Food Fashionista - Mika Takeuchi

Food Fashionista

Food Fashionista was created to share my love of travel, food and the fabulously delicious lifestyle that goes with it. You’ll find coverage and features on my favorite dining experiences around the world, top culinary and lifestyle events, travel adventures, discoveries, and more. Think of Food Fashionista as your culinary bff & feel free to also connect with me via social media on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Mika Takeuchi - Food Fashionis

Mika Takeuchi, Creator + Explorer

Hello and thanks for visiting!  I started this site back in 2007, but have enjoyed a love affair with gastronomy, travel and style long before that. Born in Tokyo just minutes away from the world-famous Tsukiji fish market, I was spending time at sushi bars with my father as a tiny gal in pig tails and stuffed animal in tow. A second order of ikura was always on the counter, and I can still see my father breaking the wooden chopsticks in half so they were my size. From Japan, I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area, worked in restaurants, retail and the corporate world, and after a stint in Italy studying art in Umbria, I started my own e-commerce fashion boutique along with personal shopping for the dapper Mayor of S.F.

I’ve always had an intense passion for all things soulful and creative – art, design, fashion, music and you guessed it…gastronomy. In my closet you’ll find vintage treasures mixed with high-end contemporary (I’m an equal-opportunity shopper). On my plate, you’ll see a wide-ranging taste in cuisine from authentic street food to three-star Michelin. I’ve worked years front of the house in restaurants, have consulted with premier chefs and brands, and know the industry from a unique perspective as both a patron and insider. I was a Brand Ambassador for MICHELIN, Mondavi & Frescobaldi’s Luce della Vite Wines, official blogger for Nespresso and a contributing author of the book “Creating a Meal You’ll Love” with all proceeds going to Share our Strength – fighting childhood hunger. Along with this site, I am currently a digital marketing and branding consultant working with select, high-profile brands.

From a multi-course meal at l’Arpege in Paris, France to an incredibly delectable five-dollar find at the local Farmers’ Market, my dining style is as eclectic as my wardrobe. As I always says “If you enjoy food, you enjoy life.”

Thanks for dropping by!

If you wish to say hello, or have questions about collaborating or working together, you can contact me via e-mail at mika at foodfashionista.com


  1. This is a great site! I’m looking forward to getting the latest information on food and fashion.

  2. Shopping and dining at fabulous eateries is what you do best!! Congratulations on your new venture, I love your website. Are you or do you have a section for Vegetarian Cuisine?

  3. I love the food fashionista site! I have bookmarked the site and subscribed to your feed. Hope to meet you one day at a foodie event.

  4. Excellent work! I love the precise info that you give and the fabulous pictures! Keep sharing the secrets, love you Mika (aka hcooh!!) 😉 xoxo

  5. katie o'brien field

    Hanging out with Mika at the American Wine and Food Festival was like a walk on the red carpet. She knows all the chefs and they know her. Lots of photos, fame, and food. Wow. What a babe.

  6. Hi Mika.. I am a huge fan of your site. I am from France and was told about your blog from one of my friends. Please let us know if you visit Bordeaux any time soon.

  7. What a wonderful site you have. My life has become more exciting since I’ve discovered Food Fashionista. I’m living vicariously through all your amazing food adventures.

  8. Awesome site. You are such an inspiration. thanks for sharing your love of food and fashion. Sylvie, another food and fashion fanatic.

  9. Mika, I see you were at vegas uncorked again this year. Me too. I did the Guy Savoy dinner, cocktails and cuisine, where I met you last year, Tea and desert and palazzo after dark. All fun.

  10. I am such a big fan Mika! When are you going to have your own television show? I enjoy reading your tweets and following your exciting lifestyle of food.

  11. Excellent site Mika & you’re definitely a very interesting person! Do you come to LA/OC often? I’d love to interview you. I have a great passion for food, travel and fashion as well.

  12. I love your website, Facebook Page and Blogs. Awesome, you are great! You are my second idol now, and I am still keeping Martha Stewart as the first, yet you featured modern ideas, hip places to see, dine and be seen.

  13. Hello Mika,

    You probably don’t remember me, but I met you at the Fancy Food Show Winter 2013 in SF. You’d stopped by my booth at BBF, where I handed you samples of some yummy goodies. You introduced yourself as a food blogger and when I mentioned that I’d wanted to start my own blog, you told me to just do it! I still have your business card that you handed me that day, and I’ve been waiting for the right time to reach out to you. Since we met, I did actually start my blog at ShefSherry.com, a place where I share my recipes inspired by the foodie culture of San Francisco and where I document my travels around the world. You’ve been an inspiration to me from day one and I love following you on Instagram and living vicariously through your fabulous foodie travels. I’m still here in San Francisco, and I look forward to the day where we can meet again!



  14. Hi Sherry! Thank you for your kinds words and for reaching out. I’m so happy to hear you followed your passion and I’m looking forward to seeing you in person again soon. -Mika

  15. Hi Foodfashionista!

    I’ve been following you since I first discovered your website 2008. I’ve enjoy reading about your adventures and the deliciousness it involves. Your passion for the food world and all in entails speaks volumes.

    All the best,


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