truffle hunting in the Langhe (link)



I travel the world with a passion for food. Even as a student on a shoestring budget, food and travel was what I saved up for, and worked extra-hours for. Camping trips to Provence with stopovers in Burgundy. Field lunches of local delights along the Ligurian coast of Italy. Backpacking in Turkey trying all the “mezze”. I left my home country the Netherlands in 1998, when my husband’s geologist career instigated a globetrotting lifestyle that brought us to live in New Orleans, Cairo (Egypt), Miri (Malaysia), and Dubai, before settling in Houston in September 2013. During those globetrotting years, I got a kitchen diploma from Le Cordon Bleu (Paris), did small-group fine dining catering and private cooking classes and workshops, and freelance writing and blogging on the less calorific side.

I love the diversity of food. Food inspires. Food is social, and a great way to connect with people. I cherish my prolonged exposure to the cuisines of places I came to call home: the characteristic Creole cuisine of New Orleans’, the street food of Cairo, the daily dose of curry laksa, ikan bilis, nasi kampung, and a spoonful of belacan in Sarawak, the abundant range of dining in Dubai with a touch of Arabian culture, and the intricate flavors of the Middle East. 

As the managing editor of Edible Houston, I am in a delightful position where I meet extraordinary local farmers, producers, artisans, chefs, food writers and photographers. It has brought me so much closer to the local food scene in Houston. 

This remains my personal blog where I share food and travel adventures as well as recipes.

I hope you enjoy my blog! Let me know if you do (see below contact options).

Francine Spiering

managing editor @ Edible Houston (www.ediblehouston.com) 
VP/board member @ Slow Food Houston (www.slowfoodhouston.com)


email: franfoodlane@gmail.com
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Small-Scale Private Dining Catering & Cooking Classes
Freelance writing
WSET wine course (Level II)
Cuisine Diploma Le Cordon Bleu Paris
MA English Utrecht University
Post Doc credits Arts Management (University of New Orleans)


many years ago, lost on a food trail in foggy Auvergne
sunrise in Musandam, northernmost tip of the Arabian peninsula
into the heart of borneo
on a wine trail in Alsace
among the vines in Chile
bush kitchen in Kenya
Fishing village in Eastern Scheldt, home of a slow lobster…

cooking on the campfire in my beloved Laurentians

on a bicycle in Bangkok


On the radio: Dubai Eye 103.8 (mainly Unwired 7)

Expat Blog Interview online here

GoodFood Magazine, December 2012

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