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Carla WaldemarRealfoodtraveler.com is known for showcasing some of the finest food and travel writers in the business and one of them is Carla Waldemar, a veteran writer who has just won a Silver (second place) in the 2016 Mark Twain Awards of the Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA), the oldest professional association for travel journalists in the United States. And, for the second year in a row, the realfoodtraveler.com website has won for Best Website from the Western Chapter of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the largest association of professional travel writers in the U.S.

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Veteran food and travel writer was honored for the second year in a row for a realfoodtraveler.com story.

Carla Waldemar, a frequent contributor to realfoodtraveler who often documents her travels and food adventures around the world, was honored for her realfoodtraveler.com story, “New Finn Fare: Forwardly Delicious.” Last year, Carla won a Bronze Award in the Midwest Travel Writers Mark Twain Awards for her realfoodtraveler.com story, “In Love with Russia.”

Competition for the Midwest Travel Association awards is keen. The MWTA draws professional travel journalists from 14 states. This year’s contest garnered more than 100 entries from full-time, professional travel journalists, including from respected publications like the Chicago Tribune, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and National Geographic Traveler.

Waledemar, a former Food Editor for Better Homes and Gardens and Senior Editor for Cuisine magazine, has a witty style and writes mouth-watering descriptions of her food and travel experiences. In addition to writing often for realfoodtraveler.com, she serves as the Twin Cities editor of the annual Zagat Survey.

Editor-in-Chief Bobbie Hasselbring and Realfoodtraveler.com were honored again by the Society of American Travel Writers at their Western Chapter meeting held recently in New Mexico with a Bronze Award in the Best Website category. Last year, the site won a Gold in this category from SATW.

These newest awards are only the latest in a long list of honors that writers have won with stories they produce for realfoodtraveler.com. Yvette Cardozo, RFT’s Ski & Dive Editor, has won numerous writing awards, including Northern Lights Awards from the Canada Tourism Commission and an SATW award for her fun review of Travel Underwear on reafloodtraveler.com, “The Brave New World of Travel Underwear (and More).”

Bobbie Hasselbring, Real Food Traveler

RFT Editor Bobbie Hasselbring is among the many writers who win awards for RFT.

RFT Editor Bobbie Hasselbring’s stories have brought honor to realfoodtraveler.com too. In addition to winning a Bronze for Best Website this year, in 2015, she accepted the Gold Award for Best Website from SATW .In 2013 and 2011, she won Northern Lights Awards, the highest award given to U.S. writers by Canada Media Marketplace and the Canada Tourism Commission, for realfoodtraveler.com stories. In 2013, she was also honored with the Food Day Canada Culinary Award for Best Written Work in Any Medium with the realfoodtraveler.com story, “A Taste of the Garden”. In 2012, she won the Travel Media Award from the Saskatchewan Excellence in Tourism Awards for a series of RFT stories she wrote.

You can see all of RFT’s award winning stories by going to these links:

SATW award

This is the second Best Website SATW Award for realfoodtraveler.com.

Carla Waldemar:

“New Finn Fare: Forwardly Delicious”

“In Love with Russia”

Yvette Cardozo, RFT Ski & Dive Editor:

“The Brave New World of Travel Underwear (and More)”

Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor:

“Eastern Townships, Quebec: For the Love of Lavender”

“A Chinese Food Marathon in Richmond, BC”

“A Taste of the Garden”

“The 24-Hour Royal Canadian Mountie”

“Fortuna Ristorante Italiano: A New Italian Winner in Regina, Saskatchewan”

“Italian Star Deli: Authentic Italian”



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 realfoodtraveler.com.