Growing up in a family of foodies with a professional cook/baker for a mother, food has always been a core part of who I am. It’s more than just a source of bodily nourishment—it’s a journey, a sharing of cultures and viewpoints, an act of caring and love.
Over the years, I have found a love of creating dishes that draw from my many cultural food experiences—remixing them into something new. Following in my mother’s footsteps for a short while, I became a professional baker specializing in designer cupcakes of the vegan variety and was even featured in a few publications for my take on the humble cupcake.
While no longer a professional, much of my world still revolves around food—especially when it comes to my vices of carbs and coffee!
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Starting at the age of seven with an old, second-hand Bundy alto saxophone, my love of playing musical instruments began. And now 35+ years later, that love still remains. From the saxophone, I expanded my instrumental knowledge base to include the bass and guitar (with a smattering of piano and trombone). I have played in a number of groups over the years spanning a number of different genres including jazz, blues, rock, ska, Americana roots and R&B.
What the last couple of my musical projects sounded like…
What I found was Eskrima—a Filipino martial art that trains in stick, knife and sword fighting as well as unarmed combat. Even if the name is unfamiliar, if you’ve seen modern action movies with the likes of John Wick, Jason Bourne or Black Widow, you’ve seen Eskrima.