Photo Credit: Kat Akers of Requiem Images

Hi! My name is Nikole Boyda McGuinness. I am a food, travel and lifestyle blogger and influencer who is both, creative & curious. I am an image maker; both photos and illustration, a food lover; reviewer and creator of new recipes, world traveler & story teller. My mantra in life is to “savor life one bite at a time.”

I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA where I currently live, but have also spent time in Atlanta, GA, Albuquerque, NM, and most recently, Portland, OR. I returned “home” the fall of 2017 for family reasons and have not looked back. I’m excited with what is currently undergoing in my hometown as it transitions into a sort of new renaissance, food wise, tech wise and creatively speaking, as well. I say that Pittsburgh is where Portland used to be in that beautiful emerging state around 20 years ago with a little urban grit still around the edges. I’m anxious to watch and be a part of what develops here.

My background is in fine and graphic arts. I was a partner in a small design and branding agency focused on helping small businesses and start-ups until my father was diagnosed with cancer. I took a step away from the business to care for him and was quickly led onto another path with discovering food. I found that cooking was a good distraction for me and not only fell in love, but fell hard. I began traveling the world in search of new knowledge and food experiences. During this time, I thought a lot about focusing on telling my stories through food and images here on The Simple Chefista. With my background helping in art and design, my focus is now completely in this online arena of food and living a simple, but good life.

If I’m not behind the lens, my desk or the kitchen island mixing and meddling, you can usually find me in my backyard planting and playing in the dirt, walking the trail or searching for treasures at the local antique stores and flea markets. There’s nothing better than a good find!! Or, I’ll be spending time with those that I love most, my husband John, and our menagerie of cats, three chihuahuas; Izzy, Lucy and Pucci, and four chickens; Yaytse, Heuvo, Tamago, and Oeuf. All are named egg in a different language.

I am currently navigating my way through breast cancer and am focusing on my complete healing. Because of this, unfortunately, I am not accepting any new collaborations unless the timing is flexible with my treatments and other current projects. Please continue to check back with status updates with where I am on this journey. Thank you for your good wishes, flexibility, and support. And in the meantime, I hope that you remember to savor life one bite at a time.

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