I’m a recipe developer, writer and food blogger living in Los Angeles, California. I live with my mischievous corgi puppy, Amelia, and boyfriend Joshua. When I’m not making human food, I usually can be found making Amelia birthday cakes or homemade dog treats—it may be a favorite past time.

If this is your first time here, you can expect a lot of breakfast food. Pancakes are dreamy. And pie! Sooo much pie. My mother is Peruvian, so from time to time you’ll find me making some recipes that she’s passed down to me. (If you’re sick, this soup will save you! And these cookies are my favorite.) The food I tend to cook and bake is never fancy—it’s usually just grown-up versions of stuff I ate as a kid. Think comfort food…gone cute.

In Spring of 2013 my first cookbook (!!!!) was published by St. Martin’s Press/MacMillan titled, PANCAKES: 72 Tasty Recipes for the Perfect Stack. If you’d like to read more about it, jump on over the cookbook page. I’m currently writing a new book called The Year of Cozy, which will be published by Rodale in Fall 2015. To look at sneak peeks, look up the hashtag on Instagram #TheYearofCozy

I currently write recipes and contribute to:


And you might’ve seen me here:

A Cup of Jo – The Best Buttermilk Pancakes

A Cup of Jo – The Best Cheesy Biscuits You’ll Ever Have

LA Times

The Pioneer Woman

The Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen (Interview)



The Kitchen – Black Berry Cardamom Hand Pies with a Buckwheat Crust

The Kitchn – Spice Jars

The Kitchn – Homemade Ding Dongs

The Kitchn – Zucchini Drop Biscuits

The Kitchen – Persimmon Porridge


Fine Cooking

Food 52 – Small Batch Series: Making Créme Fraîche at Home

NBC Latino

Oh Joy! – “Eats Lunch With

Refinery 29 – Healthy Snacks Even LA Foodies Swear By


Saveur – Sites We Love

Rachel Zoe’s, Zoe Report

You can also catch me on Twitter , Facebook and Pinterest. Say hi. I like you. A lot!

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Mimi November 27, 2012 at 4:37 am

So so impressive… Especially for such a young woman! Congratulations on a fabulous food career!


troussemousse December 22, 2012 at 9:40 am

You have such a beautiful blog, congrats!
Hugs from Italy.
Happy Holidays!


Nancy January 8, 2013 at 7:48 am

I am a breakfast person too. So happy to find your site and will be using some of your recipes for catering. Thanks so much.


Katherines Corner January 24, 2013 at 5:01 pm

You are so accomplished. I love your sense of humor. I’m happy I found your delish blog. Hugs!


Adri {Food-N-Thought} February 22, 2013 at 10:01 am

So glad to have found your beautiful blog “tocaya”. Me encanta! looking forward to reading more and the book!


Adrianna February 22, 2013 at 10:03 am

I’m glad you found me!


http://www.Bestdatingsitesreview4u.com May 11, 2013 at 7:13 pm

Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog
platform are you using for this site? I’m getting sick and tired of Wordpress because I’ve had problems
with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.


michelle June 23, 2013 at 3:27 am

HI Adrianna, I have nominated you for a Shine On award – I have really enjoyed your blog and look forward to all your posts!



Marysue July 22, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Hello Adrianna, I found your blog via Vintage Kitchen Notes, and am so glad I did! I was reading your Green Spaghetti post, and could just SEE my mom, in place of yours! She, too, was not to be messed with…and she, too, became my best friend. I think the first words I remember her saying was, “Learn to cultivate a taste for…” whatever it was I didn’t want to eat at the time! But, I DID learn to like…LOVE all kinds of food, and became the foodie I am today because of her! I learned so much from her…I miss her so much. Thank you for that little snippet of “mind-rewind” I had while enjoying your story!


Adrianna Adarme July 23, 2013 at 8:24 am

Marysue, I’m so glad you found me. Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Much love, Adrianna


Anne July 23, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Just wanted to make a comment about your picture. I don’t like it. I’m not saying this to say that I don’t like you. Of course, I don’t know you. I just don’t like the picture of you. Your glance sideways is really awkward and hides you. I think if you are going to post a picture of yourself on your website, it should be face forward. So people can see you. Not cheeky you. Anyway, i’m going to try that mayonnaise cake recipe if I ever reach my goal weight and I can afford to splurge a bit.


Danielle January 27, 2015 at 4:05 pm

I think the picture is perfect. You do not have to appeal to what anyone’s sense of a “good picture” is. The portrait you chose seems to capture your personality, and if an image cannot do that, then what is the point?! A boring portrait of you facing forward would be just that, boring! Be unique! Don’t change it!


Carol September 6, 2013 at 9:19 am

Love the blog & recipes but please do not sell my personal info or email address to a 3rd party. Junk emails are worse than the snail mail ones…other than saving trees but just as annoying. The request may be to late because I signed up for your blog. Not saying you do sell the info (I don’t know) but a definate after thought. Thanks.


Adrianna Adarme September 6, 2013 at 9:44 am

Hi Carol, I’m not sure if you’re spam or not. Your email address seems fishy, but I absolutely do not sell email addresses to a 3rd party.


Tisha September 15, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Oh my! I so love your blog. You got all the recipes I would really want to try making one day. You have a new stalker here :-)


Adrianna Adarme September 15, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Hi hi! WElcome! Glad you’re here.


michelle September 28, 2013 at 9:16 am

HI Adrianna,
i am coming to LA in december and was wondering if you have any dinner / lunch recommendations to share about LA? i usually like to ask the locals as they know the best food around.

we are keen to try italian, mexican and foodtrucks!


Adrianna Adarme October 10, 2013 at 11:44 am

Oh!! I’m so glad I just saw this. What part of town will you be staying in?


michelle October 10, 2013 at 11:48 am

hi Adrianna we are staying in a b&b (garden cottage b&b) that is near the grove.
I hope that is a good area to stay. :)


Adrianna Adarme October 10, 2013 at 11:56 am

It’s a great place to stay because it’s super central. Here’s a short list of recommendations:

Bakeries/Breakfast/Good Coffee – Short Cake, Proof, Huckleberry, Hart + Hunter (not a bakery, per se but they have awesome baked goods), Sqirl.

Dinner – Mozza Pizzeria (pizza), Angelini Osteria (Northern Italian), Bestia (Southern Italian, expensive but worth it – make a res far in advance),

Taco trucks – Taco Zone (truck in Echo Park), Tacos Arizas (truck in Echo Park), Rico’s Mar Azul Mariscos Truck (in Highland Park – by far my favorite), Kogi BBQ (a staple), Guisados (restaurant for tacos in Echo park).

Let me know where you end up going. Have an awesome trip. I love this city!


Adrianna Adarme October 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

Oh and you’re super close to Short Cake. Let me know if you end up going – they’ll take care of you! ;)


michelle October 11, 2013 at 5:38 am

thank you for the recommendations!!! i will check them out and let you know.


michelle October 14, 2013 at 1:43 am

hi adrianna,
where do you think we should spend our time shopping at? downtown, pasadena ? where do you usually shop?

we have done all the touristy la stuff the last time so looking for somewhere else to walk and hang out. :)


Connie | URBAN BAKES November 19, 2013 at 12:12 am

First time I’m stopping by and I’m in awe with the beauty of your blog. (looking to upgrade mine very soon) And high-five to breakfast! It’s the most important meal of the day!


Adrianna Adarme November 19, 2013 at 8:27 am

Thanks for being here! xo


gulnigar December 23, 2013 at 9:13 pm

hello! i like your blog but please do not sell my personal info or email address to a 3rd party. You got all the recipes I would really want to try making one day.


Adrianna Adarme December 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I don’t sell people’s email addresses.


Controlling Your Dog Away From You March 4, 2014 at 12:48 am

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He was totally right. This pst actually made my day. You can not imagine juxt how much time I had spent for this information!


Evelyn March 21, 2014 at 9:24 am

I’m in the process of starting my own food blog (and hopefully will be just as successful as you one day :), and was just curious …. did you go to culinary school?? I’m not a professional, but I just love food and love to eat and try recipes I find online, cookbooks, etc. I was just wondering perhaps the secret to your awesome recipes is the result of an awesome culinary education ??


Chelsey January 8, 2015 at 12:47 pm

I absolutely love the design of your website. I will definitely need to give a few of your pancake recipes a try!


Adrianna Adarme January 8, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Thank you!


Kristina March 17, 2015 at 8:05 am

Hola Adrianna!
I just stumbled onto your website and LOVE it! I was pulled in by the Enoki Mushroom Stir Fry and kept clicking through to your other links, like the ginger Cauliflower Rice. Love! I subscribed to your feed so I’m looking forward to future posts!



Adrianna Adarme March 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm

Hi Kristina, Welcome. Glad you’re here!


Gail March 21, 2015 at 2:25 pm

I found your cranberry banana oat bread on Google and came to your site, just subscribed. Bread is in the oven right now! :-)


Adrianna Adarme March 21, 2015 at 2:54 pm

Oh yayy! Hope you enjoy it! Let me know how it turns out! xo


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