I grew up deep in the secluded woods of northern Wisconsin where most days were spent creating imaginary worlds, studying the night sky and forcing my sister and cousin to learn dance routines.
During those days, I remember Grandma W.’s kitchen brimming with homemade Slovak-inspired treats. Dad learned his secrets from her, and I’m forever in the process of learning mine from him. I grew up fearless of baking with yeast and repairing crumbly pie crusts. This is where I trace my lifelong appreciation and admiration for all things baked.
I moved to the capital city of Madison for college and fell in love with walking, writing and eavesdropping on strangers. Deciding to use my powers for good, I moved to Minneapolis to pursue a graduate degree.
For 13 years I loved living in Minneapolis, and more so, loved leaving Minneapolis to explore new places. I’m a travel addict and love big and small adventures. This made it a no-brainer to move to Kansas City when an outstanding career opportunity presented itself.
My spirit is alive when setting out onto a new city, studying maps, discovering local fare and meeting new people. I don’t like sitting still and get antsy when I don’t have my next trip planned. I’ve scratched the surface, exploring 23 countries and 39 states, and there is so much more to see, try, taste, hike and explore.
This blog gives me the chance to fill my calendar with big and small adventures. I’ll travel alone, singing loudly in the car. I’ll recruit friends as day trippers, donut sharers and hiking partners. I’ll take urban walks to stumble upon neighborhood gems. While most of my travels will be locally based, you’ll likely find other treasures pop up as I wander.
While the destination is satisfying, the journey is the best part. They lead to stories, unexpected moments and fantastic memories. I’m here to help make your journey more delicious.
What can you expect from Patisserie Gypsy?
- Visits to bakeries and the scoop on their specialties and histories
- Recommendations for delicious little journeys
- A rundown of the best baked items in the area
- Hot tips
- Roadside attractions
- History lessons that don’t make you want to fall asleep
- Random observations
- Well-meaning irreverence
- Cute things
- Stories about my friends