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Allen and me pictured with Chef Guy Fieri
Welcome to Two Frys! In 2010, we started Two Frys after attending our first Food Network Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival in NJ. We took hundreds of photos, ate great food, met a lot of chefs and food related business owners, so we started a blog to share our experience. Two Frys features recipes we create or cook from our favorite chefs, cookbooks, TV and other blogs or recipe sites.

Allen and me are avid home cooks and we love trying out recipes and developing our own. At Two Frys, we also cover food festivals, food related events, and farmers markets in NYC and NJ. We review food products (especially Hot sauce, BBQ sauce and spices), kitchen products, cookbooks, and food related books. From time to time, we highlight restaurants and bakeries from places we come across in our travels and from our neighborhood (Riverdale, Bronx, NY) where we currently reside.

Me holding my autographed menu signed by Chef Guy Fieri
My background is not in the culinary industry, but I have fallen in love with baking and creating desserts. I remember my Mom always baking Dominican cakes and flan since my younger years, so it is no surprise I ended up loving it. I have a Master of Arts Degree in Biological Anthropology, and currently work at a college. As I was studying forensic anthropology, human osteology (bones), human evolution and genetics, I started baking as a hobby since it calmed my nerves. I found myself baking constantly in between exams, writing papers, reading, researching and writing my thesis in graduate school. 

Pictured with Host extraordinaire, Baron Ambrosia from Bronx Flavor and Cooking Channel
I am a home cook and learned to bake and cook from cookbooks, magazines, blogs and cooking shows on Food Network and other food channels. Baking for me is relaxing and I enjoy it immensely. I love baking cakes, pies and cookies. My husband taught me how to cook when we were first married. It took some time to learn and get used to, but now cooking is a big part of my life, and I try new recipes whenever possible. I love meeting chefs (who wouldn't), cookbook authors, attending food demonstrations and food festivals. I love going to farmers markets and buying organic fruits, vegetables, homemade jams, sauces, pies, and freshly baked bread. I also love buying cookbooks and cookie cutters.

Allen with Chef and Host, Sunny Anderson from Food Network

Allen after shopping at Trader Joe's, 72nd Street and Broadway
Allen is a certified Web Graphics Designer and cooked professionally in restaurants back home in northern California. Allen really loves hot sauces, grilling and spices. Allen has cooked a lot of chicken wings over the years with a variety of hot sauces (from mild to extreme heat) and BBQ sauces. He is a great cook and is always cooking and grilling for us.

He has a green thumb and learned to take advantage of apartment living in the Bronx with indoor gardening. Allen is currently growing cherry tomatoes and sprouting a variety of hot peppers and herbs, such as: basil, tarragon, oregano, chives, parsley, rosemary, etc. We also have some really lovely house plants.

Allen and me with Chef and Host Andrew Zimmern from Travel Channel
Allen can be found on Facebook at the following link: Rockabilly Chef / Mr. Hot Sauce. Allen is a member of the Chilli-Heads group on Facebook and is friends with many great, hot sauce creators in the USA and worldwide. An Urban NYC indoor and windowsill gardener, 2013 marked Allen's first year growing NYC Urban Bhut Jolokia's aka Ghost Peppers.

Allen and me with Chef and Host, Melissa D'Arabian from Food Network
At Two Frys, we feature some things we buy and like. If something has been sent us to for coverage, we note it in our posts. Two Frys is not endorsed by any companies. We do this site because we love baking, cooking and of course, eating great grub! We encourage you to send us information related to the above by emailing: twofryscook@yahoo.com. Allen and I greatly appreciate media access to food events, so we can feature them. We look forward to hearing from you, so please get in touch.
Allen and Me at Sammy D's, Harrah's, Atlantic City, NJ (August 2014)
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-Sophia & Allen/Two Frys