Food Fashionista was created to share a love of exquisite travel, memorable dining experiences and the global discoveries made along the beautiful journey of life. Mika, aka Food Fashionista, is an entrepreneur and published author who has been featured in and contributed to online and print publications including The Washington Post, San Francisco Magazine, Florida Today, Culinary Trends, 7×7, Lucky and more.
Food Fashionista launched in 2007, but Mika has enjoyed a close-knit relationship with gastronomy, travel and style long before that. Born in Tokyo, Japan just across the street from the world-famous Tsukiji fish market, she was the youngest regular at sushi bars with her father and favorite stuffed animal in tow. Her father would break the wooden chopsticks in half so they were her size.
From there, she grew up in the sunny skies of California. It was later, while she was studying drawing at a monastery in Assisi, Italy that she had the epiphany to start her first business…while everyone else was drawing the cascading sunflower landscape, she was sketching out the sunflower spring/summer collection. She started her first company – an online fashion boutique while also personal shopping for then Mayor of San Francisco Gavin Newsom. She followed up with a digital marketing brand years later. Throughout the years, she has worked with premier chefs and brands, and knows the hospitality industry from a unique perspective as both a patron and insider. She was a Brand Ambassador and Explorer for MICHELIN, Ambassador for Mondavi & Frescobaldi’s wines, 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. She now resides and works between California and Europe (Paris and London).
Life is an ever evolving journey and these days, the cuisine she enjoys and consumes most are that which is seasonally fresh, organic and sustainable with an emphasis on plant-based and pescatarian dishes. She lives and believes in a mentally, physically and spiritually balanced, holistic lifestyle and also guides individuals on their own personal wellness and manifestation journeys.
All the travel and dining experiences you see on Food Fashionista are Mika’s own personal experiences (not paid for or sponsored) unless mentioned.
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” ― Oprah Winfrey