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Location Santa Barbara, CA
Introduction Both sides of my family hail from Alabama, and despite being an Army Brat, I spent most of my life in Southern Virginia. Yet I somehow ended up in the Land of Fruits and Nuts. As the story goes, I followed a boy out west, but the experience was like finally finding a comfortable pair of heels. I love the beach, the mild climate, the vineyards, the year-round fresh produce, and the eco-consciousness. Above all, though, Santa Barbara appeals to me because it’s a culinary paradise. Just like I was born a Southerner, I think I was born with foodie genes. The earliest memories I have are of being around food: the growing of it, cooking of it, and eating of it. My grandmother, Monk, in fact, is a legendary cook — friends and family drive for hours just to swoon over one of her buttermilk biscuits. I feel the combination of my Southern roots and Left Coast sensibilities make me a global citizen of sorts, one who appreciates and synthesizes the best parts of my family’s rich history and my own lucky discoveries.