Eating is a lens through which we get glimpses of a place’s history, habits and pace of life
Loka → World in Sanskrit
Pack → Wolves are instigators of positive change
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Traveling the world for four years as a hotel and restaurant inspector for Forbes Travel Guide, I struggled with finding trustworthy recommendations for where to eat and what to do in new cities because of the overwhelming amount of information out there. Who to trust with the precious few meals I had and did not want to waste?
I’m lucky because, as a former food editor, writer and a graduate of the NYU Food Studies Master’s program, I have access to an extremely knowledgable food and travel community to tap into when in need. During my travels, one of the most helpful resources was this pool of talented writers who post and share their recommendations with each other in a forum-style manner, drawing on what they’ve learned and experienced while writing for the world’s best publications.
I decided to create a membership club to give our community access to this incredible wealth of knowledge by connecting them with the very writers who are publishing guide books, cookbooks, and writing the articles and stories that we read everyday. This way everyone can easily share and find helpful recommendations. Why keep it private? Because I want to make sure that our members care as much about food as I do and understand and respect the industry as a whole.
As you’ll see below and in the site’s content, food is more than something to Instagram or what provides us with energy. It represents history, culture and is made up of a widespread network of people who support the industry in different ways. Similarly, travel is one of the best ways to learn about a different way of life and return home with a new perspective and some clarity about your own life. Plus, it’s a fantastic way to meet new people. All of these things make life magical and worth living, in my opinion at least.
I hope for LokaPack to serve as a source of inspiration, a resource for help on your adventures, and a supportive community of good, caring people.
As Julia Child said, “People who love to eat are always the best people.”
I couldn’t agree more.
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We need food for sustenance, yes, but it is so much more than that. Eating is a lens through which we get glimpses of a place’s history, habits and pace of life.
Food is one of the best (and most fun) ways to learn about a culture, at least we think so. Our goal is to help travelers experience memorable meals, learn about the world and enjoy themselves in the process.
Finding a balance between a love of eating and feeling good is essential for us, and we make sure to include ways for you to do the same on the road.
About our founder
I am a food and travel writer and recipe developer with 12 years experience writing for various publications such as Bon Appetit, MindBodyGreen, Serious Eats, SELF, LATimes, Yahoo! Travel and others. I spent four years undercover, making up fake names and stories, to inspect hotels, restaurants and spas for Forbes Travel Guide, during which time I traveled the world, reviewed over 600 properties and lived in London and LA. Before that, I went to Cornell for undergrad, completed a Masters at NYU in Food Studies (as awesome as it sounds), worked at Food & Wine on a cocktail book and was a founding editor at The Daily Meal.
I currently live in NYC and, if you can’t reach me via phone, then I’m probably at one of the Kula studios or asleep.