About Me

I am a devout foodie who loves farmers markets, wine tastings, and independent coffee shops. After entering the world of minimum wage internships, however, I realized I could no longer afford to indulge my epicurean habits. But that doesn’t mean I have to deny myself completely!

The Unpaid Gourmet was created to chronicle my budget-friendly culinary adventures in Washington, DC. Over the past year, I ate my way through the District, searching for the city’s best food at bargain prices. My quest took me all over the city and all over the culinary spectrum. From fiery jerk chicken in Petworth to homemade ramen in Bethesda to the meal of a lifetime in Dupont Circle, I enjoyed every bite–and wrote about it all on this blog.

Now, I’m eating and writing in Philadelphia, my adopted home for the next 3 years while I’m in law school. Being new to Philly, I’m excited to see what the city has to offer beyond cheesesteaks, hoagies, and tastykakes (though obviously, I’ll have to try all of those too). I’ll be on the lookout for cheap eats, hidden gems, and free food-related festivals around the city, and hope to share dining tips with all those other unpaid gourmets out there!

If you would like to contact me, please email me at: gourmetmackie@gmail.com

19 responses to “About Me


  2. Hi, it was great meeting you at the Churchkey yesterday. I love your Legendary post, I’m now craving a juicy gyro! Shakti or I will drop you a note soonish about smorgie.com
    Happy food adventures.

  3. Still have friends in the DC area. Would you like me to get some ideas for you to start with? I’ll also pass along your blog site.

  4. i miss eating at legends with you. the blog is amazing. xxo

  5. hi mackie!!! great blog!! Things are well and I’m still roaming bejing for delicious treats and harassing chefs for good recipes and techniques! will update u with an email. come back here, we miss you! xo

  6. This is such a refreshing blog to read. Good Job, Mackie!

  7. Hey, unpaid gourmet, your parents neighbor has signed up for a “urban beekeeping course”, and is seriously looking into raising organic chickens on the lower terrace…….Silverlake Eggs! Oh, we are going to Nancy Silverton’s new restuarant tonight…….did I spell her last name correctly? Anyway, the woman who started the La Brea Bakery’s new place……I love your blog…..uncle tom

    • Thanks, Tom! I really appreciate the kind words. Are you guys going to Osteria Mozza?? I heard it’s amazing; I’ve only been to the Pizzeria. And I love looking at your photos of Landon!

    • Thanks for the kind words, Tom! I really appreciate it. Are you guys going to Osteria Mozza? I heard it’s amazing; I’ve only been to the pizzeria side. And I love looking through your photos of Landon. He is so adorable!

  8. Hi…we have a magazine and a few local web sites in the dc area…I would love to talk to you about your writing…can you call me at 703.585.3354 …thanks…

    • gourmetmackie

      Hi Johnny,

      Thanks for contacting me! I will be out of town this weekend, but will try to give you a call next week.


  9. I want to join now!

  10. I live on Moreno…….live to eat!

    • Hi Bill!

      My mom and Francis told me about you. Would love to meet up, and of course eat, when I’m back in LA in August!

  11. Your blog is adorable! I love it!

    We would love for you to do a review of our restaurant! We are Floriana’s @ 1602 17th Street NW WDC 20009. We have half price bottle of wine nights on Sunday and Wednesday and half price pasta on Monday and Tuesday.

    Please let me know if you are interested. I would love to meet you and want to make sure I’m here at the restaurant when you are. Email me and I can send you more information on our restaurant!!

    Look forward to hearing from you!
    Rachael Tapper

  12. What winery visits do you recommend in No. VA? I’ve been to: Hillsborough, Tarara, Blumont, Sunset Hills, Boxwood, Breaux and Chrysalis.
    Do you recommend any others?
    So far, Tarara had the best full suite of wines with the Cab Franc Reserve at the top along with their Charval white blend. Everyone else had only one or two drinkable wines in their portfolio.

  13. Lauren Yokomizo

    Hi Mackie! Love your blog! So creative and inspiring. It was nice meeting you and your mom at NSG 😉 Hope you’ll continue to follow your passions!

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