35Oakland, United States
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My self-summary
I'm a writer, a reader, an explorer, a steadfast friend, a terrible liar, an unrepentant recipe shunner, and a marginally effective flirt. I find happiness in simple things: a well-made meal, a cozy space, a sweeping view from the top of something I climbed, an intimate and meandering conversation, laughing until I cry and my sides ache, the warm/sweet burn of a bourbon neat.

I moved here a year and a half ago from Chicago, and I remain proudly and resolutely Midwestern, despite what my Birkenstock ownership and full-on kombucha addiction might lead you to believe.

Trained as a chef. Can't cook your way out of a Munchery bag? I can help!

I'd love to find an enthusiastic co-conspirator for good conversation, laughter, home-cooked meals, and adventuring near and far.

Oh, right. Can't forget the good old MBTI. I'm ENFP/INFP depending on the day.
What I’m doing with my life
Seeking new experiences and genuine connection. I'm intentional about maintaining the relationships that matter.

I manage marketing, comms, special projects, and innovation for the internal food program at a big tech company with strong values around sustainability. On my first day, I nearly cried when I found out there was an employee-maintained community garden on the roof. My coworkers are a delightful mix of old-school hospitality types, creatives, nerds, and weirdos.

Nights and weekends I'm exploring SF, Oakland, and beyond; lacing up my obnoxiously neon blue running shoes for a few laps around Lake Merritt or recruiting friends for a hike; taking road trips; and trying to determine who I need to sleep with/kill to get a reservation at Lazy Bear.
I’m really good at
- writing overly long responses to questions in dating profiles
- cooking tasty things
- connecting with people
- parallel parking
- killing houseplants (update: I'm finally improving in this area — I'd characterize my thumb as merely greenish-brown these days!)

I'm really not very good at:
- sleeping in
- running (but against all odds, I've actually begun to love it)
- budgeting at the grocery store
- hand-eye coordination
- patience
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food
Current reading: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***

Current viewing: The Americans, Silicon Valley, and The West Wing (rewatching that series is a balm for the soul these days—I highly recommend it). And ohmygosh! The Big Sick is the best movie I've seen in ages!

Podcasts: Dear Sugar, NPR Politics Podcast (when I can stomach it), Radiolab, Good Life Project, Freakonomics Radio.

Current eats: As many fruits and veggies as I can squeeze into my fridge, variously layered combinations of healthy foods served in bowl form...plus chocolate and white cheddar popcorn. You know, for balance.
Six things I could never do without
NPR/podcasts (these dishes aren't gonna do themselves)
Morning tea/coffee (I swing both ways)
A sharp chef's knife
Running shoes
You should message me if
You're as bored with the short-term/swipe-left/swipe-right/too-many-options/keep-it-casual crap as I am, and just want to meet a nice, attractive, intelligent person to really get to know.

Beyond that, take your pick of the below...

You're naturally curious, engaged with the world, and passionate about something. You approach the world and other people with a genuine desire to learn.

You consider yourself a feminist, and aren't afraid to say so. (Hot!)

You care about and actively seek out news about current events. You're not afraid to get political.

You agree that the truth is always sexier.

You want to wander around aimlessly exploring a new neighborhood, try a buzzy new restaurant or that hole-in-the-wall you've walked past dozens of times, take the ferry to Angel Island and hike all afternoon, go to a talk on a subject we know nothing about, or flee the city and find an adventure somewhere. Outdoor exploration is one of my favorite things, and I'm looking for someone who wants to join me.
The two of us