My name is Jay.
By day, I am a pharmacist. Pretty much the rest of the time, I’m thinking about food. It started with travel journals. I lived in the Middle East for the better part of ten years, and got to see a lot of the world during that season. Pretty soon I realized I was recording less about what I saw and more about what I ate. Thanks to the influence of Calvin Trillin, I found myself strategizing family trips based on what we could squeeze in between restaurants. Shortly before we returned to Amreeka, I put together a little cookbook that was about half recipes, half stories. A year after our return, back in my Mississippi hometown, I tracked down the lifestyles editor at our local daily news and handed her a stack of those stories. I guess my timing was good. I started the first week of October, 2010, and four or five lifestyles reporters later, Eats One Ate is still going. It’s pretty simple: I am the one writing about the eats I ate. The newspaper column led to Till We Eat Again, the back page of Eat.Drink.Mississippi magazine. Before I knew it, I was blogging and tweeting. I try to get around to as many local food events as I can, and even get behind the judges’ table every now and then. I’m not a chef by any stretch, but I like to play with food. Mostly, though, I like to write about it. And here we are.
Oh, and what’s the deal with the camel? Yes, it is indeed a template that I picked from the WordPress options. I had visions of replacing the picture with an amazing lucky shot I got of a spice market in Yemen, but that picture is buried in a grocery bag full of negatives (I hope) and it is yet to be uncovered. But it’s not just laziness – I can relate to this camel. I saw the pyramids in Giza once. From the back of a camel. I could have taken this picture. I may have one in that same grocery bag. So I kept him to remind me of the day I ate at Chili’s on the banks of the Nile.