On Assignment


Look here for photos and notes from my journalist work as I travel and write and also for links to articles by me and sometimes about me.

Delicious French way of life stands up to hateful attacks – SFChronicle.com
“France is a second home to me, and the attacks in Paris in January and November of last year were attacks not only on the people of Paris and on French culture, but also on people around the world. Those who, like me, hold French culture dear.” Click link above to read the full article.

New museum in Bordeaux shares story of wine and culture from France to Napa – The Sacramento Bee
“In this time of global and national turmoil, France’s new museum, the Cité du Vin, is uplifting and reassuring. Built in Bordeaux, on the banks of the Garonne River, the museum is a stunningly conceived swirl of wood and metal that rises 10 stories above the river, with a commanding view of the city and its environs from the belvedere and bar on the uppermost floor.” Click link above to read the full article.

Nordic food sets the table – Food – Napa Valley Register
“After a week in October of eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Copenhagen and its environs, I’ve been reflecting on just what were the elements that made each dish distinctive, yet also evidenced a commonality, and how to bring those flavors into my own kitchen. My main culinary reference is Mediterranean, and while the some of the dishes invoked Mediterranean influences, the overall sensibility was distinctly Nordic.” Click link above to read the full article.

Provence’s Back Country- Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, Faïence, death defying gorges, and Michelin star meals – Travel – Napa Valley Register
“I find the back country of Provence infinitely intriguing, particularly the rural parts of the Department of the Alpes-de-Haute Provence, where the village of Moustiers-Ste-Marie is located. The plateaus and rolling hills of olives, lavender, and wheat are rudely interrupted by ravines and dense chunks of pine and oak forests made almost impassable by the scrubby underbrush of prickly juniper.” Click link above to read the full article.

Take a getaway to Copenhagen – Travel – Napa Valley Register
“Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, and its surrounding area include world class museums, miles of coastline, canal rides and ferry trips, plus Tivoli Gardens, the second-oldest theme park in the world. The city also has a vibrant, creative food world, as chefs increasingly draw from the country’s forests, seas, and farms, infusing classic cuisine with a Nordic twist from gathered moss to rye-infused schnapps.” Click link above to read the full article.

VISITING PROVENCE This story, published by Travel Age West last fall visits my personal favorites in Provence, and the ones I go back to over and over again. The photo below is of the Lac de Saint Croix  created by damming the Verdon River. It is just minutes from Alain Ducasse’s Bastide de Moustiers restaurant.


Dominated by olive trees and rolling vineyards, interrupted by rocky outcrops and flanked by the Mediterranean Sea, Provence still retains an identity from ancient times that sets it apart…read more




What an amazing experience from the Indian Ocean to the interior jungles. Read about here in Edible Sacramento and see my scrapbook collection of photos..