About Me

I’m a Paris transplant from Philadelphia who fell in love with a Frenchman and moved to Paris. Cliché, right? For the last seven years on this site, I’ve covered some not-so-cliché topics, uncovered new trends, shared my travels, and introduced you to an inspiring group of Francophiles. Through food, travel, love and obstacles, I experience life in France. I hope you’ll stay for the journey!

I work as a freelance food and travel writer and contribute to a number of web and print publications including: The New York Times, The New York Times T Style Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, the Wall Street Journal, Afar Magazine, Bon Appétit and Travel & Leisure. To see examples of my work, please visit my portfolio site HERE. Have a project that could use a writer? Contact me!

My book “The New Paris” looks at key changes in Paris over the last decade and will be released on April 18, 2017. To stay updated on this release, please subscribe to my newsletter and pre-order now by heading over to my BOOK page!

For some of my favorite reads and a host of Paris travel resources, head on over HERE.

Frequently asked questions


How long have you lived in Paris?

I’m in my 10th year as a Parisian! I initially came as a study abroad student, fell in love with the city and one of its fine countrymen, then never left. Then in May 2014, I earned French citizenship!

What neighborhood do you live in?

The 11th arrondissement, a short walk from République and the Canal St. Martin.

What do you do for a living?

I’m a writer! Read more about that HERE. You can see some of my
editorial work HERE and order my book “The New Paris” HERE!

I want to live in France! How can I make that happen?

Two major pre-requisites: speak French (or be in the process of learning it) and do your research. I’m not going to sugar coat the topic — it’s definitely a challenge to move and settle here without a passport from one of the European Union countries and even then, landing a job and feeling comfortable aren’t a matter of course. However, there are a number of ways to facilitate an experience here that could lead to something more permanent. Read more about that HERE!

I’m coming to Paris and I don’t know where to eat or sleep. Can you help?

Yes! I’ve listed some of my favorite places to eat as well as recommendations for lodging in My Paris Guide.

I really enjoy your photography! What kind of camera do you use?

Thanks! A Canon 60D with several lenses and my iPhone 7-plus. You can see more of my photos on my Flickr page.

Can I use your photos for my website/blog?

I spend a lot of time and effort on my photos which have appeared in a number of international publications. Please do not use my photos without permission. Feel free to contact me with your request and we can discuss!

Where can I see more of your photos?

In addition to my Flickr page, you can see my snapshots on-the-go on Instagram! I’d love for you to follow me there (ps. even if you don’t have the Instagram app, you can check my page from a web browser). And don’t forget to follow along on Facebook HERE.

Do you have a newsletter so that I don’t miss a post?

Mais oui! Click HERE to sign up or sign up for the monthly newsletter with book news, Paris happenings, and more.

How can I contact you if I have other questions?

The fastest way to get a response is on Twitter. Follow me here: @LostNCheeseland. You can also chat with me on Facebook or email me but it will take me a bit longer to reply!