I am a freelance writer based in Hong Kong. Before Hong Kong I lived in Paris. But I’m originally from Cleveland. 

I used to be a pastry cook, first in Colorado and then in New York where I worked for Jonathan Waxman and Gabrielle Hamilton, among others.

I’ve written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Zagat. I’m currently a correspondent for the Forbes Travel Guide.



A Farmers Market Grows in Hong Kong Forbes Travel Guide (March 19, 2013)
Hong Kong’s Smallest New Restaurant May Be its Biggest Hit Forbes Travel Guide (March 6, 2013)
Best eat-in wine shops in Paris CNN Travel (November 16, 2012)
Omnivore Festival Kicks Off in Shanghai, Wall Street Journal – SceneAsia (June 12, 2012)
Insider Guide: Best of Paris CNN Travel (June 4, 2012)
New Hong Kong Wine Shop Goes Natural New York Times (April 11 2011)
In Paris, a Festival for Food Lovers New York Times (June 26 2011)
Dining, Music, and More Will Enliven La Rotonde in Paris New York Times (September 20, 2011)

Other online work:

Former co-editor of Paris by Mouth.
Restaurant writer, Girls’ Guide to Paris.

Co-Author, Zagat Paris Restaurants 2012/13
Contributing author, Frommer’s Paris 2012

You can email me, or follow me on Twitter

§ 14 Responses to About/Clips/Contact"

  • Petulia says:

    Love the new blog. Congrats on a new start!

  • Luise Massari says:

    I found your blog just before leaving for Paris and I really enjoyed it! I’m in Paris until next Tues.July 21…and am wondering what foods i.e. condiments,sugar even wine,you would suggest I bring back to North America with me that Iwon’t be able to buy there. I live in Montreal Canada, so have some access to French foods but I can see SO
    MUCH here that I don’t know about.
    Thanks for your advice…and I will definitely spread the word about your blog!

  • magillicuddy says:

    just discovered your blog and am glad David put that carrot cake recipe on his FB page.. will now be reading you ! I’m a Transplanted NYer !

  • complimenti blog interessante, utile per le informazioni che cercavo
    scrivo di tursmo ucina sarò a Parigi dal 18 al 20 febbraio e pranzerò al Poul Bert non me lo lascio perdere, accompagno due ragazzi che hanno sempre fame e amano mangiare benissimo! li ho viziati io in cucina

  • rebecca easley says:

    hi, can you put me on your email distribution list? i don’t do twitter. thanks.

  • Donatella says:

    Hello Barbarba
    I am one of those DL linked new readers of yours and just love your blog. All the very Best from Rome, Donatella

  • Doonvarn says:

    Just found your blog, looking for a creme de marron recipe. Love it. I went to college in Paris many decades ago and your photos and posts bring back great memories.

    Do you have a good recipe for vin chaud?

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  • Diana Fuzere says:

    Is there a way to subscribe to your blog?

  • mjm says:

    Hi Barbra
    I made your carrot cake, but even though I followed your recipe exactly for the frosting, it is too runny to ice my cake with. What did I do wrong? I used ‘lighter’ medium fat cream cheese. Thanks for any feedback

  • julie vacaro says:

    Dear Barbra-
    I googled crème de marrons and low and behold I clicked on the most fabulous blog that I have ever encountered and I have been to many. Reading such things as the VIVANT entry made me know what I would be and do in my next life… a gourmande. What a delight to have found you and now I am set forever and definitely for this holiday season when my discerningly palated daughter arrives. (Her first love were cornichons.)
    gratefully, Julie

  • Helen says:

    Love reading your blog

  • Helen says:

    great carrot cake

  • Sophia says:

    Hi Barbra, I’m looking for your rhubarb coffee cake recipe, which I made like, 2 years ago. I made it twice because my family couldn’t get enough! Would it be possible to get a link to the blog post/recipe? Thank you so much! Sophia

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