“The only reason for being a professional writer is that you can’t help it.”
~Leo Rosten

See my interview with Voyage LA here

Thanks for stopping by! I’m so happy you’re here. My name is Mary Farah (Lansing). I’ve been writing on Along Comes Mary since 2012. What started as a hobby after I asked my friend Jamie to teach me about blogging soon turned into a passion. I envisioned my site as an outlet for music and concert reviews. While music is like water to me and pops up on the page, it’s travel I discovered fuels my soul. I landed partnerships with numerous California destinations. And realized travel, food, and wine writing were my main “niches.”

At the 2018 Taste our Terroir Wine Weekend in Livermore, California. Photo: Sam the Somm
Noshing at Bump City Bakery in Petaluma, CA! Photo: Michael Farah.

I’ve since visited several places throughout the United States and have had experiences one might only dream of in their life. A lot of my good fortune and opportunities are thanks to my involvement with IFWTWA, the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association.  I served on their Executive Board of Directors for five years. This group of highly established journalists took a “newbie” like me under their wing and have given me incredible experiences for my travel writing career.

In addition to Along Comes Mary, I frequently contribute to Food, Wine, Travel Magazine, FWT, Go World Travel Magazine, Palm Springs Preferred Small Hotels, Ventura County Mom Collective, and Big Blend Radio and Magazine. As a freelancing writer, I’m always searching for travel-minded outlets to work with.

See more of my freelance work and contributions here.

I deal with some health issues including type one diabetes and Celiac Disease. Thus, traveling gluten-free is very important to me. All of my articles emphasize on gluten-free dining, and I try to include as many vegan/vegetarian/allergen-friendly options. I’m a bit pancake obsessed, and you’ll see in my writing when I’m EXTRA excited about a discovery. Trust me!

I also freelance as a social media and events manager, digital strategist, copywriter, and most things in those “realms.” I’m accepting new clients and invite you to contact me should you wish to discuss these services further.



Hiking with Mabel

With my husband, Michael

Aside from traveling, eating, drinking, and writing, I love time with my family. I live in Ventura County just outside of Los Angeles with my husband, Michael, our daughter, Mabel, born January 2021 and our two dogs, Hammond (Hammy) and Nova. I love to be at live events like rock concerts or the theatre. I’m an avid walker and hiker as well as rocking it on our elliptical.

I’d love to learn more about you and how we can work together. Whether you’re a CVB, restaurant, small business, winery, reader, etc, please contact me. xo