From the Kitchen of Mama Harris

Mother & wife to a multicultural family of 5 children. Food & recipe blogger of easy flavorful dishes. Get to know my adventures in and out of the kitchen!

Mama is a winner of Top 25 NorCal Moms - 2013

What's the best part of raising a family in NorCal?

There's so many things to love about Northern California; the culture and diversity, the great weather, and the location and distance from so many amazing landmarks and vacation destinations. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else, and there's so much to offer to young and diverse families like mine.

What's the biggest misconception about living in NorCal?

I know from personal experience, when people think of living in California their first though is seeing famous people and Hollywood. If you tell them you're in Northern California, they relate that to San Francisco. I grew up in the South Bay Area in San Jose. I remember when I was little there was still many orchards and vineyards, and then as I got older there was a lot more homes built in those areas. I also grew up in the midst of the Silicon Valley boom. I had many wonderful jobs with powerful high tech companies and it's a unique experience. I never saw many movie stars, and although I love San Francisco, growing up in San Jose and now living in the valley is a very different experience from the San Francisco culture and scenery.

What do your kids love most about living in NorCal?

There's so many fun places we can go in less than an hours drive. You can head to the beach, mountains, or snow. We have it all!