About Me

I was born in Moscow to a Russian mom and Cuban dad. When I was eight years old, my family moved to the U.S. and settled in Southwest Florida. But I dreamed of living in a big city, so I set my sights on New York City.

After high school I attended New York University, where I double majored in Journalism and Dramatic Literature and received my cum laude Bachelor of Arts in May 2007. I also completed a Digital Journalism Certificate from Media Bistro, and have taken several recreational writing, photography and cooking classes.

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 10.14.59 PMSince graduating, I have interned at magazines like Latina, Good Housekeeping and People. I have worked at InStyle, Family Circle, as a staff writer at Mamás Latinas and the Digital Audience Development Manager at Latina Media Ventures (publishers of Latina magazine, Latina.com and The Latin Kitchen). I was the food editor at SheKnows.com and am currently the freelance food editor at Brit+Co. I am also a regular contributor at Dose & OMGFactsMamásLatinas and other publications, writing primarily about food, health, relationships, travel and lifestyle topics.

Screen Shot 2016-02-17 at 10.14.35 PMIf you’re interested in finding out more about my work experience or reading some of my best published articles, take a look at my favorite writing clips.

Although I love all kinds of writing, my personal experience drives me to (mostly) focus on food and health. My passion for food, nutrition and wellness started after I lost 100 pounds and gained a love of veggies. From there, I enrolled in the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, where I completed a certificate in holistic health coaching and have since used that knowledge to inform my writing (and personal life). It can still be a daily struggle to maintain my weight loss and feel confident about myself, but I’m happy and proud to be where I am today.

Adam+IrinaRecently, I turned 30 and decided that it was time to re-focus my life and do something I’ve only previously dreamed about: become a full-time freelance writer. To do that, I left NYC after almost 12 happy years and settled back in SWFL. Shortly after, I met the love of my life and also started to seriously work on my memoir (tentatively titled Moscow Chica) about how growing up in Cuba and Russia made me an American.

When I’m not working on my book (for which I am currently seeking agent representation) or posting my favorite recipe on Instagram, you can find me blogging here about #healthylatinfood and figuring out life after 30. I focus my writing and life to be more creative, passionate and fearless, and I love to write about it all…