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A Food Network chef + mama obsessed with Aperol spritzes, travel, and mouth watering food. I also own a gorgeous cooking school in Italy. My mission? To share the secrets of La Dolce Vita so you can create a healthy, beautiful, delicious life filled with joy!


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Let go of fear. Let go of the past. Let go of how you thought or others told you your life should be. Let go of doubt. You are a child of G-d.

So stop listening to the critics and doubting your full potential. Be weird and different. Think outside the box. Dream big beautiful dreams. Take NO or CAN’T out of your vocabulary.

For the longest time, I have been an eternal optimist. To me the glass is not only half full, it is overflowing with blessings. I have been this way since I was a kid. It is in my DNA. I am hardwired to see the best in every situation.

Just the simple things like being able to see, make me feel blessed for my eyes. Just the fact my arms and legs work is a blessing. The fact I have this day and this life makes me rich beyond measure. Getting to wake up every day and do what I love is epic.

But I will tell you I have encountered many naysayers along the way. Even my amazing parents were always telling me I was a dreamer and to get my head out of the clouds. They were Negative Nellys. And many people you will meet will have a million reasons why things are the way they are. They accept their fate and believe that their circumstance cannot change.

Well, I am here to tell you that these people are wrong. WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG….

They are standing in the darkness. They are focusing on the things they don’t want… The things that scare or worry them. And in turn, they are manifesting these things into their life, by focusing their energy on what they don’t want.

I have always been very sensitive to people’s energy. I am drawn to LIGHT… And I try to share my light wherever I go. I try to shine it on the darkness in the world. But I also make no apologies for stepping away from the darkness towards the light.

And you shouldn’t either. Our purpose on this planet is to share our light. Believe anything and everything you wish for is a possibility. You are a child of G-d and the creator doesn’t make anything but perfect beings. Open yourself up to Him. Accept that His light burns brightly inside you. And ask Him for things….

Up until recently, I always thought that the best way to pray was to be grateful for what you had. I thought you weren’t meant to ask G-d for things. But a week ago I was listening to the amazing Rabbi Tzvi Freeman the author of one of my favorite books… “Bringing Heaven Down to Earth”. It’s basically the Rebbe’s teachings simplified into 365 meditations, and if you don’t own it you must.

He explained that the mitzvah of tefillin requires that we ask G-d for what we want. Say it out loud. And know that He will hear it and provide for you. KNOW anything is possible when you connect with the energy of the source of all creation. He is on your team and He only wants the best for you.

Embrace the life that is waiting for you. Make the impossible possible. Embrace the future that is trying to work its way into your consciousness. As it says in the Torah…. Believe it and it will be.

I am your biggest fan and I will be cheering you on from the sidelines. I love and adore you to bits, you beautiful, unique, and special soul.

Sending love, light & blessings.

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I'm Melissa, your host & tour guide.

A Food Network chef, author, mamma, eternal optimist, wannabe-mermaid, spice mixologist, and “dough therapist” (yep, it’s a thing)—

I'm also the founder of Susina Cucina, the gorgeous, Italian cooking school I manifested into my reality. I’m obsessed with Aperol spritzes, travel, and mouthwatering food… especially pizza and pasta.

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