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A Food Network chef + mama obsessed with 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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Another trip around the sun.

This is Fourty Seven .. Yesssss 47!!!

And I feel unapologetically “FABULOUS” about the whole aging thing.

Thank you for all the beautiful birthday messages.

I woke up today in Hawaii another year older, but so comfortable in my skin. I’m braver, stronger and more at ease than I was at 46.

And not because this past year was easy. Quite the opposite. I fell hard + failed so many times + got schooled by some BIG life lessons.

This year cracked me wide open and left me feeling confused, afraid, vulnerable + uncertain. But no matter how many times I got knocked down I refused to quit.

I refocused and dug deep and gained so much CLARITY and CONFIDENCE. And with that came a new found sense of CALM.

I evolved + grew at a soul level. I overcame demons and took stock + realized WHO and WHAT really matters to me.

I showed up every day for my family and more importantly I prioritized myself. Cause if I’m not OK I’m useless to others.

I stopped apologizing and saying yes to things + people that drain my light or bore me. Instead I chose to only do things that bring me joy.

I made a conscious decision to surround myself with mentors + teachers that challenge me to push beyond my comfort zone and motivate me to be a better human.

I let go of hardwired limiting beliefs + stopped playing it small to make people around me feel safe.

I got clear on my own DIVINE PURPOSE and found peace with the person I am standing before my Creator.

I know WHAT I want my legacy to be when I leave this world. I know WHY I wake up every day. And I’m focused on the mission God assigned me .

I’m here to SERVE AND SUPPORT YOU. Yes, you are a one-of-a-kind miracle capable of realizing your dreams.

I’m here to help you create a healthy, beautiful and DELICIOUS LIFE you love and manifest miracles.

I’m so humbled to be part of your tribe. I don’t take this for granted. I’m so grateful to be a part of your story.

I promise to always keep it raw, real and authentic.

And remember… Your life is not a dress rehearsal. It’s the main event. So stop holding back. Let’s turn up the music + celebrate today and every single day.

And know I’m always here for you cause I love you most.

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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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