Janine grew up on the island of Cape Breton on Canada’s East Coast. As a young girl, she would traipse around her family farm and spend hours hunting frogs, salamanders and minnows.
At 18, she moved to Wolfville, Nova Scotia to attend Acadia University. Four years later, equipped with a degree in Political Science, a minor in Music and a bit of life experience, she moved to the other side of the world to teach ESL in South Korea.
It was in South Korea where she met her future husband, Patrick Kennedy – a young man from a tiny farming community in Tipperary. They spent nearly three years living and travelling throughout Asia, and then decided to move to Toronto so Janine could pursue her dream of attending culinary school.
She enrolled in George Brown Chef School in Toronto and soon discovered she was quite useful in a professional kitchen. For the next few years she worked for Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants and took on the role of Food Columnist and Canada’s Top 50 Restaurants Chairperson for Vacay.ca.
She and Patrick now live on the family farm in County Tipperary, Ireland with their two little girls, cat, dog and 60 head of Fresian dairy cattle.
All photos are her own unless stated otherwise. Janine only reviews/mentions products she really, truly likes – not because she’s getting any freebies!