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 written and been featured in a number of online and print publications including The Washington Post, San Francisco Magazine 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 Northern California. It was later, while 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 e-commerce boutique while also personal shopping for the now current Governor of California. She followed up with a digital marketing company years later which now has clients both in the U.S. and abroad. 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 Paris with her husband and family.
Although she dines at many restaurants around the world, the cuisine she enjoys and consumes most on a daily basis are that which is seasonal, 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 with a focus on organic and natural living and guides others on their own manifestation journeys through creative coaching and retreats.
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” ― Oprah Winfrey