Tell us about yourself
I’m 39 and in 2010 I sold off all my possessions, quit my job and bought a one-way ticket to Mexico. For 3 years I was nomadic, sharing stories of food around the world. Then one day I walked into a restaurant and met a chef who would become the love of my life. Today we own Loka, a restaurant in Toronto and continue Bacon is Magic.
You have an unlimited travel budget for 24 hours. Give me your itinerary.
I’d love to visit Copenhagen for a food tour. Although we couldn’t get into the restaurants we want because reservations would be impossible we would still have amazing food elsewhere.
You have won the lottery. Tell me where you want to live.
Toronto. Where I live now. Fifty percent of the city’s population was not born in Canada so that makes it the perfect city for a traveler. It’s so diverse and yet still Canadian. I love it.
Your favorite travel resource on the web?
Instagram. I have a great network there and I’m always asking what to see and do in a city.
What is the superpower you most want?
A bottomless stomach, it’s always so sad when I’m too full to eat more.
What’s fuels your passion for travel?
To learn. Food isn’t just about taste. It’s a gateway to culture, history and politics.
Why do you write?
I’ve always carried a journal and Bacon is Magic is just an extension of what I’ve done since I was a child.
Do your family and friends support your traveling escapades?
When I left my old life to travel my mother was supportive. She always said “What’s the worst that could happen? You come back and get a job like the rest of us?” I always remember that when I’m afraid to take a risk
What is the title of the movie about your life?
Silly question – Bacon is Magic
What’s on your bucket list?
I’d like to visit Mongolia while there’s still an active nomadic population. I haven’t been to any country in Africa. Japan is on my wishlist too.
Can you imagine life without travel?
For me there is no life without travel.
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
That’s impossible. Travel can be as simple as visiting a city an hour away. Even if I couldn’t go to far away lands I’d still visit a neighbourhood in Toronto I was unfamiliar with.
If you could be transported to one place at one time, what would it be and why?
I’d love to meet Hemingway in Spain.
Single thing you miss most from high school?
Nothing. I had a great time in high school. I was valedictorian and prom queen and had lots of great friends. But life really begins at 30.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
If you’re afraid to go far away start somewhere in your own country. Even just visiting a nearby city over night can be exciting.
Your single most treasured personal possession.
Language you’d most like to be fluent in?
Funniest person you have ever met or seen in person
Dave. He makes me laugh every day. Mostly at myself.