Hello! I’m Lili-Anne. For the past 10 years, I have been in and out of the blogging scene. I went from fashion, to food, travel and other lifestyle themes! Fun Fact: Lili-Anne is the anagram of my real name, and it’s the name I’ve used online ever since I began blogging in 2008 (wow time flies)!
I was born and raised in the suburbs of Paris. Since middle school, my passion was fashion. I studied fashion design in Paris after graduating from high school, because it was the only thing I could think of doing. It was my long-term plan and was all what I cared about. The true reality of fashion hit me hard after I started working in the field. I still loved fashion but didn’t loved the mentality of the job. So I took a break. With work, friends, family… life… I decided that while I was free from any obligation (ie: studying, finding a job, finding a house, finding a husband, etc), I was going to travel the world, which was another dream!
So I did it!
I traveled solo for two years. I traveled to the US (I know so exotic! Trust me: when you come from France, it’s a dream!), Asia, Australia, and Latino America. I met incredible people, lived through incredible stories, found my true self, and figured out my new life plan: food!
Food has always been a passion. Eating it, cooking it, you name it. In France, we take great food for granted and being a chef is far from being the dreamy glamorous job that it looks like now, so making a career in the food industry had never been an option, until now.
I decided I was gonna do it, so I did!
I went back to France, studied culinary in the best culinary school of the country, and was hired a week out of college in a Michelin star Restaurant on the famous Place Vendôme in Paris. It turns out that, when you really want it, you can do it!
A couple of years later, life took me back to the US. I moved to the Bay Area, and was hired within a week in a new Michelin Star restaurant. I worked there for a few weeks until I realised that it wasn’t what I should be doing. After all, did I move to the other side of the world to do the same thing? I decided that I was gonna be independant and “live my dream.”
So I started my catering business, which specialized in french food. For almost 5 years I grew it until making a six-figure revenue.
Dream come true, right ? Well, not really. Working in the food industry, I got to see how poorly the ingredients and products are treated. I saw how most restaurants buy already-made dish in cans from big chain suppliers, how “healthy” dish we can spend $20 in, were far from being “healthy”. I made a point of cooking everything from scratch, because “bakers gonna bake, bake, bake…” or cooks gonna cook! If I had to buy 10lbs of tomato or spinach per week, I knew that it should be organic, so I wanted to support the organic industry.
I decided to offer a menu made of organic, local, sustainable products only. I used compostable or reusable paperware, limited my waste by using everything we buy, and ran an environmentally-responsible business! Guess what: No one cared! I had client asking me to use conventional product to reduce the price. What the Hell?? I took part in some “sustainable, responsible food festival” and saw other vendors using cheap, ready-to-use poor ingredients from those big supplier chain.
I’m a chef. I couldn’t go for profit over quality!!
So after 5 years of pushing my business to what seemed to be as far it can be pushed, I realised that my passion was indeed : Sustainability and food quality.
That’s why I started this blog. I want to teach people how food habits can change their life, and how food can save their lives. My house has always been free of processed food and purely organic. I spent years educating myself about the effects of pesticides and preservatives on our health. I realized that if no one wanted to listen to me through my catering company (because they had to pay for it), I hoped here, you guys would appreciate it. The blog is free and it comes from my heart. Because it’s my passion. Because we could all be in so much better health by changing our food habits.
So let’s dive in my journey. I will share with you my tips for a healthier, more responsible, and happier life; I hope you’ll like it 🙂