Robin Rinaldi has lived most of her adult life in California. She spent nine years in San Francisco, where she was executive editor of 7x7, a glossy magazine covering the city's culture, dining, and nightlife. When she wasn't working in Union Square (and discovering its hidden lunch spots), she was walking the hills of the Castro, seeing live music at The Fillmore, lining up for morning buns outside Tartine Bakery, and cheering on the Giants at AT&T Park. Robin has profiled many of San Francisco's politicians, artists, and designers, relishing the bohemian reputation and progressive antics of her favourite city. If she had to pick one idyllic spot to spend an afternoon - other than in a motorboat on San Francisco Bay - it would be the crowded aisles of City Lights Bookstore.An experienced food and arts writer, Robin wrote an award-winning food column for Philadelphia Weekly and is the author of two books on dance. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other publications. Her most recent book is a memoir, The Wild Oats Project: One Woman's Midlife Quest for Passion at Any Cost. She now resides in Los Angeles, but makes the drive up I-5 on a regular basis to visit her adopted hometown on the Bay.