Ever since I was a kid I’ve had a deep sense of wanderlust.
I couldn’t wait to get on a plane and see the world—and taste the food of different cultures.
When I was a teenager I ventured to Japan, a mesmerizing country where I, in a bizarre twist of fate, had an appendectomy. In Japan I slurped noodles in Tokyo, dined on shabu shabu on a river in Kyoto, and sipped green tea during a traditional tea ceremony. Later I went to France, which became one of my favorite places.
Then I moved to New York City. The energy, the lights, the food, the chaos…I sincerely fell in love with it all (SO different from Boston, where I grew up) and can’t quite imagine living anywhere else on the planet. I walk around, always enchanted by this magical city and its offerings. For years I lived in Chinatown and felt like a stranger in a strange land, a feeling that gives me a rush.
I once drove from Rome to Venice, stopping in the Umbria region and in Florence in Bologna. I loved every second of it. I visited Nice, Cannes, Avignon, Marseille, Corsica, Paris and other gorgeous places in France. I met relatives in Belgium, spent time in Amsterdam, Holland, and studied with some talented writers in the Czech Republic, where I visited some fascinating sites, including Terezin and a church made out of human bones.
As a writer for The Boston Globe, The New York Daily News, Relish, Time Out New York, and other publications, I’ve tasted exotic fruits on the Amazon River in Peru, devoured fish tacos on the beach in Belize, eaten truffle dinners in Umbria, enjoyed exquisite desserts with afternoon tea in Dublin, stayed in a castle in Ireland, explored the closed-door restaurants in Buenos Aires, experienced hygge in Copenhagen, stayed in hotel fit for royalty in London, and dined at Michelin-starred restaurants in the South of France.
Wherever I go, I’m drawn to explore food. I visit markets and restaurants. I pop into bakeries and wine shops. I browse the stalls of farmers’ markets and I walk the aisles of spice stores. I love seeing what people eat around the world and what imaginative chefs create in their kitchens.
Now I want to share with YOU my love of wanderlust through my culinary adventures in and out of the kitchen in NYC and beyond.
I offer globally-inspired recipes and culinary-related travel tips, food guides, and ideas to inspire you to feel happy and adventurous!
I invite you to join me on my edible adventures—in my kitchen, out and about exploring the food scene in NYC where I live, and wherever my wanderlust leads.
Let’s Go Explore!