This blog is for the sweet, the sour, and all that’s in between. Whether it’s tackling stigmas or obsessing over one of my guilty pleasures, Inside the Kandi Dish is for folks in pursuit of anti-racism education, mental health advocacy, self-love, wanderlust, and good stories. So welcome!

My name is Kandise, and I’m a 23-year-old recent college graduate (eek!) of Northwestern University where I studied Creative Writing and Voice/Opera. This past fall, I studied abroad in Milan as an IES Abroad Blog and Social Media Correspondent so be sure to check out my posts! I was born an200_sd raised in Long Beach, California (Home of the Almighty Snoop Dogg). Like a stereotypical southern Californian, I find ways to eat avocados with every meal, and my ideal winter coat is a sweater cardigan. But since leaving for college in Evanston, IL, I’ve had to make some accommodations (getting a real winter coat being at the top of the list). I try to eat healthy wherever I am and love discovering new coffee shops and tea rooms. I find great joy cooking for myself and others, but if In-n-Out is an option, I will gladly wait 45 minutes for a Double-Double with Animal Style fries. 

Ever since puberty, I’ve had issues with body image and my eating habits. I was diagnosed with an eating disorder back in 2013 after years of running +40 miles a week on a 600kcal/day diet. My recovery hasn’t been a steady or easy journey. I work through my maladaptive habits daily, and I’ve relapsed (MULTIPLE times). But I strive to be my body’s number one advocate and see food as nourishment and enrichment. I’ve been in eating disorder recovery for over five years, and I’m vocal about mental health and self care. 

The verb “love” doesn’t begin to describe my relation with books.  I know it’s cliché and “so anigif_original-grid-image-9205-1467048358-13.gifhigh school”, but my favorite book growing up was The Great Gatsby.  I’m a sucker for color symbolism, and I can quote entire pages. I wrote my first “book” in second grade, Super Scary Stories, consisting of 30ish pages featuring a red blob that steals children’s lunch money. Over the years, I’ve worked as an Editorial Intern with Penguin Random House in New York City and Da Capo Press under Hachette (pronounced “ha-SHET”) Book Group in Boston. Once I went to college I discovered a bunch of writers like me: Black, femme, and fearless. I spend hours in bookstores searching for books that share a more inclusive human story.

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After earning two degrees in five years, I’m the Queen of De-stressing. I love studying with my friends to decrease the stress of exams or projects. Dance breaks and group exercise classes are some of my favorite ways to break up long study sessions. If I’m not in the gym, I’m binge-listening to podcasts and watching obscure Netflix documentaries. My current TV show fixes are Love is Blind (it lives up to the hype, trust me), The Good Place, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Great British Baking Show, Dear White People, and Queer Eye (and yes, I cry every episode).  

Thanks for being a part of my journey, and you can keep up with my daily adventures on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat @iheart_kandi! Satisfy your sweet tooth, and indulge with a few posts (or all of them!) Inside The Kandi Dish. Here’s a pleasure with no guilt.

Lots of Love,

Kandise