A Seafood Lover’s Road Trip in the Pacific Northwest

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and it is one of my favorite places to visit. The food is incredible and the area is stunning with its rivers, mountains and endless green trees. When I go, I visit my favorite haunts, see friends and family and manage to get in a bike ride or a hike. On a recent trip, I did things a little differently and approached my visit more like a tourist than a local. Continue reading “A Seafood Lover’s Road Trip in the Pacific Northwest”

Where to Eat in Italy

The entrance to the restaurant at Il Falconiere.

People often ask me where to eat in Italy. This isn’t as easy of a question to answer as you might think. While Italy is one of the world’s great culinary destinations, I’ve had a lot of disappointing and frankly forgettable meals there. Italian Michelin star restaurants, in particular, have left me wanting. It’s possible to stumble upon an incredible meal, but more often than not you find yourself famished so you stop at a little trattoria. The proscuitto and melon is good and the setting, like sitting at a cafe on the Piazza del Campo in Sienna, makes the food taste better than it actually is. Continue reading “Where to Eat in Italy”

The Best Solo Dining Spots Around the World

The tasting bar at Juliet offers great views of the open kitchen.
The tasting bar at Juliet offers great views of the open kitchen.

Being a travel writer means I travel alone quite frequently. My husband accompanies me when he can but unfortunately he has to work sometimes…so this means I’ve done solo road trips in Southern Spain, Portugal and France and found myself alone in bustling cities like London, Paris and Madrid. Unwilling to compromise when it comes to eating great food, I make a lot of dinner reservations for one. It’s really not as bad as you might think. I find dining alone to be quite liberating. Continue reading “The Best Solo Dining Spots Around the World”

5 Things to Know About San Diego’s New Liberty Public Market

Liberty Public Market is located in Point Loma.
Liberty Public Market is located in Point Loma.
I believe public markets should be a permanent fixture in every city in the US so I was incredibly excited when I heard San Diego would be getting its own public market concept. Liberty Public Market opened in March in Point Loma’s Liberty Station, a Naval Training Center turned mixed-use development with restaurants, art galleries, and green space. The project was spearheaded by David Spatafore of Blue Bridge Hospitality, a group that operates a number of successful restaurants on Coronado. Continue reading “5 Things to Know About San Diego’s New Liberty Public Market”

The Ultimate San Sebastián Tapas Crawl

San Telmo Tapas Bar

If you love trying different things, tapas is the most fun meal on earth and there’s no better place to indulge than San Sebastián, Spain. The pintxos bars in this Basque coastal city are the best in the world and there are so many good ones close together in Old Town, you can easily make an entire day, or night of it. While many serve similar things almost each one has a specialty, standout dish. Here are the best bars and what to order at each one. Remember, don’t go too big at any one spot. This is a marathon not a sprint. Continue reading “The Ultimate San Sebastián Tapas Crawl”

My 10 Favorite Restaurants Around the World

Family style dining at Officinal della Bistecca.
Family style dining at Officinal della Bistecca.

I love to travel for a variety of reasons, but if I had to pick one it would definitely be for the food. I love scouring the globe for life-changing or simply incredibly fun meals. For me dining out is the ultimate form of entertainment. Here are ten of my favorites in no particular order. Continue reading “My 10 Favorite Restaurants Around the World”

The 16 Best Things I Ate This Year

Jamon Iberico, the best jam in the world.
Jamon Iberico, the best ham in the world.

It’s true my husband Justin and I travel largely for the food. We make it our absolute mission to reserve tables at the restaurants we’ve read about and to seek out incredible, authentic meals in all the destinations we visit. As a result, we ate quite well in 2015. I always say the best meals are the ones that stick with you. Here are the restaurants and dishes I can’t stop thinking about. Continue reading “The 16 Best Things I Ate This Year”

Coffee Alfresco in Paris

Honor Coffee Bar is located next to Comme des Garcons.
Honor Coffee Bar is located next to Comme des Garcons.

Tucked in a courtyard off fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré lies a welcome addition to Paris’s thriving coffee scene. Honor is an outdoor coffee bar owned by Angelle Boucher and Daniel Warburton. The couple, she’s English, he’s Australian, are serious about coffee and both have years of experience in the specialty coffee industry. Boucher was a barista at the Espresso Room in London and Warburton worked at Climpson & Sons Roastery. Continue reading “Coffee Alfresco in Paris”

La Grenouillère

La Grenouillère lies in a valley below the hilltop town of Montreuil-sur-Mer.
La Grenouillère lies in a valley below the hilltop town of Montreuil-sur-Mer.

In a quite corner of Northern France lies a magical place called La Grenouillère. Located in a rambling white farmhouse, the small inn features uneven black and white floors and a storybook-like lounge decorated with a frog mural from the 1920’s (the name of the inn means the froggery), worn-in vintage rugs and a 100-year old fireplace. Continue reading “La Grenouillère”

Best Poulet Rôti in Paris

Blue-footed chickens stuffed with herbs at Marché Raspail.
Blue-footed chickens stuffed with herbs at Marché Raspail.

From crêpes to croissants, there are no shortage of treats to crave in Paris, but one of the most truly addictive dishes is the poulet rôti, or roast chicken, that churns on rotisseries outside most butchers and in Paris’ outdoor markets. I’ve tried my fare share of these birds and wrote about the best ones for HIP Paris. You can read my story here.