We had the good fortune of connecting with Nellie Christine and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nellie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I am a CPA by trade, however, I knew that working for someone will never afford me the life that I envision for myself. I felt it was important to gain stability in my life which is why I pursued accounting in the first place. But once I achieved obtaining my CPA license, I decided it was time to follow my own passions outside of that. I truly believe that if you love what you do, you will find a way to make money doing it as long as you work hard at it. That’s why I pursue food blogging and have done so for many years. I look at it as a business that I have to feed everyday to watch it grow. It’s all about starting and using what resources you have at the moment. We all have to start from somewhere.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My cooking is my art. It is something I’ve been practicing since I was at least 9 years old. I started having dinner parties at the age of 16 where I would cook everything from scratch. I’ve never really taken formal lessons, besides a class in high school. Everything I’ve learned is self-taught, with the help of mentors, The Food Network, or YouTube videos. Most importantly though, I learned through trial and error. I used dinner parties as an excuse to try out new recipes. Overtime, I’ve also learned that dinner parties is NOT where you want to try out new recipes. I love learning about new things, new foods, new ingredients, different cultures, but most importantly, I love sharing this knowledge with others. Learning means nothing if you can’t share your experience with other human beings.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have hosted out of town guests and we had the best time exploring Los Angeles. I sectioned it out by geographic location. For daytime activities, I would definitely hit up the beach. But before going there, I would make a stop at Bay Cities Deli for the Godmother and a Turkey sandwich ordered spicy and with the works. I’d eat half there, and take the other half to the beach. One day I would do a walk on Rodeo drive, stop at Il Pastaio for lunch and people watching. Sprinkles for dessert. Then I’d take a drive on the sunset strip and take some of the side streets to view the one of a kind Los Angeles real estate. On a Sunday, I would make a pit stop at the grocery store for some cheese, deli meat, and other snacks and head over to Malibu Wines for a Sunday Funday enjoying the outdoors, the live music, wine, with our very own charcuterie board. For a fancier night out, I would head to my two favorite restaurants in LA….Bestia and/or Avra. Bestia is great for food and ambiance. Avra is also known for imported seafood from Greece, ambiance, and people watching as well. You can’t come to LA and not have our staples….you gotta do street tacos, In N Out, and Korean BBQ. When planning an itinerary, most of my activities revolve around where we’ll be eating.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I owe all my cooking skills to my mom and other talented female figures in my life. I was always surrounded by great cooks and each of them contribute to my knowledge of the Persian cuisine. I would never be able to do what I do if they had not taken the time to mentor me in the kitchen. In fact, I still turn to them when I need advice on how to create the perfect Iranian dish.
Photo credits: Alexander Dean Williams