A fifth-generation Northwest native, Leslie is a seasoned, award-winning freelance writer as well as an editor and author, with roots in public relations. She is an expert on the Northwest (including British Columbia), and travel regularly throughout the region to discover the fascinating people and places that add to the cachet of this remarkable place. She's always on the search for the best local cuisine, and is a fervent baker. She also loves running, hiking and kayaking, but I'm passionate about dance (salsa, swing, waltz, tango and everything in between). Contemporary design and architecture speaks to her, as do environmental issues.