From Jacqulyn Giordano Slocum: Taken in Siracusa, Sicily, in 2015.

I’m accustomed to writing about menu trends, restaurant economics and interpretations of international cuisine. Writing an out-of-office message, though, isn’t typically my thing.

But lest you miss my byline and worry that I’ve left Charleston forever, consider this my out-of-office message to you: I’m about to embark on a three-week trip to Europe and don’t plan to post any stories while I’m gone. (I believe this is what’s commonly called a vacation.)

During my absence, writer Amanda Hancock will be holding down the food section. If you have any pressing questions about the area food scene, upcoming event announcements or other time-sensitive story pitches, you can reach her at Managing Editor Autumn Phillips,, will also be on duty, should you come across anything in need of correction or have general questions about The Post and Courier’s food coverage.

I promise to respond to all of the messages seeking advice for where to take your vegetarian aunt for dinner just as soon as I get back. Same goes for speaking engagement requests, appeals for articles from the archives and complaints about Chinese food in the Charleston area. I’ll return to my cubicle on July 15.

In the meantime, you can follow along with my travels via Instagram: I’m at @hanna_raskin, and I’m an incorrigible user of the app’s stories feature. Otherwise, I look forward to soon telling you all about what I ate and drank (which I fervently hope includes more than just pierogis and vodka. Anyone have a favorite restaurant in Lublin?).

Reach Hanna Raskin at 843-937-5560 and follow her on Twitter @hannaraskin.

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Eating all of the chicken livers just as fast as I can.

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