Anissa grew up in Austin, Texas and moved to Southern California when she was 11 years old. She was not happy about the move. Anissa did learn to love the beautiful California weather and attended the University of California at Santa Barbara for her undergraduate education. She loves cooking & baking gourmet and down-home food. She is also a food blogger and enjoys art museums, fine dining, ethnic food, reading, writing and reviewing culinary essays & cookbooks. Anissa is now learning to love Chicago weather in her new hometown.