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The Daily Grog

Hey there, my name is Skylar - I'm a writer and photographer based in Seattle, WA. Welcome to my small corner of the internet.

Most of my writing and photography sits at the intersection of narrative non-fiction and documentary, with food, alcohol, and travel as the primary subjects. Occasionally I'll interview some incredible makers around the world - chefs, distillers, brewers, and winemakers - using their stories to better understand the world.

I'm also an ardent one-bag traveler, constantly refining my packing list so I can focus on the journey.

All updates about me or my projects will go through my weekly newsletter, The Daily Grog.

Featured Posts

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In San Cristóbal, Comal is about the food

One Mexican chef's lifelong journey with food.

Comal restaurant in San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico.
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In Bogotá, Prudencia makes its own rules

On a peckish, food-driven walk through the La Candelaria neighborhood in Bogotá, I came across two tall, sturdy wooden doors. The type of doors that are asking for a knock. So I did. When the doors of Prudencia opened, the staff greeted us and asked if we had a reservation.

Mario Rosero, chef and owner of Prudencia in Bogotá, Colombia
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In Chile, progress might have to come from chefs

It was the most rain the city had seen in weeks, maybe months. It was unrelenting, but so was my hunger. Braving the downpour, we make our way up and down the network of hills on which the city of Valparaíso, Chile, is built. Just about every street is lined

Bruno and Ignacia, chefs and owners at El Peral
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Re-Defining Grain to Glass in the San Juan Islands

Recently I took a trip up to the San Juan Islands, northwest of Seattle in the Salish Sea. Despite growing up in the Pacific Northwest, a journey to the islands has eluded me over the years.

Flat Hat Distillery in San Juan Island, Washington
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An Interview with Snorri Jónsson of 64° Reykjavík Distillery

A conversation with Snorri Jónsson about Iceland, drinking culture, and the environment.

Crowberry Liqueur from Reykjavik Distillery in Iceland
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On Packing Light: The Complete One-Bag Packing List

A one-bag packing list designed for indefinite travel across multiple climates and locations.

On Packing Light: The Complete One-Bag Packing List

Recent Posts

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Puerto Vallarta Redux

Some raicilla, an engorged tick, and an awkward encounter.

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The Cellar - April 2024

Writing about oysters, freelancer plight, and printing photos.

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Portrait of a Topped Tulip

A photo essay about fallen flowers.

Portrait of a Topped Tulip
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On Harvesting Oysters

An article in Eater and the best-kept culinary secret in Washington State.

Oyster harvesting in Washington State
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The Cellar - March 2024

Some prints and upcoming trips.