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I write about food and travel, mainly in Mexico, but I also dabble in literature and unsolicited opinion. I love a good listicle as much as I love a chunky feature.

Goal for 2018: more personal and critical essays.

For writing queries (not blog info) email me at laurensarahcocking [at] gmail [dot] com


TRAVEL

features

Why Hoodezfield is the best town in England (Indy Travel, 2018)

Why York is still the UK’s Best City for Chocolate Lovers (Indy Travel, 2018)

The night when nobody sleeps in Tlaxcala, Mexico (CNN, 2018)

Best things to do in Guanajuato, Mexico (CNN, 2018)

Under-the-radar beach towns on Mexico’s Central Pacific Coast (Lonely Planet, 2018)

The Best Way to Say Cheese in the Andes (OZY, 2018)

The best things to do in Guadalajara (CNN, 2018)

A Piece of Britain Lost in Mexico (BBC Travel, 2018)

This Mexican Archaeological Site Has Been Underexplored for too Long (Fodor’s 2018)

Mexico’s Most Surreal Destination is a Magical Town in the Jungle (Fodor’s, 2017)

listicles

Mexico City — Go List 2019 (Fodor’s, 2018)

12 Mexican Day of the Dead Traditions (Fodor’s, 2018)

Vacation after a business trip? Try these affordable destinations (CNN Biz + Leisure, 2018)

14 Death Festivals From Around the World (Fodor’s, 2018)

The World’s 20 Best Black Sand Beaches (Fodor’s, 2018)

The Most Beautiful Towns in Colombia (CNN, 2018)

The World’s Most Colorful Natural Phenomena (National Geographic, 2018)

The World’s 30 Most Colorful Natural Attractions (Fodor’s, 2018)

The 25 Most Colorful Towns in the World (Fodor’s, 2018)

10 Mexican Magic Towns For 10 Charming Village Vacations (Frommer’s, 2017)


FOOD + DRINK

features

The Rambunctious, Elitist Chocolate Houses of 18th-Century London (Gastro Obscura, 2018)

Happy Birthday Carménère: The Unofficial Wine of Chile ‘Officially’ Turns 20 (Wine4Food, 2018)

This Moonshine Tastes Like Thanksgiving in a Bottle…But it’s from the UK (OZY, 2018)

Café El Jarocho: Old Wave Coffee (Culinary Backstreets, 2018)

This Weird Combination Makes For Mexico’s Tastiest Crepe (OZY, 2018)

This Delicious Chilean Sandwich Really Shouldn’t Work (OZY, 2018)

The UK’s confounding bread debate (BBC Travel, 2018)

This Chilean Drink Will Knock You Off Your Feet (OZY, 2018)

How the Humble Pork Pie Charmed the English (Serious Eats, 2018)

Craft Brewers are Breaking Away from Quito, Ecuador. You Should Too (OZY, 2018)

Pitayas: The Fleeting Fruit That Causes a Frenzy in Mexico (CNN, 2018)

The Case For Toting Your Own Tea Bags (Extra Crispy, 2018)

Cure Your Hangover With Mexico’s Original Energy Drink (MUNCHIES, 2018)

Pulque is the Unique Mexican Drink Enjoying a Resurgence (The Kitchn, 2017)

The Coolest Mexican Party Drinks Beyond Tequila and Mezcal (OZY, 2017)

Local Beer Over Questionable Tapas is Always an Easy Choice (Roads & Kingdoms, 2017)

How Mexico Celebrates the Day of the Dead with Bread (Extra Crispy, 2017)

listicles

The best foods in South America (and where to eat them) (CNN, 2018)

Your Best Bets For Craft Beers…in Peru (OZY, 2018)

14 Things to Eat and Drink in Guadalajara (Fodor’s, 2018)

20 Delicious British Comfort Foods to Try on Your Next Trip (Fodor’s, 2018)

30 Sandwiches from All Over the World That You Need to Try (Fodor’s, 2018)

Eat Like a Goth With These 13 Foods From Around the World (Fodor’s, 2017)

16 Mexican Street Foods You’re Missing Out On (Fodor’s, 2017)


LITERATURE, HISTORY, CULTURE + ARTS

This Plotless Chilean Novel About Sex and Class is your Next Great Read (OZY, 2018)

She Wants to Make Sure Your Boss Won’t Always be a White Guy (OZY, 2018)

Tales of Loss: Six Great Mexican Reads by Women (OZY, 2018)

The Cult London Bookstore That Might Just Throw You Out (OZY, 2018)

America’s Westernmost Bookstore that Almost Wasn’t (OZY, 2018)

Cats and Cookies Await at this Oddly Named Rural Bookshop (OZY, 2018)

Visit Colombia’s Largest Tower of Books (OZY, 2018)

Guess What? The Panama Hat Doesn’t Come From Panama (OZY, 2018)

The Activists Using Embroidery to Protest Mexico’s Murder Epidemic (Broadly, 2018)

Meet Mexico’s Exuberant, Butterfly-Loving Street Artist (OZY, 2018)

Why Your Next Read Should Be From Catalonia (OZY, 2018)


PERSONAL ESSAYS

What it’s Like to Love Someone in Another Language (Hello Giggles, 2018)

How Mexico Made Me Love Breakfast (The Kitchn, 2017)

La vida (de una extranjera) en la Ciudad (de Mexico) // The (Mexico) City Life (of a British Girl) (Revista Bananas, 2017)


LIFESTYLE

The carry-on luggage essentials you never knew you needed (loveEXPLORING, 2018)

10 Latinx Travel Instagrammers You Need to Follow ASAP (Popsugar, 2018)

The Best Ways to Take Care of Yourself While Traveling Long-Term (Popsugar, 2018)

11 Helpful Tips for Traveling on Your Period (Popsugar, 2017)


LONG(ER) TERM FREELANCE POSITIONS

Various (Culture Trip, 2014-2018)

Various (Pink Pangea, 2016)

Various (Babe, 2016)