Author Archives: OmnivorousTraveler

About OmnivorousTraveler

Darrin DuFord is a travel writer, mapgazer, and jungle rodent connoisseur. His writing has won numerous awards and has appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, BBC Travel, Gastronomica, Roads & Kingdoms, Narratively, and Perceptive Travel, among other publications. He is the author of Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns and Revelations in the Americas (released in July 2016) and Is There a Hole in the Boat? Tales of Travel in Panama without a Car, silver medalist in the 2007 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Awards.

Cyprus’ Newest (and Ugliest) Ruins

With the world’s current flash points, it may be easy to forget one of the longest running conflict areas: Cyprus. In 1974, Turkey invaded the island nation–home to Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot communities, some of them mixed–in response to a Greek-instrumented … Continue reading

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The Artichoke: It’s Earth’s Own Game Show

For me, the artichoke used to be an abstract horticultural object—a bodiless head, existing in its own peculiar realm detached from other vegetables, part pine cone, part tropical flower, part grade-B sci-fi prop. Then I found one poking up in … Continue reading

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Travels in Newport with The Chowder Boy

Restored colonial houses, mansions that incite rounds of “whoas” and “wows,” a harbor full of sailboats, gently rolling waves licking piers, and…python jerky? All of the above can be found in Newport, Rhode Island. But don’t worry; I don’t think … Continue reading

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Breakfast for Alligators scores a Gold Medal

I’m thrilled that Breakfast for Alligators won a gold medal in the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards (travel essay category)! The thirty-two pieces in the collection resulted from distilling seven years of experiences around the Western Hemisphere, so not only … Continue reading

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Intangible and Cultural: a Find from my Old Stomping Grounds

Over three decades ago, my search for Chinese, Japanese, or other Asian groceries in southwestern Connecticut would usually start and end in the yard-wide “Ethnic foods” shelf at Stop & Shop, where one could find little more than oversalted La … Continue reading

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