Meet Neely Wang, a photographer, designer and blogger living in Marin Country, California. As a photographer, Neely specializes in nature, macro and food photography, and I’m especially drawn to her travel shots, which reveal a crispness of texture and color that makes me feel like I’m there. She love exploring new places, whether it means traveling around the world, visiting a local restaurant, taking a hike or poking around a little antique or stationery shop. On her blog, she shares her latest work, design tips and inspiration, and even (gorgeously shot!) recipes. Here’s Marin County, in her own words.
Marin County, California. My edible city is actually not a city, but a beautiful area called Marin County, where we have lived for the past 3 years. Marin is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, between San Francisco and Napa/Sonoma. It is 90% open space, which means that only 10% is developed, and the rest is just plain beautiful! Being situated right between two glorious food meccas provides Marin County a taste of both worlds – city and farm. When I think of the food within Marin, the words that immediately come to mind are fresh, local and healthy. Marin County is a place where one could easily and enjoyably live as a vegan (although I tried and failed because everything just tastes better with a little bacon ;). Fresh, organic food is abundant, and vegan food is actually very tasty here! The farm to table movement is a way of life in Marin County, which is perfect for a person like me who loves to explore and wander the many year-round farmers markets, as well as feel good about what I’m eating and feeding my family.
My Favorite Dish
Green Papaya Salad. A favorite dish of mine that represents Marin County is the Green Papaya Salad at Arun Thai, a local Thai restaurant. Their green papaya salad is made from fresh greens, grilled shrimp, sliced grape tomatoes, chopped peanuts, shredded green papaya, carrots and green beans, and covered with the most delicious sweet, spicy, sour, salty dressing – my favorite flavor combination! The coolness and crunch of the greens pair so well with the smokiness and tenderness of the shrimp. It’s a beautiful salad, full of color and texture, that not only looks delicious, but tastes even better. And being a photographer, I eat first with my eyes and then with my stomach. It’s always nice when both are happy!
- 36 Hours in Marin County, a New York Times guide to the region’s best oyster bars, farmers markets and activities
- Want to make Green Papaya Salad at home? Here are a few good-looking recipes to get you started:
Photo Credits: All pictures by Neely Wang.