Hi! I'm Erica. I am a high school student, self-taught baker, and aspiring Food Network star. Welcome to my little corner of the Internet. High school is pretty dandy. I have a constant audience for my baked goods (my math class/school sports teams), so I can't complain. I started this little blog when I was a freshman in high school, and it has served as a not-so-private diary of all of my high school shenanigans. My posts include (but are not limited to) recipes requiring two or more jars of Nutella (a.k.a stretch pants recipes), recipes inspired by my Japanese and New England roots, ramblings about the awkwardness and trials of high school, and my adventures near and far.
I want to dearly thank you for stopping by my little corner of the internet, baking things with me, and saying nice words. Nothing puts a smile on my face like sharing my food and memories with people I love. So smile, breathe, and enjoy life’s little cinnamon-sprinkled moments.
With love, Erica
What's with the title?
Cinnamon is my favorite spice, and Cannella Vita means “cinnamon life” in Italian.
I'd like to believe that I live a "cinnamon life"...
Let me explain. Cinnamon is good for the mind and body (did you know a half teaspoon of cinnamon can help with memory loss?), but it's also spicy, delicious and fun (ahem, cinnamon buns/churros/snickerdoodles). Concerning life, that's just how I like it.
When did you start food blogging?
In fifth grade, I picked up a frying pan and made this sandwich. A little butter, some crusty bread, sliced ham, and sweet pears. I posted it on All Recipes, and I felt like the next Bobby Flay.
Cannella Vita was born in 2012, when I was a freshman in high school. It started with this recipe for rosemary breadsticks and ratatouille, and since then, things have only gotten crazier.
What do you eat?
I love breakfast, avocados, thick buttery toast, things slathered in almond butter, gouda cheese, green drinks, ikura, cappuccinos with latte art and grilled cheese. I am an adventurous eater, but I won’t touch peanut butter.
What are you?
A human who loves her KitchenAid Mixer a little too aggressively.
No, what are you really? My mom is Japanese and my dad was born in Switzerland. I'm Japanese/Swiss/French/Portuguese/Irish. I like to eat soba noodles, I love my Boston Red Sox hat, I dip rice crackers in Campbell's tomato soup, and my hair likes to coil into ringlets.
What are your dreams?
I want to travel the world, go on adventures, take lots of baths, try as many coffees as I can, and spend time with the people I love.
What do you do when you aren't playing with dough?
You can find me hitting the pavement for a sweaty run, soaking up the sun, inappropriately swing dancing in public places, talking to my shih-tzu, writing long and rambling letters, drooling over fashion magazines, getting lost at Whole Foods, rapping Snoop Dogg, or like any other high school student, avoiding homework.
I absolutely love it when you guys talk to me!
Feel free to say hello: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest etc. (all of the links are in the left sidebar). I look forward to hearing from you!