I'm forever grateful to be able to make a living as a freelance food writer and recipe developer. In 2019 I tapped into another part of myself to become a better writer. Here are my favorite pieces from this year.
I wrote 22 restaurant reviews in 2019 and my favorite review is for Well Caf And Juice Bar in Greensboro
The most flavorful (aka best) restaurant I reviewed in 2019 was Da Reggae Caf, also in Greensboro.
In no rank or order, here is a list of every restaurant I reviewed in 2019 (which you can find here):
Fitz on Main
El Torito Taqueria
Hibachi Fusion Express
Becky's And Mary's
Well Caf And Juice Bar
Pedro's Taco Shop
Church Street Caf
421 Grill And Market
May Way Dumplings
Raaz Indian Kitchen
Pavilion Italian and Greek Cuisine
Sweet Old Bill's
La Super Michoacana
I contributed copy and developed recipes for the spring and summer issues Walmart's in-house magazine for associates and managers in US & Canada called Walmart World
I developed FIVE recipes for the National Onion Association and the most popular recipe, Southern Savory Onion Pie, remains my most popular pin on Pinterest with over 40K pins PER MONTH!
I got to explore my personal life through food and the Black American experience by trying new-to-me food: chitterlings
I became an honorary Aggie for the day and participated in becoming a fish-plate-eatin'-parade-watchin'-spiked-kool-aid-drinkin'-#GHOE-participatin' lady in October.
I started the year as Editorial Coordinator of a regional magazine and while my final article didn't turn out how I wished, the research involved introduced me to Philly, Charlotte, Washington DC and New York in a way I'd not seen before
Speaking of Philly: a recipe I developed 4 years ago went viral (for not-so great reasins initially) on Twitter and ended up being teased on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer with a double page spread in the food section. Technically, I have now won the internet. Where's my prize?
LASTLY, It's important to note that I make my living with more than just writing, criticising and reviewing. I'm also a food tour guide and culinary consultant and influencer.
2019 is my 5th year as a full-time freelancer and 12th year as a blogger. I'll be entering the next decade the same way I came into this one: a happy, healthy working media professional who has come a long way, baby.