About Me


I’m a travel writer, jungle rodent connoisseur, and mapgazer.  I have written food and travel articles for the San Francisco Chronicle, Travel Channel’s World Hum, BBC Travel, GoNOMAD, Perceptive Travel, the San Diego Reader, and McSweeney’s, among others. My debut book Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car won a silver medal in the 2007 Lowell Thomas Journalism Awards and was chosen by ForeWord Magazine as a finalist for their 2006 Book of the Year Awards. My work appears in Adventures of a Lifetime: Travel Tales from around the World (World Traveler Press) and Stories of Music Volume 1 (Timbre Press), and will appear in The Best Travel Writing Volume 11 anthology (Travelers’ Tales / Solas House; coming out in the fall of 2016).

I recently co-founded Mel’s Melting Pot, a small-batch sauce and condiment company, with my wife, a chef. Our products integrate flavors and spices we have encountered during our travels.

When I am not traveling, I can be found in my hometown of Queens, New York, usually hovering around the taco vans and souvlaki carts.

Email me at darrin (at) OmnivorousTraveler.com.

One Response to About Me

  1. thatssojacob says:

    Hey there Darrin! I’m doing a project where I’m following ten exciting, fresh, and interesting bloggers each day for the month of March 2015, and you’re today’s #7! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Have a good one!

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