About Dani

Hello fellow Expats! (and any others that may just be passing by)

First of all I’d like to dedicate this to all my friends that have motivated me to finally open this blog to pass on my love and passion for cooking.

Thanks guys! 🙂

Moving on…..a little about me:

I’m Daniela, Dani… 丹妮, 27 30, and I was born in the beautiful country of ITALY! 🙂

I grew up in a picturesque town called Lecce nestled on the “heel of the boot”, Italy’s southern tip, between the Adriatic and Ionian seas. Like many traditional families in this sun soaked Mediterranean region, I spent much of my youth under the love and care of my grandmother. Throughout my formative years my grandmother taught me many things but most of all she gave me a passion for cooking. She shared traditional recipes and family culinary secrets passed down through the generations. It is the greatest gift anyone could have bestowed upon me and now I want to share that gift with you.

So how did I end up thousands of miles away from this sundrenched Mediterranean paradise?

It all started at the age of 18 when I started studying Chinese in college. I’ve always been interested in languages and thus began a long journey that eventually led me to move to China. After completing my Masters, I moved to Beijing, the cultural epicenter of the mainland, short after I got a job in Shanghai, which is how I ended up in the mainland’s business capital.

I have lived here for more than 2 5 years now and, like many of you, I’ve had a hard time preparing a proper western meal and finding proper ingredients, without breaking the bank.

Grocery shopping in Shanghai can be somewhat of an “adventure”. Places like City Shop or Pines that generally cater to expat needs, often have high prices and are often lacking in selection.

I’ve spent a lot of time tracking down the ingredients you’ll need to cook my delicious recipes at affordable prices.

At the end of the day, I just want to build a site where I can share my family’s culinary traditions with you and hopefully have you share whatever delicious treats you may have in store for me.

Ciao e a presto 🙂

– Dani

You can email me! Write to  [email protected]


Those who eat well, eat Italian!

(chi mangia bene mangia italiano)