Highlights from 2014

I think this video pretty much sums up my 2014 — there was a lot of eating, a lot of writing about eating and traveling to eat. Aside from stuffing my face, this year had other highlights, including some cool new gigs and a few personal goals reached.

Joining team Zagat.

For the last six months, I've been working with smart and talented editors who have me write, edit, Instagram and (awkwardly) host videos. Next up, I'll be stepping into the producer role for a new video series.

Writing for Thrillist.

I put my noodle soup expertise to good use in my first Thrillist article, a round-up of New York City's 10 best bowls of pho. Keep an eye out for another piece coming out in 2015.

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Publishing a photo in Departures.

An editor at Departures stumbled upon this very blog while looking for a photo of Afuri's yuzu shio ramen and used my shot in an article about Tokyo.

Climbing to Pulpit Rock.

Norway got more stunning with every twist and turn, but the most breathtaking view came at the top of Pulpit Rock after an intense two-hour hike.

Reconnecting with old friends.

Keeping in touch isn't easy, even when you're all living in the same city, but these girls and I put in the effort and the result was a year's full of painting, brunching and road-tripping to Maine.

Snapshots: Norway

 Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock

Preikestolen, or Pulpit Rock

As Instagram friends may know, I was traveling through Norway earlier this month, going from the capital city of Oslo to Bergen and finally, Stavanger. Not being too familiar with Scandinavia, I wasn't too sure of what to expect though many friends and coworkers warned that everything is crazy expensive (it is) — and ended up in awe of just how beautiful the country is. Every corner was breathtaking and even the typically dull task of traveling between cities offered plenty of eye candy. I'm still sifting through all the DSLR shots, but here are a few more off my iPhone.

 View of Bergen from the top of Mount Fløyen

View of Bergen from the top of Mount Fløyen

 The most stunning tomato salad at  Lysverket

The most stunning tomato salad at Lysverket

 Lovely, colorful homes by the Bergen wharf

Lovely, colorful homes by the Bergen wharf

  Kjosfossen  waterfall along the Flåm Railway

Kjosfossen waterfall along the Flåm Railway

 Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo

Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo

 Vine-covered doorways, also at Vigeland

Vine-covered doorways, also at Vigeland

 The beautiful buildings of Grünerløkka in Oslo

The beautiful buildings of Grünerløkka in Oslo