Born and bred in Los Angeles, Monique attended Loyola Marymount University and received a degree in film production. For the past 6 years, Monique has pursued her film career, working on several Speed Network shows and on CSI:Vegas. However, Monique’s true passion lay in Mixology. Currently one of the top vodka experts in L.A., Monique got her start 5 years ago in the world famous 28-degree vodka tasting freezer, the “Vodbox” at Nic’s, Beverly Hills. Under the guidance of owner, chef and vodka enthusiast Larry Nicola, Monique has continually impressed distillers and customers alike. She has appeared on several newscasts and TV shows, showcasing her vodka knowledge and hosting skills. Monique has recently joined The Divine Addiction team, and is excited to showcase her love for spirits and their continual influence on the culinary community.
Monique’s addictions: Hats, my two rescue pups, wedding shows as much as crime shows, Arbonne skin care, walking outside, snowboarding, Elvis, Jazz, The Lakers, Conan the Destroyer, Edward Norton, Vegan cookies, taking pictures (LOTS), fashion, pickles, traveling, film editing, daydreaming, almonds, cereal, Los Angeles, sunglasses as a mask from the world, word scramble, vodka tasting and dancing around my room.