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ELE Interview: Taking Five with Renee Frojo – Writer, Photographer and Content Creator, Laurel Street Kitchen

Clean, Californian cooking with a hint of spice and influences from around the world, writer and photographer Renee Frojo’s delicious blog, Laurel Street Kitchen, has us dreaming about healthy, fresh, flavour-filled food and endless Californian sunshine.

We take five with Renee this week to find out more about what inspires her.

Where is your favorite travel destination and why?

Mexico. I grew up in Cancun, near some of the most pristine beaches in the world. As you can image, few places have lived up to it since! But I was young when we left, so I feel like I’m not as acquainted with the culture as I’d like to be. That’s why each time we travel to Mexico and explore different parts of the country, I gain a little more appreciation for the food, the people, and their way of life.

2. What is your go-to recipe to cook at home?

Tacos. Any time I can’t think of what’s for dinner, I take a look at what’s in my fridge and saute it up for tacos. It could be meats, veggies or greens. I make a little salsa, heat a few tortillas on the stove, and dinner is delicious.

3. What can’t you live without in the garden?

Well, if I had a garden (and I wish I did) I’d grow my own greens, herbs, chili peppers and citrus. It would be amazing to have everything on hand for a fresh salad.

4. What inspires you?

Traveling. Being around other creative people. My kids.

5. Describe your perfect day.

I wake up, put my bathing suit on and go for a swim. Then I come back home for a hot shower and big breakfast with my family. We all get dressed and head out for an adventure — a hike, a picnic in the park, a swim at the beach — and then we stop somewhere delicious for lunch. Probably tacos. We come home, everyone takes a nap. Then we wake up, bake some cookies, hang out with a drink in hand while the kids round around in the yard. We prepare for dinner, listening to music. We all eat dinner together outside, have a great conversation, and then everyone is off for an early bedtime.

To see more of Renee’s beautiful photography visit her Instagram and for her beautiful recipes and stories visit Laurel Street Kitchen here.

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