#UBP2014: Ultimate Blog Party at 4TP

Welcome #UBP2014 bloggers and new readers to 4 Tickets Please! I am thrilled that you have landed on my page. My name is Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons. I originally hail from Baltimore, Maryland ( I am a full-on, Old-Bay-Seasoning-loving-girl) who now lives on the coast of Maine. Yes, I do put that Old Bay on my lobster rolls and I really miss good lump, backfin crabmeat.

This is me- always full of joie-de-vivre, compassion and a little bit of snarkiness.

This is me: always full of joie-de-vivre, compassion and a little bit of snarkiness.

I was not always a writer & blogger.  For many years, I was content (but exhausted) as a social worker and therapist.  I juggled a full work schedule with the realities of being a mom and wife. That reality changed one bright autumn afternoon in 2008.

I was approached at my local playground by the editor of our town newspaper.  My daughters were busy playing on the swings: her son, on the slides. We had met at this park several times before and had made the requisite mommy chit-chat.  That day however, the conversation proved to be different. With one eye on her and one toward my girls, the two of us struck up a decidedly pointed conversation. She told me she wanted to expand the paper, “to get more creative and centered on ‘special interests.'”

She looked at me firmly and said, “Kristin, you’re articulate and you love food.  I know you are a good cook from the way you talk about recipes.  I need a food writer for our paper.

I almost aspirated the water I was drinking.  “A food writer?  You mean, you are handing me a dream job?  Just like that?” I gasped, incredulously.

“Well, not just like that. I do need to know that you can write as well as you speak.  Send me some clips and we will go from there,” she said.

I had no idea what clips were and set about “googling” the term as soon as I returned home.  Two weeks later, with two approved clips (excerpts from bigger articles) under my belt, I became a columnist for the York County Coast Star and York Weekly.

Fast forward six years: I have worked as a food columnist, writer-in-residence in Belize, freelancer for AAA Magazines, Latina Magazine and The Latin Kitchen Blog, and Food Network Magazine. I  continue to write and teach Food and Culture at the University of Southern Maine. My life has become filled with joy and a dream profession: I still juggle parenting, work and partnership. I am however, extremely fulfilled.

I am a lover of all-things-food:I love the people behind the scenes AND the people you get to share it with.  4ticketsplease.com was started as a way to augment my writing work and to share my personal and family experiences.  4 tickets please is home to travel advice, food stories and most recently, my daughter’s own blog posts.

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My goal is to grow in 2014: 2 posts per week and an audience of 1K daily readership.

A special thanks to Susan and Janice at 5minutesformom.com and to all the generous people who have sponsored this week to make it a success!

To get a good flavor of 4 Tickets Please:

1.) Fine dining with the kinder-set: Can you take your kids out to eat?

2.) Maine takes on Mexico: Chef Shannon Bard at the James Beard House.

3.)On coffee, parenting and study-abroad.

4.) Running at Disney: A Team-in-Training runner takes on the Glass Slipper Challenge

My Social Links:

Twitter: @kafcooks

Linkedin: Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons

Facebook: Kristin F. Simmons

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/kafcooks

Tags I like to use: #foodstory, #livelovefood, #lunchwithava, #4ticketsplease  and #maine

My thanks and best. Please post your links below.  I am dedicated to reading 4 new blogs per day during the #UBP2014  week.

Kristin Fuhrmann-Simmons



11 thoughts on “#UBP2014: Ultimate Blog Party at 4TP

    • Renee, Thank you for reading my blog post! It was an amazing event that day on the playground – one that my former editor and I recount with fondness. I hope the #UBP2014 is going well for you. I will stop by your blog. My best and regards to you.

  1. Hi Kristin! I love the layout and design of your blog. I also find it great that your daughter is getting into writing too. How wonderful! BTW, your daughters look so like you. I look forward to reading more! 🙂

    • Christine, thank you for your kind words. I appreciate your thoughts about the layout: I debated for some time about the feel that I wanted. I like clean and stylish- perhaps because (as you may know) a home full of kids, pets and the goodness of everyday life can get a little hectic.
      I will check out your blog too! My regards and best to you.

  2. Hi Kristin! I’m glad to have found you on #UBP14–it’s great that you can work at something you love! I’m also interested in travel, food, and all the language and culture background that connects with those topics. I’m just getting started in the blog world, and I’m inspired by all the great reading out there. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. Feel free to stop by my blog at exploraworld.org/blog

    • Kennedy,
      Thank you so much for stopping by the blog. I really appreciate your feedback. I am a fellow food and travel junkie: I live for new experiences and sharing them with my family and friends! I will definitely stop by your blog and I hope #UBP14 is going well! My best. KFS

  3. Well, I had posted a reply but lost it all because of Gravatar ugh so just wanted to stop by and say it was nice getting to know you better. I’m dropping by from the UBP14. Looks like you have had a ton of great opportunities. I’m participating with our travel blog but I have others as well. Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    • Angie, Thank you for your kind reply! I would love to read your blog – travel is a huge passion for me and I always love to hear about other perspectives and tips. I hope UBP14 is going well for you!

  4. UBP14 participant played with all your social media icons and liked, followed, joined and posted all that was available to me. Thanks for sharing some of your wonderful accomplishments. I really enjoyed getting to know you.

    • Thanks so much! I am glad you joined UBP14 and I hope it is going well for you! I would love to check out you site. Thank you for following and I hope you enjoy the posts!

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