Welcome to my Internet pied-a-terre.
I am freelance journalist, 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, Private Clubs, Rob Report, American Express Essentiels, Southwest: The Magazine, American Way, Delta Sky, offassignment.com, travelandleisure.com 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.
I am the author of a guidebook for Michelin about Brussels, Belgium, where I lived for six years, and I wrote Walnut Wine & Truffle Groves, a culinary travel book about the people and food of Dordogne region of France. 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.
My latest guidebooks are about my home, the great city of San Francisco.
Unique Eats & Eateries: San Francisco and 100 Things To Do In San Francisco Before You Die were both published by Reedy Press. Check them out here
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, or the Golden Gate Bridge. I prefer actual books and magazines to their electronic versions. I am a twin. I love the sun, but my red-hair and freckles do not. Sunscreen is my best-friend. 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 to those roles, too.
Have more questions? Ask me anything via my contact page.