Clean Plates Los Angeles Newsletter Launches!

I’ve been contributing to Clean Plates restaurant guides for several years now, and this month they’ve launched the Los Angeles edition of the weekly Clean Plates newsletter. I’ve come on board as the Los Angeles Editor! This is really exciting, as the newsletter will be bringing readers up-to-the minute coverage of fantastic healthy, local, and sustainable restaurants and products. So far, we’ve covered unique Asian vegetables at Silver Lake’s Pine & Crane, a “guiltless” seasonal latte at Erewhon Tonic & Juice Bar, Zoe Nathan’s gorgeous breakfast cookbook, and elegant vegetable dining at Studio City’s The Gadarene Swine. Visit the Clean Plates website to sign up and subscribe (for free!).

Local Experting

Travel+Leisure magazine has officially launched their Local Expert initiative in which they’ve enlisted local lifestyle writers in fabulous cities around the world to offer readers their personal recommendations for distinctive travel experiences. I participated in the program’s pilot phase, and now it’s official: I’m the Local Expert for Los Angeles! It’s been fun offering up my picks for things to eat, see, and do around town. Current articles cover activities like the best scenic drives, best day trips, best beaches, best attractions for film lovers, and top comedy clubs. You’ll also find foodie recommendations for stuff like best burgers, best tacos, best juice bars, and best new restaurants. Hotel and nightlife picks are covered too. Check out my Local Expert page to see more!

My First Published Personal Essay


This illustration by Gabrielle Gamboa perfectly captures the spirit of the essay I published today on Narratively as part of “Modern Families” week. It’s a piece about my passion for dancing to hip-hop and salsa, and how that passion has defined much of my adult life, including my romantic relationships. A conventional life of marriage and family has eluded me, often painfully, as I prioritized my artistic passions (writing, dancing) over stability and “grown up” pursuits. A thirty-something, I was sure-footed on the dance floor but out of step with my married-with-kids peers, until an unexpected pregnancy forced me to confront my fading youth. It’s a piece about love and mortality and the different rhythms that have influenced my life. Not to spoil the ending, but it involves me dancing alone in my room to one of my favorite hip-hop artists Kendrick Lamar, as Gabrielle so creatively pictured. Check out the essay here.