about

Hi, I’m Melissa

The passionate food enthusiast behind The Bonnie Fig. Welcome to my little corner of the internet where I share my love for all things delicious.

Born and raised in Salinas, California, an agricultural heartland, I’ve always been surrounded by an abundance of fresh produce. My grandparents, who emigrated from Mexico, instilled in me a deep appreciation for food and its roots. My grandpa, with his insatiable sweet tooth, was my earliest baking inspiration. Our shared moments over “cafe con cookies” are some of my fondest memories and a significant influence on my journey into food blogging.

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Fun Facts About Me

I’d rather be

at a coffee shop

Listening to

the marias

grateful for

my family

Favorite place

london

always order me a

lavender latte

best snuggle buddies

my hubby & daughter
Slice of fig cake on small white plate.

Where this all began

I started The Bonnie Fig in August 2021. Initially, my blog was a melting pot of random recipes. However, I soon realized that to truly express my philosophy on food–centered around enjoying a variety of foods in moderation–I needed to refine my focus. Now, The Bonnie Fig is a celebration of California’s rich agricultural offerings. From figs to almonds, dairy to wine, and avocados to fresh seasonal produce, I aim to bring vibrant, fresh recipes to your table. Along with these, you’ll find handy guides like “how to freeze figs” and “how to reheat sourdough bread,” providing you with simple, practical tips to enhance your everyday cooking experiences.

My background

The diverse cultural influences in my life–from my Mexican heritage to my husband’s Filipino roots–mean you can expect an eclectic mix of recipes, blending traditional flavors with contemporary twists. Whether it’s a classic dessert or an inventive cocktail, there’s something for every palate.

Transitioning from a nurse to a full-time food blogger and mother has presented its challenges. Balancing the responsibilities of caring for a newborn while growing a blog was no easy feat but it has taught me the value of time management and the joy of sharing my love for recipe development and food exploration with my daughter. She loves being one of The Bonnie Fig’s official recipe testers!

The story behind the name

Why The Bonnie Fig, you ask? Well, I wanted a name that was catchy and spoke to my love for food. ‘Bonnie,’ meaning pretty, paired with my favorite fruit, seemed like the perfect fit. It’s a name that captures the essence of my blog–fresh, delightful, and inviting.

Goals for The Bonnie Fig

As for my goals, I aspire to grow The Bonnie Fig into a premier destination for California cuisine enthusiasts, launch a YouTube channel, expand my product line, and create digital offerings like a seasonal produce guide and an e-book featuring readers’ favorite recipes.

What you will find at The Bonnie Fig

When you visit The Bonnie Fig, expect a blend of aromatic herbs like dill, basil, and cilantro, the creamy richness of avocados, the natural sweetness of figs, and the versatility of sardines. It’s a place where flavor meets freshness, and every recipe tells a story.

So, whether you’re here for a quick dinner idea, a deep dive into California’s culinary scene, or simply indulge in the joy of baking, I’m thrilled to have you along for the ride! Welcome to The Bonnie Fig, where every recipe is a celebration, every dish a journey, and every bite a moment to savor. I’m so glad you’re here!

-Melissa Bravo-Almazan