At the age of 19 I went to live in London with wide-eyed hopes of becoming a writer and came back wanting to be a baker.
After living in the city for a bit, I realized that what I loved most in the world was visiting cozy bakeries, cafes and farmers markets (hello Borough Market!) to write, socialize and eat.
In fact I loved the sense of belonging I found in London so much, that I actually came back home to Southern California wanting to start my own bakery. So after many cakes, cookies and career choices years later, I decided to start my very own online bakery of sorts, behold: Sweetish.co
My hope is to create that same sense of love and belonging I felt in London through this space, by serving up bakery style food and inspiring you to transform your kitchen into a bakery of sorts too. A bakery that believes in whole foods, never-too-sweet-goods and nourishing our souls.
I’m gathering that if you’re still here, you, like me, believe that there is just as much importance in a homemade chocolate cake, as there is in a fresh salad;
Luckily here, we eat both.
But mostly cake.
Welcome to a whole new way to treat yourself my friend. I'm so glad you're here.
about me (Robyn):
Hi! Since my time in London, I’ve visited and worked in some amazing professional bakeries. I miss the days where I found myself in the kitchen elbow high in chocolate mousse and chatting with some great women at wee hours the morning. I don’t miss that early 3:30am wake up call or the daily burn marks on my arms from taking bread out of the oven.
Even though I loooooved the experiences I had in these bakeries, I’ve learned most of what I know from creating at home, feeding my family and accidentally burning stuff.
I’m not a fancy baker.
I love uncomplicated treats and making my goods with as many real, wholesome ingredients as I can get my hands on. I avoid tons of over-the-top, complicated sugary frosting or artificial add-ins. I say no to GMO's and bleached flour. I say yes please to organic, locally sourced, pasture-raised ingredients. You know, the real stuff that our grandmothers and great grandmothers used. I keep it real real because most baked goods are usually just too sweet (and full of garbage) and nothing else. Which is where I got the idea for the name of this site, I wanted a place where the treats (and words) were never too sweet, but sweetish.
more about me (I tend to over share):
After dropping my creative writing major, I switched and studied a combination of food science and home economics at my university. My school didn’t have a culinary arts program at the time so I decided to make up my own major of sorts, and started my college’s first internship with a pastry chef. The dean of my college loved me “carving my own path” so much that she paid me to speak to other women about pursuing their passions. I carry that same love of speaking with women (that's you my friend) on this blog.
On Nutrition + Food:
In fall of 2015 I graduated with honors from the Culinary Nutrition Academy. In this program we learned about the healing properties of food and each student got to choose a health issue we're crazy passionate about and develop recipes for it. I chose to study women's overall health. Sometimes you'll find the recipes I've developed and other tid-bits of nutritional information sprinkled throughout the site. So often we think that dessert, or the act of "treating our self" can't be good for us, but it CAN be! Here I encourage happy eating, I want this "online bakery" to be like nothing you've ever tired before!
On Food Photography + Story Telling:
I've been dabbling in photography for over 15 years. I learned to shoot on film and developed all of my pictures in a dark room when I was a teenager. I didn't think I was any good at photography at first, and have gone back and forth with it, but I kept trying and actually won a couple of contests. One day a co-worker noticed me looking at cookbooks all the time and said, "I don't know anyone who loves food photography as much as you do!" LOL, I really do.
Food is so much a part of who I am. It reminds me of my boisterous, unorthodox family and the crazy memories that go with it - all of us sitting around a huge dining room table with mix-matched chairs, hot rolls being thrown by my grandmother across the table and laughter so loud you couldn't hear yourself speak. It reminds me of the time my best friends and I ate pudding cups in high school with no spoons and deemed the person who finished theirs first the best kisser. It reminds me of making pizzas as a kid in the summer with my dad, James Taylor blasting and peeling fresh peas from the farmers market with my mom (later served with butter and salt) and my first date with my husband. It reminds me of new friends I've met and have kept as we ate our way through Borough Market in London. Food is such a big part of my story, and as people, I think it's a big part of all of our stories really, and I find it a privilege to be telling that story through photography.
I recently moved from my native home of Southern California (5th generation woot woot!) to SLC with my husband John, new son Myles and Frenchie pup, Sundae. You can read more about it here and catch more snippets of how we became a family of 4 here and pretty much catch up on my entire 2016 here.
I'm totally on instagram @sweetish.co and on facebook, come say hello! I love your comments and "likes" so much. Also! I LOVE my subscribers. You guys are my people. Subscribe to my self-named "treat-yo-self club" and receive special emails and recipes sent straight to your inbox from me, here. And don't worry, around here we never eat spam, just good ol' wholesome treats. ;)
I'm a hugger, is that cool? (Me hugging you.) I'm so glad you're here.
I revealed my babbling, oversharing tendencies and wedding cake making experiences on this awesome podcast here.