New from AFAR

Some cultural traditions take place behind closed doors. I recently wrote about two of these traditions, in Ireland and the Basque Country, for AFAR.com The Late Night Secret Ireland’s Pubs Don’t Want You to Know About:  To the outside world, the shuttered pub looks closed for the evening, but inside conversation is still flowing, pints are still being poured. It all feels a bit lawless. A Rare Peek Inside Basque Country’s Members-Only Gastronomic Societies:  I was on a mission to experience another great Basque culinary tradition in this corner of northern Spain: the gastronomic society. I was told they are almost…

A Few Favorites from 2015

In 2015 I traveled to Italy (twice), the Basque Country in northern Spain, Portland, Oregon, Ireland, Miami, the Caribbean, and more. Here are a few of my favorite stories from a fun year. How to Take an Italian Road Trip from AFAR What I Learned During the Honey Harvest in Portland  from AFAR Cucina Tipica Romana from Travel Bites Deep Noi Vastesi from Travel Bites Deep Where the Chefs Love to Eat from Departures

Brown Bread, the Beatles, and the Best Literary Haunts in Dublin

I’m sharing some recent work while sitting on my fire escape on a sunny summer morning. Recently I’ve written about some of my favorite things — Irish brown bread, photography,  and literary haunts in Dublin — for AFAR magazine, the New York Times, and Fodors.com. Hot Out of the Irish Oven — AFAR magazine Aug/Sept 2014 — Fresh from the oven, thickly sliced, slathered in salted Irish butter, brown bread soothes you with its unfussy nourishment. In George V Show, Benson Meets the Beatles — New York Times — Fifty years after the photojournalist Harry Benson captured the band in the middle…