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Amanda Bourne, The Bourne Explorer

Amanda Bourne, The Bourne Explorer

Hi, my name is Amanda Bourne and I am an explorer to the core.

I was delivered in nine minutes during a blustery Boston snowstorm, ready to leap out and discover the world. Since the day I can remember, I’ve sought out adventure.

Journeying into the woods for hours behind my dad’s hydrangea garden, I pretended I was on dinosaur excavations, my backpack filled with an array of snacks, my trusty Swiss Army Knife, a magnifying glass (to observe butterflies and  salamanders),  and always a change of clothes (explains my years of over-packing for vacation).

Whether I am wrestling down a Maine lobster like Darryl Hannah in the movie Splash, whipping up a hearty breakfast burrito with a few ingredients, or scaling a stone barricade to stroll on a deserted beach in Big Sur, I am doing it with fervor and zest…doing it my way.

I prefer to share several plates to capture the flavor and intention of the restaurant.  And often you will find me eating at the bar for a more interactive dining experience. I encourage myself to stray from my detailed travel agendas, gathering tidbits from locals. And my insatiable curiosity has lead me to collect valuable advice and perspective from intriguing characters along the way, which will thread through the pages of this blog.

For over a decade, I have been engrossed in the adrenaline and predictable chaos of the hospitality world. I have exchanged my stilettos and clipboard for a pair of Tom’s kickers (snow boots, these days), a notebook, and my camera.

A long time Manhattanite, I have moved across the river to Dumbo with my husband Travis and my gentle giant Milo. I took another adventure last year by enrolling at The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) to get my Culinary Arts degree.  These days my schedule is balanced with working at the Food Network and  writing, exploring, observing and sharing treasured discoveries. I hope you will enjoy this journey as much as I already have…

The journey begins. Well, continues…now with you along for the ride. Welcome aboard! Why a blog about exploring and discovery? Because people say exploring helps them find their way but for me it is my way.

I am passionate about the thrilling, savory, messy sometimes uncomfortable and inevitably ever-changing aspects of exploring. This blog is a mouthpiece for me to share some sites, flavors, perspectives, and experiences with you.

So reader, if you are listening, here’s just a taste of what’s to come. We will:

  • Transform dining out into edible memories and dining in into “Ah, there is no place like home!” moments
  • Venture to intriguing neighborhoods and meet inspiring characters who make these locations worth the visit
  • Become cooking connoisseurs on our own terms
  • Remember why we chose the people we did and reveal clever ways of saying thank you
  • Shuffle and shake up comfort zone itineraries and disclose places you didn’t realize were just around the corner

All done with a dash of adventure, a sprinkle of faith (we’ve gotta have a little faith), and a dollop of old fashioned quirkiness!

Satisfy your senses,
Amanda (follow me on Twitter!)