Allanah Dykes is a contributing writer for Leaf Group and a freelance writer with work featured in Elite Daily, NPR, Feet in Two Worlds, Levo League, Popsugar, Complex,, The Kitchn, HelloGiggles, Revelist, and Food52. If you asked Allanah what her Patronus was, she would say Samantha in Sixteen Candles, but truly she was raised on Biggie and Bach, New York Italian ices and slices.