MorningCalm Magazine (Korean Air): One Patty, One Love

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I’m excited to share that my article and photographs on Jamaica’s famous patty are now in the June issue of MorningCalm, Korean Air’s in-flight magazine.

Titled “One Patty, One Love,” you can view my piece from pages 94-99 (Street Foods section). Or you can view the PDF copy.

It was one of my most fun assignments to date, which included flying to Jamaica in May–one week after I’d just returned from there and just one week before my big trip to New Zealand–to research my story, do the photo shoot and piece it all together.

In the coming weeks, I’ll share more images that didn’t make the piece (due to space) and behind the scenes stories–from learning >> how to make a patty from scratch with Miss Sonia to capturing the people and scenes that shaped my article.

I am super grateful to Jamaica’s wonderful food experts–whether TV personalities, chefs or the neighborhood patty icons–for making time during their Easter holiday weekend to assist me. They have incredible spirit, a reminder of why I love Jamaica.

I hope you enjoy the read and the photos, and please feel free to share with fellow Jamaica and patty lovers around the world!

Update! **Click here for details on the making of this article and additional photographs.**


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Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning, Ethiopian-American travel writer, photographer and author of several Caribbean guidebooks for Moon Travel Guides, including Moon Belize, Moon Belize Cayes, and Moon Dominican Republic (October 2016). Her work focuses on Caribbean culture and adventure, and has been published in AFAR, CNN Travel, BBC, Delta Sky, The Guardian, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, and Every Day With Rachael Ray, among many others. Lily is also the 2016 recipient of the Marcia Vickery Wallace Award for Excellence in Travel Journalism for her Caribbean coverage, from the Caribbean Tourism Organization. Lily calls herself a “culture-holic”–she speaks four languages fluently and has lived in Cote d’Ivoire, England, Jamaica, Belize, the Dominican Republic and traveled to some 30+ countries around the world. Last but not least, she is a former corporate attorney who ditched her Washington DC office for the road in 2009 to pursue her dream of becoming a storyteller. Lily holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish (summa cum laude) from the University of Maryland at College Park, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law.

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  1. Kahleel 1 June, 2014 at 9:44 AM #

    This is awesome. I am a proud Jamaican and love seeing features about the uniqueness of my little island.
    Thanks and I’m so jealous of you!!!

  2. Traci 2 June, 2014 at 12:02 PM #

    Congrats on the feature. Great article and pictures of a slice of my wonderful country.

  3. Lebawit Lily Girma 2 June, 2014 at 12:20 PM #

    Thanks, Kahleel! I’m happy you enjoyed it.

  4. Lebawit Lily Girma 2 June, 2014 at 12:23 PM #

    Thanks, Traci! Yes, Jamaica sure is wonderful and will always be my first home away from home. I will soon share more of my images from this assignment. Stay tuned!

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