Journalist, Copywriter, Brand + Scripted Content Specialist, Visual Media

New & Noteworthy

Projects update: (June, 2019) It’s been a really interesting past few months. Day-to-day, I’m mostly working on branded content and projects for clients like Visit California. But I’m also pushing on a handful of other cool initiatives that necessitated me either signing an NDA or are in stages that make it just too early to talk about them. I’m really excited about their potential and I’m looking forward to sharing more soon, but suffice it to say, they would be game-changers for me—and who doesn’t love games?!

On another note, it only took 20 years and a half-dozen trips, but I finally got a high-profile publication to buy the type of story I have always wanted to write about Cuba. There have been some great pieces over the years about sipping mojitos and checking out the vintage American cars and cabaret shows in Havana (and I’ve written a few). But this ain’t that. My recent Cuba adventure feature for the New York Times went deep and outside the margins to the wild side of the largest island in the Caribbean, exploring the southern coast via sea kayak. My editor at the Times did a great job of helping me craft the final result and I think the words and images really transport you to this less-traveled part of a very special place. Hope you enjoy the read!

I also had the opportunity over the last couple of years to travel on several occasions to Chile’s Patagonia region. Of course I discovered some amazing beaches, treks and lodges. But one of my most memorable discoveries happened in a backyard in Puerto Varas; standing next to a traditional parrilla (grill) were a couple of guys sipping on a bottle. I politely asked, they kindly obliged and they had an instant fanboy on their hands. I recently wrote about their incredible spirit made in the shadows of the Osorno volcano and rendered solely from native botanicals for Delta’s Sky inflight magazine (it’s also a good primer on where to find Santiago’s best cocktails!). What’s just as cool though is that TRAKAL is now available in Colorado and California with more states to come. Spirits geeks—this is the Schwizzle!!.

I’m also busy shopping my spirits-meets-travel show, The Spirited Traveler, that continues to bounce around to different producers—hey, as long as they want to take a meeting and buy me lunch, I’m good. Here’s the sizzle reel [link]. Stay tuned!