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I know the Interwebs runs on cute cat videos, one giggly gigabyte at a time, but I'm definitely more of a dog person.   I have the very good fortune to be able to write a regular column for a local lifestyle publication, 425 Magazine . I work with the edito...
I know the Interwebs runs on cute cat videos, one giggly gigabyte at a time, but I'm definitely more of a dog person. I have the very good fortune to be able to write a regular column for a local lifestyle publication, 425 Magazine. I work with the editor to come up with themes every issue for ...
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I'm back! I'm back! If you know me personally, you'll say, "You never left!" Which I guess is true -- I didn't go anywhere, I just took a break from blogging for a bit to take some time after a family member passed away. I will, at some point, make some kin...
I'm back! I'm back! If you know me personally, you'll say, "You never left!" Which I guess is true -- I didn't go anywhere, I just took a break from blogging for a bit to take some time after a family member passed away. I will, at some point, make some kind of post relating to the issue of what ...
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The last Monday of May is traditionally Memorial Day, also associated with the three day weekend of summer's official start, but let's not forget why we have a Memorial Day.  It's not just about cranking up the barbecue grill or getting stuck in gridlock to...
The last Monday of May is traditionally Memorial Day, also associated with the three day weekend of summer's official start, but let's not forget why we have a Memorial Day. It's not just about cranking up the barbecue grill or getting stuck in gridlock to spend a few precious hours on the beach ...
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I went on a Jaunty shopping spree recently... and not a stitch of wardrobe-related stuff was purchased.  Who doesn't have a love of beautiful things? That love can extend to the world around you, including the very yard of the home you live in. Gardening is...
I went on a Jaunty shopping spree recently... and not a stitch of wardrobe-related stuff was purchased. Who doesn't have a love of beautiful things? That love can extend to the world around you, including the very yard of the home you live in. Gardening isn't for everyone, and it's definitely ...
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Doing what you love may not be easy, but damn, it's worth it!! :)
 
Some pics from a recent photoshoot at Black Bottle in Seattle. A day of chasing light and dreams!
I've clearly been a shutterbug of late. Which isn't a bad thing. I'm very fortunate to get photo gigs now and then, shooting what I love -- FOOD. I've been working with Black Bottle, a longtime favorite tavern/gastro pub in Seattle, getting their menu photographed, as well as their great space ...
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Indulge the Birdy's penchant for photos lately -- the springtime blooms and more hospitable weather is inspiring to my shutterbug tendencies.  I know it sounds silly, but I consider the camellia plants in the backyard my Miracle Plants . I put them in YEARS...
Indulge the Birdy's penchant for photos lately -- the springtime blooms and more hospitable weather is inspiring to my shutterbug tendencies. I know it sounds silly, but I consider the camellia plants in the backyard my Miracle Plants. I put them in YEARS ago, and they have been overdue to bloom ...
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Anyone else a huge #RickAndMorty fan, eagerly awaiting S:2? Wish July 26th was already here.... sigh.
 
A return to blogging after a much-needed break, and a continuing love of all things nerdy. :D
I'm back! I'm back! If you know me personally, you'll say, "You never left!" Which I guess is true -- I didn't go anywhere, I just took a break from blogging for a bit to take some time after a family member passed away. I will, at some point, make some kind of post relating to the issue of what ...
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I don't want to worry anyone, I'm taking a short break from this blog, but I promise to return.  I started the Jaunty Magpie five years ago as a personal blog to collect all the things that inspire or bring me joy, (above photo being a huge part of that, wh...
I don't want to worry anyone, I'm taking a short break from this blog, but I promise to return. I started the Jaunty Magpie five years ago as a personal blog to collect all the things that inspire or bring me joy, (above photo being a huge part of that, which I'm very grateful for!) ...
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Only the lilac photo is mine, the others are from the online shop I get my garden goods from -- it's photos like those that make me think, "Maybe my garden can look like that...?" :P
 
Where all my money's been going lately -- straight into the ground! Rebuilding my garden view, one bulb at a time.
I went on a Jaunty shopping spree recently... and not a stitch of wardrobe-related stuff was purchased. Who doesn't have a love of beautiful things? That love can extend to the world around you, including the very yard of the home you live in. Gardening isn't for everyone, and it's definitely ...
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I have big news -- or maybe little white fluffy news? It was a heartbreaking loss to say goodbye to our sweet, sweet Indy last year, but we always knew we would make room in our hearts for another dog someday. And we always knew we'd adopt, that it would be...
I have big news -- or maybe little white fluffy news? It was a heartbreaking loss to say goodbye to our sweet, sweet Indy last year, but we always knew we would make room in our hearts for another dog someday. And we always knew we'd adopt, that it would be a dog with a story to share, ...
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I've clearly been a shutterbug of late. Which isn't a bad thing.  I'm very fortunate to get photo gigs now and then, shooting what I love -- FOOD. I've been working with Black Bottle, a longtime favorite tavern/gastro pub in Seattle , getting their menu pho...
I've clearly been a shutterbug of late. Which isn't a bad thing. I'm very fortunate to get photo gigs now and then, shooting what I love -- FOOD. I've been working with Black Bottle, a longtime favorite tavern/gastro pub in Seattle, getting their menu photographed, as well as their great space ...
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Blame a crazy week, but dammit, this Birdy needs a mini-Spring Break!  I am overly excited to cast off my Workaholic/troll-like existence and get out to have a little fun. Well, between other work stuff. You know... moderation. Looking forward to catching u...
Blame a crazy week, but dammit, this Birdy needs a mini-Spring Break! I am overly excited to cast off my Workaholic/troll-like existence and get out to have a little fun. Well, between other work stuff. You know... moderation. Looking forward to catching up with some friends and literally ...
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freelance designer | writer | photographer
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  • Freelance
    designer/writer/photographer, present
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The Pacific Northwest
Previously
Southern California - Los Angeles - Scottsdale - Tucson - Bellevue
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graphic designer | photographer | writer | food/style blogger
Introduction
When I'm not working as a freelance graphic designer, I'm spending way too much time fussing over food and stylish thoughts, which contribute towards both of my blogs: Wasabi Prime, a food blog, and the Jaunty Magpie, an art/style blog.
 
My writing and photography has been seen on
  • New York Magazine's Grub Street
  • Los Angeles Times Daily Dish
  • Seattle P-I
  • Bellevue Downtown Magazine
  • The Kitchn
  • Tastespotting
  • FoodGawker
  • Food News Journal
I am a regular contributor to
  • 425 Magazine
  • Drink Me Magazine
  • Serious Eats/A Hamburger Today
  • Downtown Bellevue Network
  • Honest Cooking
My recipe and blog has been published in The Foodista Best of Food Blogs Cookbook.
 
I developed the branding and design layout for the charity food blogger cookbook, Nudie Foodies: Food Bloggers Peel for Japan
Education
  • University of Arizona
    Visual Communications, 1994 - 1998
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Wasabi Prime, Jaunty Magpie, "Hey, You!"
Very tasty food, and the menu only continues to evolve, so it's good to try things now and see how the dishes change. Burger = wow! Their new lunch menu is really tasty, make sure to ask about their specials, they're always trying to serve the freshest finds.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Been getting bento from here since I was little. New owners now but they stay true to the family recipes. Fried chicken is so good!
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Really delicious food - they serve a lot of locally sourced ingredients. Vegetable dishes are so fresh. They make a great poke appetizer. Cocktails are yummy - spicy jalapeño martini uses Ocean Vodka, made in Maui. Literally get a taste of the islands.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Adore this shop. Screen printed tees have great whimsical designs. You'll get plenty of compliments from people when you wear something from this shop.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
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I come here every time I visit family. Hilo style won ton min is my favorite dish -- gotta have saimin! Combo with teriburger is good if you're super hungry. Pick up a mini loaf of the chocolate mochi before you leave!
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
Totally worth the splurge on calories -- Burger of the Gods is incredible or the duck/pork Dork Burger. Tater tots and sweet potato fries are fabulous, but if you want to go for the gusto, the macaroni and cheese is so creamy and delicious.
Public - 3 years ago
reviewed 3 years ago
What a beautiful restaurant and memory-making dining experience. It's perfect for special occasion long weekends or date night if you're lucky enough to live on Orcas. Menu is seasonal, serving local ingredients. Many things sourced from the island itself, so very fresh. Seafood is excellent; just go with what the special is.
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reviewed 3 years ago