field notes of a hungry optimist

Taken at TelefériQo overlooking Volcán Pichincha and the capital city of Quito. July 2018


Hello & welcome to my journal!

My name is yui.  I study Cultural & Linguistic Anthropology with a focus on food, the environment, and everyday life.  I’m particularly interested in narratives surrounding cooking practices and food ideologies that illustrate our intimate relationships with the human and nonhuman beings around us.


a grain of nice comes from my belief that food has the potential to bring out the best in us—a reference to the smallest acts of love and kindness fermented in the simple shared joy of cooking and eating with which each and every one of us are familiar.


Aside from being an avid gastronome & anthropology nerd, I’m also into learning languages, cycling, kayaking, making jewelry, and trying new things.

Thanks for stopping by!