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Who am I?

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The partially-smushed face of your trusted blogger in 2014. Photograph: Max Falkowitz

I'm Robyn Lee, the undoubtedly mentally-sound person in the photo above. I started this blog in 2004 as a clueless 19-year-old who had just moved from her home state of New Jersey to New York City, ostensibly to get a degree in Food Studies, in reality to eat a lot. I ripped off my blog's name from one of my favorite books, The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten, because nothing says "honoring one of your favorite food writers" like besmirching his book's name through a stream of barely comprehensible, unedited food-related brain farts that nobody asked for.

In 2007, after earning an oversized piece of paper that said, "You officially know stuff about food," I started working as an editorial assistant at Serious Eats, where I immediately found out I knew next-to-nothing about food. Seven-ish years of working at Serious Eats later, I emerged with a greater understanding of food culture, the business of running a start-up food website, the responsibilities of a photo and copy editor, and, most importantly, how to satisfactorily animate a never-ending squishing S'mOreos.

After leaving Serious Eats in 2014, I moved to Taipei to learn Mandarin, a task that required dumping all my previous knowledge to make room for the thousands of characters that would haunt my life for the next ten months.

In 2015, I headed back to the US to get married to Kåre, my long-distance boyfriend of five years and my long-distance friend of nine years. A few months later I moved to Norway so we could finally live in the same country. Since then, I've been living every regressing 30-something-year-old's dream of being an unemployed bum who spends most of her time learning two necessities of living in Norway: how to speak Norwegian and how to make pizza that doesn't suck.

Camera info

Here's a timeline of the cameras I've used since I started this blog:

I edit all my photos in Photoshop and upload nearly all of them to my Flickr page.

How to contact me

My email address is roboppy@gmail.com. For the most part, email is the best way to contact me, but I can be slow at replying. Don't be shy—please feel free to poke me more than once if you don't hear from me in a timely manner. I love hearing from readers! In the great words of the best computer animated dog in the universe, I have just met you, and I love you! Are you backing away slowly now? That's cool, I get it.

If you're from a PR firm and want to contact me about something you're promoting, you probably shouldn't. I don't write solicited reviews. I don't care about new cookbooks or cooking gadgets. I'm 99% sure I can't go to whatever event your promoting and even if I could, I wouldn't be interested.

If you want to contact me about licensing my photos, please be clear about how you want to use the photos and what your photo rates are.

You can also find me on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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