The Backpack Foodie

The World, 2009-2011: Helene and I sold everything we owned, and in September 2009, we hit the road. The result was a year-long Slow trip filled with wonders, friendships, and delicious meals. Somewhere over a cup of coffee, the Way of Slow Travel was born.

  • The Friends Who Fed Me

    To the rebels and iconoclasts of the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market who fed me over the last year: b...

  • The Bagels of Mile End

    The Backpack Foodie discusses the legendary Montreal bagels, and the multicultural community that ga...

  • The Announcement

    The text of Backpack Foodie's announcement to his friends of his quitting his job for a year of trav...

  • A Brief History of Poutine

    In all the ways that matter, poutine is Québec. This article discusses the origins, variations and c...

  • Home and Heart

    Three weeks in Istanbul provide a chance to experience the city as our home in the Turkish metropoli...

Farewell to Southeast Asia

After five countries in four months, it's time for the Backpack Foodie to leave Southeast Asia. Here are the best - and worst - of his time in the region.

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Thailand’s Northeast, Part 2: Udon Thani to Khorat

A trip through Thailand's northeast region of Isaan, including stops in Khon Kaen and Nakhon Ratchasima.

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Eating at Street Level: Tips on Enjoying Street Food

Tips on eating street food from the Backpack Foodie, including pictures of street dishes from around the world.

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Thailand’s Northeast, Part 1: Vientiane to Udon Thani

A trip through Thailand's northeastern region of Isaan, including a stop in Udon Thani.

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Three Travel Secrets: Backpack Foodie Edition

There’s this meme going around where travel bloggers each spill three “secrets” they learned from traveling. The concept also involves tagging five other bloggers, but as you can imagine, at the bottom of the pyramid you run out of friends ...

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