"It all started with a food blog..."That's honestly what I hope to say one day when I am in London talking to a customer that ventures into my Cafe & Bakery inquiring about my culinary journey. Moving on from my wishful thinking about the future, let's talk about the past and where this passion for food all started. My memories from the kitchen, like many other stereotypical foodies, began with my grandmother. Growing up, my parents were overwhelmed with the crazy hours of residency as doctors and would ship us off to Woodridge, New Jersey to my grandparent's house for the summer. What I remember the most is my love of coffee at age four (which probably explains why I was such a spastic child...I was wired up on caffeine all the time!). Every morning I can remember my grandpa-mac making his Columbia roast and setting some aside for me in my little sippy-cup with some sugar and ice. This caffeine fix at such a young age, I swear, is what inspires me to find that perfect latte every morning. My grandmother, on the other hand, was the master in the kitchen and exposed me to my love of baking, mainly with her famous butter cookies and Irish soda bread. Now for the present. Who are this caffeine-addicted, cookie-loving person with these big dreams and a passion for food? My name is Caitlin Reynolds, I am a senior Hospitality student at DePaul University. I am a native to Cleveland, Ohio, but fell in love with the city of Chicago the second I made the six-hour drive with my dad to tour college campuses. Living in the city, I quickly realized the potential to experience a culinary adventure and expand my palette with visits to numerous diverse neighborhoods of Chicago. But who wants to wine and dine alone! That is why Spoon University is a great way to share these gastronomic adventures with other epicures beginning a food journey across Universities nationwide.
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