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Rosemary Kimani
Co-Founder, Authentic Food Quest
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About me

Rosemary Kimani, writer, and culinary explorer left a cushy corporate career to explore authentic food around the world. She co-founded Authentic Food Quest, with the goal of inspiring people to travel deeper through authentic food.

Authentic Food Quest is a resource platform that connects travelers to local food experiences. She believes people can have deeper connections to a destination and people by opening up to the local flavors on their travels.

Since 2015, she has been traveling slow through South America, Southeast Asia and Europe writing about the authentic and local food experiences not to miss on your travels.

She is also co-author of two food and travel guides - Authentic Food Quest Argentina and Authentic Food Quest Peru.

Her advice, eat local when you travel. Skip the familiar foods and open up to new flavors and tastes. Her favorite quote is by Deborah H. Cater “You have to taste a culture to understand it."

Why did you join the community?

Looking for a community in the travel and food space

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Where do you dream of traveling to?


What was your first travel job?

Travel has never been a's always been an eye opening and invigorating experience

What do you want to learn more about?

Build community and share authentic foods we are discovering around the world, to help enhance the travel experience of others.

Three words that describe why we should travel?

Expansion, Connection, Humanity


  • While I agree 100% with you Jeff, it always surprises me to see tourists in new destinations looking for familiar cuisines, instead of trying the unique local specialties! Food, I believe is the tastiest part of travel!!

  • So true about travelers wanting to make the most out of the local food experiences. Thanks for sharing about your personalized food maps!

  • Interesting, Nick. What are some differences you are seeing?

  • Thanks, Ian and great points about the rise of social media in driving "popular foods" and the bucket list mentality. While I agree, I do think there is a difference between "trendy" Tik Tok/ IG foods vs. what's local and authentic to a place. What's t... show more

  • In response to last week's newsletter titled "Is Food Tourism making a comeback?" Food tourism has always been a part of the travel experience and it's not new. Since 2015, I have been writing about local and authentic food experiences on Authentic Fo... show more