Today's episode has all the right flavors. Erika is joined by Najine of Goguette Bread. Together, they have a bubbly conversation about the differences in culture, food, and lifestyle in Europe and America. Najine shares her story, from her multicultural childhood to immigrating to America and founding a French-American Charter School AND a bakery with her husband in Sonoma County. You'll hear the story behind Goguette Bread, why their bread has lines out the door, and the importance of community.


In this episode, we cover the following:

  • Najine's multicultural upbringing
  • Immigrating to the United States and moving to Sonoma County
  • Experiencing several miscarriages and her pregnancy story
  • What keeps her positive
  • Challenges moving to the United States
  • Being a dietician and health differences between America and Europe
  • Co-founding the S.R. French-American Charter School
  • Starting Goguette Bread with her husband
  • What makes the flour in Europe easier to digest for people with gluten sensitivities
  • The tradition of French sourdough and how to keep starters alive
  • Where they came up with the name Goguette
  • Lessons she has learned along the way in her entrepreneurial journey
  • Embracing the pause and a slower life
  • Erika's upcoming trip to Europe
  • Najine's favorite deli sandwich


Guest info:

Najine Shariat is the co-owner of Goguette Bread in Santa Rosa. Skip the lines and order ahead here!


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