Hi! I'm an American freelance journalist.
I've written stories for VICE, Eater, LA Weekly, Town and Country, Bon Appetit, Los Angeles Times, Village Voice, BBC, CNN, CBS, First We Feast, Food Network, Time Out Los Angeles, Serious Eats, Bold Italic, KCET, Brit + Co, USA Today, Discover Los Angeles. I've contributed to Fodor's Los Angeles 2015 guidebook and wrote the food and beverage sections for Louis Vuitton's Taipei guidebook.
A couple years ago, AOL did a short little video on my career as a food writer.
In 2015, I wrote a story for VICE about the dismal working conditions at a Nicaraguan rum company's sugarcane fields. My piece led to an industry-wide boycott of the rum. While I was there, I did a piece about volcano boarding and its effect on local Nicaraguan tourism for Outside Magazine.
For GOOD Magazine, I traveled to Northern California for week and uncovered the unsung story of the Chinese and Japanese immigrants who brought rice to California. And back in 2012, I found a man who has eaten at over 6,500 Chinese restaurants and broke that story for LA Weekly.
I've written extensively on the Chinese food scene in Los Angeles. I compiled a regional Chinese food guide to Los Angeles for KCET and for First We Feast, I penned a research-heavy piece on why Los Angeles has the best Chinese food scene in North America. I also wrote about Chinese restaurants for the Los Angeles Times.
When I was in college, I was a regular food blogger for the Village Voice and a USA Today Collegiate Correspondent.
My goal is to eventually visit all the provincial-level administrative units in China. There are 34 official ones. So far, I've visited 16. Alhambra Source interviewed me on my trip here. I gave a TEDx talk on my experience in China in 2017.
I am currently writing a column for East West Bank on all the regional Chinese recipes I have been collecting on my travels.
I'm mostly interested in sustainability, regenerative food systems, and stories of marginalized communities that live off of the land. I prefer farms to cities, home-cooked meals to restaurant spreads. I believe in minimalism, eating locally, and being conscious of consumption.
Los Angeles is home; New York City is where I went to college. I double-majored in broadcast journalism and politics at New York University. I've also lived in Shanghai, Taipei, and Nicaragua.
I used to hike incredibly active volcanoes in Nicaragua as a volunteer backpacking guide where we did overnight trips and took people volcano boarding. I got terribly lost in the jungle once there; it ended up being a spectacular bonding experience.
Wilderness First Aid certified; fluent in Mandarin Chinese.
Living my dream life. Eventually I hope to end up at a farm or jungle or small village with plenty of stars and wonderful people -- preferably by the beach.
Until then, I travel.