My (10) Christmas Present(s) To You

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It feels like we’ve had an extra week between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, though the calendar tells me it’s only a few days. That’s great for tackling the to-do list, but it makes me feel like a little kid painstakingly checking off the days until it’s here. Not to mention the walk to the … Continue reading

Playing Editor for Edible DC’s Summer Issue

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Freelancing and part-timing is great, great, great. But I’m always jumping from one project to the next, barely remembering to share the last story I wrote as I wade knee-deep into another. That’s why sinking into one bigger project for a few weeks sounded so appealing. Getting to help create a magazine devoted to all the local food topics I … Continue reading

Tasting the ‘world’s best water’ — and still being OK with tap

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This blog post originally appeared at BayJournal.com, where I’m on staff, and is appearing here with permission. Twenty-one. That was the number of bottled waters — set as sips before us in glass stemware — we judges were tasked with parsing in just one round of the recent 26th annual International Water Tasting competition in Berkeley … Continue reading

Let’s Hit the Highlights: 2015

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It’s that time of year when sentimentality reigns. It’s OK to get all weepy at a Christmas movie or the thought of being “home” in a few days — or with thanks that I’ve made it through another year as a journalist. Yes, that last one is a real thing. It was with great endurance that … Continue reading

Can I fall back now? And farmer stories you don’t want to miss!

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Just in case it snows this winter, Washington is on a dead sprint to get all its events and restaurant openings and panel discussions out of the way Right. Now. Food Day and James Beard Foundation and Stone Barns all planned their big educational events for the this month, and a million others have been … Continue reading

Europe: five cities, five days (and the food)

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I’m back from a whirlwind walking tour of Paris, the Chablis region of France, a factory in Germany, Turin in Italy and the World Expo in Milan. Let’s hit the highlights… Though I minored in French in college, this was my first time stepping foot outside the Paris airport and onto Parisienne soil. So, despite getting … Continue reading