I am a chef at a spiritual retreat center in Santa Barbara. My husband, Tomas Maganda, owns and operates a wine tour business. We love eating, exploring new places both near and far, and experiencing cultures different from ours (California, Taiwan/Hong Kong, and Mexico). I also speak Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and a little bit of Taiwanese, Cantonese, and Japanese.
I grew up in Orange County and moved to Santa Barbara in 1999 to study linguistics at UCSB. Freshman year, I met Tomas working together. 18 years later, we're still here in Santa Barbara, married 10 years this year. Most of Tomas' big family is here in SB. My small family is scattered all over California.
Together, we've done a fair bit of traveling. Just a few of our favorite or unique experiences were: chasing down cows in Okinawa; the sheep cheese and hospitality of Valter and Fatinha in Serpa, Portugal; walking the old streets of Toulouse, France with a Frenchman Tomas met in Mexico City who was trying to get back to Mexico illegally; drinking pulque in Xochimilco in Mexico City; and not to forget our own country-- road-tripping everywhere in my old Honda coupe with tent and sleeping bags in the trunk. We drove down the coast from Seattle back to Santa Barbara; we hiked the Narrows in Zion National Park, camped amongst bison in Yellowstone, and swam in the warm waters of Miami Beach.
We would love to hear your travel stories too. Come stay with us and share a glass of wine or pint of local beer in the spacious yard with multiple patio sets and fire pits.
We live in the basement apartment below the rental. Scott Kipp, the owner, is an awesome person, though you may or may not catch him as he's now traveling in his RV. Scott did the Everest Base Camp trek in 2007. He's a serious hiker, electrical engineer extraordinaire, and very tall, easy-going friend to enjoy a glass of wine with.