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Sometimes, giving up is easy…but not for me! My dream is to own my own Mexican Restaurant someday. I am tenacious and spunky. To say that I am passionate about the food I cook is an understatement! The goal of my brand is to inspire others to follow their wildest dreams; I do it through food, enthusiasm, and a genuine love of people. I am a strong advocate for things that I enjoy and often find myself figuratively "selling" my favorites to others.

After 14 years of interpreting and working in Social Services, I realized that my true joy is made in the kitchen. As a woman in my 30s, when others are settling into their careers, I decided to jump wholeheartedly into making my dream a reality. I want to show the world that with food, as with life, no mistake is too big if you make the conscious decision to continue. To my surprise, what started as a pursuit of my own happiness has turned into messages of encouragement from strangers. I have heard from everyone from budding entrepreneurs to amazingly brave people in recovery. What a ride so far, and I am just getting started!

While my brand is small (but growing each day) I realize I might not be someone's top pick as an influencer, however, to stay true to myself and to TenazMex I have to try! In the spirit of the brand, continuing is a must. I am open to work with others who feel as fired up about food and people as I do. I can't wait to meet you!

Location Hendersonville, NC Southeastern
Country United States of America
Member Since NOVEMBER 10, 2020
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It may be cold, be are jingle bell rockin’ till the end of the season! Fun night @guidonbrewing last night. #biz #foodblogger #businessowner #foodtruck #foodtruckers #chefstagram #chef #foodie #cold #holidayseason #holidays #irishfood #streetfood

Updated fall menu with improved pricing. Come see us tomorrow at Sideways Farm and Brewery where all of Crooked Jack’s profits will go to benefit @blueridgehumanesociety . #lovehendo #humanesociety #pets #rescuepets #adoptdontshop #fundraiser #irishfood #streetfood #foodporn #foodie #foodblog #menu #newmenu #delish #fishandchips #ınstagood #charity #donate #raisemoney #communityspirit

We love our customers!! This lovely family is a favorite of ours. 🥰 even though I look a bit rough. 😂 We served up some @highlandbrewing Gaelic Ale battered fish @packasplace. This weekend we’ll be @sidewaysfarmandbrewery donating our crooked Jack’s profit to @blueridgehumanesociety this weekend. Come see us!! #crookedjacks #customerappreciation #kilt #irishfood #streetfood #fusionfood #uniquefood #irishamerican #brewery #proud #foodie #blogger #smallbusiness #smallbusinessowner #lovehendo #wnc #westernnorthcarolina #blueridgemountains #fall #womanownedbusiness

Guess what?! Crooked Jack’s got a trailer!!!!! We are over the moon about this. 😍 #trailer #smallbusiness #progress #growing #foodtruck #foodtrailer #foodtraveller #eat #cook #cooking #instagood #hardwork #foodie #instacool #payoff #mine #serviceindustry #chefslife #mobilekitchen

All profits from Crooked Jack’s on Saturday, October 16, 2021 will go towards @blueridgehumanesociety. Come join us! We’ll be set up at Sideways Brewery and Farm. Please note that these will be the profits only from Crooked Jack’s as we are doing this independently. #fundraiser #fundraising #adoptdontshop #adopt #dog #cat #kitten #puppy #furryfriends #eat #foodforacause #shopforacause #foodie #nonprofit #joinus #donations #blueridgehumanesociety #blueridgemountains #lovehendo

New Addition!! Crooked Jack’s welcomes fall with Potato and leek soup. #potato #potatoandleeksoup #leek #leeklover #onion #soup #fall #fallaesthetic #warmth #autumn #hearth #irishfood #irishamerican #irishrestaurant #bread #foodie #foodporn #foodblogger #foodblog #dinner #cupofsoup #instagood #instachef #cookstagram #eat #food #homemade #homemadefood #hearty

New addition to the Crooked Jack’s menu for a limited time : Kerry Whiskey Trifle. This non-alcoholic trifle is made with a chocolate McVittie’s biscuit, a layer of custard, a layer of @mileevenfoods Irish Summer fruits whiskey jam, raspberries and whipped cream. #irish #irishfood #irishamerican #irishamericans #whiskey #food #foodporn #dessertporn #delicious #worthit #splurge #cheatday #foodbusiness #startup #menubuilding #crookedjacks #lovefood #lovesweets #instagood #foodblogger #foodblog #chefstagram #cookstagram

Great dishes start with a great mise en place. Everything in its place. #miseenplace #everythinginitsplace #cassoulet #chicken #beans #foodie #foodporn #foodiesofinstagram #blog #blogger #foodieblog #delish #chefstagram #cookstagram #instachef #instagood #prep #foodprep #cooking #cook #dinner #slowcook #autumn #fallfood

A little break from Irish to post about my homemade Chinese food adventure. Egg drop soup with tofu, egg rolls, and open-faced steamed dumplings for a delicious dim sum plate. #dimsum #eggrolls #eggdrop #chinesefood #homeade #homemadesoup #autumn #comfortfoodie #foodie #foodporn #chinesefoodporn #foodphotography #foodpics #dinner #lunch #meal #instachef #cookstagram #delish #savory #bokchoy #soup #dumplings #steamed #plated #imadethis

Autumn is in the air…and so is the smell of some @guinness stew. #guinness #guinessstew #stout #pint #irishamerican #fall #autumn #leaves #pumpkin #fallcolors #stew #hearty #meal #dinner #soup #foodie #foodporn #foodpic #blogger #foodieblog #homemade #tasty #delish #beefstew #yummy #instagood #instachef #cookstagram #rainyday #comfortfood

Let me tell you a little story about tenacity. I’m not a wealthy woman; in fact, I’ve dedicated my entire adult life up until this point, to Social Services. I decided about a year ago that no matter how hard it was, I was going to chase a dream to open a restaurant. I couldn’t open a restaurant so I decided to renovate a food truck. The food truck fell through so I decided to do a concession tent. I rebranded. I regrouped. I continued. Our first event was today and we broke even…but you know what that means? We didn’t lose anything. Not only did we not lose, we gained experience. To me, that is a success. My day started with a 5:15 am alarm, 6:00 am shopping (because of Health Department requirements in my area for tents), 7:30 am set-up, 8:00 am inspection, and an event that lasted all day. It was hot. I am sunburned. My makeup has melted off. We loaded an entire food truck’s worth of supplies and refrigerators up, then down, then up, and down again in one day. I’m exhausted, but you know what? Next week, I’ll do it again…and each week thereafter. I’m not a particularly special person…but I have a dream that I will work my hardest to keep alive and grow. I am thankful for my day. I am thankful to my customers. I am thankful for the events who let us come and participate. I love this. I breathe this. I want this with all of my heart. #business #dream #hardwork #story #storytime #blogger #redheadsofinstagram #food #foodie #keepgoing #nevergiveup

Fishy fishy, fish n’ chippy! Our hand battered fish. We are super proud of our recipe. #fish #friedfish #fried #delish #fishandchips #fishandchippy #chipshop #foodporn #dinner #irishfood #irishamerican #streetfood #irishstreetfood #dublin #crookedjack #thebest #handmade #homemade #chefsofinstagram #cookstagram #instachef #foodie #foodblog #blog #foodblogger #foodieblog #foodbiz #businessowner

Isn’t it beautiful?! Practice makes perfect! I always use @guinness in my batter. #fish #handbattered #guinness #irishfood #ukandireland #fishandchips #drunkfood #delicious #crispy #beerbattered #cod #imadethis #irishamerican #foodporn #foodie #chefstagram #cook #cooking #inthekitchen #crookedjacks #delish #deepfried #streetfood #streetfoodie #blog #food #foodblogger #dinner #foodblog #dreambig

County Meath Style Sausage Supper with a Crooked Jack’s twist! #meath #countymeath #irishfood #batteredsausage #fried #deepfried #streetfood #fishandchippery #irishfare #drunkfood #delish #dinner #supper #sausagesupper #chips #potato #foodie #foodiesofinstagram #foodblog #foodblogger #instachef #cook #cooking #chefstagram #cookstagram #imadethis #instagood #eat #food #lovefood

Dreams do come true. It might not be an “ideal” start, but it’s my start. 😍🥰 #dream #cook #cooking #irishfood #streetfood #irishamerican #family #familybusiness #ladychef #womeninbusiness #workhard #foodie #foodblog #foodblogger #instagood #crookedjacks #myplace #strongwomen #ladyboss #whoruntheworld #redheadsofinstagram

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