About Jetsetter Jenn
Hi, and welcome! I’m Jenn, and I’ve been on the move since 2008.
I was born and raised in sunny Southern California, but for years I always felt the pull of the wider world. I moved a bit, small, safe moves around SoCal. Then a bigger one, from California to Seattle. Then an even bigger one, from Seattle to Sydney.
It’s a funny thing about comfort zones. Once you start testing them, you find that the boundaries are truly limitless.
Which is why I found myself quitting my stable, well-paying job to pursue adventure full-time. I took with me a backpack, a Lonely Planet, and my well-established love of food and wine and set out to see the world.
Through this site, I hope to share with the world the things that make me feel alive: immersing myself in foreign cultures, eating great food, cooking delicious meals for others, and finding new and delicious wines to accompany those meals.
My Travel Philosophy
I have to admit: I’m not a city girl. I’ve lived in major cities or developed suburbia my entire life, and perhaps that’s why I want to see the countryside, the small towns and villages, the mortar that holds together the bustling metropolises of the countries I visit.
You will find me in London, Dubrovnik, or Bangkok, but you will find me happiest in the mountains of Montenegro, the plantations of southern Cambodia, or the rolling dairyland between Sydney and Melbourne.
To me, nature is the spice of travel, and I like my travel spicy! Whether it’s encounters with koalas in Australia or elephants in Thailand, hard hikes on rugged mountains, or camping in the National Parks of my home state of California, I feel more connected to this planet when I bear witness to its natural wonders.
I am not a traditional ‘backpacker,’ nor would I qualify as a luxury traveler. I’ve stayed in hostels, cheap guesthouses, high-class AirBnBs, and luxury hotels (though usually someone else was picking up the tab for that). I strive for balance, and I firmly believe that sometimes you gotta treat yo’self!
My Food Philosophy
My approach to food? Dive in headfirst.
Food is a universal language that anyone can speak. Food is how the locals say, “Come, experience my culture and my hospitality. Let me take care of you by filling your belly.” And what a beautiful and delicious way to communicate!
I’ve been fortunate to experience meals at some of the best restaurants in the world. I’ve also unashamedly hoed into $0.50 street food in Asia with my bare hands. Both experiences were borderline spiritual. Food is a basic human necessity, and perhaps that is why I find it so intrinsically tied to this business of living life to the fullest.
I rate a good meal over a comfortable bed almost any day of the week, and would gladly stay in a tent if it meant dining at the finest restaurant in town. It’s all about balance, right?
My approach to eating may sound unhealthy. I do have a flair for exaggeration. I’m fortunate that I’ve always had a very healthy relationship with food, and I make sure to balance health with flavor. Delicious food doesn’t mean unhealthy food! One steaming bowl of pho in Hanoi can prove that.
So fear no street cart, worry not about the smell of the open-air market, and make those reservations at that Michelin-starred restaurant! You only get to live life one time, so make it a delicious one.
My Cooking Philosophy
Cooking is the ultimate expression of love and service. It’s also a true expression of creativity. I’m no painter, and my best drawings are stick figures, so my creativity came to life in the kitchen. I have been lucky enough to turn my passion for food into a paying career as a chef on luxury charter yachts in between bouts of traveling. One of my greatest pleasures is bringing the global flavors I discover to my clientele — and they love it too!
My favorite food is the freshest food, which is why I always have a veggie and herb garden when I have a home base. It’s also why I love to travel — to watch and learn how other cultures approach farming and cooking using local ingredients. I rarely visit a country without some sort of cooking instruction, whether it’s a formal cooking class or having a deep discussion with the chef of a restaurant about how they made that sauce or cooked that meat.
What This Site Will (Hopefully) Do For You
I want to show you the world. I also want to show you how to bring the world to you.
My hope is to fuse my love of travel and my love of food into a useful resource for people who loves those things too. To give you practical advice for visiting the places I’ve been, and transport you to those places through your palate. You will find a mix of travel posts, recipes, food guides to foreign countries, and random philosophical ramblings (though I will try to keep these to a minimum).
But I don’t want this to be a one-way conversation! If you find something you like reading and want more, if you hate one of my recipes and think I’m the worst cook alive, if you need more video, whatever, please let me know by commenting or emailing me. I’d love to hear from you!
This is a blog about the things that make us, as humans, feel alive. New tastes, sights, and smells. New places. Adventure, whether it’s on the other side of the globe or right in your own kitchen.