Meet your Real Food Traveler editors:
RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. A writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at realfoodtraveler.com.
Born: Culver City, California
Traveled: Peru, Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, England, Italy, China, Spain, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, New Zealand, USA (Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Florida, New York, Maine, District of Columbia, Colorado, North Dakota, New Jersey, Texas, Idaho, Minnesota, Georgia, Virginia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky, New Mexico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Wyoming, Georgia, Michigan).
Favorite foods: Really great chocolate, especially fabulous chocolate gelato, fresh pasta with clams, medium rare steak, terrific coffee/espresso, soft shell Maine lobster.
Passions: Travel, great food and cooking, gardening, being on the water, playing with clay.
Best trips: Africa safari, Italy, Thailand, New Mexico.
Strangest travel moment: Eating rat in Thailand.
Travel philosophy: Stay open, flexible and grateful, whether you stay in a cheap flophouse or a posh resort. Eat on the street and travel close to the culture.
Culinary Judging Credits
Seafood Chowder Judge, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 2013
Culinary Judge, Kona Coffee Festival, Hawaii, 2011
Chocolate Judge, Seaside Chocolate Festival, Seaside, OR, 2009
- First Place Online Culinary Writing, Northern Lights Awards, Canada Tourism Commission, 2013, for “A Chinese Food Marathon in Richmond, BC.“
- Travel Media Award of Excellence, Tourism Saskatchewan, 2013, for series of articles on Regina, including “The 24-Hour Royal Canadian Mountie,” “Fortuna Ristorante Italiano: A New Italian Winner in Regina, SK,” “Italian Star Deli: Authentic Italian Deliciousness,” and “Hotel Saskatchewan: Royal Elegance in Regina” on realfoodtraveler.com and “Why Regina is Canada’s New Foodie Hot Spot” on vacay.ca.
- Canada’s First-Ever Culinary Journalism Award for “Best Writing in Any Medium,” Canada Tourism Commission/Food Day Canada, 2012, for “A Taste of the Garden.”
- Northern Lights Travel Writing Award — Best Internet Writing, Univ. of Missouri Sch of Journalism/Canada Media Marketplace, 2010, for her story “For the Love of Lavender,” 2011.
- Gold Award, Writing, CASE, 2005.
- Bronze Award, Best Magazine, The Willamette Lawyer, CASE, 2004.
- Bronze Award, Feature Writing, CASE, 2004.
- Silver Award, Feature Writing, CASE, 2003.
- Author’s Silver Star Award, Addicus Publishing, 2002.
- RX Club Award of Excellence, Feature Writing, 1999.
- American Heart Association Best Magazine Feature Award, 1992 and 1991.”
RFT co-founder Anne Weaver is always interested in what’s over the next hill or around the next bend. An avid photographer for more than 30 years, her photos have been used by companies like Legacy Health and PGE and published in places like MotorHome magazine, Northwest Travel, Northwest Palate magazine, Forest World magazine and Reed magazine. In fact, it’s tough to find a photo of her without her camera. In addition to her regular editing duties, Anne is RFT.com’s Photo Editor.
Born: Portland, Oregon.
Traveled: Bhutan, Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, England, Canada, Singapore, Thailand, Italy, Spain, Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, Norway, New Zealand, USA (Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Iowa, South Dakota, Missouri, Oklahoma, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Virginia, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Utah, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Maine, District of Columbia, North Dakota, Illinois, Texas, New Mexico, South Carolina, Wyoming, Michigan, Kentucky, Rhode Island, Maryland, Georgia).
Favorite foods: Fruit, especially Northwest-grown raspberries, boysenberries, strawberries, and tropical fruits such as mangosteens, pineapples, mangoes, and rambutan that are grown and ripened in tropical climates; fish barbecued on a stick with lime in Mexico; potato tacos in Guatemala, wild salmon, halibut cheeks browned in butter.
Passions: Travel, gardening, cooking, photography.
Best trips: Africa safari, Bhutan; Yellowstone; Boundary Waters (Minnesota); Maine; Norway. Well, really, anywhere. I delight in my own backyard.
Strangest travel moment: Being blessed by a monk with a symbolic phallus (to increase fertility! at age 55! Really, it was part of the tour!) in the temple of the Divine Madman (built in 1499) in Punakha, Bhutan
Travel philosophy: Go! Don’t wait — go now, go often.
Ranch chef Lisa George, co-owner of Latigo Dude Ranch in Kremmling, Colorado, realfoodtraveler.com’s Cookbook Editor. Lisa, who boasts a degree in English, creates dozens of new recipes for her ranch and large staff at the ranch, and enjoys exploring the world through food. Each year, she also produces the Latigo Cookbook, a compilation of guests’ favorite dishes of the season season.
Veteran travel and adventure writer Yvette Cardozo, RFT’s Ski & Dive Editor, is the 2013 winner of a Silver Award from Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Western Division for her story “The Brave New World of Travel Underwear (and More)” published on realfoodtraveler.com. SATW is the largest and most prestigious professional association for travel writers in North America.
Yvette didn’t even see snow until she was 25. That’s because she grew up in snow free, frost free South Miami Beach. In fact, she says, “When I finally got to see frost for the first time at age 13, I thought it was mold all over the cars. (Some of us were more sheltered than others).”
She finally got into skiing at age 30 and claims she has “probably the world’s most exhaustive collection of ‘dumb Florida gal discovers snow’ stories” in the world. That includes her first heli-ski trip when someone gently pointed out to her that maybe it was time to retire the novice ski angle. Yvette now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, Bill Hirsch, 30 minutes from the nearest slopes and she skis at least once a week during the season.
She’s also done several multi-day snowmobile trips and once did an eight day dogsled trip above the Arctic Circle where she drove her own dog team. Look for Yvette to bring RFT readers exciting ski stories (that often include a food angle) and fabulous photos.
Additionally, Yvette has been diving for 40 years is is a certified scuba diver. Most recently, she did some freshwater diving in Mexico’s spectacular underwater tunnels (called cenotes).
Wine expert and world traveler Julie Pegg is RFT’s Senior Wine & Spirits Editor, Canada. For more than 15 years, Julie has been writing about food and wine for publications like EAT magazine and Island Wineries of British Columbia. She honed her wine expertise working for the British Columbia Liquor Board in Vancouver where she was a product consultant for 14 of her 24 year tenure. She’s represented realfoodtraveler.com as a wine expert and speaker at the International Wine Tourism Conference in Umbria, Italy. Julie is also an amateur cook who loves culinary travel where farmers’ markets and wine shops are always her first stop.
Teresa Bergen is realfoodtraveler.com’s Vegan/Vegetarian Editor.
A vegetarian for more than 30 years and author of Vegetarian Asia Travel Guide, Teresa has a B.A. in journalism from U.C. Santa Cruz and an MFA in fiction writing from Louisiana State University. She’s written many articles for Examiner.com as a Portland Vegetarian Examiner. Her stories have appeared in both print and online publications, including India Currents, Ms., South China Morning Post, Vegan Voices, The Literary Traveler, Offbeat Travel, MSN Healthy Living, Whole Life Times and Livestrong.com. She also writes and Veg Travel and Fitness blog which covers vegetarianism, travel and fitness, especially where they intersect (e.g. workouts when traveling, vegetarian restaurants in other cities, interviews with vegetarians in other countries).
In addition to being a vegetarian and a journalist, Teresa is a yoga and group exercise instructor and personal trainer.
Nancy comes to realfoodtraveler.com with a background in newspapers and it’s her fine stories about the Northwest’s wineries, breweries, restaurants, resorts and hotels that have earned her the Wine, Brews & Spirits Northwest Editor position.
Nancy says she appreciates the beauty, bounty and spirit of the Northwest’s food and beverage scene and finds it great fun to share stories about the creative people involved. She finds their commitment to fresh, local ingredients and attention to flavor and process is as refreshing as the libations themselves.
In addition to writing about wine, brews, spirits, and destinations for realfoodtraveler.com, Nancy is working on a novel.