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.
- American southern food
- Greek wine
- Middle Eastern Cuisine (give me more great Turkish, Syrian, and Persian restaurants!)
- The “comfort food” trend (if I see one more recipe for gourmet mac n’ cheese, I’ll throw up)
- Fusion cuisine
- Designer cocktails (give me a Bombay Sapphire and tonic any day)