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Meet our Destination Guide Writers
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Elen Turner, author of the Kathmandu guide:
Elen Turner is a travel writer, editor, and consultant who divides her time between Nepal and New Zealand. Her writing about Nepal, India, and further afield has been widely published in magazines and on websites. Find her at elenturner.com and on Instagram @eleninthewilderness.
Ideal day in Kathmandu: If you're not staying in Patan, get over there immediately! Start with a coffee at the the Himayalan Java coffee shop just around the corner from Patan Durbar Square, which looks out over a golden Buddha statue. Then, take in the beauty of the Durbar Square, and check out the excellent Patan Museum, which gives a crash course in Nepali architecture of the Kathmandu Valley. Have lunch either at a hole-in-the-wall around the square, or somewhere a little more upmarket, like Cafe Swotha or Of Silk & Salt. In the afternoon, take a taxi over to Swayambhunath (aka the Monkey Temple) for sweeping valley views and a laugh with the monkeys (just don't feed them!). In the evening, have dinner and drinks at Durbar Marg (more upmarket) or Thamel (backpacker vibe).
Michael Evans, author of the Beijing guide:
Based in China for the better part of a decade, Michael believes the best meals are those that are either the beginning or the end of a great story. A die-hard carnivore, he still has a soft spot for Buddhist temple fare. In his travels across Asia, he shamelessly seeks out the weirdest foods he can find to gross out the folks back home. That being said, he still hasn’t worked up the courage to try balut…
Ideal day in Cebu: Go to a deli (Tinderbox) or supermarket (Rustan’s Fresh) for cooler supplies: fruit juice, beer, water, and ice, plus freshly baked bread, cheese, carrots, cucumbers, and ham. Stop for some roadside lechon manok, puso, fresh mangoes, watermelons, and other fruits in season. Get to a pier, hire a banca (an outrigger pumpboat), and go island-hopping: Hit Pandanon Island, Sulpa, Hilutungan. Swim. Eat. Snorkel. Eat. Lounge. Eat. Sunbathe. Repeat til sundown.
Ideal day in Manila: Meet friends for brunch at Café Adriatico, and linger over coffee and suman. Escape the heat and pollution by hitting The Metropolitan Museum for ancient Filipino gold or The National Museum for the jaw-dropping Spolarium and Philippine artifacts. Spot vendors hawking buko, kwek-kwek, camote cue, etc. while crossing through Rizal Park (Luneta) for pancit canton at Amber’s. Or, head over to Intramuros for a bambike ecotour and stop at The Manila Collectible for hand-crafted souvenirs, local munchies, and liquor for pasalubong. Rush to the Bayleaf Hotel’s Sky Deck for a sundowner to toast the famed Manila Bay sunset. Order dinner from the Heritage page, and save room for leche flan and halo-halo.
How to contribute
For the EYW Blog: Eat Your World is looking for a few hungry food/travel writers to work with.
Our guest blog entries fall into two categories:
—unpaid guest posts from other bloggers in which previously published content is repurposed to suit Eat Your World (works particularly well for our Recipes column; see below)
—paid, original articles stemming from a successful pitch ($25-$40, depending on length and scope)
Anything with a local-food angle is fair game, though we do have a few regular columns in place:
Trips (food-related stories, i.e., a quest for a local dish or a narrative about tracking down a slew of local foods), Roundups (Top 5/10 Local Eats in TK City, like this), Recipes From Afar (recipes of foods encountered while traveling, with backstory), Q&As (short interviews with local food producers around the world, like these), Origins (explorations of where certain foods come from), Dish Spotlights (short tributes to one particularly quintessential dish from a destination)
Pitches can be sent to [email protected]. Please note whether you have original photos as well.
For EYW destination guides: Do you live in a city you don't see covered on EYW, and know the food scene in and out? Are you a writer who fancies yourself a good photographer too? Pitch us a new destination guide: well-researched entries for What to Eat, How to Burn It Off, Where to Stay, plus an introduction and high-quality photos. This is a paid gig ($300-$500), based on how many food entries are to be completed. Please contact [email protected] to introduce yourself, your city, and your work if you’re interested.
As always, we encourage you to get involved by uploading your own regional-food photos and writing your favorite food-related memories. If you impress us with your own coverage, we may hire you to help with ours!
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