Hello! Welcome to bonnevivante.
My name is Jean and I started this blog to keep a photo diary of my two favorite things: food and travel – food cooked in a cramped kitchen with not enough counter space, food eaten in foreign countries, and a lot of food eaten in Los Angeles – home sweet home.
I have two rules when it comes to eating:
1. Eat well, mostly vegetables.
2. When traveling, try everything once.
Food = therapy.
“Let food be thy medicine.” – Hippocrates
Travel + food = Paradise.
Past trips: London, Paris, Rome, Venice, Milan, Naples, Florence, Switzerland, NYC, Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, Hawaii, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Cancun, Mexico, Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Guilin, Shenzhen, Taipei, Singapore (1 | 2 | 3), Bali, Bangkok, and Phuket, Moscow & Saint Petersburg.
Current Trips booked: Los Cabos, Mexico!
Trips to be planned: Greece, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Vietnam, Tibet, Cambodia, Alaska, Czech Republic, Portugal, Morocco, Dubai, Scandinavia, Amsterdam, Peru, everywhere!
I love getting on a plane and finding myself jet-lagged and confused in a new country. Try everything. Touch everything. If you have the resources to get out of where you’re from, get your cushy tushy off the couch and go somewhere. If you don’t have kids or you have parents you can foist the kids off onto for a few weeks, book a cheap plane ticket right now. You’re a struggling student? Get a part-time job, internship, sign up for Habitat for Humanity, pull a loan. Whatever it takes. Study abroad! Who cares if it’s not the ideal vacation tourist spot or people don’t speak English? Just go. It’ll be an adventure. It’ll be an experience. You’re not going to regret it. Unless you eat at a random McDonald’s. Then you’ll definitely regret it.
“Do we really want to travel in hermetically sealed popemobiles through the rural provinces of France, Mexico and the Far East, eating only in Hard Rock Cafes and McDonalds? Or do we want to eat without fear, tearing into the local stew, the humble taqueria’s mystery meat, the sincerely offered gift of a lightly grilled fish head? I know what I want. I want it all.
I want to try everything once.”