📍San Francisco Bay Area


Steph Keay  |  She/Her  |  Canadian-bred  |  California-based

Arts & culture writer by day. Pursuing leads on food, wine, and luxury travel experiences by night. Pre-pandemic, you could find me at Barry’s Bootcamp weekdays, and wandering the woods or vineyards (and probably petting a dog) on weekends.

2020 FAM Trips:

Red Mountain, Honolulu, Napa Valley, Vancouver, Lisbon Sheltering-in-Place!

About me

I’ve always loved writing, but never saw it as a legitimate career. (There are four occupations in the Asian culture: Doctor, Lawyer, Engineer, or Disappointment.) One day, an opportunity to write was dropped into my lap like a sparkly, irresistible disco ball. I leapt at it—and never looked back.

Writing gave a purpose to the things I naturally already pursued, plus a reason to dig even deeper. I’m ever-curious to figure out how people and our society work. I consider myself a good nonpartisan lens from which a story can be told because I’ve always seen beauty across the spectrum. It can be found in the oddest places; the littlest of things. Life—with all of its ups and downs—is infinitely, intricately fascinating to me.

There is no limit to the places I’m willing to go to uncover the truth, and to share the important stories that reflect our humanity, where’s it’s been, and where it’s going. See my work here.

Topics covered

Juggalo culture, “I Went on 25 Dates in 30 Days for Bumble—Here’s What Happened,” where to find San Jose’s best tamales (hint: a van at Wal-Mart), etc.

2020 Goals + -

Finish this damn website.

Pass the WSET Level 3 exam.

Publish an essay in The New York Times.

Make good on my reading list(Progress: 5/12)

Run the Yosemite Half in sub-02:00 hours. (Canceled)

Finish 150 Barry’s Bootcamp classes, including Face Yourself.

Updated 10/18/20

Favorite things + -

Enzo Bean.

Good company.

No company.

New experiences.

Old bookstores, vinyl shops, and theaters with marquees.

Road trips with stops for picnics, local cheese, and pastries.

Themed dinner and movie nights (e.g. Jjapaguri & Parasite).

Reading Modern Love Sunday morning over bacon and eggs.

"There was nothing to talk about anymore. The only thing to do was go."

Jack Kerouac

“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”

- Hunter S. Thompson

“Give me books, fruit, French wine and fine weather and a little music…”

- John Keats

“Nothing can make our life, or the lives of other people, more beautiful than perpetual kindness.”

- Leo Tolstoy

“Buy the ticket, take the ride.”

- Hunter S. Thompson