Meet the Team: Audrey
Role: Co-owner of Shirley & Audrey
Where are you from: I was born in Taipei, Taiwan and came to the US when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve lived all over the country, from California to Ohio and then to Connecticut.
Favorite food: A chinese puff pastry with date paste filling. I have a strong memory of eating this dessert probably around the age of 7 years old. My father brought it home for Chinese New Year. I can remember me and my four younger brothers sitting around a table eating the dessert in quiet just enjoying every bite!
Secret talent: I’m a big cooker. I used to teach Chinese cooking and loved it! I enjoyed showing others how to make flavorful and healthy meals that I learned from my mom. The quality is in the details. For example, how you slice a vegetable determines how much the flavor will come through. Attention and care to each ingredient will impact the overall dish. Now if only I could get Shirley to learn to cook...
Favorite destination: Florence, Italy. Walking through the museums you’re surrounded by the most beautiful works of art. But the beauty is not limited to inside the museums, it’s a part of the Italian culture. Being there, you come to learn what it really means to enjoy life. I had one of the best meals of my life there. We were sitting in the middle of a vineyard and eating the most delicious pasta. I was completely living in the moment which is hard to do when we’re always go-go-go around here!
Best travel tip: I have a few since I travel a lot. 1. Always travel with a four wheeler suitcase; it’s perfect for resting your handbag on so your arms don’t get sore from dragging everything around. 2. Bring a good travel pillow. It’s the only way I can get good rest on those long flights! 3. Pack noise cancelling headphones. I’m a light sleeper so they also help me get good sleep. Plus they’re great for catching up on movies during international flights.
Style icon: Ever since I was young, I loved watching Audrey Hepburn’s movies, especially Roman Holiday. While I was in junior high school in Taiwan, we chose our American names, so I of course chose Audrey! And I would even cut my hair to match her hairstyles. To me she is an icon of elegance but she also represented a playful and youthful spirit. I liked that she showed people you can be both!