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On the Champs-Élysées, Paris at night

 
•  Go-to drink: a dirty (gin) martini with a twist (lemon AND olive)  or a flute of brut champagne
•  Strangest food I’ve tried: cow’s eyeball (I can’t believe it either!)
•  Top 3 countries on my dream travel list: Cuba, Namibia, and Peru
•  Age I received my passport:  1 month old!
•  Favorite fictional TV character: Lorelai Gilmore
•  Favorite season: could it be a crisp autumn day every day?
•  Favorite sport: tennis — I played for 12+ years!
•  Favorite country: this is a hard one, but for now, it’s the magical land of fire and ice — Iceland
•  Favorite dessert: too many but I’m always happy with warm, gooey dark chocolate chip cookies with walnuts or anything with lemon curd
•  Favorite food: sushi — I’m a purist, so none of the California roll crap!
•  Favorite shows of all time: ahh, too many, but let’s start with I Love Lucy, Gilmore Girls, Shark Tank, The Mindy Project, Chef’s Table, Friends, The Daily Show, Will & Grace
•  Favorite travel quote: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” -Mark Twain
•  Favorite cities: London – Paris – New York City
•  Favorite perfume: Creed Millésime Imperial
•  Favorite non-English words : saudade, cwtch, hygge, ikigai, flâneur
•  Soul city: Paris — for my love of the urban, culture, gastronomy, wine, French, the art of conversation, chic style, and all things fabulous
•  Tea or coffee: lately, more tea, but still love the heavenly taste and smell of coffee
•  Introvert or extrovert: ambivert — the best of both worlds, love being around people but still crave and cherish me-time
•  My answer to the tourist v. traveler debate: be an expat!
•  Personal tagline: collecting experiences and connecting the dots since 1985
•  A few more of my favorite things: luxury boutique hotels, the untold stories of luxury hotel bars, infused gin, brut champagne, social enterprises, fresh snowfall, the energy of startups, the power of the digital space, fierce and fabulous boss ladies, cooking and baking, chandeliers, men who proudly call themselves feminists, long leather gloves, fringed tulips, aromatherapy massages, red lipstick, wit and humor, entertaining and dinner parties, ombre hair, flamenco dancing, design that embraces a sense of place, foreign words with no English equivalent, jazz music, silk scarves, restorative yoga, lots and lots of list-making, photography, the written word, spontaneous trips around the world
•  Education: University of California, San Diego college graduate. London School of Economics Master’s holder. University of Washington Doctor of Law. Fulbright scholar. FLAS fellow. Department of State and Federal Trade Commission alumna.
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