Name: Ayngelina Brogan
Occupation: Culinary Travel Blogger
Hometown: Kentville, Nova Scotia
Residence: Toronto, Canada
Ayngelina runs the culinary travel site Bacon is Magic and was recently named one of the Top 10 Best Travel Food sites by USA Today. She’s also been featured on Huffington Post, Glamour Paris, Grazia UK. Find more of her videos at Youtube.com/Ayngelina
How would you describe your travel style?
Laid back. I don’t feel pressure to see and do anything. I like to just relax in cafes and bars and get a sense of the culture.
What’s your earliest travel memory?
Traveling to our family cottage each summer, it was only a few hours drive but felt like eons.
When choosing travel destinations, how important are food/drink choices and experiences to your overall decision-making process?
It is the reason I travel. I love to discover a culture through its food. That said, I don’t need organized tours, I’m happy to wander streets and talk to locals.
Culinary traveler or food explorer? Which do you identify more closely with?
I like to say I’m a food hunter. It’s the cultural exploration that I crave, to talk to people about food and how the culture of eating is different.
If we ask your best friends if you’re a foodie, what would they say?
They would likely laugh and say it’s an understatement. My boyfriend is a chef, our life is consumed by food.
What’s in your carry-on? Any essential food or kitchen tools you won’t leave home without?
My phone, camera and a notebook. I don’t need to take anything with me as I’d like to experience food as locals do. That said, Dave travels with a mini-knife roll because he wants to cook wherever we travel.
What’s the most unusual food you’ve eaten?
Probably balut in the Philippines, which is a developing duck embryo.
What’s the best culinary travel experience you’ve ever had?
Impossible to just pick one. I was once asked to have tea with Bedouin men in Jordan. They showed me how to make tea and then we talked about our cultures and customs that foreigners often don’t understand, it was a really special time.
Any great travel tips to share?
If you go to a country that isn’t English speaking never walk into a restaurant that has English signage or menus outside.
Favorite Culinary Destination: Italy
Favorite Cuisine: Italian
Favorite Restaurant: Dave’s pop-up restaurant in Toronto, Loka Snacks.
Favorite Street Food: Tacos
Favorite Food Market: Municipal Market in São Paulo Brazil (watch the video)
Favorite Winery: Muga in Haro, Spain
Favorite Brewery: Mill Street, Toronto
Favorite Cooking Class: Beit Sitti in Amman (read the blog post)
Favorite Food/Tasting Tour: Tasty Tours in Toronto (read the blog post)
Favorite Travel App: DB Navigator for trains in Europe
Laura Goyer is a world traveler and culinary travel professional, on a mission to help busy prime-time women find the best local food when they travel.