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Travel Blog of the Day: Accidental Epicurean

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | June 23, 2015

Travel Blog of the Day: Accidental Epicurean

The internet is laden with blogs about travel. You don’t have time to read them all, you have to watch a couple more episodes of OITNB.  This column will allow you to sift through the schlock and get back to what Piper and Red are up to! Check us out on twitter at #travelblogoftheday.

This week we are featuring travel bloggers that concentrate their sites mostly on food.  We as Americans love our Asian food, and I am a big fan myself.  The problem is that a lot of the Asian dishes we eat have been very much Americanized.  Today’s blogger reports on cuisine in Asia almost exclusively.  This would make sense as she lives there, and I have to tell you, it doesn’t get more authentic than here.

Accidental Epicurean

Joanna Hutchins started in advertising, making her way in the world and gaining knowledge of the world through her work and travels.  Eventually, international travel with work exposed her to foreign cultures and experiences.  She would always try to bundle a personal trip around her work. 

This is truly where she developed her “taste” for a foreign place with business-class flights and 4- to 5-star hotels and dining when on business, and budget airlines and rail, smaller boutique hotels and local dining when on [her] own.

Now a 10-year expat in Asia, she shares her experiences about value in her travels.  And let me be as clear as she is about what is deemed valuable in this case. 

Joanna says, “Value means something that is worth its asking price. So by my definition, a $75 USD steak can be just as “valuable” as a $5 USD burger.” And that is why I am binge-reading her blog.

Joanna breaks her blog down by location, but also by cuisine.  She has separate sections for health and wellness, and wine (which for me go hand in hand).  The one thing you can be sure of taking away from this: her discerning tastes really are all about value. 

Of course, my favorite part of the site is the recipe tab with a breakdown by type of dish like apps or pasta and also separate places for Chinese, French, etc.

So give Joanna and Accidental Epicurean a try.  She publishes about once or twice a month, so put it on your calendar to check in with her once and a while.  It will be deliciously worth it. 


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