Thanks for coming to our new food blog, Half+Half! We decided to start this blog for a few reasons—first: we have a shared love of food (duh), and second: we want to create a platform for underrepresented people to share their food stories too. Communities of color and other minority groups are often overlooked or unnecessarily homogenized in food media and we want to help change that (like, “Oriental-Style Dressing” anyone?). We’re also going to have the standard fare of food and culture blogs: recipe posts, restaurant recaps, travel posts, upcoming events in town, and useful links you may be interested in. The two of us met in late 2015 and started this blog on January 1, 2017.
Half+Half co-founder Justin grew up around Portland, Oregon and has lived in Seattle since 2014. He started being more and more interested in food once he started delving into his Japanese heritage and the meals his family would make on holidays. Pursuing an Ethnic Studies degree from Oregon State University only pushed him further into trying to know as much as he could about identity and the food that connects us to it.
Justin is currently a freelancer, doing photography, marketing, video, and social media for companies around Seattle. He’s previously worked as an admissions and diversity officer for a code bootcamp – helping to get more minorities and disadvantaged peoples into tech. In his spare time he likes to cook (obviously), play volleyball, feverishly grow his mustache, and wear suits. Go Beavs!
Photography Portfolio: Justin Taylor Images
Miko was born and raised in the Seattle area. She grew up watching her mother and grandmother cooking Filipino favorites for every family occasion and was hella jealous so she pushed to learn how to cook as well. She’s seen the changes in the food landscape in her hometown and wants to shine a light on a more diverse range of Seattle restaurants and chefs, thus co-founding Half+Half.
Miko’s job as a photographer for an XBOX game takes her around the world, which is where most of the random travel posts come from. She’s also worked for over a decade in the web design realm as a visual and UX designer, and was a concierge at a luxury hotel in downtown Seattle for a few years – basically getting paid to tell people where to eat (it was great). In her spare time she can also be found watching the Seattle Mariners (sadly), cooking, and hanging out with her bearded cat.
Design Portfolio: be.net/mikorussell
Photography Blog: mikorussell.com