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I have always loved food. I enjoyed making chocolate chip cookies and birthday cakes for my mom when I was a kid, but I got more seriously into cooking as a teenager. That dropped off when I went to college (Boston College, class of 2001) and got a bachelor’s in English. I didn’t do much cooking at university, but I waitressed and learned to toss a mean Caesar salad. I also went to London for my junior year where I developed a tremendous appreciation for good curry and good beer.

After discovering the world of food blogs, it didn’t take long to decide to start my own, in June 2006. I had been in the corporate world for a few years, and all I thought about in my spare time was the cookbook I want to write someday and how much I hated sitting in an office. The blog gave me a reason to write all the time, and it gave me confidence to go after the career I really wanted. I quit my job to become a full-time freelance writer, and while it’s the toughest job I’ve ever had, I love working whenever I want, in my pajamas if I want.

My professional writing website is www.julieoharawriter.com

Here are a few other things you might want to know:

  • I live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with my fabulous husband (and sous chef/bartender), Mike.
  • Tasca, a tapas restaurant in Boston, started my obsessive love for tapas, Spanish food and Sangria. I have never been to Spain—a travesty.
  • My favorite food city is Tokyo. Or Boston. Or Singapore.
  • My favorite restaurant is Rioja in Denver. Or Teatro in Boston. Or Lemongrass in Ho Chi Minh City.
  • The greatest burger I have ever eaten was at The Hitching Post 2 (only available on Monday night) in Buellton, California.
  • I am a flexitarian, I guess.
  • My favorite cookbook is How to Eat by Nigella Lawson.
  • My favorite foodie book is Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl.
  • Three restaurants I would love to eat at someday are El Bulli in Spain, Alinea in Chicago and The French Laundry in Napa.
  • The next five (new) countries I want to visit are: Spain, Turkey, Papua New Guinea, Croatia and Argentina.
Underrated:
  1. American southern food
  2. Greek wine
  3. Middle Eastern Cuisine (give me more great Turkish, Syrian, and Persian restaurants!)

Overrated:
  1. The “comfort food” trend (if I see one more recipe for gourmet mac n’ cheese, I’ll throw up)
  2. Fusion cuisine
  3. Designer cocktails (give me a Bombay Sapphire and tonic any day)