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.
Mariska is a copywriter, foodie, and all-round quirky individual. She speaks her mind and pushes the norms while doing it. A well-rounded appreciator of the arts, particularly those in culinary and vineyard form. With her love for finely crafted wines, came a love for finely crafted ice cream – this lead to a blossoming love for a certain Homemade Ice Cream. With pen in hand and camera on standby, this girl embraces all the adventures life has to offer.
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?
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.
A passion for history, the beautiful and a yearning for tasty exotic food is the passion which conjures up the images from this native Capetonian's camera lens. Her pen and camera work together to spin a tale that draws the eye and enthralls the mind. Stopping at the side of the road in the middle of the R43 is not unheard of when the sun's rays have just touched the horizon and plays atop the ocean. Alison loves creating the perfect frame. #wedontdofiltershere Churches are her thing, but the human spirit run a close second. The faces of little children hold the most appeal when they are least aware. Rarely serious about anything, she finds the quirk in raising three young people in suburbia alongside her very own Jimmy Neutron. Life deserves to be lived well. Every last drop!
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.
Anne has never stopped eating or dreaming. She's lucky to do both on a regular basis, having left behind a PR career in Toronto to get a little lost. You can find her travelling the world with fellow MTF contributor Ryan Thomas, eating anything she finds along the way (bonus points if it's laden with sugar) and chronicling it all on gosquabgo.com. She gets weak in the knees for a good jungle hike and a perfectly made Old Fashioned.
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”
Having just come off a six-month tour around the world, Chelsea now finds herself living in LA. She has an insatiable curiosity for the world and wants to discover the hidden cultures within it. Whether it’s being escorted down the side of a mountain by the Sri Lankan military, attending an illegal bonfire on a beach in Vietnam or crashing a movie premiere in her new city, you can always find her smiling through another exciting adventure.
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.
I'm a sassy digital content creator with a passion for food, wine, travel...and the finer things in life! Being in Cape Town for over 3 years has changed my outlook on life and I love exploring the city. You can typically find me hiking or wine tasting on weekends. I'm a full time computer science student by day and a freelancer by night. For now, you can call me a queen of all trades. One day, I'll master one.
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.
Gregg Pettigrew has been performing since a very early age and has been on the professional stage and screen for over 30 years. Gregg has travelled the world and has lived in numerous countries before returning to South Africa. Gregg has graced the cabaret stages of some of the world’s entertainment Capitals doing from the deep, dark and meaningful to the light, humorous and soul enriching. Outside of performance, Gregg has a passion for travel as well as food and wine and through his travels has developed a sophisticated palate. He firmly believes that like performance, food and travel is there to enrich our lives very unique ways.
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.
Gwynne Conlyn wanders around with a purpose to discover what makes for a great lifestyle: good food, great travel experiences and of course, fascinating people. And always, that perfect Martini. She’s an award winning journalist and author. When she returned to South Africa from New York, she decided to jump on a motorbike (and a single-prop airplane and a topless sports car) to find whatever is delicious in her country. That book, Delicious Travel, won the international award). Gwynne has been a freelance talk show host on radio for many years, and now her show, LifeStyle Today is permanent, every Thursday 11am – 12pm. Celebrant of all things delicious, Gwynne’s Twitter handle is WanderWomanSA because, as she says, that’s her job!
Hannah is a full-time traveller and newbie digital nomad. She packed up her life in London and is currently travelling solo through South East Asia, New Zealand and Australia with no plans to stop there. Happiest when near the ocean, she also loves a good jungle hike, trying (usually quite badly) to master new sports and getting a little bit lost in a big city.
Janice was born in London, and although she considers herself very much a South African, having lived in Joburg for many years (she’s not giving away her age) she still holds a fondness for cold, rainy days and strangely enough also for all things Irish! She firmly believes that our lives are enriched by sharing tremendous stories whether it be through books, theatre, film or music, and that we should constantly be seeking out ways to do this. Life is meant to be lived boldly. It’s a journey, and we get to choose what amazing adventures we go on, and who with! As long as we remember not to look back … we’re not going that way!
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.
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.
Leah van Deventer is a professional writer and editor who dabbled in hard news before deciding to focus her energy on the important stuff: travel, food and drinks. When not gathering intel from the field, she combines work and R&R by writing in bed with Hex and Hades, her spectacular black cats.
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.
Lisa is constantly planning her next meal, or where to eat it. That’s why she believes she is incredibly lucky to work as a freelance writer – it’s basically her job to unearth Johannesburg’s latest gem, or find the one spot that no one’s talking about yet (but soon will be). When she’s not glugging cappuccinos and savouring new flavours, you’ll find her with her nose buried in a book.
Lizna recently moved back to Wilderness after living in the Urban Jungle of Johannesburg for a year. A gorgeous 300 km coastline stretch of the Garden Route, Lizna couldn't be happier to be back in one of her favourite places in South Africa. She loves exploring local food and cuisine, places, markets and events. She's passionate about promoting cruelty-free products and being kind to the environment by phasing out single use plastic. Lizna also promotes body positivity and is an inspiration to woman around the world. She loves taking the family dogs on adventures. When Lizna isn’t blogging and exploring she creates aesthetically pleasing logos and WordPress layouts for bloggers and companies. You know what they say about creatives… “I tell you, in this world being a little crazy helps to keep you sane” - Zsa Zsa Gabor
Hailing from the land of all things green and Guinness, Lorraine has been on a lifelong journey to escape the famous Irish weather. Most recently, Lorraine packed her bags for an indefinite adventure across Europe. Unfortunately, she never made it past the first stop, Barcelona, and has been trapped in a vicious cycle of sun and sangria ever since. When she’s not writing about her travels, she can be found feasting her way along the Spanish Coast, usually with a glass of wine in hand. Her life mantra: First, We eat.
As a child, Lynne was influenced by the emphasis on political activism, which was ingrained in an Eastern European working-class tradition. Her training in art, gender studies and psychology has perfectly aligned over the years to inform her primary political outlet, which is education and advocacy in the field of gender-based violence. Food, wine, travel, art and the unexpected, counterbalance some fairly intense human rights work. While at the same time, she can’t help that ever resonating mind from deconstructing what is often left unexamined even if it is a taken for granted early morning cup of java on route to work.
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 and travel photographer that goes by the name "Under A Palm Tree". A mantra that has so far dictated her lifestyle, she is committed to inspiring other creatives to quit the 9-5, to stop living for the weekends and live for E V E R Y D A Y. She is location independent having spent two years in Asia and now heading to Europe for the summer. She is addicted to new experiences, making new friends, setting up passive incomes, 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.
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.
These two were bound to end up traveling and eating their way over the world someday. Bonding over all kinds of craft beer, hamburgers and the smelliest of cheeses, Linde and Melanie both knew they had found their person. As fresh digital nomads, their photo- and videography business called Pocket Production is what keeps them busy at the moment, when of course not helping each other on top of a mountain, applying sunscreen to each other's backs or finding a vegetarian place so Melanie can pick from the entire menu, always exciting (and stressful).
Ryan will do anything for a great story. It's a precarious policy that's led him to appear nude in a newspaper, learn to hammer a nail into his nose, start a Canadian honey company, and travel halfway around the world to tuktuk across Sri Lanka. Ryan writes for lovers of adventure and those willing to argue Mexico's mezcal production is as complex as any French Pinot Noir. In love with MTF writer Anne Cayer, they travel together and tell stories at gosquabgo.com.
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.
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.