Erin spends a chunk of her travel time scouting out the best eats in locations she visits. While she is preferential to a Michelin-starred dinner with lots of wine pairings, she is just as satisfied and in love with “street meat” from the local night market. Her passion doesn’t just lie in the goodness of the food itself, but she loves to learn about the history behind local dishes, eventually attempting to recreate them at home.
To date, Erin has traveled to over 60 different countries on six continents and much of those travels have been food-based trips. Her travels have taught her that perhaps she’s not as fearful of bizarre foods as she once originally suspected. She hasn’t tackled insects yet per se, unless you could the couple of live termites she ate in the jungles of Belize once. However, she’s eaten far more bizarre things including fish sperm sac in Taiwan, fruit bat in Palau, and even a conch penis in Belize. She’s even tackled fugu in Osaka, cow udder in Rotterdam, bull testicles in Latvia, and most recently, ant larvae and grasshoppers at the Noma pop-up restaurant in Tulum, Mexico.
When it comes to high-end cuisine, Erin has had the privilege to work with some of the top chefs in the world who have helped educate her on culinary practices and techniques, providing for a better knowledge base as a food writer. She’s become friends with a number of noted chefs in Asia, and even had the distinction of being Joel Robuchon’s personal guest at one of his restaurants in Paris.
Erin’s blog, Our Tasty Travels has received several notable mentions, including Top Blogs to Watch in 2013, Top 25 Culinary Travel Blogs by TripAdvisor’s FlipKey, and a finalist in Flight Centre UK’s Top 5 Food Travel Blogs.