“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” ~ Henry Miller
“At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind.” ~ Michael Pollan
On these pages, I hope to inspire you with recipes, stories, and snapshots of my life and travels. You will find here flavors and traditions influenced by the places I’ve lived and traveled, as well as just yummy dishes I’ve either created or tried and loved. I enjoy simple, rustic, and mostly nutritious cooking, especially when it involves slow simmering, roasting, or braising to bring out the most in flavor. I am particularly interested in learning from both old world wisdom and new scientific studies about the healing potential and nutritional benefits of spices, herbs, and other natural ingredients. At the same time, I do indulge in comforting sweets every so often, and, much like the French, I don’t fret about cream and butter. Whether you are just stopping by or joining me on my culinary journeys, thank you for visiting, and I hope you find a morsel or two of inspiration at The Seasoned Traveler.
I have worked as a journalist, a researcher, a translator, a teacher, a diplomat, and a stay-at-home mom. From a young age I was intrigued by other cultures and have been blessed with amazing experiences living abroad. Harvesting green tea on a remote Japanese island, cooking crepes in a Normandy farmhouse, savoring grilled fish on the Dalmatian coast, touring medieval wine villages in Italy, sleeping under the stars in the Omani desert and waking to cardamom coffee, enjoying a salt scrub at the Dead Sea, tasting freshly pressed olive oil in Tunisia, and meandering through spice markets in Morocco — these are some of the many moments I cherish. My travels wouldn’t be as precious to me without the connections I’ve made along the way with friends and family, traditions, and wonderful food.
Bon voyage, bon appétit, and happy seasonings! ~Laura
Please do not use any images without my express permission; all photos on this blog are original and property of The Seasoned Traveler, unless otherwise noted. If you would like to use any content here, please credit me with a link and/or contact me at email@example.com in advance. I am happy to share and collaborate in most instances. Thank you!
August 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm
Thanks for following me! Travelling, eating, cooking… What a wonderful life. Thanks for sharing it!
August 7, 2013 at 7:46 pm
You’re welcome, Tuscan Olive Grove, and thanks for your comment. Your life in Lucca on the olive grove sounds just amazing. Keep up the descriptive posts so I can keep dreaming of Tuscany!
September 24, 2013 at 11:28 pm
Award, award, claim your Shine On Award! 🙂 Right here, right now:
October 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm
What an interesting ‘About’. I am enjoying your style, recipes, photos and stories. 😀
November 13, 2013 at 7:09 pm
Thank you, Fae! I am very happy we found each other’s blogs, because I am really enjoying all the wonderful recipes and stories on yours.
November 13, 2013 at 5:18 pm
Lovely photos. I just found your blog and looking forward to exploring your site and following your posts! Thank you.
November 13, 2013 at 7:12 pm
Thank you, Martine! I just took a look at yours and can’t wait to learn more about you and read your posts – you have a beautiful blog, and I love the international and health angles. Looking forward to reading more.
November 14, 2013 at 12:07 am
Very lovely blog. Thank you for visiting today! Looking forward to reading your posts.
December 3, 2013 at 12:12 pm
Thanks, and likewise!
November 17, 2013 at 4:24 am
Congratulations Laura! Three stars ☆ ☆ ☆ for Blog of The Year 2013 Award!
No pressure, it is all up to you to pay it forward. You have been awarded at:
… Or, after a month, look for it
here >> http://fae-magazine.com/awards/2013-blog-awards/
Enjoy your Award! 😀 Fae.
November 19, 2013 at 11:12 am
Oh my! Thank you so much, Fae. I’m really honored. 🙂
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November 17, 2013 at 9:49 am
I just love your blog and that’s why I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. I hope you choose to accept it. For more information, see my post on Awards: http://wp.me/p3Uj0i-Q7
November 19, 2013 at 11:16 am
Wow, that’s so kind of you! Thank you! I love your blog too and am honored.
November 19, 2013 at 11:44 am
You are welcome!
November 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm
Hi! I nominated you for the Liebster Award. I think your blog is great!
November 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm
Thank you so much, Ada. I’m so happy to have discovered your amazing blog! Really appreciate your nomination 😀
December 3, 2013 at 3:58 am
Oh Laura! So glad you stopped by for a visit… it has led me to you and your lovely blog. LOVE it! Everything… your photos, your recipes, your writing. 🙂
December 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm
That makes my day because I love your blog too and am happy I discovered it recently! Thanks so much for your kind words – I’m looking forward to taking time to explore your recipes and posts. Cheers, -Laura
December 3, 2013 at 9:23 pm
I see many friends have commented here and it was Fae who led me here. I look forward to following your blogging journey
December 6, 2013 at 11:43 am
Thanks for finding me – Fae always connects me with great people 🙂 I look forward to exploring your blog too; I see we share a love for spices & herbs and cooking with your daughter too. Glad to meet you here.
December 5, 2013 at 11:49 am
Hi Laura, thank you so much for visiting and liking my blog ☺️ You story sounds so interesting and I look forward to reading more of your blog. Elaine 🌸
December 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm
Thanks, Elaine! Likewise. I’m so glad I discovered your blog through mutual followers and look forward to getting to know yours better. Please stop by again soon!
December 12, 2013 at 5:16 pm
Hi Laura..have a look I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award!
I very much appreciate you!
Love D x
December 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm
Thank you so much, Dimple. That’s so sweet and thoughtful and I’m honored.
December 13, 2013 at 12:39 pm
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December 16, 2013 at 6:18 am
Hi Laura, just wanted to let you know I passed on the Award! 😉 Congrats again!
And again, I simply LOVE your blog. Always a delight to come onto it (like now) to see all the beautiful pictures!! Keep up the great work! hugs, Sylvia
December 16, 2013 at 8:14 pm
Thanks, Sylvia! I just left a message for you on your post, but let me say here too a big thank you to YOU for passing the award forward. You have a stunningly beautiful blog that always inspires me. Hugs to you, -Laura
December 16, 2013 at 9:15 pm
Dear Laura, thanks sooo much for the kind words here and over at superfoodista 😉 I feel the same way about your blog, it’s really full of beautiful pictures and I love the personal and classy touch you give to it. looking forward to read more from you! big hug, Sylvia
January 24, 2014 at 5:55 pm
Hi Laura! I nominated you for The Imagine Award:
Participation is optional, of course, but I hope you pass it along 🙂
January 31, 2014 at 1:28 pm
Thank you so much, Ada! I need to make time to participate in these awards and hope to do so soon – please be patient with me while I catch up, and thank you for the honor 🙂
February 1, 2014 at 7:32 am
You’re welcome! And no worries, I take awhile to participate in awards as well 😉
February 11, 2014 at 8:17 pm
Hi Laura… so great to follow some of your wonderful adventures here. It’s been decades… but I’m grateful that we’ve had the chance to stay connected — even if it’s quite loosely. Cheers!
February 11, 2014 at 9:50 pm
Thanks, John! So great to see you here, and I’m grateful too for staying connected and for happy memories at CCI 🙂 All the best!
February 14, 2014 at 8:23 pm
Your blog is SCRUMPTIOUS!
February 15, 2014 at 12:06 pm
Ha! Thank you! So are those Mexican hot chocolate cookies, can’t wait to taste them myself!
February 15, 2014 at 1:02 pm
You’re in for a real treat -:)
February 15, 2014 at 5:23 pm
Wow! I am so amazed and impressed with your travels and your culinary skills! So pleased to meet you! 🙂
March 17, 2014 at 10:34 am
Thank you, Indu! I’m so happy to meet you here too and discover your lovely blog.
March 15, 2014 at 2:13 pm
I don’t know why I wasn’t following you already, but I should be, so I’m about to put that right! Love the recipes I’m seeing from you (and really like your blog’s name, too…) Look forward to seeing your recipes popping up on my reader!
March 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm
Thanks so much – I’ve enjoyed seeing your delectable creations too!
March 21, 2014 at 7:59 pm
I really love your quote at the top by Michael Pollan! I am enjoying looking around your blog, and love that you use lots of fresh herbs and spices that enhance the richness of meals!
March 26, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Thanks so much for stopping by and for your kind comments!
April 6, 2014 at 5:20 am
Congrats! I nominated you for the Sunshine Award! If you would like to participate and accept this award, here is the link to follow:
April 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Wow, thanks for such an honor. I will be sure to check it out. That’s really so kind of you! -Laura
April 8, 2014 at 5:49 pm
You are very welcome Laura!
April 24, 2014 at 2:33 am
Hi Laura! I hope you are having an awesome week! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. You do have a very lovely blog and I really think that you deserve this award. For more info, go to: http://foodieonboard.com/2014/04/23/so-many-thanks/
April 25, 2014 at 9:33 am
Thank you, Julianna! Well, you just made my week more awesome. I will check this out. Quite an honor, especially coming from the lovely you! All the best, Laura
April 24, 2014 at 8:26 pm
Hi Laura! I see I am the second today, but I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog award! I have truly enjoyed reading your posts and so this is my way of saying thank you! To see more please follow this link: http://strictlydelicious.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/the-one-lovely-blog-award/
April 25, 2014 at 9:35 am
Oh my! Thank you, thank you! That’s so sweet of you, and I’m honored. I’ve truly enjoyed reading your posts too and happy we connected. I’ll check out your link. Have a lovely day!
May 5, 2014 at 11:19 pm
Hi Laura, we have ‘met’ through Fiesta Fridays, and I don’t know why I did not follow you earlier! You have a very interesting ‘about’ page, with beautiful pictures. I share your passion for herbs and spices, and will certainly join you in your culinary adventure. Look forward to your posts…
May 6, 2014 at 5:33 pm
Hi Laura 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting and following my blog. I really love your first quote (so true) and it seems we visited the same countries! I look forward to many more posts. A bientot 🙂
May 14, 2014 at 4:01 am
Congratulations, I have just nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. For more information, just go to http://foodieonboard.com/2014/05/13/its-award-season/ . Please remember that it is always voluntary, but do think you have a really versatile blog and are very deserving of the award.
May 18, 2014 at 9:47 pm
Hi Laura. I’ve nominated you for the Quintet of Radiance Award!!! If you’re interested in participating in the award process, you can get all of the information here: http://feastingwithfriendsblog.com/2014/05/18/quintet-of-radiance-award-shout-out-sunday/ Congratulations!
June 3, 2014 at 2:07 pm
So many colours to catch the eyes – so many smells and flavours are stirred up in the mind with your writing and photos!
Such a pleasant blog for us to follow 🙂
How much better can it get with food and travelling!!! Look forward to seeing more!!
June 5, 2014 at 4:23 am
Beautiful blog! I am looking forward to explore it more:) Olga
June 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm
You have such a beautiful blog! Eyecandy! I will follow you 🙂
June 25, 2014 at 8:39 pm
Hi Laura! I’ve just nominated you for the Quintet of Radiance Award and the Liebster Award. You can accept none, one or both! If you want more information, you can find details here:
Hope you are having a great day!
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July 1, 2014 at 3:45 am
Hi Laura, I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Versatile blogger award – http://wp.me/p3Nc97-vT. Have a lovely day!
August 1, 2014 at 12:09 pm
What a lovely blog you have here! Love it! Looking forward to exploring your blog. 🙂
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