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When I first got the travel bug, I was clueless when it came to where and what to eat. So clueless that I often wound up eating at fast food chains in some of Europe’s most exciting culinary capitals.


I even ate LE CROQUE McDo in Paris!

Le Croque McDo is McDonald’s answer to the otherwise delicious Croque Monsieur sandwich; a mind-blowing combination of ham and cheese with velvety béchamel oozing out all over the place.

Trust me when I tell you the only thing these two sandwiches have in common is the word ‘croque’.

I’ve come a long way since those early days! 🙂

Since then, I’ve:

  • Cooked with a Contessa in a beautiful Italian palazzo.
  • Judged a National food competition – the Canadian Culinary Championships.
  • Eaten cicchetti with local fishermen in a bacaro in Venice.
  • Taken cooking classes at the same school where Julia Child perfected her craft.
  • Earned my certification as a Culinary Travel Professional.
  • Hunted for truffles in the Tuscan countryside.
  • Used a molcajete in the Baja to make authentic salsa.
  • Devoured insanely creative tapas at a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain.
  • Been accepted as a member of the World Gourmet Society.
  • Learned how to make haute cuisine at an incredible cooking school deep below the luxurious Ritz Paris.
  • And so much more!

I want to help you up your food travel game too!

Here at The Culinary Travel Guide, I share plenty of tips and inspiration to help you on your own quest to find the best food (and food experiences) when you travel!


Laura, The Culinary Travel Guide