Alina Vongsamart was born and raised in Anchorage Alaska. Alina spent her childhood in her family’s restaurant where she learned how to walk, talk, count, cook, serve, dish wash, clean and most importantly, flirt. She fled the nest at the age of seventeen to see England and study graphic design, working in various pubs along the way. After working for the Chicago Bears, design firms and various administrative jobs, she is now comfortable with the fact that she was meant to be in her natural habitat– —a restaurant! She has now been a part of the Boot & Shoe Service family for four years. Outside of the Boot, she runs her own food stand slanging coconut shrimp on the streets of Oakland and San Francisco.