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

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.

Eat Fresh, Day 8: Paying my penance

Truthfully, the only exercise I got all weekend was the bicep curls I did with my bags of new shoes while walking around downtown San Francisco.

Eat Fresh, Day 5: Walk it Off

I’ve managed to get some exercise in every day so far, but my workouts have admittedly been a little wimpy for someone who has accepted an exercise challenge. Carol, our digital assistant editor, prodded me with a T25 Workout video earlier this week, but I made the mistake of watching a few minutes of it from my desk and was scared off immediately.

Eat Fresh, Day 2: Feel the Burn

Who: Gina, managing editor This year, I’m determined to: Get back into an exercise routine and stick to my low-carb, sugar-free lifestyle. I chose this because: After four months of eating very little sugar or carbohydrates, I’ve only lost a measly 6 pounds, and I’m pretty sure my lack of movement is to blame. I’m hoping that adding more exercise will kick-start […]