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  • Global Access, ltd.
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Global Access, ltd.
Discovering new food, Discovering new wines, Consulting, Networking
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"The gentle art of gastronomy is a friendly one. It hurdles the language barrier, makes friends among civilized people, and warms the heart." ~ Samuel Chamberlain
I grew up in Santa Clara Valley (what is now know as Silicon Valley), and my career has come full circle from Computer Science (Stanford & Lockheed), then 20 years in product development, sourcing and design in trichannel commerce (wholesale, brick & mortar retail, B2C mail order catalog & eCommerce start-ups) , traveling the world , spending millions on dollars of someone else's money, staying in 5 star hotels, dining at the best restaurants and drinking the best wines, and now I am immersed in the world of Ithe Internet - writing about my passion - food, wine and learning of the cultures and Cusines of the World.

I am an accomplished photographer now using a Nikon DSL D80 with various lenses, as well as a Sony HD video-cam. Shot 8 GB of HD stills on our recent trip to Cambodia and Thailand, as well as 60 GB videos, including interviews of some awesome chefs in venues ranging from street markets to Raffles.

I have been the Thai Food Editor on BellaOnline for 3 years, plus numerous other writing assignments. In addition, I have been heavily involved with annual Carmel TomatoFest for 10+ years, working closely with Gary Ibsen, the event's organizer and the person responsible for initially bringing the event to life and helping it grow into one of the premier food and wine events worldwide. I have also attended every International Food show in San Francsico since the events' inception nearly 30 years ago (exhibitor, buyer, & now media).
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At 8:49pm on March 5, 2009, Craig Priebe said…
Hi Mary-anne

Here's an opportunity- won't take but a moment and it's fun...

- go here-

-and vote for #F06 Cherry Almond Truffles - vote only once and pass it on to all of your friends

I am a finalist in a big video recipe contest and I need your votes to win
deadline is Friday March 6

Craig Priebe
"Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas"
At 6:08pm on February 1, 2008, Judy "the foodie" Asman said…
Indeed it is. And from California as well! Hey, we're in the same time zone.
At 5:37pm on January 31, 2008, Cooking Up A Story said…
Hey Mary-anne:
I'm up the coast now, in Portland. It's great. Within a short distance there's the mountains, the coastline, not to mention some great restaurants and food!
At 7:51am on January 24, 2008, The Tortilla Guy said…
Thanks lets rock here !!!
At 1:05pm on January 22, 2008, Cooking Up A Story said…
hi Mary-anne, thanks for connecting and saying 'hi'. Looks like you're in my 'old' neck of the woods. I live a little further north now. Are you blogging now? I didn't see a website link. I would love to see some of your pics, writings, etc, if available.
At 12:54pm on January 22, 2008, Chef Mark Tafoya said…
Thanks so much for your kind comments on our videos! Keep 'em coming! You can see all our shows as well as links to our online food magazine The Gilded Fork at
At 12:15pm on January 22, 2008, Robert Sherman said…
Hey good to see ya here
At 2:23pm on January 19, 2008, Steve Durkee said…
I'm glad to be here! One more great thing for us to share together!
At 1:03pm on January 19, 2008, mary-anne/shanti said…
Thanks for the welcome! It looks promising for sure.
At 12:52pm on January 19, 2008, The Tortilla Guy said…
Hey Mary Anne, thanks !!! This seems like some nerworking going on here !!! Maybe we make some waves here !!!




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