Chelsea-Rae Abbate is a native New Yorker who worked in the NYC hospitality industry for over six years, fostering a deep rooted love of food and an even deeper love of writing, expressed through her contributions to numerous blogs. She enjoys crossword puzzles, early 2000’s hip hop, soup dumplings, and traveling places where English is not the primary language. Follow her @crae_abbate for food porn pics on Instagram.


Julia Dennison is a native New Yorker, recently reunited with her home city after nearly a decade in London. Currently managing editor of Natural Health and Fit Pregnancy magazines, she has built her career as a writer and journalist covering everything from food to feminism. Alongside her work as a magazine editor, she also helped launch the first-ever Not For Tourists guide to London as its Restaurants and Arts Editor. Catch her on Twitter: @Nyclondoner.


Nelson Diaz-Marcano is an aspiring filmmaker graduated from Stony Brook University. An avid fan of this city and a passionate writer about culture, he can’t wait to share his experiences with you.


Laysha Duran is an aspiring actress and writer who dreams of one day performing on Broadway. Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in the Bronx, she has been writing since she first picked up an R.L. Stine book and dancing before she learned how to walk. Aside from dancing, acting, and writing she is also working on her jewelry line Tsukasa and Ana. She is hoping to pursue a Master’s in Business Administration so that her jewelry line can grow to be successful and long lasting in the Jewelry industry. She is a contributor to Manhattan with a TwistNews Cult, and Fit by Karma. You can follow her @ayumitakashi.

Sara Lehman

Sara Lehman. Food and Wine is in my blood… well ok, literally not in my blood, but you can  say that I was born to do what I do.  After high school I spent the next four years at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island where I studied Baking and Pastry Arts. I was able to study wine and receive my sommelier certificate at The German Wine School in the city of Koblenz, Germany. Here were tasted, analyzed, and paired wines from all around the world with foods and desserts and I was hooked. Currently I am a sommelier and food & beverage writer. Living life in the city is fabulous, and writing about it should be too! You can follow her at @Sominthecity.


Kate Seabury is a recent college graduate, currently living in Manhattan, though born and raised (mostly) in Connecticut. She earned her bachelors degree in English literature and Theater and loves writing, reading,  movie stars, and reading/writing about movie stars. Her favorite things include vodka shots, dramatic memoirs, and Meryl Streep. She hopes to one day be a combination of Ernest Hemingway and Stephen King. You can check out her other writing at

jacy topps

 Jacy Topps is a New York City based writer and blogger. Currently copy editor of Project Q NYC and contributing writer at Manhattan With a Twist and The Ga Voice, she has built her career as a writer and journalist covering everything from fashion to LGBTQ issues. Alongside her work as a copy editor, she also worked as a fashion stylist and makeup artist, with her work appearing in independent films and television. When Jacy is not writing about fashion, music or feminism, she is searching for the best wine bar in the city. Catch her on Twitter @jacytopps.

%d bloggers like this: