Tami Yu

Seattle, WA USA

Professional Experience

Freelance lifestyle writer covering beauty, food, fashion and travel. Solid background in the aforementioned industries with a keen eye for current and future consumer trends.


13 Years
13 Years
Other, Specify
6 Years


10 Years
11 Years
13 Years


PR (firm) - Small to mid-sized corp. clients
3 Years
Online/new media
12 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

12 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Huffington Post San Francisco (10+), p.s. magazine (3-5), Daily Candy (1-2), AOL City's Best San Francisco (10+), AOL Digital City (10+), AOL when.com (10+), Caviar Affair (10+)

Corporate Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Colleen Quen Couture (10+), FAUX (6-10), Rick Lee Design (6-10), del4yo (1-2), Union Center for Healing (1-2)

Foreign Language Skills

Conversational Chinese (Mandarin & Cantonese).

Computer Skills

Word, Excel, internet research, blog platforms (Moveable Type and Squarespace)


Digital camera


References are available upon request.



Q&A with Marcia Gagliardi, author, restaurant authority and founder of Tablehopper.com, a weekly dining column for the Bay Area.
Interview with Matthew Accarrino, executive chef of SPQR in San Francisco. Accarrino discusses his culinary inspirations and talks about working in Italy.
Story on San Francisco nonprofit La Cocina, featuring five female food entrepreneurs and their latest product news/offerings. Story is featured on Huffington Post San Francisco (AOL City's Best), under Impact news section.
Interview with Craig Stoll, chef and owner of Delfina in San Francisco. Stoll discussed his favorite things in SF, including local restaurants and why he loves the city.
Q&A with Dominique Crenn, executive chef of Atelier Crenn in San Francisco. Crenn discusses her experience with Iron Chef America and her exclusive partnership with Gouge Eye Farm.
Story assignment on new luxury shoe designer Coye Nokes for Daily Candy Everywhere Edition.
Profile on Ben Gorham, founder of the cult Swedish perfume house Byredo. Focused on Gorham's exotic fragrances and his unusual career background.
Interview with haute couture designer Colleen Quen for AOL City's Best. Quen discussed the San Francisco fashion scene, what it takes to become a fashion designer and why she's loyal to SF fashion lovers.
Q&A with the founders of Benefit Cosmetics in San Francisco. Interview covered their company history and the Ford twins' favorite places to shop and eat in SF.
Interview with Chef Eric Ripert of Le Bernardin. Featured the restaurant's famous 129 Cardinal Sins.
Interview with Delfina's Craig Stoll (James Beard Award winner for Best Chef).
Summer story on seasonal, unique spa treatments in SF. Spas featured: SenSpa, Lash Lab, Purevana, Juin Organique and Aria Skin & Body.
Story on Turning Heads, a local organization dedicated to helping at-risk young women get off the streets and prepare them for the workforce. This slideshow photo story appeared under the Impact section of Huffington Post SF.
Q&A with Andrew Mariani, vintner of Scribe Winery. Interview included Mariani's favorite sommeliers and wine lists in SF.
Press release for international award-winning industrial designer Rick Lee. Project focuses on two new eco-friendly bamboo furniture and Essence rug collections. Includes new designer bio.
Product review featured on Glam.com's home page as one of their featured publishers. Sponsored by Laura Mercier and Glam Media.
Press release on new fashion & design atelier brand LeeQuen. Focus on the premiere of the Ouroboros exhibit. Also includes biographies on both artists (Colleen Quen Couture & Rick Lee Design).
Cover story of La Cocina, a successful non-profit that helps Bay Area women entrepreneurs with their start-up food businesses.
Spring 2005 Gen Art Fresh Faces fashion show coverage in San Francisco.
Freelance assignment for Milkshake, a website that delivers daily articles on products, people and companies that give back to the community. Story focus is on OSEA, a skin care company that uses organic ingredients and algae from South America.
Father's Day gifts round-up for AOL When.com blog.
Interview with popular cookbook author and food blogger David Lebovitz (former Chez Panisse pastry chef).
Preview of the third annual SF Street Food Festival by La Cocina. Story includes slideshow of best dishes to try at the event.
Interview with Michael Recchiuti, renowned chocolatier based in San Francisco.
Q&A with Melissa Perello, executive chef of Frances restaurant in San Francisco. Perello shares her favorite places in SF, her biggest mentor and the possibility of starting a new restaurant.
Beauty feature on best day spas and hair salons to treat summer-distressed skin and damaged hair.
Feature on some of the top fashion designers of 2009 and how they set the bar for 2010 and beyond.
Travel guide to Napa Valley for AOL City's Best SF - featuring top hotels, restaurants and wineries.
Restaurant review for Plate Shop, a new restaurant in Sausalito, CA. Story includes interview quotes from executive chef Kim Alter, who has worked at Michelin-starred establishments like Manresa and Aqua.
Profile on Bella Schneider, founder of LaBelle Day Spas for the 2011 holiday issue of Caviar Affair magazine.
Story assignment on artisan chocolate company Cocoa Absolute for Daily Candy SF Edition.
Q&A with the owner of Mission Beach Cafe for AOL City's Best. Interview focused on their famous pot pies and their secrets to making the perfect pie crust.
Feature on Farina restaurant in San Francisco for when.com (AOL).
Copywriting project for Rick Lee Design's Ouroboros collection (Inside of brochure).
Product descriptions for Rick Lee Design's new bamboo furniture and Essence rug collections. Project is integrated into client's electronic press kit.
Fashion & design brand identity (hand-painted by Colleen Quen) on artist atelier wall for 2007 LeeQuen collection launch.
Revised biography of renowned French couture designer Colleen Quen
Founder of lifestyle blog - topics include beauty, food, fashion, travel, music and film. In partnership with Glam.com Media, the largest online women's network.
Online fashion campaign with Kohl's via Glam Media. The feature was one of the five style blogs profiled on the brand's The Style File website.