About John Gottberg

Welcome to my blog. My name is John Gottberg Anderson. I am a full-time freelance writer and photographer who makes his home in beautiful Bend, Oregon. A member of the Society of American Travel Writers from 1988, I write primarily on travel and dining subjects, often merely signing myself as John Gottberg.

I was formerly an editor for the Los Angeles Times, the Paris-based Michelin Guides and the Singapore-based Insight Guides. I am the author or co-author of 20 books, as well as articles in more than 50 magazines around the world. I have been a cook and a bartender, a carpenter, a ski instructor, a musician, a hotel porter and a door-to-door salesman, but I always return to my true calling, the printed (electronically or otherwise) word.

Please read Bend’s Bulletin newspaper (www.bendbulletin.com) to see my regional travel stories (June 22, relaxing on a working cattle ranch; June 15, Oregon summer festivals; June 8, Shakespeare in Ashland, Ore.; June 1, Spokane, Wash.) most Sundays.  See my weekly reviews of regional restaurants (June 27, Zydeco; June 20, Bend Burger Co.; June 13, LifeLife Taphouse; June 6, Taco Stand) in the newspaper’s “Go” section every Friday. You’ll also find my stories in the Eugene Register-Guard  (www.registerguard.com) on most Sundays (June 22, St. Helens, Ore.; June 8, Smith Rock State Park, Ore.; May 18, Redding, Calif.).

Recent stories are posted on this Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/johngottbergtravelanddining … thanks for reading!

15 responses to “About John Gottberg

  1. metin kaya

    I thınk you are writting about travel and you say many cıty ın the world but I wish you wrıte about the city of ISTANBUL in TURKEY.But I thınk you dont know anything abaut İSTANBUL and may be TURKEY Please say what your ıdeas thıs subject. thank you

  2. Jan Fisher

    RE: Article on Tall Ships at HO kwee um

    I simply have to correct something you wrote in your very interesting article. You said the name of the town was HO-kee-um.
    I was born and raised in Hoquiam, and, unless someone has changed the pronunciation since I moved away, it was never been called HO-kee-um. The correct pronunciation is HO-kwee-um. The ‘q’ is pronounced: second syllable is KWEE, not KEE.

    I picked up this article on the internet and enjoyed it so much. But, as a native Hoquiamite I cannot let this go (although I tried because finding an email address required a major search). My conscience would bother me the rest of my life if I’d seen this and ignored it. I don’t suspect many people mispronounce Bend so I understand that you might not realize the stab in your heart when the name of your hometown is pronounced incorrectly. It is quite painful. I haven’t lived in Hoquiam for 50 years. but, once a Hoquiamite, always a Hoquiamite. I would be horribly remiss to not call your attention to this grave error. I hope you will accept my correction in the spirit with which it it given. And, I have now, happily, cleared my conscience and done my duty on behalf of my illustrious birthplace.

    Jan Fisher
    Laguna Beach, CA

  3. Tom Wheeler

    Hi John,
    might you be interested in teaching our magazine industries class at UO?

    Tom Wheeler
    cell 541 554 8554

  4. Hi John,

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  5. Cousin Kathy

    I found you. Very interesting read. Hope to hear more from you.

  6. Kristen

    Hey John!

    I hope this email finds you doing well. I saw Barb and Patricia on Friday at Allyson’s Kitchen and I am trying to get in touch with Patricia to schedule her husband’s birthday event this week! I thought I had written her correct email address, but I did not! I have pdellruth@bendbroadband.com Can you please email Patricia or forward her contact information to me ASAP?

    Thanks so much!!
    Kristen (Yvette’s friend)
    cell 541-905-9643

  7. I picked up this article on the internet and enjoyed it so much. But, as a native Hoquiamite I cannot let this go (although I tried because finding an email address required a major search). My conscience would bother me the rest of my life if I’d seen this and ignored it. I don’t suspect many people mispronounce Bend so I understand that you might not realize the stab in your heart when the name of your hometown is pronounced incorrectly. It is quite painful. I haven’t lived in Hoquiam for 50 years. but, once a Hoquiamite, always a Hoquiamite. I would be horribly remiss to not call your attention to this grave error. I hope you will accept my correction in the spirit with which it it given. And, I have now, happily, cleared my conscience and done my duty on behalf of my illustrious birthplace.
    +1

  8. Amber Fries

    Hi John:

    Nice article about Gene – glad to hear his restaurant is doing well. I wanted to correct you on one point in your article. He was indeed our original chef at Desert Wind, at a restaurant called La Mesa. He did not, however, help with the creation of Mojave by Picazo, which is a joint venture between the winery and Chef Frank Magana of Picazo 7Seventeen.

    Cheers,
    Amber Fries
    Desert Wind Winery, Director of Communications

    • John Gottberg Anderson

      Thank you, Amber … I’ll make the correction! Gene just mentioned the winery, not the name of the restaurant. That was my incorrect assumption when I visited your web site. — John

  9. Alex Dawson & Kate Atkinson

    Hi John,

    Thank you so much for mentioning our film, Clara’s Carma, in your blog.

    We are very excited to come to Bend and screen at the festival. By the way, we’ll be screening on Friday, October 8th, at 10:00am and would be great to meet you.

    We’ve been putting together a press kit and collecting reviews on our film, and we’d love to send you a private link to screen the film in advance and perhaps write a short review.

    Let us know… hope to see you in Bend!

    Best,
    Alex Dawson
    Kate Atkinson

    • John Gottberg Anderson

      Hi Alex and Kate,

      I’m looking forward to meeting you in Bend, and I would love to screen the film ahead of time. Let’s get together, for coffee or cocktails, after you arrive (on Thursday?). I’m on the board of directors of BendFilm, so I will definitely be around. Cell phone: 541-948-5381.

      Cheers,
      JOHN

  10. Gloria Lorenz

    Hello John ,
    I met you in Seattle,and You wisely guided me to avoid a mud slide while travelling to Santa Barbara from L.A .
    I now live in North Vancouver BC
    We have some of the Best Restaurants and Spas in the world.
    Would love to see more Americans visiting beautiful Vancouver ,
    the most Beautiful City in the world *****
    see http://www.eurocharm.ca (virtual tours of both )
    and http://www.spautopia.com
    I have recently started Nia Dancing.
    I understand there is a big ‘ Nia” following in Portland.

    This weekend in Vancouver,BC
    Cambridge House Resource Investment Conference
    http://www.cambridgehouse.com
    Jan 23 & 24

    Gloria L

  11. Dear Mr Gottberg Anderson,
    Perhaps you could venture down (near) under next January to review (or invent) a recipe for the best Green Lipped Mussells in the world. I am talking about The Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. I know the spot to take you and perhaps you could review my gig too!
    Jack.

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