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Essays

A selection of essays I've written that try to tell a deeper story.

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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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Finding meaning and magic in the Westfjords of Iceland

At a small tavern in the remote Westfjords of Iceland, I knew I was in my happy place.

iceland itinerary, diamond beach