Hi and welcome to Tara’s Multicultural Table! My name is Tara and I currently live in Northern Virginia with my husband, 5 year old son, and 2 year old daughter. I developed this blog in 2012 as a way to organize my recipes and create something for myself while staying at home with my (at the time) six month old son. What began as merely a hobby has turned into so much more and I love being able to share my creations with all of you.
I was born in Misawa, Japan into an Air Force family. We moved to Germany when I was a year old and I spent my early childhood there before permanently settling in the United States. Those short years overseas made a lasting impression on me and I have had the urge to travel for as long as I can remember.
I met my husband in high school and through his family I was exposed to many wonderful Filipino dishes. I was actually quite picky as a child due to texture issues. With age and my husband’s encouragement I have discovered all of the incredible foods the world has to offer.
My daughter is currently at an age where she will still try pretty much anything. Especially if someone else is eating it. One of her first phrases was “bite please.” My son has Autism and has had many of the same difficulties I did as far as different textures and pickiness. He is now at the point where he will at least try a bite of anything once before moving on. Even if he doesn’t have any interest in the dish itself, he has always been right by my side in the kitchen whether to help directly in the preparation of dinner or to watch the gears/turning parts of a particular appliance (the stand mixer and ice cream machine are huge favorites).
I love watching my children experience new places and flavors as they get older. My son now gets excited about upcoming travel and it has become so much fun planning our trips and adventures together. Along with recipes, I will be sharing some of these adventures with you in case you also plan on traveling to these areas or wish to live vicariously through the food in the meantime. Thanks for visiting!