Through my blog, xoxoBella, and social media I share my passion for food, dogs, adventures, travel, and philanthropy to encourage my followers to run the extra mile, try new recipes, visit unfamiliar places, and stand for a cause. As a writer, I love sharing my passions and stories. I am a freelance writer on MSN and the Associated Press Wire.
I enjoy adventure travel, sustainable travel, culinary travel and generational travel. I also am always down for a road trip and camping.
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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 Food Quest, a food and travel website I co-founded at www.authenticfoodquest.com The goal has always been and continues to be about inspiring people to seek out local food and culinary activities on their travels. We share content about cooking classes, food and wine tours, recipes of emblematic dishes all aimed at helping people experience local culture through food. Since the pandemic and also keeping with the rise in travel, we've seen an increased consumption in our content. And, when traveling and participating in various culinary activities around the world, we see more people and a higher interest in learning about local foods and drinks. The key is not to make food tourism a "passing fad." The plat du jour that will be replac...
I'll be traveling to Japan for the first time in my life and I'm super excited! I'm coming from Europe - and I don't know anything about Japan besides the great snow for snowboarding. Obviously, I'm reading a lot and trying to prepare and research as much as possible - but it gets very overwhelming at times. I'll be happy to get some first-hand tips. 1) One week in Tokyo – what are your top things to see / eat / do I should add to my list? 2) Most important things to know about the Japanese culture – unwritten rules, respectful or disrespectful behaviours, etc.? 3) Internet – I will need reliable internet to use for work. What are your top tips if the accommodation doesn't have strong wi-fi? 4) I'll spend 2 months near Madarao Winter Resort for snowboarding. Any tips about winter sports in Japan? 5) Any tours, tour guides, experiences you can recommend? Links to any of your blog articles or videos are very welcome.