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Laurel is a contributing editor at culture and a food and travel writer based in Austin, Texas. She also serves as editor at Edible Aspen.

Mezcal Cozies Up Nicely to Curds


Mezcal and cheese might seem like an unlikely pair at first, but the lactic tasting notes in this agave-based spirit make this pairing a no-brainer.

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Paint Inspiration: 50 Shades of Cheese


Choosing the perfect shade paint inspires a trip to the cheese counter for mouth-watering color inspiration

Best Cheeses: Colombia


While much of cheesemaking in Colombia remains informal, the national mania for cheese has finally started to spill beyond its borders.

Curds in my Coffee


Culture contributor Laurel Miller discovers a new way to enjoy coffee in a Colombian airport.

Exploring the Texas Queso Festival


Explore new takes on queso at this quirky Texas festival.

Remembering Anthony Bourdain


“I have the best job in the world. If I’m unhappy, it’s a failure of imagination.” —Anthony Bourdain I met Anthony Bourdain in the summer of 2012, when “The Layover” was taping at my former place of work, a now-shuttered cheese shop in Seattle. Like so many, I’d been an ardent fan since reading Kitchen […]

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Voicings: Christina Tosi, Founder and CEO, Milk Bar


Award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi talks about switching tracks from electrical engineering to pastry and founding Milk Bar