I’m a contributor to Epicurious and Chicago Magazine. Before that, I wrote for DNAinfo.com Chicago. Before that, I spent 13 years at the Chicago Sun-Times as a features reporter, metro reporter and the food editor, during which time I was nominated twice for a James Beard Journalism Award. You’ll still find my writing there from time to time.
I find it difficult to turn down baked goods. One year, I judged the Pillsbury Bake-Off and was assigned to the dessert category. I’d do it again.
I will never again ride the Tower of Terror or the Zipper.
I’m Filipino, the youngest of four, from Kansas. Started knocking tennis balls around at age 9, which led me to Chicago, a college scholarship (my peak 2 a.m.-burrito-eating years) and a sock tan that didn’t fade until my mid-20s.
My parents aren’t quite Frank and Estelle Constanza, but almost. My mom will cook for you even if you’re not hungry while getting you to divulge highly personal information—she’d make a great reporter, actually—and my dad will tell you everything you didn’t know about his favorite nut, the cashew. There’s a book in there somewhere.
I talk with my hands. I run. I cook and bake a fair amount. Good news: my family seems to like my food.