My Story

The first time I laughed was at the dinner table.

I was only a couple months old, and my Italian American family was crowded into a small Brooklyn apartment, on the seventh course of Christmas Eve dinner. My great Aunt Carmela slammed her hand down on the table, and I began to giggle. I like to think of that moment as the beginning of my lifelong love affair with food.

Food fascinates me because it transcends our simple need for nourishment. Eating is so much more– it’s family, memories, and comfort. Food is both essential and emotional, and that combination is a beautiful thing.

When I was 12 years old I considered attending culinary arts school, but was quickly convinced I needed a liberal arts education instead. And while I loved my literature and history classes, I always felt there was something missing.

So I started working at restaurants in high school and affirmed my love for the industry. I was lucky to work with some very creative chefs and bartenders, and quickly knew I belonged in that world. I worked my way up and traded studying International Relations in downtown Washington DC to Hospitality and Tourism Management in rural Western Massachusetts.

After graduating I couldn’t imagine working with anything besides food. So I left everything I knew behind and bought a one way plane ticket to Spain— officially to teach English, but really to discover the country’s amazing cuisine.

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Since 2009 I have lived and breathed Spanish food. And that doesn’t mean I’ve simply eaten out a lot! I’ve traveled the country in search of local food and farmers. I’ve met the families behind the food and heard their stories. I’ve learned to cook the most authentic Spanish recipes and started this Spanish food blog. I’ve also traveled around Europe (and beyond) writing about the local food scene in places like MunichAthens, New Orleans and Poland.

In 2012 I embarked on the biggest challenge of my life thus far. I started a small food tour company called Madrid Food Tour. Starting a business in Spain wasn’t easy, and I’m proud to say that my company has grown to become Devour Spain. We offer food tours in Madrid, Barcelona and Seville. Our mission is to connect travelers to small, family run food businesses and the depth of local culture. We show our guests an insider’s view of the city, complete with the story of what we’re eating and why. The journey has been both exhilarating and exhausting. If you’re visiting Spain we’d love to have you join us!

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So if you like food, travel and stories– you’re in the right place. This is where I share my love for Spanish cuisine and culinary tourism.

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In addition to writing at Spanish Sabores, I’m also the About.Com Spanish food expert— check out my recipe there too!

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