The Wandering Gourmand – What’s that Mean?
I get that question a lot. While everybody knows what wandering means – roaming – most aren’t familiar with gourmand. It’s also kind of hard to pronounce and sounds a tad bit duechy. Allow me to enlighten you for a moment. Gourmand means a person who is fond of good eating and drinking. And, in my opinion, there’s nothing duechy about that. It’s what I call good living.
So, you put those two definitions together and you have the essence of my blog. The Wandering Gourmand is a food travel blog. Mostly. As my life has evolved, so, too, has this blog. With the birth of our son, I’ve added family travel to my blogging repertoire.
Is the Wandering Gourmand Some Kind of Superhero?
Hi! I’m Bryan M. Richards – the guy behind The Wandering Gourmand. By now, you’re probably envisioning a chubby superhero in a mask and cape. While I may be chubby (according to my scale and wife), I am far from a superhero. I’m a regular guy in a plain t-shirt and trucker hat that turned his passions into a fulltime writing and blogging career.
You may have read some of my articles in national outlets like Men’s Journal, Beer Advocate, and All About Beer or in local Charlotte outlets (where I live) like Epicurean Charlotte, Charlotte Happenings, and Charlotte Parent. I’ve also appeared on the local NBC affiliate’s show Charlotte Today, the Cheers Charlotte podcast, and Dubai Today.
Oh, and I don’t drive Mustangs anymore. You try fitting a car seat in the back of one of those!
I’ve been a foodie since I was old enough to slide a stool up to the kitchen counter and help my grandfather roll out homemade spaghetti. That passion led me to feast on guinea pig while studying abroad in Ecuador and eat mopane worms in Namibia. Neither tasted like chicken, I might add… I’ve also taken cooking classes in Tuscany, attended a culinary school in France, and ate my weight in BBQ throughout the Southeast United States where I call home.
My most popular food travel posts give a glimpse of the fun lens with which I view food:
- 72 Hours in Milwaukee – Beer, Brats, Cheese, Repeat
- 11 Must Eat Foods in Catalonia
- 72 Hours in St Simons Island
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After ten years of traveling the world together, my wife and I decided to make our two a three. We didn’t do this to settle down, but to explore the world as a family. Thus, I added family travel to my writing repertoire. While the majority of my family travel articles appear in Travel Mamas or Charlotte Parent Magazine, some do show up here on The Wandering Gourmand like:
- Tips for Visiting New York City with a Baby
- Welcome Baby Gourmand
- 21 Essential Tips for a Road Trip with a Baby.
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