About Gastronami

Welcome to Gastronami! I’m a New Yorker who LIVES TO EAT, loves dining out, and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen.

Gastronami is a play on the word “gastronomy” (the art or science of good eating). I changed the ending to “ami” (which means “friend” in French) to exemplify the spirit of my website: Food and Friends.  I also happen to be a huge fan of French cuisine!

One of the greatest joys in my life is FOOD. I have always loved to eat, but didn’t really start venturing out into the food world until about 2007. That’s when the food photos began. It’s been quite an adventure, especially living in New York City with endless dining options and countless restaurants to explore. I enjoy everything from street food to Michelin star restaurants — after all, variety is the spice of life! My favorite indulgences are meat (especially beef and pork), cheese, pasta, and anything with lots of butter. Recent health issues have prompted me to explore healthier options and discover home cooking, which I have grown to appreciate and enjoy.

I have always been captivated by chefs. I want to know everything about them — where they get their inspiration from, what they love to eat, what led them to a career in food. This evolved into me venturing out and mustering up the courage to talk to chefs that I found intriguing. I also surveyed friends and family to find out what they wanted to know. Based on their feedback and my own curiosity, I came up with ten simple questions and set out to interview chefs that I really admire and whose food I love to eat. Slowly but surely, the Gastronami TABLE TALK Interview Series began to take shape. It’s been a fascinating and extremely rewarding process to get to know my favorite chefs a little better. I couldn’t be happier!

I’m always on the lookout for new restaurants and recipes. I would also love to know what you think of my site. Please feel free to contact me at food@gastronami.com if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.  To receive email notification of new Gastronami posts, please subscribe to my monthly newsletter.

Happy Eating!

From 2007 to April 2011, I used a Canon Powershot SD780 IS and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5.  In May 2011, I switched to a Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS. InJanuary 2013, I began using the Canon PowerShot S100 to take higher quality photos in low light settings, as well as my iPhone 5 camera. I’m also looking to test out a digital SLR in the near future.