’t you worry. Thanks for sticking around for so long and despite so many weird delays! I’ll leave you with a list of everything I’ve written for my internship so far!

Honest Cooking Articles
Alimentari Articles
Pair Articles


Great News!

Firstly, I’m sorry I missed last week’s entry. I had a job interview I had to go to, and preparing for that took up all of my time. Sorry! But, that brings me to my next point:

I received an email this morning from Honest Cooking, the company I interviewed with last week. They want me to start on March 3!

So, on March 3 I will officially be an Editorial Intern for Honest Cooking’s Alimentari Magazine (their Italian-focused magazine).

Needless to say, I am quite excited for this opportunity and thankful to have received it in the first place.

So, that means, once again, the update schedule of this blog will be changing. I am very sorry to keep changing it on you guys, but once I get settled in my new workflow, I will be bringing a steady stream of content to you all. Thank you all for sticking with me thus far! I truly appreciate it!

Life Update!

Hello everyone! Long time no see!

I am terribly sorry for the radio silence. I was so busy with my job that I barely had time to write! It was terribly frustrating to come home each night, want to write and update this blog, and find myself too tired to accomplish anything. It’s a sad feeling to be quite blunt. But, I’m back to updating on a regular basis! I’ll try and start a regular schedule of updates in order to make up for lost time. I will be sure to let you know what that schedule is once I’ve finalized it!

First bit of news is sad news. I left my job at BG Restaurant in November after only 8 months of working there. It was a tough decision for me to make, considering how long it took me to secure that job in the first place. It was an unfortunate situation that led me to quit but I won’t go into detail in order to remain professional about the whole ordeal. I left on a positive note with my coworkers and management, and I wish them all the best and thank them for the experience I gained while a part of the team.

Is this the end of my culinary career? Of course not! It is just the first step on a much larger journey! As of right now, I am still unemployed but searching in earnest for the next big opportunity. I am also considering other options, chief of which is making a return to school. I’ve given serious thought to going back to school to get my degree in Journalism. Coupled with my degree from the Culinary Institute of America, that should give me an edge in the wide world of Food Publications. It’s been my ultimate career goal since I entered the CIA and the way I see it is that I’m just taking another (albeit longer) route to get there. If I do take that course of action, wish me luck!

Finally, yesterday was my 5-year anniversary here on WordPress. If you’ve been following me for that whole time, then I thank you from the bottom of my heart! Thank you for following me and enjoying what content I bring, however sporadic it may be! If you’re new to my blog, welcome and I hope you enjoy whatever new journey I may go on!


Food Bites: Hello and Welcome!

Greetings everyone! Foodies and chefs alike! I bid you welcome to the very first entry in what I hope is a long-running food blog.

My name is Andrew and I’m an aspiring pastry chef/foodie currently residing in New Jersey. I am 22-years old as of this posting and my love for food stretches back far into my childhood, begging my mother for more of the week’s Filipino delicacy that, to this day, I have trouble pronouncing. Although, I must confess, food wasn’t always the center of attention of my life. Growing up, I had a strong fascination with the sciences; Biology in particular. I entered college hoping to make a lucrative career out of the scientific field. Yeah…that didn’t work out so well. So there I was, in my 3rd year of college with no direction or motivation. What was I to do? The answer came innocently enough, I suppose.

In the cafeteria of my old college there was a hot station where enterprising students could make their own breakfast/lunch/dinner. So, I experimented one day and sure enough, made a pretty darn good meal. While my girlfriend at the time dismissed it as a passing fad, my other friends urged me to follow my creative senses. So, each day I’d go in and make something new, being sure to make extra samples for my curious friends. One thing led to another and, after much soul searching, I decided to pursue my culinary curiosity and transferred out of my old college and into the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. I’m proud to say that I begin classes there on June 1st, 2010.

So what can you expect from this blog? First thing’s first: I LOVE food. Doesn’t matter what it is, I love it. I love cooking, I love experimenting with recipes (either found on the internet, thought of off the top of my head or seen on TV) and I LOVE the Food Network (also, I now hate Cablevision…). So, long story short, you’ll see a lot of food rants, recipes, food trivia and the like. I hope you all enjoy and come back for seconds!