About Me

Welcome to Sale, Pepe, Amore, a food and travel blog about my culinary adventures around the world and dishes I’ve also created on my own.

I was born in San Francisco, California and was mostly raised in Oakland, California. My father is German American, originally from upstate New York, and my mother is from a small country village in Japan, providing a diverse cultural background growing up. My love affair with food began at a very young age due to my father who has a great love of food and cooking. Everyday he would prepare dinner from scratch even after a long day of work. Dinner time was always my favorite time of the day as I could relax and savor a delicious home cooked meal. My father also enjoyed dining out so I was able to eat at some of the finest restaurants in San Francisco as I child, never realizing how privileged I was until today. I was also privileged to travel the world from the time of my birth with yearly visits to my mother’s relatives in Japan, where my mother, grandmother, and aunt would prepare traditional Japanese food for me. These childhood memories of comforting food are forever imbedded in my memory.

After high school, I enrolled in college at California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. Away from home, I began cooking everyday for myself, feeling happiest and most enthusiastic in the kitchen. I watched cooking shows, read cooking books and magazines, and looked forward to testing out new recipes.

In the fall of 2011, I packed my suitcases and moved half way across the world to Florence, Italy where I enrolled in Apicius International School of Hospitality, a small cooking school. Here I was taught basic techniques and then the extensive world of both Italian and world-wide cuisine. Every day I grew more enthusiastic about the world of gastronomy. My last four years living in Florence have been an extraordinary culinary journey, in which I traveled throughout Italy and Europe discovering innovative foods and learning as much as I could about food.

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4 thoughts on “About Me

  1. george Lazar says:

    Hello! I’m from California too! Oakland , as a matter if fact. I ate my way around the world and never left SF!
    My friend Phil Mertz gave me your blog address and told me to check it out. Very nice looking dishes. My God! everywhere I look there is food! Firenze is a dangerous place to be if you are on a diet.
    Your father ,whom I have not met , gave Phil some names of restaurants for me to try. That was very nice of him.
    My Cousin will visit from Budapest for a few days and I promised him that we would have Bisteek Florentina. Someone I met here suggested a place called Da Il Latini for this dish.

    I retired from Highland Hospital in ’06 but working in surgery didn’t allow for meeting many people outside of the department so I don’t think that I ever met your Father. Phil is an RN in the Emergency Room…we play golf together.
    I haven’t fully explored your site….are you offering cooking classes?
    You must be having a fabulous time here!
    Yours truly, George Lazar

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