Aaishah is diligently trying to accomplish all that she can. Pursuing her passions for writing, cooking, eating and aqua fitness, her to-do list is nowhere near finished. Her qualifications in journalism, culinary arts, aqua instructing, and trauma counselling is just the start as she still plans to study further. She dreams of exploring the world whilst making her mark on it. Some of her greatest achievements include conquering the world-renowned Otter trail and working with her hero, Adriano Zumbo.
Adam is a goof ball from Australia. He loves taking portraits and photos of people. An avid mountain dweller, he enjoys snowboarding and mountain biking. Adam and his girlfriend, Robyn, are currently travelling Asia and Africa and run a travel blog called Wander Lost Travel.
Born and raised in the Philippines, Allister Esguerrra, AKA Queen of Vietnam has been working in the Vietnamese luxury hospitality and tourism scene for over 7 years since his first arrival in 2010. He’s worked with both private companies and some regional tourism boards in the last 4 years, launching tourism marketing brands such as Discover Halong and Discover Nha Trang. He now works as a freelance writer and setting up Vietnam’s first-ever independent magazine for gay men, Nam Nam Mag, all while basing himself in three major capitals in Southeast Asia; Hanoi, Bangkok, and Manila.
Amilinda is an epitome of all things gloriously hedonistic. When she’s not behind her desk, she abundantly indulges in this fragile adventure we call life by tasting, exploring, photographing, writing, pondering and wandering her way through Cape Town. She’s a professional traveller with more than 50 long-haul flights behind her name and the passport to prove it. She adores luxuriously lazy beach holidays, food festivals, animals, folksy music, pizza and wine weekends, veggie gardens and her trusty Nikon D750 camera kit. Oh, and macarons. She’s super passionate about those.
Brett moved to Cape Town 6 years ago from Durban and was introduced to incredible restaurants, great wine farms and a crazy nightlife. Brett grew a love for food and realised that he didn’t always have to go out to enjoy a good meal, so he started learning how to cook, nicking a few tricks from his chef friends. He upgraded his cookware and kitchen at home and started on a path to create his own unique dishes, inspired by the city’s best menus and flavours. He also enjoys travelling the world and works in digital advertising doing what he loves as a Senior Digital Designer/Art Director.
Bri, short for Brianna, is a traveller of many places but surprisingly prefers the comfort of her home. She has a sarcastic sense of humor but her sense of fashion makes up for it! You can catch Bri at the nearest coffee shop in NYC studying fashion and feeding into her bad habit of strong coffee.
Ever since Caitlin was a child, her world has revolved around food. This has led to an accumulation of nicknames, some of which aren’t very flattering… ‘Piggy Wiggy’ and ‘Truffler’ to name a few. When Caitlin isn’t eating, she’s either teaching English, marketing or writing from her current base in Hoi An, Vietnam. As A. J. Liebling says, “the primary requisite for writing well about food is a good appetite” and boy does Caitlin have a good appetite!
Camilla was born in Berlin but has lived in South Africa for 18 years so she counts herself among the South African people. Though she has moved around a lot she has found her home in Cape Town, the mother city and foodie capitol. Camilla studied Culinary arts and now she assists food stylists in and around Cape Town occasionally doing her own food shoots. She is passionate about food and cooking and on weekends she tries to hunt down new and interesting places to eat/drink.
Her favorite quote is: “The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our senses to sharpen” by W.B. Yeats
Carla hates the word “foodie” but is an absolute lover of all things food. When she’s not stalking menus or searching for the best samosas in Cape Town, Carla is works in social media and digital advertising. Her dream is to one day own a flower shop off the coast of Spain. She cannot speak Spanish or arrange flowers but once read a quote that said “if you dream it, you can do it”.
Originally from Mauritus, Chaya has adopted the Nomad lifestyle since several years. From living in Paris to the tiny islands of Maldives and surviving the remoteness of Bhutan; the more she explores, the longer her bucket list gets. Passionate about outdoors, food, culture, wellness and photography, her goal is to become location independent and slow travel.
Favorite quote: “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turn you into a storyteller”
Growing up constantly on the move as a military brat, Chelsea continues to spend her time traveling and exploring new places. Currently she is a digital nomad exploring corners of the world that peak her interest – with a goal of exploring five continents in the next 9 months. She works as a brand strategist, content creator and travel blogger – starting her own travel site with her best friend Tien Dang (a fellow MTF contributor). She isn’t sure where this lifetime will lead her but she’s excited to be along for the ride.
Christina Pearl is a new brand splashing waves in the spheres of marketing, wine, food, and writing, articulating a wealth of expertise and experience in these genres. She works as a freelancer with select clients and projects. Christina Pearl brings passion, tenacity, enthusiasm, strategy and authentic love to life and everything she does.
Darren is a self-confessed creative jack of all trades – The world is a delicious pie of creativity so why have just one slice. If he’s not on stage or in the rehearsal room, he’s searching for new and beautiful things to photograph. Darren is an actor, educator, clown (yes believe it or not) but above all else, he’s a writer. His biggest passion is creating amazing things with the words that race around in his head. He is ambitious to a fault and lives by the question, “Why the heck not?!”
Debra is a born and bred South African who loves and lives in Durban, the jewel of the East Coast and one of the “coolest” cities in the world. She pays her bills by managing the finance department of a prominent Durban based engineering company but her true passion is food, champagne, road trips, gin, and music. She loves showcasing what’s hot, new and special about her beloved Durban, and that’s what she writes about for MTF.
Elizabeth has spent her whole life in the kitchen, cooking and baking, coming up with concoctions for family and friends to try. A decade ago, she started to develop chronic pain and was diagnosed with IBS. Rather than experimenting with medication, she started using food to heal. From this lifestyle shift, to a mostly gluten-free, dairy-free, legume-free and sugar-free diet, Elizabeth wanted to help others on their paths to healthy living. She believes that food should heal us, not hurt us and is currently studying to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist.
“If you follow your heart, you’ll never have to ask where to go or what to do next” This has been Emma’s mantra for the last few years and has so far never let her down! Emma (you can call her Emz) loves her ‘day job’ as a Health & Nutrition Author and Coach, but what equally ignites her soul is travel, experience, connection, creativity and writing! Whether jotting about the worlds most yumazing ‘superfoods’ and how insanely awesome antioxidants are (she insists they really are!) or simply soul searching in her journal, she is super happy. You can also find Emz hiking anywhere that has a view or re-visiting India, attempting (by her own admission) with dodgy hips and a crook back to master the yogini within!
Emma is a Business student from Durban, South Africa. She has a passion for food, good books, taking photos, and exploring her vibrant city. It’s not unusual to find her at one of Durban’s many cafés tucking into a pastry with her nose in a book – her natural habitat. To keep herself sane, Emma has a food blog where she writes about her food adventures and shares her family recipes.
Gokul is disorganised and a little slow to respond to his emails. Maybe its because he gets a little flustered working as a Biomedical Engineer at the University of Cape Town and as an intern at Stellenbosch University. But when he does get his life together, you can find him on top of some mountain taking pictures of the sunrise or sunset. He is a photographer, wanna be philosopher and a lover of nature.
An explorer by nature, Greg enjoys discovering off-the-beaten path places and hidden gems while wandering the globe. A food, travel and lifestyle entrepreneur, Greg spends his days consulting clients on digital marketing and social media strategy and his evenings enjoying the good life in picturesque Hoi An, Vietnam.
Jared is a bit of an experience junkie and aficionado: new experiences and an ever changing horizon keeps him alive. Of course waking up in Cape Town – which he and a few million others think is just the most exciting city in the world – means there is much to explore. And then the rest of South Africa! So much to see and so little time! He splits his time between writing, running private tours, and social media influencer work.
Jack Rabbit Chocolate Studio offers artisanal hand made chocolates and confections unique to the South african Chocolate market. Their approach is exciting and different, offering customers and guests to their studio a luxury gifting experience as well as mind blowing chocolates.
Julian has travelled extensively around Asia over the last 20 years, however, only recently has he decided to call Asia his home. He works as a Freelance photographer, capturing things such as crazy festivals, events, fabulous food, musicians and travel.
Julian grew up in the small town of Cwmbran in Wales but soon moved to the bustling City of Bristol in England. There, he spent 12 years discovering who he was and where he wanted to go. He’s still working on these attributes…
Jules is a graphic designer and digital nomad based in Denver, CO. Her goal is to work her way around the world, but when stateside she satisfies her wanderlust by exploring the great outdoors – she is stoked to have the Rocky Mountains right in her backyard. If she’s not camping or climbing a mountain, you can find her playing the latest video games, trying not to fall off her skateboard or snapping photos with the camera that is permanently attached to her hands.
Kat recently packed up her life in Australia to travel solo around the world. A big believer in living life to the fullest she wonders the globe with a strong latte in one hand, her camera in the other, in pursuit of all things adventurous. While collecting passport stamps she indulges in all her passions from scuba diving and mountain climbing to exploring cool cafés, craft breweries and sampling generous portions of delicious local food. Her mantra? Eat Well. Travel often.
Kimberly’s life revolves around the four F’s: Family, Friends, Food and Festivals. She wouldn’t consider herself a foodie but she loves to eat. She’s constantly planning activities around her next meal. Kimberly was introduced to a diverse range of food at a young age, where due to her large family, most of the meals were actually feasts. This has lead to her immense sense of adventure when it comes to eating. Kimberly also has a knack for baking and love the joy a homemade cookie or cupcake can bring someone.
Kitty Ireland is a full-time writer who has her fingers in all sorts of literary pots. There isn’t a situation she can’t find humor in, even if that means running her mouth a mile a minute just to get a laugh out of everyone (or just being adorably awkward once she puts her foot in her mouth). She prefers gin, dark chocolate with nuts in it, massages, gaming, and worships RuPaul with a fierceness, hunty.
Leigh-Ann is on an adventure. Several at once in fact. She’s discovering the bright, shiny new world of Hong Kong while trying to cram all the wine she can into her brain and mouth. And the food. Always the food.
Maxine is a South African food blogger (and self proclaimed “Foodie”) living in Belgium, blogging under the name WhyIamNotSkinny. A full time working mom who documents her love of eating & drinking through restaurant reviews, recipes and interesting food experiences. She shares a home with HIM (aka the wonderful husband) and MONKEY (daughter born in 2015) and her ultimate happy place is sharing meals with loved ones. Maxine is a firm believer that there is ALWAYS room for dessert.
Natalia considers herself a multipotentionlite. She’s a jeweler, an Art Therapist and a Yoga Teacher. She does them all at the same time to earn a living, because having one job where she would have to do the same thing every day would be as painful giving birth to a pineapple. Natalia will probably share a mixture of “aha moments…”. These are moments when things magically fall into place and stuff that you had been wondering about just makes sense. These moments may come in newly discovered tips, cooking recipes or simple findings that just made my life easier or happier. They can come in the form of a book, a quote, a hidden cafe or a new route to travel through.
Natasha is a barely functioning introvert in an extrovert’s world. Small talk makes her cringe, but she’s still figuring out how to get to the good stuff without being awkward. She enjoys nights at home cooking dinner for friends, and settling in with an exciting book or series. But don’t be fooled, she can tackle a good night out as well as the next person. Yoga, running, and hiking keep her active. Adventuring outdoors with her hounds, Nutella and Mouse, is one of her favorite things. She’s currently transitioning to a plant-based diet, but finds it challenging working in the foodie media industry. Natasha also writes for other platforms and is in the process of launching a homemade nut spread and nut milk business, For Nutsake. She’s currently learning Portuguese and loves tea.
Nicki is a fashion photographer that goes by the name “Under A Palm Tree”. A mantra that has so far dictated her lifestyle, she is committed to inspire other creatives to quit the 9-5, to stop living for the weekends and live for E V E R Y D A Y. Currently exploring South East Asia by motorbike with her boyfriend and fellow photographer, Julian, she is addicted to new experiences, making new friends, setting up passive incomes, eating lots of food and documenting it as she goes.
Favourite quote: “Life is short and the world is wide.”
Originally from Cape Town, Nicky currently lives in Shanghai with her husband and 3 adopted fur children. Her recipe book addiction started before she could read, which is probably why she avoids any without photographs. You’ll usually find her in the kitchen, where she loves developing recipes and photographing food. Besides cooking and eating, she also enjoys daydreaming about traveling, exploring Shanghai, reading food magazines or conceptualizing & creating content for her blog.
Born with an inherent curiosity for life, Nicole’s first word was ‘Why’. After growing up in Cape Town her curiosity saw her living in the Eastern Cape (South Africa), Taiwan and Johannesburg, interspersed with travelling to six of the seven continents. More recently, and to her utter astonishment and delight, she’s found herself settling in London. Despite her passion for travel and exploration – of new neighbourhoods, wide open spaces, galleries, markets and bric-a-brac shops – Nicole loves to nest and potter around the kitchen. She loves meeting new people and hearing their stories, cares about the environment and aspires to enrol others into doing the same. Oh, and she thinks about food, a lot.
Paula is a self-proclaimed suburbanite who moved to the big city only a year ago. She is on an adventure daily, exploring the amazing food and culture that Toronto has to offer. Prior to living in Toronto, Paula spent some time living in the Niagara Region where she first discovered her love for wine and all that wine country has to offer. When Paula isn’t drinking wine and trying out new restaurants in the city, she’s either shopping at local makers markets, dreaming of new interior design projects to tackle at home, or out with her long-haired dachshund, Toby. Paula dreams of travel often and has had the pleasure of vacationing in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Thailand and the Caribbean.
Solana Cain is a freelance photojournalist based in Toronto. Her passion is visual storytelling. Growing up in Toronto was an undeniable privilege. She’s lived in many different corners of this City and had the chance to explore different cultures and experience their foods. Toronto’s multiculturalism is visually evident in its residents but the City’s culinary landscape is just as diverse. There’s always a new dish to try.
Food brings people together. She’s witnessed this here and abroad. Well, actually, the sharing of food brings people together.
Sophie grew up in Montreal, Quebec and now lives in Toronto, Ontario. She has a degree in philosophy, which might explain why she is willing to travel far and wide in search of good conversations and new ideas. It might also help explain why she is not busy with a career. Currently, she can be found exploring her own city.
Tien’s a Vietnamese born Texas native and NYC transplant currently on an adventure with her best friend to better understand humanity. Check out their travel blog: www.whytfnots.com. A sucker for a good tequila cocktail or any kind of beer and delicious food, Tien believes that these 3 things have the ability unite the world. She’s aso infamous for her giddy dance when food is coming to the table. Tien’s determined to expand her tastebuds and make a few friends along the way as she treks throughout the world. Won’t you join her?
Victoria gets bored easily, she can’t stay in one place nor can she work one job. To keep things fresh and exciting, she has her hands in a number of cookie jars. Besides MTF, she travels full-time, is a yoga & mindfulness teacher, runs a freelance business, works with a Canadian non-profit and is part of a creative agency run by digital nomads. Victoria’s trying to find the ultimate life balance (aren’t we all?) between working, eating, and exploring.
Zeni has always dreamed about having or finding a platform where she can put pen to paper to share all the deliciousness of life which I get to experience along the way. She’s been lucky enough to have seen some fascinating places, met some inspiring people who have taught me huge and sometimes hard lessons, explored a few career opportunities which have opened interesting doors, and of course sampled some great wine. That’s what life’s about right? Your individual experiences, great friends, and wine
Zimkhitha is originally from Eastern Cape and even though she loves her province as soon as she got her matric certificate she was out of there. At Rhodes she made friends from all over Africa and when she got an opportunity to visit one of my friends in Malawi she never looked back. Zimkhitha had a close encounter with the hippos down Chobe river in Botswana, tried Jollof rice in Ghana but her craziest moment was taking selfies while sitting on a crocodile’s back in Burkina Faso. At home she likes to find a quiet corner and read books and try new restaurants around the Mother City. She is also a great cook even if she has to say so herself.