Tootise Tomanetz (pitmaster at Snow's BBQ) and me at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest.

   Tootise Tomanetz (pitmaster at Snow's BBQ) and me at Texas Monthly BBQ Fest.

I’m a food and travel writer living in the Washington, D.C. area. My work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Saveur, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveler, Lucky Peach,  Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure,  and many others. I also report on local dining news as associate editor of Eater DC. 

I studied history at Tulane University, but I’m a quirky Rhode Islander at heart. After graduation, I hung around New Orleans and later worked in New York as a youth gardening instructor and cheesemonger. I finally started writing in Austin after getting acquainted with its (then) up-and-coming dining scene.  As you can see, I’ve done lots of odd jobs along the way. Writing is the only thing that ever stuck. 

The Washington Post once documented my scallops suspicions, but I’ve actually eaten more offensive things as a professional eater and traveler. In the name of journalism, I’ve tried smoked cow eye in a Texas border town, crickets in Cambodia, scorpion-infused mezcal in Mexico, birds nest in Macau, and fertilized duck egg in Vietnam.

You can reach me at mmbethune at gmail dot com, on Twitter: @meredithbethune or on Instagram or Snapchat as meredithbethune. Subscribe to my monthly newsletter to keep up with my work.

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