I live in one of the greatest cities in the world, New York. Living in a densely populated, urban area makes me appreciate wide open spaces.
Hello! Thank you for checking out my blog. My name is Kai and I’m a west coast transplant who lives in Brooklyn, New York. I love to explore the city, to travel, to drink coffee, eat good food, to feed people. I am a recreational runner and cyclist and love the feel of dirt beneath my shoes. I have run five marathons so far and who knows what the future holds? Trail running is a passion of mine and without a car, accessing nature can be a challenge. I miss the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain ranges from back home!
Most of my posts are about baking, dogs, and running.
I discovered my calling after working a series of really good jobs that weren’t exactly the right fit. It wasn’t until I finished school that I discovered what was missing. These days I work as a therapist with youth and families in NYC. The opportunities for the future seem limitless and I cannot express how many times I thank my lucky stars.
I began baking as a kid. I spent my free time climbing trees, playing football and making cookies. My favorite thing to bake is a chocolate chip cookie, believe it or not. What better way to bring a smile to someone’s face? I love to bake and am self taught. I make a lot of cookies, cupcakes, bars and quick breads because it’s easy to transport them on the train to my coworkers. I want to learn to make really good cakes and yeast breads. I follow several cooking and baking blogs and often find inspiration from their recipes and post about them. My skills are weak in the technique department but I follow a recipe well and am coachable. I have a hunch pastry is a bit too fussy for my tastes because I lose patience. I hope to create beautifully decorated cookies and cakes one day. For now, I am content baking weekly and winding down after a long week.
I love to cook meals too and find pleasure feeding people hearty meals. I favor Italian, Mexican and Indian foods; pasta, rice, stews, good burgers, soups. The smell of spices coming together? Bliss.
If I didn’t run and exercise, I’d be as big as a house!
Clearly, I am a fan of dogs. Honey (pictured in the bucket above) is a French Bulldog puppy who came to us in August 2011. Here’s a picture of her dad:
Ruby the pug is an energetic six year old who is a bit of a clown.
Coco the Frenchie lived to be almost three years old and was the epitome of sweet lap dog. Sadly, she passed in May 2011.
Animal Haven is a no kill shelter in the SoHo district of Manhattan. I have the pleasure of spending some volunteer time with this nonprofit. To learn more go to their web page: http://support.animalhavenshelter.org/site/PageNavigator/AboutUs_Homepage