Hi! We’re JB & Renée, the Traveleaters! Welcome to Will Fly for Food, a travel blog for the gastronomically inclined.
Like you, we long for travel and adventure. And we LOVE food, so much so that it plays a huge role in our travel decisions. If a destination promises to have interesting food, then you can be guaranteed it’s high up on our bucket list (if we haven’t been there already!). Food excites us so much that a hawker stall in Penang known for serving the same iconic dish for decades is every bit as important to us as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
We live in the Philippines now, though we both spent a significant portion of our lives in the US. Ren worked for many years as a travel agent in Beverly Hills, serving celebrity clients like Kelly Rutherford (Serena’s mom on Gossip Girl), Jason Hervey (Fred Savage’s annoying brother Wayne on Wonder Years), and everybody’s favorite 80s heartthrob, Leif Garrett.
As for me, I bounced around from state to state because of school. I attended boarding school in Rhode Island before getting a degree in English Literature at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. I followed my heart to San Francisco and pursued a second degree in Fine Art/Illustration at the Academy of Art University before working as a web designer for the healthcare division of Oprah Winfrey’s high-profile website for women, oxygen.com.
We moved back to the Philippines around the same time — me in 2001, and Ren a year later in 2002. We met late that year and got married in 2005. We don’t have any kids of our own but we do have two adorable pugs named Henry and Mona. ♥
Having dessert at Locavore in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
For the last few years, I’ve been a location-independent designer/illustrator/blogger while Ren’s been working as a domestic engineer (aka housewife). We’ve been bitten by the travel bug in recent years and now long for a life of travel and adventure. And of course, lots and lots and lots of eating.
NATIONAL DISH QUEST
Apart from visiting as many countries as we can, we’ve made it our quest to try every country’s (unofficial) national dish(es) while we’re there. Here’s what’s on the menu.
NOTE: If a dish is marked with a strikethrough, it means we’ve already tried it ourselves.
We know what you’re thinking. That’s a lot to eat for just two people right? Well it is, which is why we’d like to invite our fellow Traveleaters to join us in our quest. If you’d like to share your stories on Will Fly for Food about eating any of the dishes above, then please send us a message and let us know which dish you’d like to write about. You can also email us directly at [email protected]
Before you pitch an article, please note the following:
- To write about any of the dishes listed above, you need to have eaten it in the country where it’s considered a National Dish.
- We want you to share personal stories about the dish in an article at least 600 words long. It could be a funny anecdote, a recipe, a video, or suggestions on where best to try that particular dish. We want fun and engaging articles, not something that reads like a boring Wiki page.
- Grammar and proper spelling are important so we’ll proofread any articles and make edits when needed.
- Submit three (3) or more pictures at least 1200 px wide. Landscape format is preferred. Original pictures are best but if unavailable, then you can source images from Flickr or Wikimedia Commons that fall under the Creative Commons license.
- Please submit a short bio along with your profile picture.
- We can give one (1) dofollow link to your blog and any social media links in the author bio box.
Please note that if a dish listed above has a strikethrough, then it just means we’ve already tried it ourselves. If a dish has a link, then it means that we or someone else has written an article about it on this blog. Any dish without a link is still up for grabs.
Aside from sharing our experiences with you, we also write comprehensive travel and food guides that we hope can help you plan your next vacation. If you have any questions about anything, anything at all, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on any post or send us an email. We’re always happy to help.
Thanks for stopping by and happy Traveleating! 🙂
Celebrating our anniversary with the best food at Toyo Eatery in Manila, Philippines
By the way, in case you missed it, this is a personal blog. It expresses my thoughts and opinions at the time, nothing more. I’m not an expert on anything so if I’ve posted any wrong information, please do let me know. Thanks!