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IFBC travel writing session

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IFBC travel writing session

The reason this blog exists is thanks to a travel blog I started back in 2011. We were on our honeymoon in Europe, a 3 week road trip, and our family and friends wanted to know where we were and what we were up to. I decided to chronicle the trip through a blog, and it didn't feel like a chore at the time to write each day. Some people came for the stories about bird poop, street festivals, and getting lost on European highways; other came for the photos of picturesque towns, centuries-old ruins, and, of course, food. This was back in the day when I loved to eat and rarely cooked...and if I did cook, it was mediocre at best and inedible at worst.

Once we returned from Europe, I missed writing. Actually what I said was "great, honeymoon's over, now what?". The highlight of the trip for me was the simple fresh food in every place. I had never experienced tomatoes that crisp and sweet or cheese so fresh and flavorful. I decided to start cooking completely on the whim, and that's how this blog was born. You can see my first kitchening around post here.

Fast forward 5 years, and I attended the travel writing session with Amy Sherman of Cooking with Amy and Jessica Van Dop deJesus of The Dining Traveler at IFBC. They discussed how they got into travel writing, where to look for such opportunities, tips for making the most out of an assignment, and how to set and fulfill client expectations. They gave examples of their writing and stressed that while it is fun to travel and write about their food and other experiences, it is important to treat such work trips as exactly that - work. I can imagine the discipline it takes to stay focused on specific client deliverables while sitting on a beach in Hawaii or wandering through the a maze of streets in Venice. Still, it's cool that there is a demand for this sort of work - where you can travel to a new place, immerse yourself in the food and culture, and then write a story about it. 

Here are some pics from my travels over the years. I haven't travel blogged in some time, but going back and reading through my entries I wish I had kept it up...because that's the only way I'll remember the stories. 

Coliseum, Rome

Coliseum, Rome

Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai, Hawaii

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Mekong Delta, Vietnam

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fulton Market, Chicago

Fulton Market, Chicago

Ephesus, Turkey

Ephesus, Turkey

Hyderabad, India

Hyderabad, India

Austin, Texas

Austin, Texas

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver, British Columbia

Nara, Japan

Nara, Japan

New Haven, Connecticut

New Haven, Connecticut

Glasgow, Scotland

Glasgow, Scotland

Seattle, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor, Cambodia

Glenfiddich Distillery, Scotland

Glenfiddich Distillery, Scotland

Greenwood Lake, New York

Greenwood Lake, New York

My favorite place of all - anywhere I get to spend with Mowgli

My favorite place of all - anywhere I get to spend with Mowgli