I'm Ria! Nice to meet you.
Get To Know | RIA KARAN
Favourite COLOuRS: Blue, blue-green, anything beachy! And pink!
Can’t Live Without: My cats, Kendi and Caiyo (who are on the YouTube channel). And my supportive hubby (without him I wouldn’t be able to do what I do!).
signature style: Minimalist outfits with stripes or polka dots. I also love star patterns!
Best Advice: Do what works for you, not others.
favourite travel destination: South of France.
Favourite cuisine: Thai, Indian and Mexican.
where i’m from: Canadian citizen with South Asian (Indian) ethnicity.
my education + experience
bachelor’s degree: Chemical Engineering (Hons.) from the University of Toronto.
MASTER’S DEGREE: Chemical Engineering with a specialization in Food Engineering from the University of Toronto.
MY THESIS TOPIC: Double fortification of salt with encapsulated iron and iodine.
scientific publications: 2
nutrition designation: Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.) from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
experience: Risk consultant, business analyst, recipe developer, food blogger/photographer, magazine editor, nutritionist, artist and YouTuber!
get to know me video
get to know the rest of the team
my kitty "assistants"
why i include my cats in my videos: Sometimes a serious topic needs a little, helpful distraction! And of course, cuteness! Plus, my cats actually enjoy being in front of the camera (on most days).
my cats: I have two cats currently – Kendi and Caiyo. Pryda, my older cat passed away in 2020.
MORE ABOUT PRYDA: He was a red lynx point Birman. He was an old soul who loved to snuggle under the covers.
life lessons i learned from pryda: Be more mindful and get enough rest – cat naps are key!
And always make time for some “me” time.
what it was like to have pryda in the whole happy office: He had a calming presence.
my other kitty "assistant"
MORE ABOUT CAIYO: He’s Pryda’s nephew! He is 4 years old and is the most social cat you’ll encounter! He greets every guest at the door. He also loves kids.
life lessons i learned from caiyo: Persistence pays off. Don’t let a disease or illness (he has polyneuropathy) get in the way of enjoying your life. Stay strong and things will get better.
Caiyo’s favourite moments: “Helping” me while I clean the house. Snuggling on my pillow. Playing with his favourite toy.
What it’s like to have caiyo in the whole happy office: He’s there every single day, sleeping quietly on my couch. Sometimes, I think he enjoys being in the office more than I do!
He usually sleeps for most of the working day, but when he’s up, he “demands” cuddles. I have to oblige of course!
my favourite quote