Cupcake Girl

I have a new title … and a new column!  I’m now the Cupcake Girl at HelloGiggles.com — which means that every other week I will post a cocktail inspired cupcake recipe on the women’s humor website. I am also a contributor at HelloGiggles and will be posting editorials, listicles and funnies!

 

To see what I have already penned typed, check out my HG bio and author’s page.  My most recent post “21 Quotes from Funny Women That Will Make Your Day,” was shared by HelloGiggles founder Zooey Deschanel and was BuzzFeed’s Fr.esh, top trending story.

 

My Mojito Cupcake recipe was the first in the Cupcake Girl series, a new cupcake will debut next week!
Photo by Robert Giglio

Photo by Robert Giglio

 

My New Gig

As many of you already know, I moved to Pittsburgh about a month ago and am loving this new adventure. I am working as the Development Editor for online alt-weekly Pop City.

Today, I launched my “Throwback Thursday” column, focusing on Pittsburgh’s revitalized historic buildings. My first entry was the Allegheny Post Office, built 1897, turned Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.

The Children's Museum Then and Now #TBT

The Children’s Museum Then and Now #TBT

I am loving sharing the city’s growth, culture and history with yinz … Did I use that right ;)

Quoted in The Atlantic Online

My recent Mardi Gras post for National Geographic News Watch did fairly well online, with thousands of “likes” and shares across social media. The piece looked at one of Louisiana’s little known Carnival traditions: Cajun Mardi Gras. Most notably, the article, “Mardi Gras from Louisiana’s Cajun Country,” was used as a source for The Atlantic online story “The Courir de Mardi Gras,” by Rebecca J. Rosen.  Rosen even used a direct quote from my News Watch story and cited my work.

I was excited to research this Carnival tradition and shed light on a venerable Louisiana observance.

Men on horseback sport traditional Cajun Mardi Gras attire, Church Point, La. Photo by Laura Gerdes Colligan (my cousin and informal guide to Cajun Mardi Gras)

Men on horseback sport traditional Cajun Mardi Gras attire, Church Point, La. Photo by Laura Gerdes Colligan (my cousin and informal guide to Cajun Mardi Gras)

I Heart My City

Just in time for Mardi Gras, National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Intelligent Travel blog posted my “I Heart My City: New Orleans.” As a National Geographic Explorer, I was asked to complete a survey about my favorite things to do in my hometown. I hope you enjoy the list and get the chance to visit New Orleans one day!

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Grabbing beignets at Cafe Beignet. Photo by Robert Giglio

Grabbing beignets at Cafe Beignet. Photo by Robert Giglio

Read me today on Hello Giggles!

My writing has now been featured on National Geographic blogs, The Huffington Post and … Hello Giggles!

Hello Giggles is women’s humor site I adore.  So, I was really excited to see my post shared on their facebook and twitter morning!  For a little giggle, check out my story 11 Steps to Being the Best Damn Maid of Honor in the World.  And feel free to share your own tips in the comments on this positive, connected site.

My piece made it to the Hello Giggles Home Page as a featured story!

My piece made it to the Hello Giggles Home Page as a featured story!

 

Explorer Moment of the Week

I was very excited to be the featured Explorer this week on National Geographic’s 125th anniversary blog.

You can learn a little bit about my project and the tradition of St. Joseph’s Day in the Explorer Moment of the Week gallery. Or read more about the Sicilian holiday in my News Watch post.

As the shamrock is to St. Patrick's Day, the fava bean is to St. Joseph's Day. Read the above articles to learn more.  Photo by Jake Clapp.

As the shamrock is to St. Patrick’s Day, the fava bean is to St. Joseph’s Day. Read the above articles to learn more. Photo by Jake Clapp.

Mentioned on BuzzFeed Food

Today, in honor of National Margarita Day, BuzzFeed Food compiled a list of 29 Crazy Margaritas You Need to Try.  My original Peppermint Margarita made the list at number 25! So, let’s raise a margarita glass and celebrate the holiday with one of BuzzFeed’s crazy (delicious) concoctions!

 

Drink

My Peppermint Margarita. Photo by Robert Giglio.

 

Check out the original post on my blog, The Old Country Blog. Or see BuzzFeed’s article.

Cheers!

Made it to the National Geographic Home Page

I have been blogging consistently for National Geographic News Watch for a little less than a year — and have also written for NG Traveler’s Intelligent Travel Blog. But yesterday was definitely a highlight as my Mardi Gras coverage was featured on the National Geographic home page, www.nationalgeographic.com.

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To see the featured article, click here.  Or here, here and here for my other NG Mardi Gras posts.