Melina Paris is a Southern California based writer. She blends her passion for writing and connecting people to their local community into pieces centered on food, the arts, and cultural events. Becoming a mother ignited Melina’s interest in wholesome, quality food. This motivates her to continuously educate herself in matters of food from a health and sustainability perspective which informs her restaurant reviews and other food-related pieces. A music lover, Melina enjoys covering various genres but it’s Jazz that really captures her heart. She is an avid Jazz fan and, in addition to attending as many live shows as she can, Melina worked at the Long Beach Jazz club Birdland West. Melina enjoys live music immensely and feels especially fortunate to have the opportunity to interview musicians while they are doing what they love. Melina strives to illuminate special qualities of the artists she profiles that their fans might not otherwise know about.