Taste of the South–New Food Column by Connie Pearson

Connie Pearson is the newest MilesGeek columnist to join our cadre of well-traveled Featured writers. She will share with us her unique perspective on restaurants and food in the southern United States, in addition to travel stories from around the globe.


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Connie has degrees in piano performance and music education and is a retired elementary music and art teacher. Currently, she is a freelance travel writer and photographer based in Athens, AL.

Connie and her husband Steve served as missionaries in Ecuador for four years and participated in short-term mission projects in Brazil, Guatemala, South Korea, Kenya and Venezuela. She has also traveled throughout the United States and enjoys exploring all parts of the world, especially the customs and cuisine of “the locals.”

Connie and Steve Pearson
Connie and Steve

Connie Pearson has three married children and twelve grandchildren. She and Steve have been married for 45 years, and she calls him her Silver Fox. Every summer they host a week-long Cousins Camp for all the grands who are “at least four years old and potty-trained.” Last summer there were 10 qualified campers, ages 4-14! Family members are scattered throughout Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama and share her passion for Auburn University football and good food.

Connie with all 12 grandchildren
Connie with all 12 grandchildren

A member of ITWPA (International Travel Writers and Photographers Alliance), Connie contributes to many on-line travel publications and is a regular feature writer for a print magazine in her hometown newspaper. She also maintains a Christian travel blog: www.theregoesconnie.com. Her primary subjects for writing are food, Boomer travel, multigenerational travel, devotionals based on missions experiences, and teaching her readers about places less-known to tourists.

Connie’s heart language is “Southern,” and she loves cooking and eating the foods of the Deep South. Connie’s first contribution to MilesGeek was “Making Pasta in a Florence, Italy Cooking Class.” In the future, Connie will be sharing articles under her column, Taste of the South, in MilesGeek.

Kathy Stafford
Kathy Stafford

Kathy Stafford is a writer, publisher and editor. She was a contributing author to "Sasha Cohen Fire on Ice". She has been a contributing editor to several publications including, "Discover Balboa Park: A Complete Guide". Kathy was publisher and editor of "Skating Sketches", reporting on figure skating worldwide, for over ten years. She was a credentialed journalist as a figure skating specialist for the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. She has covered international skating events in Switzerland, France, Finland, England, Canada and the United States with published articles in Canada, Japan, and the United States. Although she never accepted an assignment, she was on the list of approved Lonely Planet authors for three years. She is currently combining her love of travel, and her background as a writer and editor, as a publisher and author of travel related journalism. In addition, she blogs about her search for her family roots at www.cherokeerootsblog.com.

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