Writing About Grief:

On Grief and Anxiety and Why the 5 Stages Should Be ChangedSlate.com

How Long Do We GrieveMaria Shriver’s Open Field Network

Redefining the Five Stages of GriefThe Huffington Post

Recovering From Loss: Coping With Cancer at Age 14The Huffington Post

The Other Side of GriefMaria Shriver’s Open Field Network

The Hardest Job I’ve Ever HadMaria Shriver’s Open Field Network

Why You Should Vacation While Grieving, Psychology Today 


Writing About Writing:

What if We All Wrote MemoirsPowell’s Books Blog

What We Can Learn From Teen Readers: A Conversation with 16-Year-Old Book Critic Robby Auld, The Huffington Post

On Introducing My Mother to the World, BookReporter

An Unexpected Love Affair with a Virtual World of Words, BookReporter

On Writing Letters in the Mail, The Rumpus

On Landing My First (and second) AgentThe Quivering Pen Blog


Personal Essays:

Finding My Mother Again, Salon.com

The First Year, a Post-Wedding Surprise, The Huffington Post

Portrait of My Mother: The Woman Who Taught Me How to Take Revenge, The Nervous Breakdown

How Stopping to Save a Wounded Bird Might Just be the Best Thing That Happened to Your Monday
The Nervous Breakdown

A Thousand Words: Why & Why (An Adventure in Thailand)
The Nervous Breakdown

From Right to Left: How My Father Informed My Political Decisions
Chicago Public Radio

Swimming with Thresher Sharks Seems Like the Obvious Choice When You Decide to Give Yourself Up to the World
The Nervous Breakdown

Breaking Leather: Two Co-Ed Grad Students Go on a Ride-Along with the LAPD
The Nervous Breakdown


To Know or Not to Know: Genetic Testing
Mamapedia, February 2010

Jealous of My Daughter’s Nanny
Momversation, December 2009

Motherless Mothering
Mamapedia, September 2009

Breastfeeding in Public: Natural or Indecent?
The Huffington Post, September 2009

An Open Letter of Apology to My Mom Friends
Momversation, August 2009


I grew up traveling. It’s something my parents were passionate about, and having a kid didn’t put a damper on their forays into the world. They just took me with them, instilling in my a deep passion for traveling and a broad perspective of the world around me.

When I was 25 I began working for a small start-up magazine called Student Traveler, and from here I launched a minor career as a travel writer. I think if I didn’t have my hands in so many pots, and especially if I weren’t a wife and a mother, this is what I would have spent the rest of my life doing.



Here are some of my clips:

Custom Ride and Feast
Bicycling Magazine, October 1, 2008

Costa Rica: Still Some of the Greenest Travel Around
The Huffington Post, October 31, 2008

Feel-Good Travel: Giving Back Never Felt Better in Negril
Travel Age West, August 16, 2008

Going Green in Chicago
Road & Travel Magazine, August 1, 2008

Island Hopping in the Grenadines
JaxFax Travel Marketing, March 15, 2008

At Home in Bequia
American Eagle’s Latitudes, March 1, 2008

All-Natural Taitung County
Travel Age West, November 9, 2007

A Taste of Taiwan
Travel Age West, October 26, 2007

United Hotel, Tapei

Travel Age West, September 28, 2007

Swimming with Thresher Sharks Seems Like the Obvious Choice When You Decide to Give Yourself Up to the World
The Nervous Breakdown, July 12, 2007

Big Discoveries on a Small Island in the Philippines

Student Traveler, December 12, 2006

Rolf Potts Speaks Out
Student Traveler, December 3, 2006

Red Eye Editor’s Letter
Student Traveler, December 3, 2006

The Study Abroad Numbers

Student Traveler, December 9, 2006


I still remember walking along the Bowery one night with my cousin Steffani, just a few months after I had moved to New York City. I was 20 years old. I was telling her about all the different restaurants I wanted to visit in New York.

“Wouldn’t it be amazing to be a food writer?” I said aloud, dreamily.

“Pah,” she had scoffed. “Wouldn’t we all be if we could?”

Cut to four years later when I was completing a coveted internship at Time Out New York Magazine. For weeks I’d been hanging around the desks of the food writers, trying desperately to convince them that they should let me write for them. Finally, one of them threw me a bone — in the form of a new restaurant in Brooklyn that needed a review. I took my cousin Ron with me and I ate oxtail pate for the first time and thought about how proud of me my mother would have been.

I’ve now been writing about food for almost ten years. From dingy Irish pubs to some of the country’s top restaurants. And no, it never, ever gets tiresome.

Right now Greg and I are the LA editors for BlackBook Magazine’s Guide to Restaurants, Hotels and Bars. We write up new places every week. I used to list new ones below, but haven’t done so in a while since we write so many. Feel free to check the Chicago BlackBook listings for ideas though!

Food & Wine Articles:

Taste of the Nation Chicago Tries on Food Trucks
The Huffington Post, August 16, 2010

Where Are Chicago’s Food Trucks?
The Huffington Post, June 7, 2010

Chef Frank Brunacci on Cooking for the Trump Family and the Quintessential Chicago Ingredient
The Huffington Post, May 14, 2010

Chef Rick Tramonto on His New Cookbook, Chicago Cuisine and How to Cook for the Modern Family
The Huffington Post, May 11, 2010

Mercadito Brings a Little Heat to Chicago
The Huffington Post, December 1, 2009

Stephanie Izard on Her Wandering Goat Dinner Series, Twitter and the Many Uses of Bacon
The Huffington Post, August 25, 2009

Chicago: Top 10 Burgers
BlackBook, July 28, 2009

Cibo Matto
BlackBook, July 20, 2009

BlackBook, July 12, 2009

The Terrace at Trump
BlackBook, June 28, 2009

Chicago: Top 10 BYOB Restaurants
BlackBook, May 13, 2009

Chicago: Top 10 Places to Nosh Outdoors
BlackBook, May 11, 2009

Bonsoiree Chef Shin Thompson on Chicago’s Underground Dining Scene, Cooking for the James Beard Foundation and What’s Next on Chicago’s Plate
The Huffington Post, May 5, 2009

Tiny Lounge
BlackBook, February 9, 2009

Chicago: Top 10 Places to Eat With Strangers
BlackBook, January 21, 2009

Bull and Bear
BlackBook, January 18, 2009

Trattoria del Merlo
BlackBook, January 12, 2009

Cafe Des Architectes
BlackBook, January 5, 2009

The Lucky Lady
BlackBook, December 21, 2008

BlackBook, December 15, 2008

BlackBook, December 8, 2008

Chicago: Top 10 Bars for Dumping Your Boyfriend
BlackBook, December 1, 2008

Graham Elliot
BlackBook, December 1, 2008

BlackBook, November 16, 2008

Mantou Noodle Bar
BlackBook, November 9, 2008

The Century Public House
BlackBook, October 24, 2008

Custom Ride and Feast
Bicycling Magazine, October 1, 2008

Mado Market & Eatery
BlackBook, September 15, 2008

What Does it Take to Make a (Great) Chicago Restaurant?
The Huffington Post, September 10, 2008

BlackBook, September 1, 2008

BlackBook, August 1, 2008

Locando del Lago
Citysearch, September 1, 2003

Saddle Ranch
Citysearch, August 15, 2003