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

Arts & culture writer by day. Pursuing leads on food, wine, and luxury travel experiences by night. Former assistant island manager for The Yacht Week in Hvar. Find me on weekends reverse-engineering a recipe, checking out the latest natty wine bar, or going on adventures with my rescue pup, Sushi.

2023 FAM Trips:


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 works. I consider myself a 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.

2023 Goals + -

Learn a new language.

Practice yoga regularly.

Read 50 books (progress).

Start working on writing a book.

Finish my bucket list of restaurants in the Bay Area.

Complete my PADI Advanced Open Water certification.

Updated 1/6/23

Favorite things + -

Sushi girl.

Good company.

No company.

New experiences.

Drinking wine and cooking.

Old bookstores and theaters with marquees.

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

"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