I am not, nor do I purport to be, a food expert. I’m just a dude with a healthy appetite for often unhealthy foods and a passion for coffee. What little I do know about food comes from my mom, Cathy, and my sister, Liz, who are both terrific cooks.

As a photojournalist at the Advocate, I spend a lot of time outside the office in the towns I cover. It’s sort of a joke around the newsroom that I judge the quality of my assignments based on their proximity to my favorite lunch joints. I often jockey for jobs that are near – for example – Valencia Luncheria, in Norwalk, then pray they will have the sea scallop and Gorgonzola arepas on the daily specials menu.

Long story short: I now have a blog.

I’m sure there will be more to this than a review site for lunch spots à la ‘cheap eats.’ One of my passions in the world of food is coffee, particularly espresso. It’s sort of a sickness. More on this later…I feel the urge to go pull a ristretto.

MORE OF MY WORK: can be seen at www.preovolos.com.

I’ve been a staff photojournalist at The Advocate since graduating from San José State University in San Jose, Calif. in 2003. I’ve worked as a photojournalism intern at six daily newspapers, including The Star-Ledger, Indianapolis Star and the Baton Rouge Advocate.