Meanwhile, on the divided island of Cyprus, nature is slowly reclaiming fenced-off buildings facing a once-famous beach.
In Newport, Rhode Island, I harnessed the power of chowder.
I'm thrilled that Breakfast for Alligators won a gold medal in the 2017 Independent Publisher Book Awards!
Today's blog: an encounter with river snail soup -- a dish that also happens to be a piece of southern China's intangible cultural heritage (just add boiling water).
I'm honored to have been awarded two gold medals in this year's Solas Awards (sponsored by Travelers' Tales). Congrats to all the winners!
Breakfast for Alligators is "refreshing, clever, and thoroughly entertaining" Reader Views, 2/2017).
I'm thrilled that my piece about a Cartagena chef's take on the world's largest rodent won a gold medal in this year's NATJA awards.
Timbre Press has just released Stories of Music volume 2! I'm proud to be a contributor to this interactive collection of stories, poems, and photography.
Now online: my interview with Transitions Abroad, in which we talk about travel, writing, Spaceballs, the speed of the shoe, and invasive rodents, among other things.
Check out Panorama Journal's in-depth review of Breakfast for Alligators
On newsstands this week: the Oct 10 edition of Publishers Weekly has praised the
"playful and pop-culture peppered prose" of Breakfast for Alligators as "succulent travel writing."
The San Francisco Chronicle has just described Breakfast for Alligators as "A bunch of great stories"!
Over at The Expeditioner, I explain how dogsledding, ice cider, and a parade during a snowstorm helped me embrace
Winter in Quebec.
The latest reviews: Breakfast for Alligators is "Gritty, funny, street-savvy, boisterous, and informative" (Perceptive Travel) and "an eye-opener for both the untraveled and the well-traveled alike" (San Francisco Book Review).
The Kindle version of
Breakfast for Alligators reached #1 in two of Amazon's travel categories. Thank you, readers!
Momofuku's impossible medium rare vegetarian burger that bleeds: reviewed.
Perceptive Travel has just published my account of separating truth from tall tale in the story of
An excerpt of Breakfast for Alligators now appears over at the newly redesigned
I will be signing copies of Breakfast for Alligators at the Queens Book Festival in Astoria on August 7.
Breakfast for Alligators has just been released!
I just found out that my story about Panamanian hats will appear in The Best Travel Writing Volume 11 (Travelers' Tales/Solas House), to be released in the fall. I feel blessed--I have been a fan of the series since its inception.
The Kindle version of Breakfast for Alligators is now available for preorder!
Craving a second helping of capybara? I've got you covered--with a drink pairing at Roads & Kingdoms.
Is rodent meat ready for air-conditioned, linen napkin dining on a footsie-filled date night? I traveled to
Cartagena, Colombia to find out.
My next book of travel narratives, Breakfast for Alligators, will be released in July by Tilted Hat Press! More details to come...
I'm stoked that two of my pieces, "Speaking in Hats" and "Off the Deep End in Captain Karl's Homemade Submarine," medaled in both the NATJA awards and the Solas Awards!
In my debut piece for Vice Munchies, I stumble upon the connection between Colombian street food and Dr. Seuss.
"Succulent travel writing."
"Magical, humorous travel stories....Breakfast for Alligators is a joy to read."
#1 Amazon bestseller! (August 30/31, 2016)
A sharp-shooting SWAT team, a Venezuelan producer of alcoholic love potions, and an audacious subway rat are among the cast of characters award-winning author Darrin DuFord encounters in Breakfast for Alligators: Quests, Showdowns, and Revelations in the Americas.
"Darrin DuFord's latest magnum opus vividly takes us from the steamy New Orleans suburbs to the jungles of Guyana to the coffee-covered hills of Nicaragua and beyond. This is more than breakfast: it's a readable, enjoyable feast, best consumed any time of day or night."
"DuFord introduces us to the people of Panama, and he does it hilariously and most perceptively."
Eric Jackson, The Panama News
Bring your appetite. Bring gifts for the king of the Naso tribe.
Join Darrin DuFord as he hikes, bribes, and barters his way across Panama, a perennially overlooked filament of the tropics where DuFord encounters a startling richness of cultures between the nation's two coastlines. Sitting down with everyone from scientists to town barflies, DuFord samples such local delicacies as fermented corn homebrew and slow-barbecued jungle rodent while, at every turn, taking the more vernacular--and much more enriching--options of transportation.
Whether jostling in the back of a pickup truck serving as the local bus or uncovering how the country is tackling its ecological quandaries, DuFord opens a window into the little-known day to day struggles and pleasures of the Panamanian people. Is There a Hole in the Boat? reveals a Panama that is not simply a place to watch bloated cruise ships edge along the walls of the Canal. It's a land where the machete can slash through just about anything--except the nation's spirit.