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

Party like it’s 1988 with this throwback election night party menu

With all the drama of this year’s presidential race, we’ve been yearning for the simpler times of elections past. You know, back when the candidates didn’t have Twitter or email accounts, and the voters’ pre-election homework didn’t include researching whether or not it was legal to take a selfie in the voting booth.

So, we’re harking back to 1988 and pulling this gem from our archives.

Top 11 places to live in the West

MONEY’s annual list of the best places to live in America was released yesterday and–can’t say we’re one bit surprised–the West showed particularly well, accounting for 11 of the top 50 cities and towns.

It’s California Restaurant Month—here’s the rundown

Congratulations, you made it through your first full week back to work after the holidays. In my book, it’s the toughest week of the year; the week you most need something to look forward to. For some, that means planning a last-minute weekend getaway somewhere nearby; for others it means making plans to go out with friends you missed during […]

3 smart shortcuts for your holiday party

The second Saturday of December (that’s this weekend in case you’ve lost count of how fast the season is flying by!) is the most popular night of the year to throw a holiday party, according to the online stationery service Paperless Post.