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What do you do and why do you do it?
I work as an email marketing specialist for my day gig, as a boxing instructor for my side gig, and am a wellness blogger and social media influencer for my side hustle! I also contribute freelance pieces, so I do like to consider myself a writer. I'm passionate about all of these aspects — I love helping people find peace with their bodies and find love in working out as I have; I love the psychology, creativity, and analytics involved with email marketing, and I love writing in all shapes and forms.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I actually have a couple of Spotify playlists for this (no shame)..."The Middle" by Wet, "A Drop in the Ocean," "Ashes and Wine" by A Fine Frenzy, and basically anything by Adele.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
House, M.D. (I've been watching this since I was a kid and I wanted to be a doctor), MasterChef (I love Gordon Ramsay), Riverdale (a new favorite), America's Next Top Model (my guilty pleasure since I was a kid), Make It Or Break It (I used to do gymnastics, so it's super relatable!), and, of course, Game of Thrones!
Name some spots in Boston that are good for a Tinder date.
I have been on one Tinder date in my life (it did not go well) at a coffee shop. I would 10/10 go to a bar if I were to do it again (like any reasonable person). My close friend has been to Shojo multiple times, so I'd recommend that, as well as Citrus & Salt.
Who’s your hero and where in Boston would you take them out for a serious hang?
I've loved Michelle Kwan since I was a little girl. I'd take her to an aerial yoga class at Swet Studio so we can literally hang! (She's also super into yoga.)
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
A mix — secondhand from my cousin, Aritizia, Lululemon (I'm all about athleisure), Nordstrom, Free People, and Urban Outfitters mostly.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I'm never in the Financial District — too many people in suits and overpriced food!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I love to just walk through the public garden when the weather is nice out. It's also great to sit there with a book or people-watch.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Boston and where did you get it?
Definitely the whole pig's head I had for my birthday dinner at Mei Mei. Enough said.
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Boston that you particularly like?
Ali's Roti on Tremont St. It's a West Indian place that has amazing food and large portions, but it's the definition of "hole in the wall."
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Boston? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
Craigie on Main. We got a discount voucher from Groupon or Gilt City and did a multi-course dinner with wine pairings... it was fabulous!
Where can you get the best cocktail in Boston? Which one do you like?
I'd say either Drink or Loco. Loco for margs (the Little Devil is amazing) and Drink for unique drinks — they make unique cocktails for your taste!
Where would you take your partner in Boston if you wanted to really pamper them?
It would be a multi-part date: we'd get massages and facials at Balans Organic Spa, pedicures at Miniluxe (yes, guys can get pedis too), and end off with dinner at Barcelona Wine Bar.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Boston?
Paramout always has crazy lines for brunch, but their menu always looks meh. People are going to fight me on this, but I also think Trident Booksellers & Cafe and The Friendly Toast are just OK and are very over-hyped.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Boston?
Teranga! They have Sengalese food that's actually really delicious.
What are the Boston spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
Walk the Freedom Trail. It lets you seen most of the city and you can learn the history behind everything too. The Public Garden is gorgeous; the MFA and ICA are great museums.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Anywhere on the Big Island. They have everything — beaches, hiking, amazing food... what else can you ask for?