Welcome, and thanks for dropping into the about page for Travel Eat Cook. If you’re here, you must be curious as to how this all got started!.
How the Idea Began
I’ve been in a successful property management career for many years. Much of that career was spent traveling all around the Western US. The schedule was hectic, but I was earning points… Airline points, hotel points, car rental points.
My husband was also a “Road Warrior,” and between the two of us, we have a lot of points. Each year we like to take at least two holidays (many times using those points) and head out on a new adventure.
Recently though, I realized I was done. Done sitting in traffic … done putting work first … and most of all done working on vacation!
Travel Eat Cook Begins to Grow
But being done isn’t enough, you need to have a next. You always hear motivational speakers say, “follow your heart” and “do what you love.” So I decided to do just that.
I love to travel, I love to eat and I love to cook. I also really enjoy writing! Wrapping these loves of mine together seemed like a natural. So the idea about TRAVEL-EAT-COOK began to grow.
Some Quick History…
About 25 years ago, I met the man who would become my husband and partner in life. From the start, we wanted travel to be an important part of our journey together.
To make this happen, we opened our first and only joint bank account (called it the “Wedding” account originally, that morphed to the Travel account) which we still share today.
So far, we have traveled to over 300 cities in 43 countries! I’ve learned a lot about traveling through different cultures and how food is so important no matter where you go.
But I’ve only just scratched the surface of this amazing planet … Now is the time to really head out!
Ok, you say, we get the Travel part of this blog.
What’s up with Eat and Cook…?
For me, food and eating is the best way to get to know a culture. I love to walk through the markets, see the fresh foods, and breathe in all the terrific smells. I want to taste everything (almost everything… not gonna eat a scorpion on a stick)!
Since I generally don’t have access to a kitchen while on the road, I have to suffer alongside all the other roadies (trippers, trekkers) out there eating meals in wonderful restaurants, bistros, café’s, on street corners, and diners. There are times, of course, when I need to find a Starbucks or McDonalds because let’s face it sometimes you want what you know.
Once I get home, I head to my kitchen to work out the recipes for the new tastes I’ve experienced.
The smell and taste of the food light up the memories and all at once I am re-living the sights, sounds, and tastes of the fantastic places I’ve been.
I am not a trained chef. But I’ve been in the kitchen for a long time; on my own and alongside many good cooks. Additionally, years of reading cookbooks and working through those recipes have provided me with excellent hands-on experience.
So That’s What I’m Doing …
Traveling the world, eating great food, and then coming home to cook wonderful dishes and share the adventures with you…
Travel-Eat-Cook is where I share my thoughts, tips, and tricks on things like how to find fantastic places to visit; grab a spot at a cozy restaurant, and navigate shopping. The good and the not so good. If in your heart of hearts, you are a fellow traveler, please join me! It’s going to be a great trip!