writer. food critic. anxious cook.

Cara Strickland is a freelance writer living in the Pacific Northwest. She writes about food, faith, singleness and relationships for a variety of publications in print and online.

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Where's Cara? (Volume 8: The Freelanceaversary edition)

Celebrating my Freelanceaversary by sharing my first national food byline, and a piece in the Washington Post. 

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Where's Cara? (Volume Seven: The Food Edition)

A collection of the summer's food writing. 

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Where's Cara? (Volume Six)

In this edition: rice and family history, how yoga is teaching me to pray, and achieving proper bra fit.

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published work

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The bleak future of food criticism: Yelp reviews, puff pieces and no accountability for restaurants

As the last dining critic in my city, I was a voice for the people who couldn't afford to waste money on a bad meal

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I Dream of Owning a Dog the Way Some People Yearn for a Baby

"When I thought about what I wanted my life to look like at this point, I pictured a dog. I pictured a significant other, as well. But dogs are easier to acquire, at least in theory."

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Why Was Turkish Delight C.S. Lewis's Guilty Pleasure?

An exploration of the history of Turkish delight, through the lens of Edmund and WWII.  

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