Hi, I am Memoria James, and I'm a xenophile from Houston, Texas. After first visiting Europe in 2008 and living there for almost a year in 2012/2013, I am now determined to return there forever. I speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, with a reading knowledge of French. I can also read Korean characters but am far from fluent. I have a masters and have completed PhD coursework in Spanish and Portuguese linguistics, and I teach college-level Spanish. However, my heart now belongs to traveling, returning to Europe permanently, and conjuring up domestic and international, culinary creations.

I'm not married, and I live alone - hence, the name of this blog, which means "I eat alone/by myself" in Italian.  While living in Reggio Calabria, Italy (the "toe" of the boot near Sicily), I met the love of my life. Thanks to Skype and Whatsapp Messenger, we are able to contact each other daily; however, I hope to see him and his family again in 2014. My mother is my best friend in the whole world. We are like peas and carrots (-from Forrest Gump :D).

I love to bake and cook. I started learning how to bake and cook over five years ago. Before that time, I would eat out, buy microwaveable meals, or make simple sandwiches. I now love to try out different international dishes and make them as authentic as possible after much research and recipe comparisons. I also enjoy baking for my family, friends, colleagues, and students.

Please stop by my blog often and leave comments in French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Korean, or any other language you prefer. I love visitors!

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  1. adoro esse blog! E eu falo as mesmas línguas, ao mesmo nível de você! Sou aluna de linguas modernas na universidade de miami. Com certeza tem que visitar o meu blog também!

    Me segue por favor! Já estou seguindo a você.


  2. Sawasdee Kha,

    For some reason, I always admire people who can speak different languages.

  3. I just read your "about me" section and am very pleased to know that you are pursuing your doctorate. I hold a Ph.D. in marketing and have been a professor for 16 years. It is always nice to meet another like-minded soul in the blogosphere; there are few in higher ed who blog (I think due to the time and dedication that it takes). I am re-learning Italian after numerous years of non-use. Best wishes on all of your endeavors! Roz (aka Bella)

  4. Hola chica, me encanta tus blog! Vivo en Madrid, no estoy soltera pero mi blog se llama como*solo - because I eat alone too! I also speak several languages (Bengali, German and French too) and I think I'm going to really enjoy discovering your blog.

  5. i so dearly wish i could be commenting in a different language. although, i suppose english is "different" to many of your readers! anyway, just wanted to say hello and great blog!

  6. Memoria,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. We have much in common. My undergrad work was in in Spanish and French, way too many years ago. We've moved many times over the years but found Houston was just one of our favorite places. My son, who will be married in August, now lives in Houston. So we have hopes that some day soon we'll be back. I read your blog regularly. NB: in my opinion, there is no bbq like Rudy's. I order the rub all the time. I've only been to the original in Leon Springs, but my son told me yesterday that there is a new location at 290 and the Beltway. He called yesterday to rub it in that he'd been there for lunch. Buena suerte with the doctorate. Very impressive.

  7. Nicely done! I really enjoyed getting to knew you more. Thanks for sharing.

  8. You are my kind of woman! Bravo!

  9. Aangezien je in alle talen een reactie wilt, hierbij eentje in het Nederlands! Ik hoop dat je er wijs uit wordt :) Leuke blog, succes!

  10. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving such an encouraging comment! I love your title, by the way– really I love all things Italian-related. Io mangio di solito con mio fidenzato, ma mangio più che lui!

  11. Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I have noticed several of your kind comments/encouragements on few other blogs we both follow. Glad to know you are interested in learning Korean because it is my native language (but my level is only elementary since I came to US at early age)! So glad to get to know you better! Happy Cooking!

  12. Very cool. Nice list of accomplishments and goals. Do you sleep?


  13. Me encantan las fotos! ahora entiendo tu comentario de la palabra gnocchi en español! jajaja es cierto no existe en español. Muy interesante tu blog, me suscribo con el google reader

  14. your food looks so yummy and your photos are stunning.

  15. your food looks so yummy and your photos are stunning.

  16. Adorei o seu blog!
    Sou brasileira e estou cursando Letras - Inglês na faculdade, e também dou aulas de inglês.
    É tão legal conhecer alguém que se interesse pela nossa língua!
    Ah, eu também adoro cozinhar, e achei suas fotos/receitas maravilhosas. :)

  17. Estou apaixonada pelo teu blog! Se precisares de alguma receita do Brazil, ficarei muito feliz em compartilhar contigo! Parabéns!

  18. Ola,

    Descobri o seu blog atraves da receita fantastica do cheesecake com mousse de chocolate. :)
    Agora vou dar uma olhada pelas restantes receitas que me parecem igualmente deliciosas. Gosto muito de cozinhar e de comer, e as suas fotos sao fantasticas.
    Eu sou Portuguesa nascida em Lisboa, mas como sou casada com um Americano vivo ca ha ja dez anos. O meu Portugues e um pouco diferente do falado no Brazil.
    Tenho um blog onde ponho um pouco de tudo e cada entrada e bilingue. E raro encontrar alguem que se interesse por Portugues. :)
    Desejo-lhe tudo de bom!

  19. Olá!
    Vim aqui parar pelo Pintrest e adorei o que li.
    Sou portuguesa, nasci e vivo em Lisboa, sou jornalista e tenho uma paixão por blogs de comida com boas fotos.
    Falo e escrevo um Português um bocadinho diferente do Português do Brasil e foi uma agradável surpresa encontrar uma norte-americana interessada por esta língua "sui generis".
    Muito obrigada pelo que escreve neste seu espaço e continue, por favor, a fazê-lo com tanta paixão.

  20. Tal como a Storyteller, encontrei o seu blog através do PINTEREST (do qual sou fã n.1) e fiquei de boca aberta com as semelhanças que existem entre nós...
    Eu sou portuguesa, licenciada em Psicologia, casada, adoro cozinhar, trabalhei muitos anos em formação e recursos humanos, o que me levou a conhecer e trabalhar com o ETS (Educational Testing Service).
    Depois de quase 10 anos a trabalhar com o TOEFL e o TOEIC em Portugal, estou a viver no México há quase 4 anos com o meu marido e os meus 2 filhos.
    Para quando o regresso à Psicologia? Não sei...por enquanto dedico-me à familia e à cozinha.
    Um abraço e espero que continue o seu blog.
    Vou adicionar!!!

  21. Just another note...The verb "HABER" (to be) doesn't exist...It's "SER"
    Eu sou
    Tu és
    Ele/ela é
    Nós somos
    Vós sois
    Eles/elas são

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  23. Stumbled onto the chocolate mousse cheesecake recipe and was flabbergasted! Can't wait to try and eat it. I don't know any of the other languages you know but "Shukriya" (Thank you in Hindi) for the recipe!

  24. Oltre alla bellissima torta mi voglio complimentare per l'ironia del tuo blog e ci metto anche un po' di invidia (nel senso buono del termine) per il bellissimo rapporto che hai con tua madre.
    Continuerò a seguirti con piacere


  25. ti trovo solo ora ma con curiosità ti seguirò! Barbara

  26. Hola. Super lindo su blog. Me encantó la receta de Chocolate Mouse Cheesecake. Quien sabe si llegue a hacer más que la base del cheesecake con el Oreo crust.
    Gracias por compartir.

  27. Thanks for posting on our blog and the insight! I enjoyed reading your profile. You seem like a very interesting, warm-hearted person. Learning languages is indeed a beautiful thing. We wish you all the best on your journey. :)


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