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I've been lucky enough to be in the right time and place covering one of the world's most dynamic food scenes. I am passionate about food and travel, as well as the study of happiness and mindfulness. Originally from Boston, I came to China 21 years ago as a student and later worked as China correspondent for Time Warner. I'm based in Shanghai about half the year--there are 180,000 restaurants to cover in this city alone--and I travel frequently around the globe. 

Television Hosting

I have been a regular guest and host on many shows in China and abroad including programs on the BBC, CNN, National Geographic, CCTV, Discovery Channel, Germany's ARD and more. 

International publications

I've contributed to magazines around the world including Travel + LeisureFood & WineConde Nast Traveler, Surface, Departures, The New York Times T Style Magazine, AFAR and many more.

time out shanghai

As Food Editor for Shanghai's premier magazine for nearly five years , I reviewed restaurants and interviewed everyone from farmers to Michelin-starred chefs, covering street eats to organic farms. Click here for selected features.


As Academy Chair for the World's 50 Best Restaurants for China & Korea, I represent the list in this region. Recognized as a trusted arbiter of what matters in global cuisine, the World's 50 Best is one of the most prestigious awards in fine dining. Recently, The World's 50 Best Bars has been brought back to the group and I will be exploring more top cocktail bars around the world.


Bon App

I'm an equity partner and Strategic Advisor for Bon App, a popular restaurant review and social connection app with over half a million downloads.

We are currently the number one bilingual restaurant app in Shanghai and have expanded into Beijing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, Tokyo, with Bangkok and Taipei coming online soon.




I consult for international brands on food and fine dining trends around the world. My consulting clients have included Unilever, PepsiCo.?WhatIf! Innovation, IDEO, Space Doctors and more. 

I have also lectured at Sophia University Tokyo, University of Toronto, NYU Shanghai and others.

crystylized COACHING

I am a holistic life coach. I partner with my clients to grow awareness and compassion toward themselves and in all their relationships. I am awed and honored to witness my clients progress and transform. I work with clients around the world, from Berlin to Beijing. I am a certified Bulletproof Coach, and I am trained in Hakomi, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and many meditation approaches.