Hello from Raymond, the Travelling Foodie! I’m a Traveler and Foodie based in Toronto. I travel to eat, and eat to travel!
Taste Life. Enjoy the World Around You.
This is the motto I live by. Travelling Foodie’s vision is for people to realize the beauty in this world we live in and experience what it has to offer in aspects of food and drinks, travel and nature, and lifestyle and events.
I was raised as a Travelling Foodie. Originally from the Philippines, every summer, my family would always travel for vacation. With an Asian culture revolving around food and parents who operate a fast food business, food has been integral even in travels where we always explored food as part of it.
Even then, I’ve always loved taking photos of my food and travels for remembrance as a kid. It’s a way to remember where I was, what I ate and what I thought of things at that time – sort of like a visual diary. That’s why you will see A LOT of pictures/videos in my works.
Moving to Canada for University opened up more opportunities to travel and see the world. I initially posted my experiences on my personal Facebook but then decided it would be nice to share them for everyone who might enjoy or learn from my experiences.
During a 2-week National Park road and food trip in the USA in 2014, this passion led to the start of Travelling Foodie.
It’s interesting to note that, though I only started blogging in 2014, I’ve been a hardcore travelling foodie long before then. Back in 2008, when I was just a 2nd year university student, I went to Chicago and dined at Alinea, which at that time was No. 17 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. This was a life-changing meal for me as it opened my mind to a whole new level of culinary experience which got me seeking similar experiences every time I travel.
In January 2012, after working full-time for just a year, I did a Europe trip where we dined at Oud Sluis (3 Michelin Star, and No. 17 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants that time) and at El Celler de can Roca (3 Michelin Star, and No. 2 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants that time).
Here’s a photo of me with Chef Joan Roca at El Celler de can Roca back in 2012.
As of February 2017, I’m so excited to be living out this passion and dream full-time! It’s funny where your passion leads you. I had no background in social media nor marketing. I graduated with a background in Computer Science and was a software development manager before taking the leap of faith to do this fulltime. Never in a million years would I have expected this would be a possibility… #ChaseYourPassion!
I’ve visited over 25 countries, half of the United States and half of the Canadian provinces. My goal is to explore the entire world!
Some of the notable places I’ve dined at outside of Canada, I’ve been to Alinea (Chicago), El Celler de can Roca (Spain), Oud Sluis (Netherlands), Robuchon a Galera (Macau), Jean-Gorges (NYC), Antonio’s and Aubergine (Philippines), Raymond’s (Newfoundland) and L’atelier de Joel Robuchon (Las Vegas)
If you have any questions on my services, what I can do to help your business, or simply would like to connect/partner with me, please do not hesitate to contact me! You can visit the Media Page to see the collaborations I’ve done and brands I’ve partnered with.
Please contact me via email: itstravellingfoodie[@]gmail[.]com