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Name: Susan Manlin Katzman
Occupation: Food and Travel Writer/Blogger
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Residence: St. Louis, MO
Short Bio: I have a food and travel writer’s slasher’s past, having worked as a newspaper columnist/cookbook author/ industry spokesperson/educator/consultant/menu designer/recipe creator/event organizer and professional contest judge (love the last). Now, I focus on travel writing, not that I like to broadcast this as it is undoubtedly the best job in the world and I don’t want to encourage more competition. (No, you wouldn’t like it! Really. Trust me!)
How often do you fly: Twice a month-give or take.
How many countries have you been to: 69
How many continents have you been to: All but Antarctica
Favorite American city: Los Angeles (I know, but have family there and a minuscule 2nd home.)
Favorite international city: Paris
Least favorite country: Not the country, but the experience–I was sick the whole time I was in Peru; would like to give it another chance.
Favorite World Heritage Site: Impossible to choose. Feel a thrill at all.
Favorite airline: Singapore Airlines
Favorite aircraft type: Big, clean, spacious, new (well…one can dream, right?)
Aisle or window: Aisle
Favorite airport lounge: Iberia in Madrid (Like the food choice as well as the cologne in the ladies restroom.)
Favorite U.S. airport: Lambert–because it means I am off for an adventure– or home at last. Also I don’t mind layovers in Miami, if there is time for Cuban food.
Favorite international airport: Charles de Gaulle–because it means Paris is to be or just has been.
Favorite hotel: Amandari, Bali (sigh!)
Favorite cruise line: I lecture about some of the biggies and write about others, so I best not name names.
Favorite island: Anguilla
Favorite fancy restaurant: Troisgros
Favorite hole in the wall: Casa Leopoldo in Barcelona
Favorite fruit: Ripe papaya in countries where papaya is indigenous. Especially like it with a dash of lime– or, even better, mixed with sweetened sticky rice. Ooooh. Want some right now.
Favorite food: Chocolate
Least favorite food: Tripe (YUCK!)
Drink of choice (In the air and on the ground): Red wine– with the second runner-up, water.
Favorite travel movie(s): Midnight in Paris
Favorite travel show(s): Gotta confess, with few exceptions (Homeland, Nurse Jackie and Modern Family among them), TV puts me to sleep faster than Ambian. The only travel show I can manage is the time-travel show Mad Men.
Favorite travel book(s): David Downie’s Paris Paris and John Burdett’s Bangkok 8.
Right now I am reading: Bones, Blood and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton
Top 3 favorite travel newsletters/magazines: I like the publications that feature my friends’ writing, so favorites fluctuate.
Favorite travel website(s) – besides JohnnyJet.com, of course!: SweetLeisure.com, of course!
Five things you bring on a plane: A packed purse; a real book–made of paper with pages that turn; daily newspapers; my laptop and a large black cashmere wrap.
What do you always seem to forget: Let’s see. Mmmmm… I forget.
What do you want your loved one to buy you from an airport duty-free store? I like chocolates. Dark chocolates. Very rich very dark chocolates.
Favorite travel iPhone app(s): Love my iPhone: can’t say I use many bells and whistles.
Most embarrassing/worst travel moment: Trekking to Machu Picchu and fainting (altitude sickness) just before the pinnacle; missed the whole shebang.
What’s your dream destination: Can’t get enough of Paris.
Favorite travel charity: Doctors Without Borders
Best travel tip: Stay cool even if plans go astray. Enjoy the moment, wherever the moment happens to be. Smile.
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