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

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

Farm visit with a baby — and snow

I’ve emerged from a steady stream of conferences mixed with (beloved) visits from two sets of Cora’s grandparents and a flurry of last-minute deadlines. Hello January; goodbye January. I once naively thought that January meant I could take things at a slower pace, you know, like the farmers (turns out, it’s a pipe dream for … Continue reading

Must-attend food conferences and a very merry December

It’s beginning to look a lot like… the busiest month of the year. And, suddenly, Christmas is a week away! Maybe it was the late Thanksgiving that allowed this holiday to sneak up on me especially fast (Or the precious three-month-old I have at home. Yeah, let’s blame her.) I hope your Thanksgiving was fabulous … Continue reading

Too many vegetables, too little time

You know, working from home as a food, etc. journalist can be a conflict of interest. In theory, I have the flexibility to take my time mid-morning at the Wednesday farmers market, perusing, chatting, “researching,” if you will. I have conducted interviews for stories while getting my groceries, but I’ve also gotten carried away and … Continue reading