Kyle McNichols graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in English and Art History. Her studies also include time at Cambridge University, but short of picking up phrases like “cheers” and an affinity for “a good curry,” the experience was more social than academic. She loves food and cooking though, so after working as a corporate copywriter and college counselor, Kyle initiated a cooking project called “Culinary Hopscotch” in 2010. She traveled Europe with a carry-on suitcase and couchsurfed while taking cooking classes in various cities. Kyle continues to take cooking classes when her travels take her to interesting places, and blogs about them. She recently relocated to Portland, Oregon from Southern California and is enjoying all of the food and wine related activities the city has to offer with her boyfriend—and her Newfoundland, Henri.