Hi, I’m Jennifer, the voice behind Adventurous Appetite. Originally from Florida, I started this blog after moving to Seoul to teach English in 2009. I had planned to stay only a year, but the travel bug bit me hard. I’ve since backpacked through Southeast Asia and South America, lived in Colombia, worked as a teacher and food writer in Shanghai, and now I teach journalism to high schoolers in Bucharest.
I have an obsession with food, and believe that it’s the gateway to understanding a culture. I’m one of those strange people who have an affinity for durian. I love slurping noodles outside hole-in-the-wall restaurants, while sitting on squat plastic stools. I’ve learned how to cook from parents and grandparents willing to share their family recipes.
While I haven’t blogged consistently over the last few years (teaching teenagers will do that), I still jump on here from time to time to share travel stories and musings from my life abroad. Apologies for the lessening of pictures, listicle-type pieces, and itineraries as I gain in years, but there are plenty of 20-something travelers putting out enough for all of us.
I hope this site can inspire people to travel more and to remain curious about the world and its people. I also hope to provide some good recipes along the way, and hopefully convince readers that carbs are not the enemy.