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Why informed diner

Over the past decade I’ve personally reviewed more than 1,000 area restaurants, with roughly $150,000 in dining receipts under my belt (and the cholesterol numbers to match!). Most recently I edited the 2012/13 Zagat Guide for Boston - the fourth edition I’ve worked on – and previously I served as Citysearch’s Boston Editor for six years.

My unique access to the Boston dining scene and collection of influential contacts have yielded an exceptional variety of insider opportunities that others often envy. With the launch of Informed Diner, passionate food lovers and adventurous gourmands will now have the opportunity to enjoy similar experiences as I will lead small groups of members on exclusive culinary journeys at some of the area’s hottest destinations.

How I Got Here

Soon after graduating college I landed a dream job working for New England Sports Network (NESN), where I helped coordinate homepages for the Bruins and Red Sox. After spending two years writing game reports and player features, I made the move to Citysearch and traded in bunts for bundt cakes and offsides for offal.

After a six-year run as Boston Editor during which I made numerous local and national media appearances, I was offered a similar position with Zagat. This career path has taken me from top-notch gourmet spots to hole-in-the-wall hidden finds around the Boston area.

In addition to food writing, I also keep busy supporting my love of travel by writing for various outlets, most notably DK Eyewitness Travel Guides.

dining adventures

My relentless thirst for culinary knowledge has led me far beyond the city’s conventional dining options, and I am constantly on the lookout for new tastes and offbeat experiences. My travels have led me to sample manta ray tacos in Southern Baja, Rocky Mountain oysters in West Texas, and five different kinds of bananas in Brazil.

Not content with merely sampling $100/pound Jamon de Belotta, I have visited artisan Spanish purveyors to witness the production process, even getting involved by feeding acorns to black Iberian pigs. Most recently, I’ve taken an interest in molecular gastronomy, going so far as to attend several lectures at Harvard, including one led by Ferran Adrià and José Andrés.

travels

Relying heavily upon my network of friends and former classmates, I have been a frequent visitor to Europe, having lived in or extensively visited London, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, and Barcelona. I’ve visited 30 countries and nearly all 50 states, spanning the globe from New Zealand to Sweden, Italy to Japan.

More about me

With what little free time I have I try to keep up with current events. An avid reader, I try (and often fail) to read the New York Times daily, and I love the New Yorker as well. Boston’s numerous dining sites and food blogs are often checked, and I do my best to stay on top of the NYC dining scene as well. I find great calm in the kitchen and love to get my hands dirty working with raw ingredients; I’m a dedicated visitor to farmers markets and specialty purveyors around the world.

Follow Informed Diner and my dining adventures in the Informed Diner blog or on Twitter.