About Claire

clairebioHi, I’m Claire Handleman, a  southern California girl who has lived in New York for 10 years and just recently decided to move back to Los Angeles.

While in NY, I’ve had the lovely opportunity to work at some of the best restaurants in the city, including Jean-Georges, Eleven Madison Park and Del Posto. I’ve been an assistant culinary producer for The Chew, writing recipes for all of the hosts, and I had the good fortune to win on the show Chopped (perhaps the most stressful thing I’ve ever tried my hand at). I’ve done a few pop-ups in the city, written for a Thai newspaper and generally have just wanted to have new opportunities within this food world.

As much as I love cooking, my favorite past time has been to get out of the country and travel. I’ve traveled extensively the past 12 years and have made my way through over 60 countries. My passion lies in South East Asia though, so I head back there frequently.

I have gorgeous friends in Bangkok who share their time with me, usually in the form of grabbing a meal or exploring a market, or taking weekend trips to yet unexplored (for me) towns around Thailand. I learn about food from a local woman who takes me into her home to show me Northern Thai cuisine. And I always frequent my favorite restaurant, Nahm, to learn about royal Thai cuisine. The food never ceases to fascinate me and the bold flavors often leave me speechless. The combination of great friends, beautiful weather, colorful culture and wildly vibrant food has me hooked.

10647003_10153095660018465_6376171747180935186_nThis blog is a place for me to share my travels and experiences and occasionally a new recipe I’m toying with. I hope you enjoy.

13 Comments Add yours

  1. Dad says:

    you’re cute
    i hear success knocking – please get it
    love you

  2. piggy says:

    Darling, even i can’t wait to c ur next writing.This is so cool!!! I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Joanne says:

    Claire,
    U Rock! I’m gonna check in regularly!!

    Joanne Carolan

  4. Seoyoung says:

    I love your new picture!

  5. Scott says:

    No mediocre lollipop licking! Love it!

    a friend of your sis’s “Burning Man” 🙂
    Scott

  6. Val Lam says:

    awesome and inspiring, claire. cheers to you, your appetite, and your wanderlust!

  7. asbel says:

    >.< oh how i wish for claire to get a show to watch all the teme

    1. sisters says:

      asbel, if one day wishes come true, i will bring you along for a tour of southern cooking! deal? 🙂

  8. Rachid says:

    That is really great ! so lovely and kind 🙂 Success is there waiting for you ^^ go ahead and get it .

  9. Tassos says:

    Hey Claire, every time you add a new post my appetite is going crazy…
    Thanks for making me hungry, keep up the good work. 🙂

  10. Bee Thomas says:

    Can’t wait to try this Claire ! …. XX

  11. Asbel Reyes says:

    You are an amazing creature. Im honored to know your name, shaken your hand and felt you energy.

    1. Ha! Asbel, you’re an amazing creature too 😉 so nice to hear from you. Any plans on coming to NY any time soon?

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