I'm a Bay Area native with an east coast sensibility. I have bounced around the country for school and work but am truly happy to have settled back in Oakland. I think I have found a great balance here between work and play, city life and the outdoors, old childhood friends and new ones.
Nothing brings me more joy than bringing people together around great food and wine. I love to cook and throw elaborate dinner parties or spontaneous bbqs. I guess I qualify as a foodie but not the pretentious kind, the kind who finds inspiration at farmers markets, hole in the walls, Sunset Magazine and Cook's Illustrated. Well, maybe a little pretentious.
Other things to note: I skim the New York Times every morning but am not above watching TMZ at night (don't judge!). I believe that elections matter. I was once a competitive gymnast so I start to freak out if I don't exercise regularly. And, I am extremely close to my loud, large family that is scattered all around from Pittsburgh to Paris. A trip to visit my niece and nephew is always in the works.