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I will be traveling over the next year to learn how to cook Peruvian, Oaxacan, and Southeast Asian cuisines. This summer I threw two dinner parties a week in my San Francisco apartment where I would pick a new theme each time, write a menu, and cook for friends. My goal is to cook with people from all of the world (food is the universal language!). I share stories from my travel and food adventures at projectdinnerparty.com.
I am an explorer of science, ideas, culture, film, and novel experiences. I grew up in the deep south (which surprises many people), went to school near Boston, moved to Seattle for two years on a whim, went to Chicago for graduate studies, and moved to the Bay Area to use my new degree. I decided on a Thursday to move to SF and moved the following Sunday. Now, I'm traveling around the world to meet home cooks.
I am passionate about optimizing the boring things in life to make room for the good stuff. I am more interested in discovering new aspects of life and getting better at things a little every day. That doesn't mean that I don't do things on a whim or occasionally stay out way too late. I just live by the philosophy that fortune favors the prepared mind and think that the case can be made for moderation. That may sound boring, but I believe that it's ultimately fulfilling. Yes, I practice moderation in moderation.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I am especially interested in looking for guests/hosts that I can cook with but anyone that I can have a good conversation with
Telling stories through photographs and food
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Waking Life, Up, Contact, Gattaca, Lost in Translation, The Social Network, A Separation
Music: The Arctic Monkeys, The New Pornographers, Built to Spill, Sigur Ros, Icelandic, Iranian Pop, and discovering new music on Pandora
Books: Time Traveler's Wife, What is the What, Ishmael, Cool Gray City of Love, anything by Jhumpa Lahiri
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I recently spent 14 hours working at a real kitchen, at one of the best restaurants in SF
Teach, Learn, Share
I'd love to share more than just couch space. I'd love to share photos, stories, and food. If you're coming from home, please bring an exotic snack or spice. I'd love to cook a traditional recipe from your country with you.
What I Can Share with Hosts
My love for cooking and the stories that come with it
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Egypt, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Romania, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Swaziland, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Vatican City State, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries I’ve Lived In
Peru, Thailand, United States