About

Obsidian Notes is a space for culinary, travel and social commentary.  The name ‘Obsidian’ is based on the volcanic rock that contains healing properties and symbolizes transformation.  As it is the intention of this site to open minds and to provoke deeper thought, it seemed like a good fit.

The first by-product of Obsidian Notes and related Essays is the Obsidian System, an holistic restaurant rating guideline for modern eaters and industry professionals.

Author Serena Weaver is a proponent of sustainable business and a conscious lifestyle.  She has over ten years of experience in business development for firms ranging from non-profits to start-ups to large corporations.  Her first venture, Sang and Serena Company, was featured in The Wall Street Journal in 2012 for its Indian furnishings with a social entrepreneurship touch.  Serena holds a Master of Business Administration from SDA Bocconi in Milan and a Bachelor in Urban and Environmental Planning, with a specialization in sustainable food systems, from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  She uses Amsterdam as a utopian base from which to travel and explore ideas involving the self and society.