Tiara Darnell (she/her) is a freelance writer, and visual and audio producer based in Portland, Oregon.
Her work spans cannabis, music, culture, and lifestyle, and has appeared in Portland Monthly, Sprudge, Travel Portland, Willamette Week, Medium.com, and elsewhere.
She came to Oregon in 2014 after spending two years in Ouarzazate (pronounced war-za-zat), a small town where the Atlas mountains end and the Sahara desert begins in southern Morocco.
What will you be presenting on? I’ll be sharing a story about the first night I met my Moroccan host family and the first meal we shared together.
Best piece of advice you ever got about cooking: My grandfather told my mom, and my mom told me, "If you burn the roux, start over." I carry this with me outside of the kitchen too; Without a solid foundation there is no structure.
If you could only eat one meal forever, it would be: Whatever produces the least amount of dishes.
Favorite food: Locally, Hood strawberries -- Personally, I count the length of time I've been in Oregon by strawberry seasons.
Recommended reading: The blog I kept while in Morocco -- That Global Swagg (on Tumblr.com)
Best meals: Every serving of Djaj Mhammer (Moroccan wedding chicken), the sixteen or seventeen course meal with wine I ate on Christmas in Acqui Terme, Italy in 2016, and the "Chocolate Freedom" dessert I had at the (Obama) White House.
Food you’d like to try: Everything Celeste Noche photographs.