People who know either Joey or myself well would attest that this is the motto we essentially live by. When we venture beyond our hometowns, our comfort zones or seek new horizons through travel, food is often in mind and mirrors our tendencies on how we shape and plan a trip.
You see, we love to travel. And we love to discover new cultures. We hope this series serves as a good way to introduce a city’s culture and feel – but also helps in giving an insight to some of the traditional must do’s, some hidden gems and perhaps some insider tips to maximizing your experience in a new place. Being a first time visitor to a city doesn’t mean that you need to fall for every tourist trap in the book. Be and enjoy being a tourist by all means – but don’t be one that falls for the gimmicks.
Experience the safe and ‘gotta do’ stuff – but also get out of your comfort zone and actually experience the culture and vibe of the city.
And what is front and center in most cultures? Food. People converge around it. And when they do, they eat well.
We will always encourage people to do the same and get out and eat well – and we don’t necessarily expensive – but well. Be it a $5 satay on the streets of Bangkok, an A5 Matsusaka beef BBQ in Osaka, an exquisite creme brulee at a 3 star Michelin star restaurant in Paris or that just perfect steak at Peter Lueger’s in Brooklyn – and let’s never forget about the Halal Guys chicken cart on 57th and 6th for that late night fix after imbibing in some craft cocktails at Rein’s Law Room just off Union Square (a similar sentence can be constructed for many cities around the world).
We try to use travel to enrich our culinary palette – it’s a way for us to combine two of our most passionate of hobbies.
So it then makes sense that we introduce this new feature from Joey’s most recent Montreal trip. We hope this post showcases how you can harness the power, joy and thrill of travel and use it to fulfill another passion of yours – be it art, photography, aviation, meeting people or in our case, eating well.
The world is ever changing – walls are going up, security concerns are growing and skepticism of the different is on the rise. But never let your childlike curiosity of finding something new, exploring the unknown escape you. Keep discovering and looking forward to tomorrow because you never know what awaits you.
With that in mind let’s get started – join us on our journeys, help us find the best food out there in places where you’ve lived, gone to or where your from and we promise we’ll return the favor as well. There’s a time and space for both and in a time of tremendous need for joy and being in the company of loved ones, this is especially pertinent.
So let’s eat well. And in doing so never forget to travel often. Let’s make new bridges, forge old ones and always be open to experiencing new things we’ve never seen or heard of. And let’s do it in the spirit of embracing differences and even when we might not understand them, we respect them.
– Joey and Arun