Photo by Nathan Congleton/Today

Photo by Nathan Congleton/Today

Last week, something incredible happened.  I was flown to NYC to be on NBC's the Today Show, presenting my recipe for Cocoa Tangerine Pancakes.  This was a recipe that I had recently developed but hadn't done anything with.  When I was watching the Today Show a couple of weeks ago, they called on recipes for their Ultimate Cook-Off, I figured I had nothing to lose -- even though I almost didn't enter!  Thank goodness for the voice in my head saying, "Ummm Tara, you would be really stupid, to NOT enter your recipe to this contest!" Thanks voice, you were so right!  

What I find so incredible about this event for me specifically, was that it was a very full-circle moment.  It was seven years ago almost to the day, that I took a trip by myself to New York.  I visited my good friend Emma and ate a lot of amazing food.  It was that food and that trip, that inspired me to launch The Food Pervert when I got back to LA.  It was my way of sharing my experiences with friends and family.  Nothing more.  This was way before "influencers" were a thing and even before "instagram" itself.  It was before smartphone cameras were the go-to for capturing food porn. It was before comped "media tastings" were expected. It was when everything was much simpler.  I miss those early days.  However, standing on the set of the Today Show, whisk in hand, to demonstrate a recipe that I created out of my genuine love for food and sharing it with others, I knew that my choice was right.  This path was mine and continues to be mine. 

I never had any expectations for this blog, it was just something I loved to do.  I am so grateful for the life it has provided me, the people it has brought to me and the lessons it has taught me. I look forward to where we go next!  Thank you for following.

Miss the episode? Watch below!


I never had any expectations for this blog, it was just something I loved to do.  I am so grateful for the life it has provided me, the people it has brought to me and the lessons it has taught me. I look forward to where we go next!  Thank you for following.

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