I asked for a creme brûlée torch for my fifth birthday. For as long as I can remember, food has been the center of my life. My name is Halley, I'm a graduate student pursuing a master's degree in food studies at New York University. In this blog I share my enthusiasm for food and travel through reviews, articles, and photos. Food can do so much more than serve as a source of nutrition; it can bring people together, indicate environmental and political changes, and serve as a gateway into new cultures. 

During the summer of 2014, a bittersweet struggle led me to one of my greatest passions, solo backpacking. I had a flight booked to Tel Aviv to spend the summer with family while working at an online food publication. When fighting in Israel broke out the day of my flight, I had just landed at Vienna airport on a layover. Flights from the US were cancelled, and I found myself left in limbo. I had a suitcase full of bikinis, shekels in my pocket, and I had no idea what country Vienna was in (seriously). I knew I had a choice; go home (my mother's preference), or use my savings to explore the world. For the next two months I learned about resilience, respect, and grew a sense of confidence in myself that continues to lead me towards success every day. Since then I've traveled all over the world on my independent expeditions, and I've developed a knack for this niche style of travel. I now encourage other women my age to get out of their comfort zones and explore both the world, and their capabilities. I hope this site inspires you to do the same!