Portfolio

Jessica is available for freelance assignments; please consult the contact page.

.

Afar-logoAFAR magazine

The Late Night Secrets Ireland’s Pubs Don’t Want You to Know About        2016       Detailing the cheeky, illegal, but somewhat common tradition of the lock-in.

A Rare Peek Inside Basque Country’s Members-Only Gastronomic Societies      2016      A glimpse behind the doors of these clubs that celebrate food, community, and conversation.

How to Take an Italian Road Trip      2015      A European road trip isn’t all rainbows and blissfully open roads — but it can be, with a little planning.

What I Learned During the Honey Harvest in Portland       2015      Drizzled on fried chicken. A final flourish to a peanut butter and banana sandwich. A next-level glaze on meats. Once I got the beekeepers of Bee Local talking about their favorite uses for honey, there seemed to be no end to its potential.

A Slice of Life: Ireland’s Classic Brown Bread       2014     Fresh from the oven, sliced thick, slathered in salted Irish butter, brown bread soothes with its unfussy nourishment.

AFAR contributor page

.

nytlogoThe New York Times

Keeping the Fire of Irish Lighthouses Alive    2016     Connections to my Irish family normally provide a reason to visit obscure graveyards and quiet country towns not on most guidebook maps, but for this trip, two lighthouses in County Mayo and County Donegal would guide the way.

In Portland, A Warm Embrace of Tango     2016      One look with sustained eye contact (“cabeceo”) was a mutual agreement to dance. Within moments of arrival, dancers were locked in a cheek-to-cheek embrace, gliding to the music.

During Miami’s Low Season, Discounts at Hotels and Spas      2016    The words “Miami” and “value” aren’t commonly found in the same sentence, but for a chunk of the year, from summer through fall, a surprising number of deals and discounts can be found.

In George V Show, Benson Meets the Beatles    2014    “I got the call late at night in London,” Mr. Benson said during an interview in New York. “They wanted me to go to Paris in the morning with the Beatles.”

A Dublin Neighborhood Pushes Its Boundaries     2013     The cobbled quarter of Temple Bar has long maintained its tourist-destination status with overpriced pints of Guinness and a reputation for wild bachelor parties. While these traits endure, entrepreneurs have begun to reclaim the historic streets flanking the south side of the River Liffey.

.

Bon Appetit

When to Order the Chicken?     2016      The perfect chicken dish requires time, attention, and care. Could it be that chicken is the true test of a restaurant’s caliber, a symbol of the pride of a kitchen?

What Does Dave Matthews Eat for Breakfast?      2014      In this My Morning Routine column Dave Matthews details how he kickstarts his day.

ba_logo

Feast of the Seven Fishes Advice    2013    For those of us that began the heart of the Christmas season scrubbing mussels or stuffing clams while still in our pajamas, it is a beloved tradition, garlic-scented fingers and all.

Know Your Butcher    2013     You may already request pork chops cut 2 inches thick or prefer your lamb rib roast Frenched—but that isn’t all the mighty butcher can do with his (or, ever more frequently, her) cleaver.

How to Take Your Oyster Slurping to the Next Level     2013  Many of us share a love for oysters, washing the briny bivalves down with a glass of champagne or pint of stout. But how many of us sink our teeth into the oyster meat, chewing to release the flavor? Do we even know what we like when it comes to oysters?   

.

ft-logoFinancial Times

Spirited Away: Mezcal at the Source      2016      Cocktails were my introduction to mezcal, and it only took a handful of mezcal negronis and mezcal old-fashioneds before I booked a ticket to Oaxaca. I wanted to see how mezcal is made, to smell the smoke, to taste this spirit hot off the still.

.

wsj-logoWall Street Journal Magazine

Pairings That Pop      2014       Creative champagne pairings from fried chicken to onion rings to ice cream sundaes.

.extracrispylogo

Extra Crispy

An Introduction to the Early House: Where to find pints in Dublin at 7am        2017

.

Worth magazine

worth-logoAtlanta as a National Culinary Destination        2016

.

world-hum-logo-4World Hum

Hands Like Shovels     2013     In the far western reaches of Ireland, an exploration on how another country mourns their dead.

Catching the Gist    2012    How to communicate when you don’t speak the language? In Italy, fumbling towards an answer.

.

vice-logoVice

These Brothers Are Trying to Revolutionize Irish Whiskey        2016

.

b inspired (Brussels Airlines in flight magazine)

What Does It Take to Make a Sweet Go Viral?       2016       A profile of Sugarfina co-founder Rosie O’Neill, who created a luxury candy store for grown-ups.

.

tasting-table-logoTasting Table

Stock Tips   2014     An Investigation into Veal Stock

The New Age of Bolognese    2014    The classic Italian meat sauce gets a cheffy revamp.

.

blackboard-eats-logoBlackboard Eats

Highlands

.

Conrad magazine

The Look of the Irish    2016

.

bbc-travel-logoBBC Travel

Dublin’s Chilly Tradition      2012

.

 

toronto-star-logoToronto Star

Long Live the Greeks      2012     How do the Greeks live such long, healthy lives? What are the secrets to weight control and living to a ripe old age? While I was interested to see all the work that goes into a single bottle of olive oil, my real curiosity was about the Greeks themselves.

Getting My Hands Dirty in Deutschland    2011    I kept following the scent, hoping it would grow stronger. Towards the village, it began to intensify, saturating my nostrils. I couldn’t identify the unfamiliar scent, but its luster drew me straight to an open door.

.

chron-logoSan Francisco Chronicle

Danish Word Hyggeligt Defies Translation     2013     “The fish have to swim,” I’m instructed as a glass of schnapps is placed in my hand. It’s lunchtime in Copenhagen, and apparently the fish atop rye bread I just gobbled down need to “swim”. So I must drink.

 Ireland Surprise: Skinny Dipping in the Ocean     2012     Of all the tall tales told that rainy afternoon, the story of the swimming holes lingered. Who would be crazy enough to get into the water? And in Ireland — a heavily Catholic country known for modesty — who exactly is stripping down for a dip in full view of the public?

.

f&w-logoFood & Wine

Best Chili in the US      2013       Chili has so many regional iterations, and each version comes with its own cult following. Is it best with beef or chicken? Green chiles or red? Vegetarian or bean-free Texas-style?

.

New York magazine

Taste Cartagena’s New Culinary Wave    2013    link

Go Artisanal in Bristol, Rhode Island    2013      link

Slurp Oysters on Virginia’s Eastern Shore    2013     link

See the Contemporary Side of Dublin     2011     link

.

Departures2012-logoDepartures

How to Do the Galapagos Now      2016

Ben Jacobsen’s Guide to Portland, Oregon   2016

Where the Chefs Love to Eat  2014

New York Cocktail Bars    2013

Stellar Hotel Wine Programs     2013

.

cnn-travel-logoCNN Travel

Decadent Hotel Breakfasts    2013

.

Postcards Magazine

Cruising in Alaska   2014    PDF

Europe is Calling: What to Do in 2015    2014     PDF

On Dry Land   2014      PDF

Rock the Kasbah   2013      PDF

On the Adriatic Waterfront   2013   PDF

City Stay: Oslo    2013   PDF

Three for All: Ireland, Scotland, and Wales    2012       PDF

Island Hopping in Hawaii   2012     PDF

Amalfi Coast: the Ultimate Roadside Attraction   2011    PDF

City Spotlight: Dublin   2011    PDF

.

Fodors.com

5 Reasons to Go to Cartagena Now   2013

Daniel Boulud Talks Travel, Toronto, and Why NYC is Home  2013

Virginia is for Oysters: Kayaking, Wine, and Oysters on the Eastern Shore    2012

Food Lover’s Tour of Sicily    2012

Traveling to Greece in Harvest Season    2012

Splurge vs. Save Dublin     2012

.

EIGHTY

Letting Life Unfold    2015

.

Clean Plates Restaurant Reviews

2012 Manhattan and 2012 Brooklyn Guides

The Meatball Shop   PDF

Burger Guru   PDF

Applewood   PDF

Convivium Osteria   PDF

Simple Cafe    PDF