Welcome to Splendid Market, a cache of ideas and extraordinary notions. This is where you can find information on enjoyable luxuries to make everyday life at home a little more special, savory, and pleasing.
Before I became a full time Domestista, I was the original Specialty Food Product Manager at Starbucks, and a member of the creative team that took the latte leader from 60 to 1200 stores. My job involved traveling around the country meeting with top chefs and bakers to choose the most toothsome fresh food items. I attended food shows throughout the US and Europe to find and develop the most tempting packaged products for the Starbucks brand as it emerged into a global symbol for gourmet innovation. My favorite assignment was spending a week in Paris researching all of the top chocolatiers, seeking ideas for creating the most exciting sweets and treats to bring to consumers who expected the very best.
After my second child was born, the time came to re-focus my attention on my family. I wanted to bring them the same delights and delicious surprises that I had delivered to Starbucks. As many of you know, managing a home and family can be all consuming and like you, I struggled to do it well. I wanted to bring passion to our meals, our holidays and our family occasions. So, out of necessity, I pursued ways to create my desired “splendid life” in the most efficient way possible.
When you visit Splendid Market, you’ll read about the best of what I’m doing or seeing, day by day, things that I have found make life more enjoyable – with a minimal amount of effort and expense. Many of these ideas are things I’ve been doing for years, and some are new discoveries I’ve tried and feel are worthy of sharing.
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