Who IS the red headed traveler?
The short story:
Early 30-something (this I still can’t believe). Natural redhead (I would hope with a blog name such as mine). Philadelphia native. Spanish speaker. Chai latte lover. Bibliophile. Chef extraordinaire (wanna be). And finally-travel addict (I live and breathe it).
The long story:
By the time I became a teenager I was obsessed with travel and getting my first passport stamp. Flash forward a few years and when I turned 16 I embarked on my first ever international trip…alone. I traveled to Queretaro, Mexico by way of Mexico City where I spent three weeks living as an exchange student with a Mexican host family. Their incredible kindness is something I’ve never forgotten.
In college I had the chance to study abroad not once but twice (I was a Spanish major in case you couldn’t guess). I spent a semester in Costa Rica during my sophomore year and a semester in Spain during my junior year. I did everything from wading in mangroves to freezing my arse off at the top of a Costa Rican volcano to learning to dance the sevillana, gorging myself on my Spanish host mom’s croquetas (croquettes) and even mastering the Spanish language, including the often indecipherable Andalusian accent. Oh and yeah, there was that time I spent a month studying abroad in Seoul, South Korea where my Spanish came in handy…never. In short, studying abroad three times on three different continents was the most pivotal experience of my life.
After becoming an adult (i.e. graduating from college) I returned to central Mexico where I worked as a volunteer for four months at an orphanage. Biggest epiphany of my life? I never would have made it in the Peace Corps (frequent power outages and scorpion visitors will do that).
Since then? Well, I’ve been working for the man (i.e. the 9-5 one) because in short, I was never a backpacker and never will be (i.e. I don’t want to scrimp while traveling).
So where do adventures in cooking & food fit into all of this?
Well, after coming to the realization that my blog would quickly lose steam and momentum since I wasn’t able to travel all the time, I knew that I would need to find other topics to blog about and cooking and food seemed like a natural fit since they’re both so inextricably tied to travel.
As a kid I loved to bake (I had a cookbook called the ABCs of Baking). Now that I’m older I still love to bake but cooking has become more of my passion. I enjoy making foods from different countries. What’s the next best thing to eating a croque monsieur in Paris? Making your own.
These days whether at home or on the road, food plays a major part. I love photographing food almost as much as I enjoy eating it and visits to places like the Atwater Market in Montreal and Pasteis de Belem in Portugal only confirm this. And when I dine out at restaurants in my home base of Pittsburgh, well my camera almost always accompanies me, along with blog posts that are later created.
I also wrote a book (Full Circle) which is no small feat considering I have a job, this blog and a life. Check it out for yourself why don’t you?
So that’s me.