Welcome to Caitlin’s Crumbs! My name is Caitlin Clement; freelancer, Marketing Communications Coordinator at LenderClose, and recent Drake University graduate. I have written numerous articles for my universities publication Drake Magazine, Better Homes & Gardens, 5280 Magazine, Motherly, and Enterprise Iowa. The last six months I’ve been enjoying life after graduation by joining the Event Management Team for the Des Moines Arts Festival and diving into the world of marketing.
The Lead Up
When I was a little girl, some of my fondest memories came from helping my family in the kitchen. Whether that was making pig picking cake with my grandma (she’s a southern girl) or watching my dad on the grill. I loved trying new foods and dabbling with different cooking techniques whenever possible. On the weekends, I spent my time watching culinary shows like Bizarre Foods and No Reservations. In all honesty, I still do. They’re just more re-runs at this point.
I eventually combined this love of food with travel after going on my first international trip in high school to both France and Spain. There was no turning back after that: I was hooked. It was there that I realized how important a countries gastronomy was to its identity.
Food, for me, is a representation of different cultures. A plate of food in Spain is different to that of England. It lets you see the topography, the traditions, and the communities of these destinations. This blog is my attempt at following the trail of bread crumbs life leaves out for us– discovering all the good eats along the way. And maybe inspire a few of you to do the same.