Hi! I’m Ana, the foodie behind this blog. My life revolves around food so I always make it a point to never miss a meal. I work full-time in digital advertising by day. Work has kept me really busy after moving to NYC, so my time in the kitchen is sometimes non-existent… I’m also a fitness junkie, a freelance make-up artist, and a food photography enthusiast. I do all the cooking around here, photography and food styling.
What is Espresso My Kitchen?
Espresso My Kitchen is a place where I express the beauty, healthiness, and sweetness in food. I am a big fan of cooking simple, quick, healthy, and tasty dishes. The kitchen is a place where I get to relax my mind and create yummy things. Here you will find a lot of Mexican inspired dishes, lighter versions of traditional dishes with the occasional extra cheesy pasta casserole. I believe in living a healthy lifestyle, without depriving myself of the occassional New York style pizza or red velvet cupcake (all in moderation, of course). I am not a chef by all means, but one thing I do know for sure is that I’m always hungry. Over the years I have learned from trial and error and learn with each new meal. I have learned that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Trust me, there was a time when I ate pretty bland food… Everything is good in moderation in my books and with the perfect spices and ingredients everything is much tastier.
This is Jerry (boyfriend) He is my loyal food taste-tester, chocolate chip cookie addict, and biggest motivator. He eats everything I make and rarely complains. We have been dating since 2012 and moved cross-country from San Diego to Charlotte in 2013 and from Charlotte to NYC in 2015 (It has been an adventure!) He keeps himself busy with his finance job, co-author of some of the posts here, mountain biking and also is quite the handy-man around here.
This is our little furry love, Cali
She is the best rescued cat I could have ever hoped for. We adopted her soon after moving to Charlotte. She is one to watch and sit quietly when I’m in the kitchen. Well… unless she smells egg yolk, turkey deli meat, or rotisserie chicken (she will throw a fuss to get a bite of that). She always manages to make an appearance in some (a lot) of my food photos.
Random facts about me:
Coffee & espresso addict (plain black coffee with 1.5 packs of stevia is my go-to coffee drink)
Favorite morning go-to meal, protein pancakes or protein smoothie
Southern California will always be home, born and raised in Los Angeles
Have a BA in Communications from San Diego State, Go Aztecs!
I currently work full-time in Advertising and on some weekends I’m a Freelance Makeup Artist
Fluent Spanish speaker
1/2 Mexican and 1/2 Guatemalan
I carry a half-gallon of water with me everyday, so I keep track of my water intake
I enjoy strength training & building muscle
I’m not really the cardio type (rarely do cardio)
I’ve ran 5 half-marathons within 2yrs (had the runners high at one point)
Biggest fitness accomplishment is being able to do non-assisted pull-ups
If I only had time to eat breakfast or put on makeup in the morning, breakfast always wins
I love cupcakes! I like to think of myself as a red velvet cupcake connaisseur
Thanks for stopping by!