I live on the East Coast, but I am a West Coast girl at heart. In fact, I grew up in the wilds of the Great Northwest; I come from a long line of beautiful pioneer and Native women who worked hard, raised their children with love, and somehow still managed to express their innermost creativity, whether with a paintbrush, a wooden spoon or even a beautiful garden.
I left the West for Florida in 1995. After college I kicked up my heels in New York City for a bit, working for luxury accessories brands like Tiffany & Co. and LeSportsac. I found a great job as a Senior Buyer for a company based in Baltimore of all places and somehow found myself in Annapolis, Maryland, a place I never imagined or planned I would be.
I still long for craggy mountains…the tawny rippling ridge-lines of a river canyon…the fierce crashing waves of the Pacific….the awesome great expanse of wilderness and emptiness that can be found in the West.
But Annapolis is close to our nation’s capital, a plethora of really cool places to visit and things to see. It has a lovely historical feel, anad it is close to several small mountain ranges such as the Shenandoah and the Appalachians. It is just a couple of hours from the Atlantic Coast and conveniently situated within a day’s drive of Philly, New York, Richmond and North Carolina. I can easily set out for Boston or Lousiville or Asheville with simply a tank of gas and a good eye for spotting interesting places to discover.
Thankfully, the Mid Atlantic is home to some innovative and concerned farmers and artisans, each seeking to carve a niche in the food culture of this region so typified by diversity. Interstate 95 leads to all sorts of people and places so culturally distinct you can sometimes feel you aren’t in Kansas anymore. Southern hospitality can still be felt, while the melting pot effect of immigration has placed an indelible stamp on the look and feel of neighborhoods and towns.
My hope is that my blog will expose you to places, people and foods you wouldn’t otherwise know or maybe even think about. I want you to become so excited that you jump out of your chair and without intimidation or excuses, head off on an adventure of your own. Or at least that you take a moment to consider your journey and reflect on what you can do to seize this moment in your life.
Here’s how to find me:
via email at: DianaLove103@gmail.com
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