New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


Does outsourcing affect our personal connection to food?

It's easier than ever to have someone else plan meals, gather groceries and cook. Is that good?
The Chicago Tribune Link to Story

4 Ways to Be a Good Traveler in the Age of Overtourism

In cities and destinations from Barcelona to Bali, "overtourism" has become a year-round problem.
U.S. News & World Report Link to Story

Dementia is dreadful. But family dinners can bring moments of joy.

Long before Tim Hollingsworth was chef de cuisine at French Laundry, he was cooking by his mother’s side.
The Associated Press Link to Story

Hot and sweet: Dining along New York State's Buffalo Wing Trail

The warnings come at you as soon as you step into the low-slung building that is Duff’s Tavern.
The Associated Press Link to Story

You CAN try this at home: Cookbook serves TV/movie foods

It all started with a “fussy little burger” elaborately described by Rob Lowe on “Parks & Rec.”
The Associated Press Link to Story

Fresh From Bangkok: 4 Herb & Spice-Filled Cocktail Recipes

Lemongrass, ginger, holy basil, mango, ground fresh chili: Thai dinner menus inspire great drinks. Link to Story

Pittsburgh's transformed dining scene is the place to be and eat

Along with robotics & innovative healthcare, the city's revitalization includes a noteworthy dining scene.
USA Today Link to Story

48 Hours in Bangkok: Your Next Vacation Spot

Despite the city’s image, nights out in Bangkok don’t have to look like an endless replay of “Hangover 2.” Link to Story

Pittsburgh’s innovative chefs: This theater wants you.

Tucked inside the nonprofit Tull Family Theater is a space that's just waiting for the perfect partner.
NEXTpittsburgh Link to Story

Early to bed can take effort at summer’s end

You can already picture those first back-to-school mornings: kids cranky in the early a.m. after a summer of sleeping in.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Link to Story

ASK A DESIGNER: Metallics for the holidays and all winter

Holiday decor is all about cheer and sparkle, a task made easier by the popularity of all things metallic.
The Washington Post Link to Story

What Are Adaptogens, and Can They Help You Live Healthier?

Adaptogens: Research is growing into these herbs' stress-protective and energy-giving properties. Link to Story



For nearly two decades, Melissa Rayworth has been exploring the building blocks of modern life -- the ways we design and organize our homes, how we interact with entertainment and pop culture in our marketing-saturated society, parenting, relationships and marriage, and much more -- as a writer for regional, national and global media outlets. She's also an experienced managing editor for print and online magazines.

That work continues, and has grown to include the launch of a private storytelling service called Breadcrumbs, which Melissa has created alongside her husband, writer Ted Anthony. (Visit to learn more.)

After three years living and working in southeast Asia, Melissa currently splits her time between Pittsburgh and New York.