A Washington State native, Cindy double majored in Communications and Italian Studies as well as participated in a three month study abroad program in Rome and a year long student exchange in Australia. She worked as a project manager for an advertising agency in Seattle before packing her backpack and heading on an around the world adventure, visiting 13 countries in 10 months: from New Zealand to Southeast Asia, India to East Europe, and finally making her way to Emilia-Romagna, Italy where she’s been living for the past seven years. On her bilingual Italian/English food blog, italicana kitchen, she proposes wholesome recipes made with seasonal produce. You can also catch her on air at 8:00a.m. every Tuesday on Radio Bruno with La Strana Coppia where she talks about American gastronomy and English culinary words. Cindy’s also survived the embarrassment of trying to speak Italian fluently on national TV programs like La Prova del Cuoco and A Conti Fatti on RAI UNO. She is currently taking an Italian Sommelier course to become a certified wino.