LIFE IN THE FOOD LANE

food & travel writing by a mindful omnivore

ABOUT

BACKGROUND

In 2010 I started a food blog: life in the food lane.

I picked the name because it represented the dynamics in my life as a “global citizen”. Married to a geologist with an international career, I left my home country the Netherlands in 1998 to live in New Orleans, Cairo, Miri, Dubai and since 2013 in Houston.

Along the way I gave my obsessive passion for food a more structured outlet: I got a kitchen diploma at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and dedicated my culinary skills to fine dining catering, cooking classes and developing recipes.

In November 2014, the publisher of Edible Houston contacted me. Preparing to launch the magazine, she was looking for a managing editor. After we talked, and she learned more about me and my background, she offered me the job.

Pinch me moment.

Throughout the US there are currently 100 “Edibles”: publications that are all independently owned and produced but share a common focus on celebrating local and seasonal food, drink, culture and community through storytelling.

Edible Houston‘s inaugural issue launched in May 2015 and has been going steady and strong ever since.

x Francine

ps. this is a new version of the original website — I lost the domain (long story) and relaunched life in the food lane as a .blog. As a result, I am also rebuilding my readership and content: yes I would love for you to follow my blog!

BRIEF PORTFOLIO

Recipe developer – magazine editor – feature writer – food & travel writer

THE BOSTON GLOBE: GO GREENLAND THIS SUMMER

EDIBLE HOUSTON: LINK TO PUBLISHED WORK including these three features:

Paper Suit Off, Apron On: vocational culinary program aimed to support destitute women to get back on their feet after incarceration.

Little House on the Shiner Prairie: sustainable family-run meat farm

Birds of a Heritage Feather: sustainable poultry farm raising heritage breed birds

INTERVIEWED IN HOUSTONIA:

https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2016/12/9/slow-food-houston-dinner-raises-food-waste-awareness

Selected in nationwide roundup stories:

15 stories about men & women who grow & raise our food (Edible Houston story: Tejas Heritage Farms

 

CREDENTIALS

WSET Level II Certificate

Kitchen Diploma (Le Cordon Bleu Paris)

Post Doc Credits Art Marketing (University of New Orleans)

MA in English Language & Literature (Utrecht University)