A Food Travel Blogger – The Occupational Hazards

A Food Travel Blogger – The Occupational Hazards

Just two years ago, I was introduced to the concept of a food travel blogger. Before that, I just thought I could be a travel blogger, and that would be enough. Supposedly, to stand out from the crowd we needed to pick a niche. We like traveling for food. We’ve always said we travel on our stomachs. Next thing you know, I’ve become a food travel blogger. What is a Food Travel Blogger A food travel blogger, or a culinary travel blogger, is way different from a food blogger. This is a distinction I think needs to be addressed. Food bloggers focus, for the most part, on recipes. Food bloggers on Instagram have entirely different photos than a food travel blogger on Instagram. A food blogger uses props, staging, lighting, and sometimes even glycerin, to make their food look amazing. There are food stylists. Professionals who work with brands, hotels, and restaurants to photograph their food in the best light possible. Because, the goal of a food blogger is to photograph the food. We actually eat the food we photograph. Because a food travel blogger focuses on how to travel  for food. How to learn about local ingredients, how they are produced, and how they are prepared. And, most important, food travel bloggers eat. The Concept of Abbiocco During our first trip to Emilia Romagna, I came across an article about different words in various languages that are simply untranslatable. It’s the first, and really only time, that I’ve heard the word abbiocco. It’s the Italian word that essentially translates to drowsiness from eating a big meal. After four...
Best Foods to Eat in Asia in 2016

Best Foods to Eat in Asia in 2016

We ate a lot of amazing food in 2015. I wish I could share photos of all of them, and encourage people to search for those dishes during their upcoming travels. Instead, I’ve come up with a list of the absolute BEST foods to eat in Asia in 2016. Okay, so maybe we didn’t eat all the food in Asia during 2015, but we ate a good many fabulous meals. Enough that I can put together a pretty good roadmap of what to eat in Asia. These dishes tend to focus on Hong Kong, India, Osaka, Seoul, Thailand, and Vietnam, because that is where we spent most of our time in 2015. Some of the best foods to eat in Asia can be found at luxury dining establishments, but even those tend to be higher end versions of dishes that can be found at street side stalls as well. These dishes can be found at every price point. And, instead of just sharing my photos of the dishes to eat in Asia, I am actually sharing links to the With Husband In Tow Instagram account. I am doing this not only to encourage you to check out all our food photos on Instagram (there’s a lot, and they are yummy), but also because the Instagram photos include links to the restaurants and locations where we actually ate these meals, making them easier to track down during your travels in Asia in 2016. Check out the With Husband In Tow Podcast, where we talk about some of our best meals in Asia in 2015! Best Foods to Eat in Asia – Hong Kong...
Experiencing a Luxury Spa in India

Experiencing a Luxury Spa in India

After 5 months in Europe, I was craving someone else’s hands on my body. You see, while living in Bali and while traveling in Southeast Asia, I became accustomed to regular massages. Once in Europe, though, massages became a little out of our weekly price range. I was counting down the days until our arrival in Bangkok, and new exactly where to find our perfect Thai massage. But, even before that date came, we had a welcome surprise – the chance to experience a luxury spa in India. Twice. Becoming Accustomed to Massages In Bali, we had our regular spa in Ubud, Cantika Zest. It was a little out of town, requiring a motorbike to reach. Because it was hard to reach, though, these massage beds were generally filled by people in the know. Cantika offered the best, and most reliable massages in Ubud. We were there so often that we had our preferred massage girls, Juni and Sang Ayu. The best part about Cantika: the price. Massages ran about $15 an hour. It was a little more expensive than many of the tourist focused massage shops in town, but we paid for the quality, and the reliability. There were some downsides to getting a massage at Cantika. The grounds were lovely, with beds set inside open air, Balinese style huts. They were surrounded by the tropical forests. But, that meant, noise from the outdoors and neighboring rooms. It also meant occasional mosquito bites. But, for Ubud, it was pretty luxurious. When in Europe, I missed Cantika. I missed the cheap, but reliable massages. I thought I would have...
Akira Back New Delhi and Indian Wines

Akira Back New Delhi and Indian Wines

During our stay at the JW Marriott Delhi, we were fed until we cried mercy by Chef Girish and his team at K3. We were pleased, therefore, to be invited to dine at Akira Back. We heard Japanese, and assumed a lighter meal would be offered. After all, I never feel stuffed when walking away from a dinner in Japan. Having come off our trip in Emilia Romagna, Italy, where were wined and dined for four days straight, India was meant to be our detox. We figured, it’s not traditionally a big drinking culture, and we won’t be tempted by by high quality, cheap local wine.  That was, until we met Ankur Chawla, the food and beverage manager at the JW Delhi, and it’s Korean and Japanese fusion restaurant, Akira Back. Why I Didn’t Want to Eat at Akira Back We were hesitant walking into our Akira Back dinner. We had only been in India about five days, I was certainly not tired of Indian food. Don’t get me wrong, I love Japanese food, and am learning to love Korean food. But, I had come to India to eat Indian, not sushi. Also, we were a little tired. I could have eaten a quick bite at the buffet and happily climbed into bed. Instead, the hotel suggested we meet their beverage manager during our meal. This is one of the occupational hazards of being a food travel blogger. Sometimes we don’t get to experience a property like normal tourists or travelers, who often dine on their own schedule, and spend the evening with just the people they are traveling...
Jaipur Marriott – Luxury Travel in India

Jaipur Marriott – Luxury Travel in India

The drive from the Courtyard Marriott Agra to the Jaipur Marriott was, if nothing else, an adventurous one. We booked the car service through our Taj Mahal guide. Our driver arrived at the appointed time, and we wound our way through Agra, on the scenic route, to the highway that connects Agra and Jaipur. Escaping Agra took almost an hour on its own. I am not sure if the driver was based in New Delhi, and drove the 3 hours to Agra before our 10am departure, or if he was just plain old tired. But, about an hour into our trip, Eric found him falling asleep at the wheel. Eric repeatedly asked if we was okay, and encouraged him to have a coffee when we took a break at the half way point. We took a longer break than normal ourselves at the rest stop in hopes that the driver would take his own rest. He seemed to be more alert during the second half of the journey, and we arrived safely at the Jaipur Marriott around lunch time. Even traveling India in comfort has its own set of excitement and uncertainty. Dining at the Jaipur Marriott It seemed that moments after arriving at the Jaipur Marriott, and once we fully realized we arrived safely, we were off meeting Chef Sunil and his staff. Chef Sunil provided us a quick tour of Okra, their buffet restaurant. Similar to the JW Marriott Mumbai and JW Marriott New Delhi, Okra was a mix of International cuisine and Indian. Of course, I wanted to focus on the Indian. Even within the Indian...
Courtyard Marriott Agra – Exploring Regional Indian Food in Agra

Courtyard Marriott Agra – Exploring Regional Indian Food in Agra

I knew to be impressed by the food at the JW Marriott hotels, in Mumbai and New Delhi. After all, the JW Marriott is one of Marriott’s top brands, and is five star all the way, particularly in India. From our experience at other Courtyard hotels, I expected an entirely different experience from the JW. But, the Courtyard Marriott Agra blew me away again. This was our fourth Courtyard property overseas, and at each one I continue to marvel at how well Marriott has rebranded the hotel. I repeatedly opine that “this is not your grandfather’s Courtyard.” Ever since our first Courtyard stay in Seminyak, Bali, I’ve been impressed at the contemporary feel, and the fun ambience at each of the hotels. Arriving and Settling in at the Courtyard Marriott Agra The Courtyard Marriott Agra was no exception. We popped our head into the hotel on our way from Delhi to the Taj Mahal on our private Taj Mahal tour. Once we heard that the hotel was only 2 kilometers away from the Taj, we knew it would be safer to drop our bags at the hotel rather than leave them in the back of the hot car during our tour. We dropped our bags and fled to the Taj. When we arrived back to the hotel, wet and sweaty, having been caught in some rains at the Taj, I felt particularly gross. I always hate walking into a nice hotel when I am as dirty as I was after our Taj tour. We finally made it up to our room, which was a nice sized suite, so big that it...
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