Update on our Baby James


Wow, I can’t believe it’s been over a month since we welcomed our lil bundle of joy into this world! As probably any new parent will tell you, time flies by. Adjusting to the new schedule baby James has us on is the most challenging part. Seems like the days have all blurred together. I think Jason and I have felt every possible emotion lately, we have been tested in ways that we have never really truly explored. Patience, flexibility, sincere selflessness, exhaustion, resilience and endurance just to name a few. The limited amount of sleep alone has made us feel like we have aged a year in only a matter of weeks, but you know what, we both wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. We love James!… 

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Introducing baby James!


We are so excited and proud to introduce the newest and cutest addition to our family, baby James Joseph Gavin! He came into this world in a hurry and just in time for breakfast. That’s our lil fella, he was born to eat!

Have you ever seen those car commercials or scenes in movies where the pregnant wife is in agony and the husband is scrambling to get the car packed and drives like a speed demon, running red lights, trying with all his might to stay calm and get to the hospital? Well, that is pretty much our experience with the delivery of our sweet baby James, and I wouldn’t expect anything more than adventure with our lives together so far! After weeks of nesting, blogging, cooking and getting our home ready for babies arrival, James must have known that we were finally relaxing for just a few moments because he decided he was ready to check out his new digs!… 

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Palm Springs Weekend Getaway

palm springs getaway | jessicagavin.com

As the arrival of Baby Gavin is only a few weeks away, Jason and I decided to celebrate our 3 year wedding anniversary in Palm Springs, CA. This quick weekend getaway is nice because it’s only an hour and a half from our house. We get time to catch up on the road, but not spend too much time traveling…. 

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Our lil Gavin Baby Shower


When we announced to our families this past winter that we had a little Gavin on the way, they were very excited and some were already anxious to plan the baby shower! It is crazy how fast eight months passes us by and now we are on the eight week countdown! Many of our family and friends live in either Northern or Southern California, although Jason has some relatives that reside on the East coast. So one party turned quickly into two baby shower parties! I wanted to still be able to travel comfortably on a plane, so we chose the month of May to celebrate Baby Gavin!… 

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2014 Babymoon in Bora Bora

babymoon in bora bora

Have you ever found a place so perfect that it becomes like your second home? In the South Pacific there is a tiny little French Polynesian island called Bora Bora that has become our paradise on earth. You will find tropical warm weather year round and incredibly breathtaking views of calm clear blue lagoon waters.  There is a  fusion of European & Polynesian cuisine combined with the friendliest hospitality, we can’t wait to hear the words “La Orana” (Tahitian for Hello) whenever we arrive!… 

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Why I love Food Science


A career in food science is an exciting field where scientists, technologist, engineers and researchers get to “play” each day. Food scientists may be in the lab, production facilities or collaborating with industry partners to create the most innovative and safe food products for people around the globe.  There are many facets and disciplines within food science in which you can navigate your career…. 

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Becoming a Certified Food Scientist

IFT Certified Food Scientist

From a young age I knew that I loved culinary, I think it was seeing the joy on everyone’s faces during family gatherings. I thought it was my destiny to become a restaurant chef but after high school I decided to take my college education down a more scientific path. During my undergraduate studies I learned about food from a new interesting perspective; science, technology, sustainability and safety…. 

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2013 Summer Fancy Food Show

2013 Fancy Food Show entrance

The 59th annual 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show took place in the bustling streets of New York City at the Jacob Javits Center. The show was sponsored by Specialty Foods Association, a not-for-profit trade association for food artisans, importers and entrepreneurs. The Fancy food Show is North America’s Largest Specialty Food and Beverage event, featuring 180,000 products in 40 product categories. The 2,400 exhibitors from 80 countries and regions showcased various products such as confections, cheese, coffee, wines, spirits, snacks, spices, ethnic, natural, organic and much more…. 

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Wedding Flashback – It’s been 2 years!


On Friday afternoon of July 1st, 2011 I married my soul mate, Jason Lawrence Gavin. We had an intimate beach wedding with 100 of our closest family and friends at Crystal Cove state park in Newport Coast, CA. The wedding was catered by the only restaurant on the beach which happens to be just a few feet from the wedding site, The Beachcomber Cafe. I can’t believe it has been 2 years since I said “I DO”!… 

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