Celebrating a special occasion? Book the whole table
I come from a culture where food is more than just fuel. By the age 9, I already knew how to cook a few basic dishes. Since food was a way to show and receive appreciation, I had to get involved in the daily activities of cooking around the house. I was privileged enough to grow up with a live-in househelp and a private professional chef. I fell in love with cooking sitting in the kitchen with our househelp. And our private chef taught me how food can help us convey a message. Once I left for college, I found myself cooking for friends on a regular basis. Cooking was a way to relieve stress but also spend quality time with friends away from the library and party scenes. The next thing I know, everyone on campus was aware of my cooking. Friends would buy groceries and request that I cook for them. For those who were away from home like me, we found comfort in having holiday dinners on campus. Despite how busy life became after college, especially as a Teacher, I always found time to made dinner so my family can spend time together. Dinner with friends always consists of a multi-course menu. I cook, not because I love food, but because I love what Food does for me and those around me.
I'm in my twenties
Teacher and Foodpreneur
Fries with Mayonnaise ( I am a classic African with Belgian influence)
What to expect at Linda A.'s place
Linda's homey French-inspired African meal warmed my soul. Her fish balls and plow are simple, delicious and unique. I've never had any cooking like hers! She intuitively blends various spices to create new flavors for the same dishes, making each dish distinct from the other. I would buy a one-way flight to New York City just to taste her lemon garlic roasted chicken again. AH-MAZING.
My friend Lena and I traveled to NYC and this was our first dinner in the city. Linda was a terrific host, as was her partner, Sheer. We dined on beautiful Congolese food: salad with fish, sweet potato greens and foo foo, chicken braised with onions, and gorgeous strawberry and cream cheese crepes. The food was outstanding; the company even better. This was our first EatWith experience and the bar has been set very high. We are absolutely fans now of this concept and will do it again!
This was my second opportunity to dine with Linda. Again, the food was nothing short of being incredibly tasty. I usually am not a fan of onions but the way that she marinated them and the chicken made me ask for more. The blackberry crepes... 😋. They were really good and the tangy flavour really complemented the creme cheese. The decor was beautiful with soft lighting. How did 4 hours fly by so quickly? When you’re eating well with great company, you don’t take stock of the time.