Born in New York City, I grew up in the BVI & USVI (in the Caribbean). I attended high school in Honolulu, Hawaii, and graduated from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY, with a B.S. in Management & Business, as well as two minors: International Affairs and Early Childhood Education. An insatiably curious person, I have loved traveling ever since I was a small child and have been to over 30 countries so far (scroll down to see a map).
There’s a joke in my family that in preschool, I insisted my parents buy me a Happy Meal, since all the other kids were talking about them. Supposedly I took one bite out of my sad little cheeseburger, and angrily demanded: “Who’s the chef?!” (I’m a food snob.)
Upon graduation from Skidmore, I was hired by a boutique public-relations firm in New York City, to work with luxury travel and lifestyle clients. This position brought me to live in Astoria. Being lucky enough to grow up in multiple locations had already instilled in me the desire to continuously learn about and experience different cultures (especially different foods!) so living in one of the most ethnically diverse communities on Earth was amazing and inspiring. My previous site, eyechow (“a travel-flavored food blog“) was born during this period, and was successful for 5 years. Diving deeper into the world of food for my blog, I also began cooking earnestly, and took several nutrition courses (through Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and Kapiolani Community College).
I currently work as a graduate assistant at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center, a world leader in eliminating cancer through research, education and improved patient care.
A true island-child at heart, I couldn’t handle the prospect of yet another awful East Coast winter, so after two years in PR on Madison Avenue, I headed home to Hawaii. En route, I became a yoga teacher. Registered through Yoga Alliance, I trained in the Baptiste Power Yoga style at North East Power Yoga. I went on to teach up to 12 yoga classes per week for two years, here in Honolulu, where I also managed a local yoga studio (Yogaloha). I have since completed training in Strala Yoga, Shakti Flow and Prenatal Yoga, and am currently enrolled in Yoga Medicine‘s 500 hour teacher training. I currently teach a weekly Strala (vinyasa) class as well as private, customized sessions (please contact me if interested). I am a Brand Ambassador for Lily Lotus Clothing and FitFluential.
A lifelong learner and avid reader, I am currently enrolled in University of Hawaii’s masters program in Library and Information Science (MLISc). You can follow my yearly reading challenge on YouTube and Goodreads. I also Tweet about being in Library School at @LISMinusContext.
I also love writing (always have) and contribute occasionally to food and feminist blogs. Please contact me if interested in my work.