The Best Things I Ate in Belize: 2015 Edition

Enjoy Belizean themed posts this week! I’m currently in Belize for the week and am sharing posts and images from my first trip in 2015 while I’m away. Look forward to more Belize travel info upon my return. This post originally appeared on my previous blog here.

When I think of my recent trip to Belize (with 6 other women, most of them family) I think of laughter, adventure and sunshine. But I also think of the food.

Our 9 day adventure led us from the jungle in San Ignacio to the ocean breeze and sunshine of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, but I think I speak for everyone when I say that none of us expected the food to be as consistently good and beautiful as it was. While I have many more photos to share and stories to tell, I figured it made sense to first share the most important aspect of our travels: all of the delicious and beautiful things we ate. Continue reading “The Best Things I Ate in Belize: 2015 Edition”

Photo of the Week 05: On Selecting and Creating a Photograph

Enjoy Belizean themed posts this week! I’m currently in Belize for the week and am sharing posts and images from last year’s trip while I’m away. Look forward to more Belize travel info upon my return.

One of the questions I get a lot as a photographer is: “How do you select what to take a picture of? How do you see the world around you and create your photo from it?”

My initial response is to shrug and say it just comes naturally. But upon further inspection I’ve definitely noticed some patterns. Sometimes it’s a straightforward answer…maybe I have a photo I want to create in my mind before visiting a place, so my eyes are focused on finding that vision. Sometimes a color or pattern will grab me. Sometimes I am inspired by another image or style, and am attempting to recreate it. But most of the time, I think the images I create are a direct result of the sum of my life experiences, dreams, and my own unique interpretation of the world. Continue reading “Photo of the Week 05: On Selecting and Creating a Photograph”

New-to-Me Culinary Favorites in Columbus

As fun as it would be to try new restaurants every week, it’s not in the budget and doesn’t fully represent my lifestyle anyway. I enjoy most of my meals cooked at home in my own kitchen and workout a few times a week. I try to eat as healthy as possible Monday-Friday, mainly so I can afford to eat a cupcake (or 7) come Saturday. But I wouldn’t change a thing. Dining out is not an indulgence I’m used to every day of the week, therefore it’s not something I take for granted when it happens.

But shouldn’t someone blogging about food know everything there is to know about the food scene and try it all?

In my opinion, no. Part of my passion for food lies in trying new things and discovering places where food feels more like an experience rather than just eating. Would this feel as special if it was a daily occurrence for me? I’m not sure.

As I get to know Orlando better, it also means I get to know Columbus less and less. Visiting home now is a new experience, one I see through different eyes. And the favorite spots of my family are becoming some of mine. Here are just a few: Continue reading “New-to-Me Culinary Favorites in Columbus”

Tasting my Way Through North Market in Columbus

On occasion, I experience days in which nothing gives me greater pleasure than eating everything in sight. Why, yes, I would love tacos, a donut, and a few scoops of ice cream for lunch today, thankyouverymuch. Actually, if I’m being honest, these days are more like every Friday-Sunday, the extent of any vacation, and all days spent in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio (someone has to do the taste-testing before family get togethers).

My confession being out of the way, (the “taste” part of this blog does exist for a reason after all…now you know it involves the mass consumption of tacos and donuts) it should then come as no surprise that one of my newest favorite spots in my hometown is none other than a giant indoor market filled with independent food stands.

Fellow food lovers, meet North Market. Continue reading “Tasting my Way Through North Market in Columbus”