I'm a freelance writer and photographer, mad kitchen scientist, ambassador of fun, equal opportunity eater, dog-mom, cat lady, road-trip enthusiast, and Jersey girl at heart living in the sun-drenched capital of Texas.
After studying sociology, writing and photography at Sarah Lawrence College in New York, I traveled around the U.S. and landed in Austin, Texas, where I started down a social work career path. I’ve taught writing classes to women in prison and forensic patients at a state hospital, developed a cooking program for men transitioning out of homelessness and planned therapeutic activities at a children’s home— while freelance writing on the side as a creative outlet. But in 2015, I decided to dive into full-time food, beverage and travel writing.
In 2015, I published my first book with Andrews McMeel Publishing, a cookbook all about fish sauce and its many delicious uses. It features recipes from incredibly talented chefs like Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern, Top Chef Season 12 winner Mei Lin, Stephanie Izard, Stuart Brioza, Linton Hopkins, Michelle Bernstein, Jasper White, Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo... and many more! Find it in your local bookstore or right here on Amazon. (And hear me rap about it on KCRW's Good Food with Evan Kleiman!)
I was the Austin editor for Zagat for three years (2015-2018) and my work has appeared online and in print for outlets like Forbes Travel Guide, Food & Wine, Travel & Leisure, Afar, PUNCH, CN Traveler, The Local Palate, Salt & Wind, Serious Eats, GOOD, The Today Show, Tasting Table, Budget Travel, Nuvo, Texas Monthly, Texas Highways, Austin Monthly, The Austin-American Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, Thrillist, TimeOut Austin, CultureMap Austin, Edible Austin, Austin Woman and more.
I handle communications and work on events for the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas, a non-profit that hosts food and wine events to raise funds for the community and provide scholarships for sommeliers, chefs and winemakers. I am also on the board of Slow Food Austin, where I’m in charge of planning community events to showcase the farmers, chefs, food producers, winemakers, brewers and distillers who embody Slow Food’s mission of promoting food that is good, clean and fair. I also manage content for Wonder Women of Wine, an annual conference created to empower women and foster gender equality in the wine industry.