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 and 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, 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’ve been 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.”
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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