Manager Millie Boonkokua
Millie was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Burbank. One of her proudest professional accomplishments is the day she realized and took ownership of the fact that she really truly enjoyed being in the hospitality and service industry. It was initially a bit of a struggle as It was not a career that her immigrant family fully accepted from the start. Ironically though, it’s her Mom who she admires most in her field; “She is such a boss business lady! When I was still in grade school, she opened up a Thai sports bar called Coco Bango. She was a bartender and an owner.” Millie can't imagine herself doing anything work related outside the hospitality industry, she truly loves taking care of people.
Professional passions for Millie include, self development and self improvement. There is so much in this world that Millie doesn't know and still wants to know. She reminds herself constantly to keep an open mind to fresh ideas and perspectives. She is hungry for new information and eager to never stop learning. An important motto Millie lives by, always assume positive intent.
Some personal passions and hobbies for Millie are; food, food and more food, she loves food. Especially spicy, salty, sour Thai food. She enjoys recreating her favorite dishes that her own Mom makes, even though she knows they will never be as good. She is surprisingly good at eating spicy food and jumps at the opportunity to challenge her taste buds as often as possible. A few of Millie's favorite snack items include but are not limited to; her mom's nam prik kapi (shrimp paste dip) with cucumbers, stone fruits and citrus, or anything cheesy. For an entire meal she loves a whole fried fish with spicy seafood sauce. And for her beverages of choice, sparkling water, chrysanthemum tea, and Almanac's sour beers.
If Millie didn’t choose to make her home in San Francisco she'd most definitely reside in Thailand. She would love to have the opportunity to learn more about her own culture first hand. And everyone knows Thai street food is to die for. That said, her absolute favorite travel goal is Japan. She would love to try all the incredible food, visit onsens, zen gardens, temples, Mt. Fuji, and attend a sumo event.
Some of Millie's favorite things, hobbies and non-work related activities are taking care of her plants. She takes much joy in seeing them thrive and unfold new leaves. Millie consistently works out, loves trying new food, reading, listening to podcasts, and yoga are all activities which keep her busy on her days off. Overall though, her favorite way to pass time is quality rest and relaxation while catching up with her loved ones.
Millie is an incredible person and a huge asset to her restaurant and hospitality family. Three traits that easily capture her; optimistic, eager, and resilient. These important parts of her personality are strong and shine bright within the restaurant daily.
Some changes Millie would love to see in our world and our industry, more mental health options offered, specifically to the underserved communities. It’s extremely important to her as a society we work towards introducing more resources and awareness for our AAPI community.