Vanessa Lorenzo grew up in the Philippines, has lived in the United States since 2003, and is currently based in Virginia. On her website, AmusingMaria.com, she develops and features recipes, helping people with easy-to-cook dishes. She also writes about Filipino food and culture, and life as an immigrant with a focus on staying connected to her roots and sharing her Filipino heritage with the world. A case of wanderlust keeps her traveling to various locations locally and internationally. Her favorite response to every place she visits is “I could live here.” Vanessa is also an occupational therapist who enjoys working with the elderly and helping them achieve their goals.