Ashland – Oct. 2017
Olympic Peninsula – Oct. 2017
Visit Vancouver USA – Oct. 2017

Carla Waldemar Wins for RFT Story writer Carla Waldemar has won second place in the Midwest Travel Writers 2015 Mark Twain Awards for her story “In Love with Russia” which recently appeared on The judge said of the winning story story, “This article will make you hungry, and ready to board a long flight to St. Petersburg.”

Carla, known for her mouth-watering descriptions and quick-wit style of writing, is a veteran writer and editor. She’s served as Food Editor for Better Homes and Gardens and was Senior Editor for Cuisine magazines. In addition to writing regularly for, Carla is the Twin Cities editor of the annual Zagat Survey.

Carla is only one of the award-winning writers who make special. RFT recently won the Gold Award (first place) for Best Website from the Western Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the largest and most prestigious travel writer professional organization. Yvette Cardozo, RFT’s Ski & Dive Editor, has won numerous writing awards, including Northern Lights Awards from the Canada Tourism Commission and, most recently, an SATW award for her fun review of Travel Underwear on, “The Brave New World of Travel Underwear (and More).”


RFT Ski & Dive Editor Yvette Cardozo is another award-winning writer who regularly contributes to

Editor Bobbie Hasselbring is another award-winning writer and her stories for realfoodtraveler have garnered honors in both 2013 and 2011 with Northern Lights Awards, the highest award given to U.S. writers by Canada Media Marketplace and the Canada Tourism Commission. Her award-winning stories include: “Eastern Townships, Quebec: For the Love of Lavender” and “A Chinese Food Marathon in Richmond, BC.” In 2013, she won the Food Day Canada Culinary Award for Best Written Work in Any Medium with the story, “A Taste of the Garden,” which appeared on In 2012, she was recognized with the Travel Media Award by the Saskatchewan Excellence in Tourism Awards for a series of RFT stories she wrote. And now, she’s accepted the 2015 SATW Best Website Award on behalf of all the wonderful writers who make THE website for culinary travel.

Congratulations to Carla on her win. We’re looking to upcoming stories from her on Austria, Germany and Finland. Whoo hoo!

And if you haven’t read these award-winning stories (and many more), we urge you to click on the links and take the time to read them.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email

Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at