Hi! I’m Melissa. I write and photograph The Traveler’s Lunchbox from my home, wherever in the world that may be. Right now it’s Stuttgart, Germany. During the life of this blog it has also been Seattle (my home city) and Edinburgh, Scotland (where I lived for seven years and completed a PhD). At various points in my pre-blogging past it was also Berkeley, New Orleans, Bilbao and Dublin, the last of which is where I met my German husband and best friend Manuel. As if things weren’t international enough, in 2009 we adopted a galgo español (Spanish greyhound) named Lily, who does her best to help us work off all our extra calories.

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Proof that I was blogging long before it was fashionable!

This website has been mentioned in:

Saveur Magazine 2nd Annual Food Blog Awards, Finalist: Best Culinary Travel Blog, May 2011
Ideales Heim (Switzerland), Gourmets im Netz, June 2010
Saveur Magazine 1st Annual Food Blog Awards, Finalist: Best Culinary Travel Blog, March 2010
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Organizing Spices Can Rack the Nerves, January 24, 2010
Gourmet.com, Favorite Food Sites, March 2009
The Times Online (UK), 50 of the World’s Best Food Blogs, February 17, 2009
SBS Online (Australia), Everyone’s a Critic, October 7, 2008
Gestgjafinn Magazine (Iceland), Matarhefðir Endurspegla Mannlífið, Spring 2008
Gault Millau Magazine (France), Les Top 10 des Blogs dans le Monde, April 2008
Travelocity’s IgoUgo.com, 14 Foodie Travel Blogs to Savor, March 18, 2008
DNews Roma (Italy), March 12, 2008
Joshi Camera Magazine (Japan), January 2008
The Montreal Gazette, October 27, 2007
The Sacramento Bee, September 26, 2007
Bon Appétit Editor’s Blog, epicurious.com, June 27, 2007
Debonair Magazine Food Blog Awards, Best Food and Travel Blog, June 25, 2007
Budget Travel Online Blog, May 4, 2007
delicious. Magazine (UK), Foodie File, May 2007
The Scotsman, Spectrum Magazine, Dinner With Melissa Kronenthal, April 22, 2007
Real Simple Magazine, Travel Issue 2007
ViaMichelin, March 2007
2006 Food Blog Awards January 2007, Finalist in the categories of Best Writing and Best Overall Blog
Newsweek International Edition online, September 26, 2006
The Morning News, September 14, 2006
Yahoo.com ‘Pick of the Day’, September 12, 2006
Food and Wine Magazine online, September 1 and November 10, 2006
Gridskipper.com, August 29, 2006
La Prensa (Panama), August 13, 2006
Cuisine and Wine Asia Magazine online (Singapore), August 2006
Relish Magazine, July 2006
Olive Magazine (UK), April and September 2006
2005 Food Blog Awards January 2006, Finalist in the categories of Best Writing, Best New Blog, Best Recipes, Best Post and Best Overall Blog
The CS Monitor, December 29, 2005

This blog has also been recommended by Saveur Magazine, the Food Network, MSN’s Delish.com, Condé Nast’s Concierge.com, Budget Travel, Travelocity and The Contrarian Traveler, and has been featured numerous times on Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn, Serious Eats and Chow.com.