Growing up as a small town girl from Minnesota, I was a picky-eater that didn’t explore much beyond fried chicken and pizza. Thankfully, during college, when my diet of American fried food became redundant, I was forced to explore out of my comfort zone. My boredom drove me to the doors of Thai restaurants in Minneapolis where I was greeted by extraordinary new delights. This eye-opening discovery accompanied my aching need to escape my hometown and travel the world and define my passion. This led me to move to South Korea. Here, I discovered my favorite Thai dish: Green Papaya Salad or Som Tam in Thai. Sitting at a Thai restaurant in Seoul, I joyfully indulged in a bright plate of soft yet crunchy shredded green papaya, dripping with a juicy, chili-spiced, lime-tangy sauce balanced with the sweetness of palm sugar and a slightly funky pleasure of what I later learned to be fish sauce. Each crushed peanut coated, crunchy-tart bite of papaya was matched with a succulent mouthful of slightly sweet prawn. There it hit me; I wanted to make foreign recipes more accessible to other curious but fearful people like my old self. I made my way to Thailand and into a cooking class, where I learned that Thai dishes, like my beloved Som Tam, could be adjusted for taste preference and for local ingredient availability. This meant that I could alter my favorite foreign dish just enough so I could share it with mom by decreasing the fish sauce and using chicken instead of prawn. This flexible recipe idea further inspired my vision to make a website that provides easy instructions to alter international dishes’ basic recipes to fit personal taste and dietary needs. Thai food opened up the world to me and empowered me to face the challenges of living overseas. Now, flash-forward to living in Vietnam, I’m still in my kitchen, making Som Tam many different ways (hence my varying photos!) & tapping into my entrepreneurial spirit as I set out to revolutionize the way recipes are shared.