Water buffalo in Napa

I visited Di Bufala in Napa, a small dairy farm trying something new — raising Asian (by way of Italy) water buffalo in California, American dairy cow-style. The first calves, born just this summer, are happy and curious, more like hooved and horned dogs than cattle. A couple years in, rancher Andrew and his crew…

Litcrawl: Geek out on good eats

I’m part of a great panel of writers reading for Eat, Drink, Geek, Write, put together by the Science Writers’ Handbook with help from MATTER. Join us and learn about (and taste) angelic fungi, invasive species, and squid gonads! I’ll be serving up pidan the way my Lao Lao makes them and reading my story for Lucky…

Waiting around

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in…

Best in Travel 2014

Looking for your next great escape? Check out Lonely Planet’s annual compendium of the best places to pound the pavement. On sale here. I wrote about Hunan, China, from its noodle-making robots to its mindblowing national park, but there was just too much to squeeze in. It’s a fantastic corner of the world. And yes, reports of…