Gina Marie Goff
How did you end up in the Bay Area?
The answer I gave in my job interview: I moved here to finish my education at UC Berkeley. The real answer: I moved for a dude, then luckily was accepted at Cal shortly thereafter. The guy didn’t stick--but San Francisco did. Best “mistake” I ever made.

What's one skill people don't know you have?
While I love good food, I’m a pretty clumsy cook. (I’m fairly certain I’m one small kitchen fire away from the landlord shutting off the gas in my apartment.) However, I am an expert bartender. My assignment at dinner parties is always cocktail hour.

What’s your Sunset confession?
I kill roughly 10 orchids a year. I’ve tried everything from watering with ice cubes to showering with them (they supposedly love the steam), but they still die untimely deaths. I keep buying them partially because I like the challenge and partially because they at least tend to die slow deaths.

When do you feel most Westphoric?
When I’m walking down the hill to pick up my dry cleaning and I turn a corner to see the bay sparkling under the Golden Gate Bridge, or when I’m driving Hwy. 280 to work and there’s nothing but gorgeous greenery for miles on end, I get totally Westphoric. The fact that there is always a stunning backdrop to life’s most mundane tasks really makes you appreciate living here.

What is your favorite season?
Fall is magical in the West. The air smells a little cleaner, the weather is perfectly imperfect, and the back-to-school mood always inspires me to learn new things and seek out new adventures.

Recent Posts By Gina Marie Goff

Top 3 holiday hosting hacks

I did an unofficial survey around the office and asked 10 people the same question: “What’s your favorite part of the holidays?” Nine of them gave some variation on “being together with my family” or “enjoying a meal with loved ones.” The other person said, “My favorite part of the holidays is when they’re over. I’m always the hostess!” So […]

4 ways to make sweet potatoes the star of your Thanksgiving

Mashed potatoes and stuffing tend to get all the side-dish glory when it comes to Thanksgiving feasts, but when done well, sweet potatoes can be a worthy star of your holiday spread. Whether you’re looking for a healthful spin, a dramatic presentation, or a traditional, decadent casserole, here are four takes from Sunset‘s sister sites on how to prepare the superfood. How to […]

First timer’s guide to the perfect turkey

Several years ago, I co-hosted a Thanksgiving feast for a group of friends—a ragtag group of San Francisco transplants who for various reasons couldn’t make it home to celebrate with their families. My co-host and I, as small apartment dwellers, had never hosted a single dinner party between the two of us, much less did we have any command over the the […]

Eat Fresh, Day 12: Did people actually exercise before the Internet?

Work with what you’ve got, and within the boundaries of what you can control. The fact remains that I spend nearly three hours per day in my car, and another nine sitting on my tush at work. Short of moving or quitting my job, there isn’t a whole lot I can do about those things. But I do own a smart phone, a tablet, a set of dumb bells and a yoga mat. And I live on top of a massively steep hill. I can run up and down the seven flights of service stairs in my apartment building. I can walk down the hill and back up to pick up groceries for dinner. I can do tricep extensions while my Brussels sprouts are roasting.