About Me

Born in Lima and based in the Pacific Northwest, I am a freelance writer, photographer, and vegan chef specializing in Peru’s drink & food culture. I love to play world rhythms on drums, dance to Latin music, run on mountain trails, travel afar, and share adventures with my girlfriend Alec.

Writing & Photographs allow me to share Peru’s food & drink culture with you. Since 2011, I’ve posted recipes and cocktails on my blog Pisco Trail. I also contribute stories and photographs to digital and print publications. Currently, I am working on my first cookbook proposal.

Cooking traditional Peruvian dishes with my mom inspired me to become a chef. I’ve taught at a community cooking school and cooked pop-up dinners. Now that I transitioned to a vegan diet, I am developing plant-based recipes inspired by Peru’s multicultural culinary heritage.

Running is a moving meditation that connects me with Pachamama (Mother Earth), and I compete in long-distance mountain races. In 2010, I ran the Inca Trail Marathon in one day, a high-elevation mountain journey to Machu Picchu that takes hikers 3-4 days to cover.

Rhythms connect all parts of my life—from cooking, to running, dancing, or playing drums, everything has its natural rhythm. For over two decades, I played Afro-Peruvian, Cuban, Flamenco, and Jazz rhythms on my hand drums with professional musicians and dance ensembles.

Travel changes you. It leaves marks on your memory, your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully you leave something good behind.” — Anthony Bourdain.