I travel far and often—with my husband, on my own and with friends. For me, inspiration can come from anywhere, from travels or a good meal, and from distant lands or my neighborhood. I began this travel blog with a meal around a table with my Swiss neighbors.
Since then, travel experiences around the world have enriched my home, my table, and life with my husband, photographer Tom Fakler. I’m a museum junkie who lives my passion for active travel and cultural immersion. I’m always on the hunt for my next great meal!
I am an internationally published travel writer, and a contributor to numerous compilations of writing about food and wine, and to other blogs and websites. Food adds such a cultural dimension to travel, that it makes its way into just about every story I write.
Contributions to anthologies
“In search of Cambodia’s ‘lost continent’ of flavors“ in The Pilgrimage Chronicles: Embrace the Quest, Sacred World Explorations, with Tor and Siffy Torkildson, November 2017
“Three cooks, one Moroccan home kitchen, result: delicious” in Foreign Flavours, a Writers Abroad anthology of fiction, fact and recipes, October 2011
“Couscous and Camaraderie” in A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Encounters Around the World, Lonely Planet anthology of food and travel, 2010
Contributor to Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us, a BlogHer Anthology connecting culture, memory, and discovery. My story chronicles a day of cooking in a Moroccan home kitchen.
“Mlaoui, my Moroccan breakfast tradition”, honorable mention, 2009 Solas Awards, Travelers Tales
Contributor to Getting On Travel, a fresh take on luxury for travelers over 50
A regular contributor to FWT Magazine, the journal of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writer’s Association (IFWTWA):
“9 Camera-ready Vistas for Wining and Dining in Porto, Portugal,” FWT, 14 May 2018
“Port Wine at Graham’s 1890 Lodge: A Premium Tipple” FWT, Issue 9, Fall 1017
”Sailing with James Beard: Spanish Cuisine on the High Seas” FWT, Issue 6, Winter 2016/17
“The Complex, Versatile Wines of Ticino, Switzerland” FWT, Issue 3, Spring 2016
“Time Travel in Switzerland’s Müstair Valley” FWT, Issue Two, Winter 2015
“Cuisine Wat Damnak: Siem Reap, Cambodia” Bon Appétit column in FWT, Issue One, Fall 2015
“Almost India”, feature for Airplane Reading.org, August 2012
Writer & photographer contributor to “Petra & Wadi Rum: the best of Jordan”, Wanderlust magazine (UK), March 2012
Articles for Writers’ Forum (UK), Hello Switzerland, Travel Post Monthly and Wanderlust.uk.com
Speaking & other travel writing
Speaker, Digital Wine Communications Conference 2015, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, October 2015: “Delipair–Future of food & wine matching: A foodie looks at wine pairing”, and 1.º Congresso Nacional de Turismo de Culinária (Portugal’s first National Congress on Culinary Tourism), Figueira da Foz, Portugal, October 2014: “Discovering Place, With People, Through Food”
Guest blogger for Traveling with Sweeney: “All Aboard the Swiss Chocolate Train!“, Boomer Women Travelers: At Home with Turkish Flavours; Five Foodie Reasons to Visit Modena, Italy; Color, Culture and Soft Adventure on a Luxury Train in India, and Uzbek Journeys: 5 Reasons to Visit Kyrgyzstan.
Contributing author, multiple articles for the long-running Emilia Romagna Blogville project