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This morning’s #MediaMonday profile is making us hungry – as it should!

Today, we are happy to profile Taryn Jeffries of Phoenix Bites.

For those of you new to the column, each Monday, we are posting a blog to help our readers get to know the media just a little bit better. (For a full list of profilees, please click here.)

No, we aren’t posting story pitch tips or media lists, but instead great stories from the media themselves about their lives, their work and other little known facts! Think of it as your first “networking” opportunity of the week!

So, Taryn, time to share!

What do you want to tell the blogosphere about yourself today?

I have always seen myself as a pretty simple girl. I don’t have extravagant tastes or require weekly spa visits or $1,000 shoes. I try to find the silver lining in just about everything, believing that there is a greater amount of good in all around me than bad and try to live by the “it could always be worse” adage.

Thanks to my fantastic friend Amy Martin and the Social Media world, the last 12 months of my life have been nothing but silver linings. I am living the proverbial dream with PhoenixBites.com. We write about the thing that brings everyone joy – food. The majority of our greatest life events at some point include food. What did you eat on your first date with your partner? What was the one thing your mother always made you when you were young that made you feel loved? The flavor of your wedding cake? When a certain food can conjure up a memory that warms your heart or gives you goose bumps you know it was something to talk about.

The best part of my job is getting to meet local chefs that I truly admire. I love to find out where their passion comes from and to see their eyes light up at a question I present to them. I am, by no means, a chef or a culinary powerhouse – but I do feel that I have gained a great amount of confidence and wisdom sometimes by being in these great artists’ presence.

I do not claim to be a ‘journalist,’ I am an accountant at heart, but I have opinions and a desire to share them with people in the hopes that it gets someone interested in expanding their dining experiences, trying something new or getting out to a place they had never heard of before.

When I am not out and about interviewing chefs or trying new menu items, I spend my time with my hysterically funny husband and two terribly colorful little boys. We cook together and eat together every night that we are all together. It doesn’t get better than this!

Five random things about me:
1. I was born and grew up on farm in a town of about 3,000 people.
2. I didn’t have my first taste of pork or shellfish until the age of 29.
3. I made up my current first name based on my original first and middle name (legally changed).
4. My musical hero is Elton John.
5. Birds freak me out.

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4 Comments

  1. 5. OMG – bird terror! Too funny!!
    4. While I am more of a Billy Joel girl than an Elton John one, I do love Tiny Dancer more than just about anything in the world.
    3. Okay – EXPLAIN! Is your real name Tammy Ryan Jeffries or something?
    2. Shellfish I get, but pork!?!?
    1. Which town? What state?

    And a bonus – AN ACCOUNTANT!?!?! You and my hubby would get along. He is a journalist at heart in an accounting industry! Seriously. He got a journo degree then for some reason an accounting degree and does financial reporting. But, he is the most popular proofreader of reports in the office…hooray to the AP Stylebook classes.

    • Alison, you are so funny!
      My birth name was Terri Lynn Rosenbalm – but no one could ever just call me Terri – it was always TeriLynn, all county like and run together. When I moved out here and got away from the farm, I decided that I really didn’t like the name. (No offense to my parents – but it was very hickish!) So as soon as I was old enough to not have to ask for permission I took the first part of my first name and the last part of my middle name and smuched them and came up with Taryn!
      The pork and shellfish both come from being raised Jewish – but my Irish Catholic husband has since corrupted me!
      I was born in Princeville, Illinois – not even sure it would register as a blip on any map! It was really fun growing up there – very safe and neighbors were like family! I will always be a country girl at heart!
      That’s so funny about your husband! I guess most of the time money is where the money is, right?
      It was such a treat and a pleasure to be part of Media Monday! Thank you so very much for the opportunity!

  2. Then taking a “long, long time” eating crow with some crunched numbers would be out of the question. Thanks for participating.

  3. Tim says:

    I always enjoy reading these “getting to know you” articles. I am also curious what the other two names were, and why you changed your name. WOW No pork until 29? I couldn’t imagine a childhood without pepperoni pizza or bacon. Taryn, it was nice meeting you in Scottsdale. Hope to see you guys out at another foodie event. Cheers!

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