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CALIFORNIA QUESTIONNAIRE: Ayesha Curry

San Francisco chef and NBA wife Ayesha Curry shares her California favorites

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When she’s not courtside at a Golden State Warriors game, cheering on her two-time MVP husband Stephen, Ayesha Curry is probably busy working on her multi-faceted culinary career that includes a new cookbook, The Seasoned Life; a Food Network show, Ayesha’s Homemade; and her upcoming line of cookware, created in nearby Solano County. Below, the lifestyle expert and mother of two dishes out some of her California favorites.

Where do you live? East Bay in San Francisco

Why there? My husband Stephen plays for the Golden State Warriors so the San Francisco Bay Area has been our home for the past eight years. We live in the East Bay and absolutely love it. It’s family-friendly, has great schools, and is in a central location.

Who or what is your greatest California love? Dub Nation! If you’ve ever been to a game at Oracle Arena (also affectionately called the “Roaracle” Arena), you know that Warriors fans are some of the most passionate, loyal fans around. It’s a community I’m so grateful to be a part of.

What is the biggest misperception about Californians? That we’re all bad drivers!

What is the stereotype that most holds true? People view Californians as very eco-conscious, which I definitely think holds true—particularly in the Bay Area.

What is your favorite Golden State splurge? As someone whose passion is food, I feel so fortunate to live in a place with such incredible restaurants and some of the most talented chefs in the world. My favorite splurge is sushi. Some of my go-tos include PABU and Ozumu.

Time for a road trip—where are you going? Time off in my house is difficult to come by with everyone’s busy schedules, but luckily Napa Valley is just a short drive away. It’s one of my favorite places to enjoy some downtime with friends and family.

If you could decree an official state culinary experience, what would it be? I’m a firm believer in gathering everyone together for meals. It’s a time to unplug and reconnect, and make memories with the ones you love. It’s a theme I’ve embraced in my restaurant, International Smoke, where every dish is served family-style and is perfect for sharing. My decree would be to dine family-style, whether at home or dining out!

Best California song? E-40 “Choices (Yup)” Warriors Version

How would your California dream day unfold? My dream day would begin with wine tasting in Napa, followed by a picnic lunch at Crissy Field overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. The day would end with dinner prepared by my favorite Bay Area chef, Michael Mina.

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