Why is cooking important?

12:30 am toiling away in our kitchen that was perhaps a walk-in closet in the 60’s. She’s making Ayurvedic chocolate covered truffles infused with turmeric, cardamon, cinnamon and cloves, and I’m dicing away onions, garlic and chillies for what will be the base for many of tomorrow’s dishes.

Our home, like many in San Francisco, were converted into flats. Spending my childhood in the suburbs where backyards were a thing, I could complain, but rent-control has chastised a momentary silence over me until we can make free for more spacious grounds, perhaps Utah. If I had to be surrounded by a religion, it would without a doubt me Mormons, but I digress.

My girlfriend, Alicia and I are preparing for our 2nd Eatwith experience. An experience that I and countless others have coined as the AirBnB for the restauranteur. It’s simple, you go to the site, book a dinner at someone’s house, meet new people, share in an immersive cultural experience and most important, eat delicious food!

Alicia found out about Eatwith through an old friend and she immediately thought of me.

On our second date, I cooked her the food that I grew up on. Rich and decadent curries, zesty and thoughtfully seasoned veggies, and fragrant rice with a hint of clarified butter, regaled my dinner table as an expression of a possible courtship. Needless to say, it worked!

I wanted to share something special with her and what is more special than food.

With cooking, I’m sharing my culture and ancestors.  With food, I travel as far as I can to communicate a history that I didn’t choose, but love anyway. There are very few things in the world that deliver what food does.

It’s more than just a meal, it’s another expression of love.

This is our first blog post. One of many we hope. We will share our journey, recipes, videos and what else our creative minds can muster. Why? Because when oppurtunity meets passion, you can no longer idly wait. You act without provocation, you give without acknowledgment and you start to hear what you can ‘t yet see.

Join our blog for updates. We are excited to serve you something delicious!

Swamy’s Kitchen


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