About

Photo by László Kiss

Hello and welcome to my blog!

Lateral Eating – eating outside the box, literally – is my food-centered journal, spiced by my ever growing interest in nourishment as opposed to mindless (and often harmful) food consumption.

What can you expect to find here? Restaurant and product reviews, recipes, travel notes, and random food- nutrition- or fitness-related blurbs.

If you’d like a quick intro of who I am, here are the facts:

  • Born and raised in Lima, Perú.
  • Metalhead since age 9.
  • Used to play the guitar in a number of bands.
  • Wear mostly black.
  • Love to eat and cook.
  • Like to read and used to be good at writing.
  • Software Engineer: logical, analytic, introvert.
  • Trained in commercial cooking with stints in the hospitality industry.
  • Married, no kids.
  • Buddhist.
  • Moved to Sydney, Australia in 2009.
  • Went back to uni to become an Accredited Practising Dietitian.

If you have a bit of time and would like to know more, read along.

My love for food started at a very early age, thanks to my Japanese grandmother who still holds the “best cook I’ve ever met” title (mum comes second). My earliest happiest memories involve watching cooking shows with her and eating her delicious soups (one with liver, yum!). I had the privilege of growing up in a country with fresh, flavourful produce, delicious dishes and the cultural traditions that generally help people develop a healthy relationship with food. From mum I learned to be excited about trying new cuisines, restaurants and recipes. Unfortunately, a hard-working mother of 3 is an easy target for the (then novel) processed food industry, and so our family started consuming a lot of crap on a daily basis. My natural shyness and lack of confidence meant I did as little physical activity as possible and thus grew up as a nerdy fat kid who alternated periods of mac’n’cheese and donuts with bouts of every single diet on Earth. Needless to say, I was still fat and started developing a number of chronic health issues.

In my early twenties I started going to the gym regularly and had my first ever consult with a nutritionist. She changed my diet to something more aligned to conventional healthy eating guidelines, which at that time was a step in the right direction. It meant less processed food and starchy carbohydrate, and more fruits and vegetables. I got hooked on the feeling of eating healthy and exercising, lost a bunch of fat and awakened my athletic side (or rather, dug it out of the layer of fat). At one point I was doing taekwondo 4 times a week, weights 2 times a week, tennis once a week and a bit of taebox here and there for fun. I was getting leaner and stronger but ironically also sicker. I had chronic knee pain and severe gastric reflux. I know what you’re thinking: kicking and receiving kicks in the abdomen must have been the cause, right? Well… no, even after I stopped taekwondo a few years later the symptoms kept getting worse.

And got really bad after I moved to Australia. I don’t want to sound like a paranoid but I think it might have to do with the type of wheat that is used here, which I suspect is more similar to the one used in the USA and other industrialised countries. Both my knee pain and gastric reflux got more painful to the point of waking me up in the middle of the night day after day. In 2011 I decided to finally do one of those things that I had “been thinking about” for 4 years: to try “the” Paleo™ diet. At that stage I had already read enough to know that paleo is not “a” diet, but rather a template focused on anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense real foods, that you can – and should – customise based on your individual circumstances. I jumped in with no more expectations than just see what happened. Turns out that many wonderful things did happen and I don’t regret making that decision. I keep tweaking my diet according to whatever is going on in my life and the n=1 experiments I like to run on myself.

I’ve worked as a software developer for 15+ years now, and have been trying to make a career change since I was in first year in uni. Seriously. My love for food made me go to cooking school, but I was too much of a chicken to leave my job (and salary) and start working full-time in the hospitality industry. Instead, I did it on weekends, mostly for fun. My favourite subject in cooking school was nutrition, and after realising how much time I spent reading and learning about the topic, it made perfect sense to choose that career path instead.

I started a combined Bachelor in Science/Master in Nutrition and Dietetics degree in Sydney University in 2012. I know that the scientific community has flaws and that, in many cases, lacks the critical thinking it’s supposed to promote, but I’m not too worried about that. On the contrary, this motivates me to learn as much as possible to be able to contribute in making science better at helping people. I’m now an Accredited Practising Dietitian with a keen interest in evolutionary biology and sports nutrition.

Training-wise, I moved from martial arts to mainstream-type gym training to Olympic weightlifting. It is one of the hardest sports I have tried and that’s exactly why I still love it: because it challenges me physically and mentally every single day. In November 2016 I started doing some Krav Maga as supplementary conditioning training. Soon I realised it was much more than that. Right now my training looks like: lifting 3x week + KM 3x week + optional yoga 1x week and/or swimming 1x week. Hard training requires good fuel, and that’s what I mostly write about.

Thanks for stopping by!

Gaby

34 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi,
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  2. Another bloody food blogger…

    Silliness aside, it’s good to get a fresh take aside from the usual “OOH FOOD WHEEEEE” that populates this sphere. Healthy eating is nothing to sneer at. Stay at it :)

  3. Hi Gaby,

    I am researching for a Peruvian episode of a food programme in Sydney – is there a number i can contact you on please?

    Kind regards,
    Georgie

  4. Hola Gaby :) I’m a Uruguyan born Leichhardt resident and I’m ashamed to confess that I’ve never been to La Parrillada, although I’ve often thought about trying it out. Thanks for great review, I will definetely eat there soon. I’m also a fellow blogger at http://rosanabouzas.blogspot.com a Chinese Medicine blog. I’m an acupuncturist and a I practice at Newtown. I will follow your blog with interest and wish you all the best. Saludos, Rosana

  5. Hi Gaby

    A group of us will be traveling to Peru at the end of the month. I was wondering if you maybe so kind as to point out a few places for us to foodies to eat in Lima, Cuzco and Puno? We appreciate any help you can provide.
    Thanks in advance!

    Lisa

  6. I am looking for travel blogs and I like to know if you are interested on guest blogging. I am paying $25 for a copy post article. Please respond back. Thanks.

  7. Hey Gaby,

    Great blog with awesome photos. Love your work! Paleo food really has helped me massively to get my Auto Immune disease hacked. Getting your nutrition optimized is the #1 priority of a bio-hacker. Check out my blog at http://www.mattdippl.com Looking forward to your comments! See you soon in SYD!

    Much love,
    Matt

  8. Hi Gaby! How are you?
    I’ve been following your blog
    for quite some time now.
    And I would like to ask for your
    permission for me to take a
    screen shot of your homepage.
    I’d like to set up a link to Lateral Eating
    from Eatmarvin. My site’s a bit of a mess
    at the moment. But once I get the archives
    reformatted and uploaded it should look
    more presentable. Hehehe!
    Thank you! :)
    Marvs

  9. Hi Gaby,

    Thank you for all of your blog posts on Urbanspoon! Your contributions help make Urbanspoon an even more valuable and vibrant resource.

    We just published one of your posts that had been pending for over a week, so we just wanted to remind you that you have upgraded blogger status and thus have the ability to publish your posts to Urbanspoon yourself, which will result in them appearing on the site much quicker than if you wait for us to publish them for you. Just in case you never received the email we sent informing you of this, or if you need a quick refresher, here’s how to publish your posts to Urbanspoon:

    – Sign into your account at http://www.urbanspoon.com
    – Go to your blog page on Urbanspoon: http://www.urbanspoon.com/br/70/8339/Sydney/lateral-eating.html
    – Click “Edit blog settings” (on the left hand side below your blog image)
    – Scroll down the page to the “Pending Posts” section.
    – For each pending post, check the date, URL, and snippet and make any necessary edits.
    – Click the Publish button.
    – That’s it! Your posts will now appear on Urbanspoon.

    Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again!

    Greg

    Urbanspoon.com


    greg(at)urbanspoon(dot)com

  10. Hi Gaby,
    First of all, let you know we loved your blog!
    We are currently working on a travel guide of Sydney and we would like to ask for permission to link some of your reviews to the food section.

    Thanks in advance and kind regards.
    TTP

  11. Happy to find your blog and know that you are Peruvian. My partner is Peruvian, too, and lately I have been spoiled with great cooking courtesy of his mom. She and I just cooked aji de gallina and arroz con pollo yesterday.

  12. Hi

    We would like to include this blog in CataBlog – an online directory of Australian and New Zealand bloggers. Our website is http://www.catablog.com.au. I just want to check if you have any social media pages related to your blog like twitter or facebook or instagram etc? Could you email please as I could not find an email for you.

    Thankyou

    Janyne

  13. Hi Gaby,
    You have inspired me to have a look at the paleo diet and then hopefully have a go, really enjoyed reading your blog.
    Cheers Phil

  14. We’re huge fans of bloggers here at The Atticism and therefore we’d love to invite you to a VIP launch next Monday, in Alexandria.

    We are excited to announce that Vicinity Dining has once again opened its doors for breakfast. Breakfast at Vicinity is a unique concept, with their breakfast menu being created by Renae Smith (Masterchef contestant 2014). Renae (who will be in attendance) has created a menu with a focus on fresh, wholesome ingredients – with most options being vegetarian or vegan, with meat as an optional ad-on. Dishes such as African baked beans, Super Bircher (made with Chia and coconut water), Salmon stack with crispy capers, and a maple bacon and egg roll with smoked paprika aoli mean that there is something for everyone. We would love for you to come to the breakfast banquet and try the dishes for yourself, accompanied by fresh Di-Bella coffee.
    We’d love to send you an invite to Breakfast at Vicinity next Monday and we ask that you kindly RSVP by this Thursday, 17 July. You can contact me on ash-lea@theatticism.com

    We look forward to seeing you.

    Kind regards,

    Ash-lea and The Atticism
    http://www.theatticism.com

  15. HI!

    IN YOUR BLOG, YOU INTRODUCE YOU ARE BUDDIST, YOU SHOULD VISIT A WEBSITE of “HAPPY SCIENCE”.
    You maybe not believe that Master Ryuho Okawa isw what the Bible said ELOHIM himself born in Japan. He is the main body of Buddha who also request Jesus, Buddha, Confucious, Zeus, Hermes, Thoth, Mohammod to the land of the Earth to help people to get Happiness. Now his name in the heaven is EL CANTARE.

    The website: http://www.happy-science.org/
    Also, you can watch these movie on Youtube: They published 8 movies in the past.
    “The Laws of the Sun” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVFChOcPFWs
    “The Laws of Eternity” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6ELztGkDVE
    “The Golden Laws – Time Traveler From The Future” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dD3a-ksvwR4
    “The Mystical Laws” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M2HxmPCZ1w
    “The Rebirth of Buddha” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCw8ZulaajE
    “Hermes – Winds of Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFTKVfSfxAc

    I’m JAMES WU from Taipei, Taiwan. I’m also a disciple of Master Ruyho Okawa(El Cantare) in Taiwan.

    Wish you can learn about him.

    JAMES WU
    e-mail: jamescjwu@gmail.com

  16. Hi, Gaby.
    I love your blog and I also love my grandmother food :)
    I would like to invite you to a food tasting event, and hoping to know your email address.

    I hope to hearing from you soon!
    Thanks,

    Narisa Asato
    nari519@icloud.com

  17. Hi Gaby, what an interesting blog and more importantly an interesting life!

    I’ve just come back from holidaying in Peru and all I can think about now is where can I get my fix – if you have any Peruvian restaurant recommendations in Sydney please send them through. However, I was here on a more business orientated note :). I was wondering if you would be interested in reviewing an online food delivery service (takeaway essentially) and writing a post/blog article on your experience.

    Please give me an email back if your interested mark.serpa@first.com.au

  18. Hi Gaby,

    Awesome blog with prices included, what is something more realistic than others I’ve read.
    I could be interested in contact you for advertise or further information. Could you kindly send me an email contact to talk about it?

    Kind regards,

    Tomas

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