|Occupation||Food writer, illustrator/graphic designer, bakeshop owner, masochist...|
|Location||West Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Introduction||I am an avid and enthusiastic food lover. I am passionate about all things related to food which include areas such as history, beverages, writing and literature, reviews, film, health, business, marketing, design/styling, art, culture, science and travel/tourism. I have a longstanding background in graphic design and illustration, although I've always been an artist and enjoy experimenting with a wide variety of mediums. I wear many creative hats, have many explored interests, and consider myself a polymath. Baking and cooking have always come naturally to me, but I am currently on a rigorous self-learning path toward cultivating professional culinary skills and knowledge. My path also includes a strong interest and investment in food writing, food illustration, and successfully running my online bakery, Sweet Curiosities. Creative exploration, nurturing the child within, authentic expression, and cultivating and sharing knowledge all drive and stir me at the core.|
|Interests||food, drink, cooking, baking, pastries, reading, desserts, eating, writing, music, illustration, graphic design, cinema, business, arts and crafts, shopping, bath and beauty products, DIY projects, herbalism, alternative medicine, naturopathy, alternative therapy, sciences, languages, travel, intellectual exploration, synesthesia, introspection, self-actualization, autodidacticism, authentic self, gaming, coastal regions, road trips, toys, local farming, gastronomy, artisanal baking and cooking|
|Favorite Movies||brother where art thou, 3 women, chocolate war, some kind of wonderful, the goonies, raise the red lantern, anything Daivd Lynch films, anything Stanley Kubrick, Coen brothers films, Todd Solondz films, Europa Europa, Session 9, infection, the great yokai war, killer klowns from outer space, forbidden zone, labyrinth, prince of darkness, fright night 1 & 2, in the realm of the senses, mind walk, 3 o'clock high, chocolat, the beyond, consuming passions, anything Hitchcock, road to wellville|
|Favorite Music||oneroid psychosis, bark psychosis, depeche mode, pet shot boys, morrissey, nitzer ebb, twink, deadsy, dead can dance, autumn, the shroud, annie, calvin harris, catbird, elysian fields, jeff buckley|
|Favorite Books||the man who ate everything, the sweet life, flavor bible, deluxe food lover's companion, my life in france, best food writing series, Thomas Ligotti, Stephen King, Michelle Slung, Anne Rice, V.C. Andrews, Clive Barker, Chuck Pahlahniuk, Madeleine L'Engle, Lovecraft, Robert, Anton Wilson, J.K. Rowling, Oscar Wilde, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Neil Gaiman, Shel Silverstein, Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Suess), Richard Wright, William S. Burroughs, Bell Hooks, Camille Paglia, Toni Morrison, Edgar Allan Poe, John Saul, Scott Bishop, Rod Serling, Terry McMillan, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker, Geoffrey Chaucer, David Schow, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, R. L. Stine, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, Betsy Haynes, Judy Blume, Michael Ende and much much more. I enjoy themes and topics that deal with relationships that aren't so mainstream: gay, interracial, extreme class differences, culture clashes, etc. I also highly enjoy reading on "curio" themes or topics. The more bizarre the better. I enjoy being made to think and to be challenged intellectually.|
One of the most important questions to explore: Who are you and how would you ultimately go about defining, structuring and living your life based on self-awareness and self-knowledge?