Marleena can be found paging through cookbooks in local bookstores or rowing on the Charles River in her free time. Growing up around a family centered around food, she quickly developed a love for all things spicy and healthy from a young age – with an indulgent dessert thrown in there from time to time. Taking a break from a background in Ceramics, Marleena started blogging at The Flex Foodie as a creative release in the kitchen. She is currently an MLA in Gastronomy Candidate at Boston University, where she studies everything from Food Writing to deciphering those ever confusing food labels.

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