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 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, Mississippi, 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, roasted garlic and good olive oil with chewy Italian bread.
Passions: Travel, great food and cooking, gardening, being on the water, creating with clay, and playing harmonica.
Best trips: Africa safari, Italy, Thailand, New Mexico, Yukn=on.
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
Chocolate Judge, Oregon Chocolate Festival, Ashland, OR 2016
Seafood Chowder Judge, Prince Edward Island, Canada, 2013
Culinary Judge, Kona Coffee Festival, Hawaii, 2011
Chocolate Judge, Seaside Chocolate Festival, Seaside, OR, 2009
- Best Website, Society of American Travel Journalists, Western Chapter, 2015 and 2016.
- 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, is 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 is a travel and food writer based in Portland, Oregon. She enjoys travel, writing, good food and drink (of course!), cooking, yoga, kayaking, and photography. She’s a long-time writer and editor who has had interesting and varied careers in the arts and in business, and is thrilled to be able to travel the world and write about her adventures. Nancy is also the Editor of ConfettiTravelCafe.com.
Award-winning writer, editor, and media producer Suzanne Corbett is the newest addition to Realfoodtraveler.com’s distinguished staff as our first-ever Food History Editor. Suzanne comes with a long resume that includes being the author of several noted cookbooks, including The Gilded Table: Recipe and Table History from the Campbell House (2015 Donning Publishing) (see our review); and Pushcarts & Stalls: The Soulard Market History Cookbook (1999 Palmerston & Reed Publishing). Suzanne also writes for News Magazine Network, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, StLSportsPage.com, AAA Traveler and Journey Magazines.
Suzanne has been a frequent guest on KMOX and FoodTalkSTL radio and has served as the host and producer of Hot Plates that aired on KSLG 1030AM. She has been a food historian/living history foodways interpreter at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial /National Parks.
Her awards are numerous, including two Telly Awards, a Davey Award, the Missouri Media Award (from the Department of Agriculture Missouri Wine and Grape Program) and the Quest Award from the National Federation of Press Women’s Missouri affiliate, which recognizes individuals whose work reflects an enduring quest for the highest standards of professional ethics and excellence. Other awards include Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards from the North American Travel Journalists Mark Twain Awards; 32 first place awards, including food and travel categories, from the Midwest Travel Writers Association writers contest; and the Mississippi Travel Writer of the Year (2013) Award from the Missouri Professional Communicators/National Federation of Press Women.