About Me

Hello there! I'm Jo-Ann. Thanks for stopping by my little nook.  :D 

I may not have any formal culinary training but I do have a passion for food, baking and travel which I hope to share with you. My cooking/baking experiences come from reading lots of food blogs, cookbooks and magazines and following the recipes, trial and error. I could pore over them for hours without getting bored, gazing with envy at all the spectacular food photography and styling. There are SO many talented food bloggers out there that I greatly admire. The strange thing is, I want to recreate the dishes and desserts more than to eat them. There is just something about being able to complete a savory meal or a beautiful dessert like a work of art and sharing your food with others that give you a nice sense of accomplishment. 

Stay around and hopefully, you find some recipes you'll enjoy on my blog. Your comments and feedback are greatly appreciated! :D

The images on this site, unless otherwise noted, are mine. Amateur as these may be, I have worked hard for these photos so please do ask for permission first before using them/putting them on your blog and give credit where credit is due.

10 random things about me
1. I'm technologically challenged. Don't ask me how to use an iphone, ipod, ipad, any galaxy notes, tablets or whatever new mobile phones or gadgets are currently on the market.

2. I realized I wanted to go to culinary school during my freshman year at university.  Unfortunately, my father didn't think working in a kitchen is much of a career so I slaved for five years to finish a degree in Computer Engineering that I really have no passion for.  My ultimate dream is still to go to a culinary school, be a chef and work in a professional kitchen. 

3. Most women would talk about fashion, make-up or go shopping. Not me. You'd most likely find me in the supermarket, wandering between aisle after aisle, looking at the imported goods, baking ingredients and fresh produce available. Or in the department store checking out the table napkins, dining ware and kitchen equipment.

4. I've become a hoarder of sorts ever since I started this blog. (See #3 above) Add cookbooks and food magazines to that list.

5. I have a fear of heights. One day, I hope to conquer that fear by going skydiving or bungee jumping without peeing my pants. 

6. Food and recipes are always on my mind that sometimes I wake up and cook/bake in the middle of the night. Then go back to sleep.

7. My top travel bucket list : 
Stand in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris  (If I ever get the chance to go back, I'd love to go all the way to the top and also visit the Catacombs!)
Gondola ride in Venice
Enjoy the stunning views in Santorini, perhaps maybe a ride on a donkey up the steep hills!
Walk on the Great Wall in Beijing
Ride a camel and visit the pyramids in Egypt
Go on a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey
Go on a Tiger Moth aerobatic joy ride in Gold Coast, Australia

8. I get cranky when I'm hungry. Feed me then I'm happy. 

9. My guinea pigs are my colleagues at work. They are my critics. 

10. I am happiest when I'm cooking for the people I care about, when I'm eating good food and when I travel to new places.


  1. "There is just something about being able to complete a savory meal or a beautiful dessert like a work of art and sharing your food with others that give you a nice sense of accomplishment." I fully agree! Great blog!

  2. I would have to agree with you. Creating and recreating is the most fun. And sometimes the eating as well. Love your food blog here! Everything looks wonderful!

    1. Thank you, Martha and mithu! I really appreciate your lovely comments. It inspires me to bake and cook even more :) and thank you for dropping by!

  3. Hi!

    I'm writing an article for Disney's Babble.com on Cheesy Breads and wondered if I could link our readers to your recipe for stuffed Cheesy bread and utilize a photo from the post to introduce our readers to your recipe from a slideshow on our website? It's such a BRILLIANT idea and GORGEOUS photo!

    Feel free to shoot me at email at cheekykitchen (at) gmail (dot) com!

  4. Wow, found this site from a friends pinterest post on FB. I've bookmarked it for later viewing. I definitely like what I've seen so far.

  5. How do I subscribe? Can't seem to find a subscribe button on this blog.

  6. Found this site investigating some FB pages posts. No one ever signs the authors.
    Do you have a Facebook page?

    1. Hello Vesna! I don't really have a facebook page at the moment. I keep a flickr account though. I will probably make an FB page but my windows crashed a few weeks ago and I lost all my edited photos (yeah it was stupid not to make a back-up). I will give an update once the FB page is done. Thanks for dropping by! :)

  7. Thanks for visiting my blog JoAnn! Since you like to "recreate the dishes and desserts more than to eat them"... can I be the taster? :-D

    1. Sure thing, Mustachio! :) The next time I bake something, I'll send you a message.
      Thanks for dropping by. Appreciate it much!

    2. Oh yeah!!! I am looking forward to it hahahah :D

    3. Jo-Ann, what's your email address if you don't mind? Thanks.

  8. Love your blog! :D
    I think I'm gonna spend some time lurking on these posts about food. hurray for food! :D

  9. Reading the Ten Random Things About You almost felt like I was reading about myself! I shall be visiting your blog often! And oh, I love your photos, too!

    1. Thank you, Aileen! Travel Food Finds is also a wonderful blog! I added it to my favorites. :D

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  11. Hi Jo-Ann, Thanks for dropping by my blog. Wonderful Blog! Can I join you on your pace? I love eating and cooking so much like you do. Can I apply as a taster? Id be really willing to :) Keep in touch :)

    JM Genobaña
    My Tasteful Life

    1. Hello Joyceren, it's such a nice surprise to have you drop by. Sure, that's fine with me. :)Next time I bake something, I will let you try it. It's been a long while since I last used my oven. I might be getting rusty with it. I've been lazy for far too long. It's great to also find another blogger who loves the same things as I do, cooking and eating! I hope to also see some of your favorite recipes on your blog. :)

  12. Hi there,

    I'm excited to let you know that we will be using one of the great photos from your blog in a slideshow about Red Velvet treats on iVillage and will link back to your website. If you do NOT want us to use this photo, please get back to me as soon as possible.

    The photo we are using is from this post: http://joansfoodwanderings.blogspot.com/2013/04/red-velvet-smoothie.html

    If you have a high-res image you could provide, could you email it to me at ellen.niz@gmail.com?

    Thank you so much for your time!


    Ellen Niz
    iVillage Contributor

  13. dropping by to say hello to a fellow nominee at diningincebu.blogspot.com
    great stuff you got here :)

  14. Helllo!! I would like to use one of your photos of the Strawberry creamcheese coffee cake, in my blog, of course giving you the credits and the link to your website, i did the recipe, but my pictures didnt turn out so beautiful, please let me know if you allow me to do that. my mail is jackiee70@hotmail.com

    1. ahhh my blog is in spanish, if you want to visit it first here is the link www.lasdeliciasdevivir.net

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  16. Go for it! I can totally relate to you when it comes to going between the aisles looking for different produce. Food, good food to be exact, can make your mood swing drastically. keep it up. i love your page.