Larissa had a life long love of reading and writing. Her father taught her to read and write before the age of 4 and since then has never stopped. She would stay up late reading and writing in the dark way past bedtime. Her childhood is vividly recalled by fond memories and detailed journals kept throughout most of her life. She is an insomniac who stays up researching and writing about her interests which include humanitarian issues, psychology and up-to-date news. She truly appreciates quality food, especially Italian cuisine. She is always cooking and attempting to duplicate recipes from area restaurants and cooking shows. She frequently visits and reviews dining options in and out-of-state.