Hey All - So it may look like I've fallen off the globe but in fact I've been trotting on a fair bit of it. New work for Saveur and Feast plus work on that Turkey cookbook with a side trip to Georgia for an upcoming story. But, after freelancing for six years now I can say that it's still a thrill to see my work in print.
In the fall of 2012 I had the great pleasure to travel to Italy with Saveur Senior editor Betsy Andrews where we sampled the finest in Umbria food, wine and hospitality. The article appears in the November, 2014 issue in print here and abbreviated on line here. It is always great to work with Saveur. You can see additional work from me in the India issue as well as images from Italy (above),Chengdu and Turkey for the A Day in Cooking issue.
(above : Scenes from Umbria)
February, 2014 saw me traveling to Mexico City and Oaxaca for the October, 2014 issue of Feast. It is great to work for Feast. They give me so much flexiblity to craft the story and the Mexico piece was no exception. This was my second visit to Mexico City confirming that I might just need to spend more time there. Wonderful place.
(above : Tamale stand at sunrise in Mexico City).
In August I traveled to Hong Kong for the November, 2014 issue of Feast where I got to meet the legendary Mrs. So of Sing Wa X.O. Sauce fame and basically eat my way across the island in the name of work (hey, somebody's got to do it). The article, written by Janice Leung Hayes
This was my first trip back to Hong Kong in number of years. The article, written by Janice Leung Hayes takes place largely in the Western District which is famous for its' dried seafood shops. When I lived in Hong Kong in the mid 1990's Western was the end of the line, like a back water town next to the thriving Central District metropolis. That, of course, has all changed now as the expansion of the MRT has made Western the hip place to live. Still it was nice to find pockets of the city that remind of the HK back in the day.
Above : One of the great pleasures of the trip were my multiple visits to Lin Heung Kui for dim sum. I could not believe how warm and welcoming people were there (these are words I thought I would never utter in regards to Hong Kong). Great dim sum in a setting that is like a throw back to the 1960's. Thanks Janice for that tip!
While working on our Turkey cookbook, I have been following a side obsession with eastern Turkey's wood fired ovens. Swing over to Zester Daily for a slide show to see what's happening in all things gluten.
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