Adventures with AnnaLiza

232323232-fp83232-uqcshlukaxroqdfv34946-nu=489;-9-4-534-WSNRCG=35-4823756347nu0mrjOnce upon a time lived a family of three, Papa Antoine, Maman Layla, and daughter Delarai. They lived in a small but gorgeous house. God had blessed them with many things including good health, lovely neighbors, and loving friends. There was only one thing that was missing. All members of the family, especially the daughter, wished every night upon a star, that they could have a new addition to their family. A nice little sister for Delarai.

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On March 3rd, a beautiful baby girl was born in a magical little city called San Francisco. She was 5 pounds 15 ounces and 20 inches tall.

She was ready for a new home. Maman Layla, Papa Antoine, and daughter Delarai rushed to the hospital to meet the gorgeous little princess. During the drive to the hospital, Delarai chose a name for her little sister, “Annaliza”, which meant a gift from God. As soon as the family entered the hospital room, AnnaLiza turned around & gave a gorgeous smile to her new family. It was love at first sight.

In the first weeks, AnnaLiza loved to sleep. Delarai would stay next to her crib and sing lovely songs for her in French, Farsi

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and English.

She was called Annalisa by her sister, Poussine (French nickname) by Papa Antoine, and “Gomboloo” (Farsi nickname) by Maman Layla. AnnaLiza had lots of FANS. From that day on, Annaliza was called in many loving ways. Annaliza was sure special. So many people loved her.

AnnaLiza was sure a personality of her own. She was naughty, kind, and gentle. She sure knew what she wanted, and she was not afraid to ask for it.

232323232-fp83232-uqcshlukaxroqdfv3-357-nu=489;-9-4-534-WSNRCG=35-436;-57347nu0mrjAnnaliza had a lot of style. She looked good in any color and any outfits her sister would choose for her. She had a real sense for fashion, and she insisted on wearing the same outfits as her big sister. Annalisa sure loved to eat; she could not wait till the day she could start on solids.

On March 21st, AnnaLiza celebrated her first important holiday. That was the Iranian New Year. The family celebrated by cleaning the house, making a Hafsin, dressing in new clothes, and visiting special friends and family.

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Annaliza became really chatty when she turned two month old. She would talk for hours, her mother and the neighbors heard her say “Hi” at an early age.

232323232-fp83232-uqcshlukaxroqdfv3-2-8-nu=489;-9-4-534-WSNRCG=35-436;9-6347nu0mrjAnnalisa and Delarai shared a very strong sisterly bond unmatched by anyone except maybe Elsa and Anna.

She also had a real sense for adventure, mountains, forests, and the park, nothing scared her at all.

When Annalisa turned three months, Mammy and Pappy came all the way from France to meet her. They brought her beautiful toys and clothes. She specially appreciated French Fashion, and had a great bond with Mammy who promised she would take her on many trips.232323232-fp83232-uqcshlukaxroqdfv3-4-8-nu=489;-9-4-534-WSNRCG=35-436;-6;347nu0mrj

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At 4 months old, Delarai and Annaliza began planning a secret trip to the kingdom of Tonga, the land of Annaliza’s ancestors. Delarai suspects Annaliza could even the future Queen of Tonga. Located in Oceania, Tonga is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, directly south of Western Samoa and about two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. AnnaLiza began learning how to swim as soon as she heard the kingdom has 177 islands, so she can be prepared for their first trip. Luckily they had a pool with pleasant warm water where AnnaLiza could swim as much as she likes. She also likes to sunbath with her sister Delarai. Oh the beauties of a California summer!232323232-fp83232-uqcshlukaxroqdfv37353-nu=489;-9-4-534-WSNRCG=35-4857292347nu0mrj

On the day Tupou VI and Nanasipau were crowned the new King and Queen of Tonga; Annaliza celebrated being an American at her first 4th of July neighborhood parade!

Annaliza began eating solids as soon as her Doctor said she could. (Just a few days short of her 5th month birthday). She was a real gourmand, and absolutely loved everything given to her. Her favorite dishes were: Rice cereal, celery juice and mashed carrots.  She also loved to help cook!

232323232-fp83232-uqcshlukaxroqdfv37267-nu=489;-9-4-534-WSNRCG=35-4993-59347nu0mrjAnnaliza even taught us some recipes from Tonga, like this watermelon drink Otai, and Kale Moa which is a chicken vegetable dish. She also loves pineapple.

Over all, Annaliza had a lovely first few months. Her family is looking forward to her six- month birthday, and her sister Delarai is planning many surprises for her to come. Annaliza has many aspirations for the near future. She hopes to try at least one new food each day, learn how to say hello in four different languages, and get a passport so she can go on an exciting adventurous holiday. She is currently deciding between the Kingdom of Tonga, Canada and France.

 

Where do you think she’ll end up next?

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Finding the sound for Chef Koochooloo

Happy New Year everyone! Welcome to our first post of what is shaping to be an amazing 2015.

Over the holiday break, we’ve been very busy working with the talented students of Cogswell College in crafting these amazing different identity pieces for Chef Koochooloo. They’ve created 7 unique tracks that match the essence of our brand, but we need to select just one.

After a week of voting for their favorite on Facebook, our community has selected these top two contenders.

Now we need your help to decide which is the final one.

Hear out contender number 1)

Hear out contender number 2)


Share with us your opinion voting in our post on Facebook  or leave your comment with your final vote here!

 

We are hiring our very first employees!

Cooking Class Teacher/Leader

Chef Koochooloo Early Stage Startup

Are you passionate about creating a fun and educational experience for children? Do you love cooking and tasting recipes from different countries? Are you looking to enhance your experience working with children while being involved with a Silicon Valley Startup? Then join our team! Chef Koochooloo is a mobile + social + educational platform that teaches kids about math, science and geography through cooking.  We have been piloting our curriculum in various Silicon Valley schools and received exceptional feedback.


WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING:
Deliver the cooking session to a group of approximately 15 children ages 4-10 following the syllabus created by the Chef Koochooloo Product Development team
Guide the kids in preparing recipes from different countries while discovering the world
Actively engage in suggesting and planning activities, such as “learn while you wait”, fun facts and games

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrated interest and experience with children ages 4-10
  • Commitment to safety and well-being of the children
  • Understanding child development
  • Schedule flexibility
  • Passion for cooking and travelling
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to work as a member of a team
  • About this company

WHAT YOU GET:

  • Experience working with children
  • Work with an innovative company committed to creating global citizens that care about the world.
  • Hourly remuneration

The classes are scheduled to begin in November 2014 and will take place in the Mountain View School district as well as various restaurants.

Yenegah Bakery Lessons – Tuesdays from 4:00 to 5:30

Mariano Castro Elementary School – Tuesdays from 3:05 to 4:05 & Wednesdays from 2:05 to 3:05.

Email resumes to Layla@chefkoochooloo.com
Please visit some of our classroom sessions via our Youtube channel: www.youtube.com/chefkoochooloo

 

Chef Koochooloo is giving away a gorgeous Adna Watch

We are partnering with ADNA to giveaway a beautiful watch as a price for our first official contest!

This beautiful ADNA Watch is a Belgian product that just begun its expansion to the United States. Designed by Alain De Nys, ADNA emanate quality combined with fashionable colors and fun designs that are interchangeable. That’s right!

In order to be the winner of one of these amazing European Watches all you need to do is follow these simple steps

1) Follow @ChefKoochooloo  and @adnawatchusa on Twitter

2) Tweet us a line that includes the @ChefKoochooloo and @AdnaWatchUSA handles with your wise line, thought, or advice about using your time in the kitchen.

3) Ask your friends to retweet your tweet! The Tweet with the major number of retweets (of the original tweet) will win this beautiful watch!

4) You have until November 30th to participate! We will be announcing the winner December 1st and will contact the winner via Twitter!

Thanks for participating!!

Khagineh Omelet

A traditional omelet in Persia is known as 'Khagineh'. Is very easy to cook and kids will have a lot of fun learning about Persia!

A traditional omelet in Persia is known as ‘Khagineh’. Is very easy to cook and kids will have a lot of fun learning about Iran!

This week we had the opportunity to enjoy while kids experienced ‘Chef Koochooloo’ first hand. Special thanks to the team of Baharestan Kids, Persian Immersion and Culture for letting us experience this activity with the kids and let them cook a delicious Khagineh that they enjoyed for lunch.

English Recipe Name: Omelet 

Farsi Name: Khagineh

Country and region of Origin: Iran

Continent: Asia

National Language: Farsi

Did you know? All children in Iran have to wear a Uniform? (No matter if they are going to Private or Public School)

Action: Engage with the children about the advantages/disadvantages of uniforms?  

Kids love Iran Because… We have beautiful Persian cats everywhere

Ingredient spotlight:  Eggs 

Eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years Bird and reptile eggs consist of a protective eggshell, albumen (egg white), and vitellus (egg yolk), contained within various thin membranes.

Why Big Chefs Care: (Nutritionist, scientific facts that parents care about)

Eggs are a fabulous way to introduce children to science and nutrition.

Eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years Bird and reptile eggs consist of a protective eggshell, albumen (egg white), and vitellus (egg yolk), contained within various thin membranes.

Eggs are laid by female animals of many different species, including birds, reptiles, and fish, and have been eaten by humans for thousands of years Bird and reptile eggs consist of a protective eggshell, albumen (egg white), and vitellus (egg yolk), contained within various thin membranes.

Ingredients:

  • 3 Eggs
  • 2 green onions
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 3 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • Salt

Big Chef Prep Work:

  • Break the eggs into bowls
  • Wash the green onions and remove the yellowish leaves off

Little Chef Prep Work:

  • Beat the eggs until stiff
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  • Chop the green onions in small pieces

Instructions

  1. Add a pinch of salt as preferred.
  2. Add milk and whisk until well mixed.
  3. Add vegetable oil to a frying pan and transfer the mixture into the pan.
  4. Fry the mixture over medium heat, flip when hardened.

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Learn while you wait: 

  • Chop the green onion into ten pieces or more (ask them to count the final chopped green onions)
  • Smell the green onions and describe how it smells 

PRESENTATION

Serve with bread, sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots or fruits like strawberry. 

As they say in Iran, “Noosh Jan”

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