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Meet Matt

Matt and I “e-met” in an online group for fans of Anthony Bourdain! He is an avid food/travel lover like myself and this shirt that he made is an absolute favorite of mine.

“I wanted adventures. I wanted to go up the Nung river to the heart of darkness in Cambodia. I wanted to ride out into a desert on camelback, sand and dunes in every direction, eat whole roasted lamb with my fingers. I wanted to kick snow off my boots in a Mafiya nightclub in Russia. I wanted to play with automatic weapons in Phnom Penh, recapture the past in a small oyster village in France, step into a seedy neon-lit pulqueria in rural Mexico. I wanted to run roadblocks in the middle of the night, blowing past angry militia with a handful of hurled Marlboro packs, experience fear, excitement, wonder. I wanted kicks – the kind of melodramatic thrills and chills I’d yearned for since childhood, the kind of adventure I’d found as a little boy in the pages of my Tintin comic books. I wanted to see the world – and I wanted the world to be just like the movies”

This quote is why I say Anthony Bourdain is my spirit animal. His lust for adventure and real, raw life experiences are something I’ve identified with for a long time. I’ve long fantasized about tossing on a leather backpack and cruising the Italian countryside on a vintage Moto Guzzi, tasting espressos and fresh breads in small towns I’ve never heard of. Or getting lost in the back streets of Osaka, searching for the next ramen shop that’s somehow better than the last one. Bourdain took the adventures that I, and so many other people crave. We are fortunate to be able to watch, read and listen along with him. He is still a continued source of inspiration.

Wandering Spoons Travel Journal

          My hope with this journal is that I am able to create awareness about purposeful travel. I want you to know that there are other components that go into travel besides just a vacation or work trips. Travel has so many benefits, like creating memories and experiences, that are a wonderful way to add meaning to your trips.


          Travel exposes people to new cultures and cuisines. It reminds us to be present in the moment and enjoy what is around us. I hope you are able to take a piece of each place with you as you move through daily life.


          My plan when I travel is to not come home before having an idea of my next trip; nothing fancy.


For me, travel feeds my heart, soul and stomach. I hope it does the same for you.

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My Favorite Travel Fashion Items

Do you love traveling but don't know what to wear on a trip? Check out these incredible clothes! Perfect for long flights, a night on the town, a coffee meeting or exercise class.

Folded T-shirt
Image by Keagan Henman
Image by Arnel Hasanovic

What is Share Our Strength?


As long as I can remember, I have always loved giving back to the community. Because I am a lover of all things food, travel and kids, I stumbled upon this organization called Share our Strength.


Their goal is to end Childhood Hunger in America. They put on various culinary related fundraisers. One of them was called Taste of the Nation. I was a volunteer for their San Francisco and Napa Valley events. I was inspired by their professionalism, their cause and of course their organizer, Judy Walker. She not only was a mentor to me, she became a dear friend. She taught me how to lead by example, have passion for what I do, love fully and be unapologetically me. I also learned more about being a female in a male dominated field and had the opportunity to meet some amazing female chefs in the industry.

We plan to support No Kid Hungry through many of our efforts. Stay tuned for more information on how to support through our podcast, store sales and curated trips.

If you’re interested in learning more about Share our Strength or would like to make a donation, please visit them at

Children in the Garden
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