About Me

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Born and raised on O‘ahu, Catherine E. Toth has been chronicling her adventures in her blog, The Cat Dish (www.thecatdish.com), for nearly a decade. She worked as a newspaper reporter in Hawai‘i for 10 years and continues to freelance — in between teaching journalism, hitting the surf and eating everything in sight — for national and local print and online publications.

IMG_1839Her assignments and travel blogs have taken her around the world — lounging in an outdoor onsen in Fukushima, Japan during a snowfall; cuddling koalas in Brisbane, Australia; sampling macarons in Paris; planting native trees in Hakalau on the Big Island; hiking a volcano in Costa Rica; eating stroopwafel at a street market in Amsterdam; surfing at Cloud Break in Tavarua, Fiji; eating coagulated pig blood at a night market in Taipei City; snorkeling in the pristine waters off the private island of Ni‘ihau.

You can find her work in such publications as Alaska Airlines Magazine, AAA Journeys, Forbes Travel Guide, Fodor’s Travel Guide, Modern Luxury Hawai‘i, HAWAI‘I Magazine, HONOLULU, and Hawai‘i Business.

She earned her master’s degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1999, focusing on magazine writing and publishing. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, graduating with distinction in 1996.

Catherine currently lives Honolulu with her farmer husband and their three dogs — Sunny, Indy and Opae, affectionately known as the #ratterpack — and an extensive collection of surfboards.