recent-headshot-black-and-whiteWelcome to my Internet pied-a-terre.

I am freelance writer, author, traveler, Francophile, and champagne lover with a peripatetic soul.

I write about travel, lifestyle, adventure, food and drink, and my articles have appeared in print and online media including National Geographic Traveler, Virtuoso Life, Every Day With Rachael Ray,, American Way, Delta Sky, Virginia Living,,, and many more. Several of my personal essays have won awards and graced the pages of respected anthologies such as The Best Women’s Travel Writing and The Best Travel Writing. In my spare time I authored a guidebook for Michelin about Brussels, Belgium, where I lived for six years, and wrote Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, a culinary travel book about the people and food of Dordogne region of France. I couldn’t be more proud to say this book was the 2012 recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Book of the Year, given by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation. Would you like a copy? I’ll send you one. Really.

Coming Fall 2017: Unique Eats & Eateries: San Francisco (Reedy Press). Follow @uniqueeatssf on Instagram for a little bite.

Now enough about me…how about a little more about me?

I love meeting new people and can talk to anyone, and often do. I love to be outdoors—walking, hiking, sailing, sipping, eating, exploring. I am a perpetual student of the French language, and find the best teacher is travel to France as often as possible. I am a caffeine addict, a travel addict, and am possibly a champagne addict, too. I never tire of traveling to France, looking at sunsets, the Eiffel Tower, fireflies or the Golden Gate Bridge. I prefer actual books and magazines over the electronic versions. I am a twin. I love the sun, but my red-hair and freckles do not so I wear loads of sunscreen. I wear big sunglasses, even when it’s cloudy, and love dresses. I have been trying to recreate my grandma’s chocolate chip cookies for years. Still no luck. I am a mom, a wife, an aunt, a niece, a sister, a daughter, a granddaughter, and a friend to many.  Like writing, I give it my all in those roles, too.

Have more questions? Ask me anything via my contact page.

Bon Voyage!