Nice to meet you!

I’m Janine Thomas


My mission is to highlight great food, drink and producers around the world where I have had the pleasure of enjoying amazing food, and I believe that they are worth praising because they are something special.

Gastrotravelogue is about awesome food and destination guides that are useful for when you are not tucking into some delectable treat. I believe that travel is one of the best ways of connecting people, of all cultures, from around the world. Food also has the same way of uniting people and that’s what this blog is about


My love of food began when……

My earliest food memories remain vividly in my mind. I was about 6 years old. I grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, so spending time at the beach and out on the ocean was a way of life. Whenever the weather was good that’s where we were. Naturally, you have to eat! My father would go diving and emerge laden with crayfish (a bit like lobster). The fire was already prepared and a little later we were eating the most delicious crayfish rolls topped with a dollop of mayonnaise. It was a simple meal, no side salads or extras. Heaven with each bite!

Looking back, I realise that is where my love of food came from. I can still smell the ocean and remember the taste so well after all these years when I think about it.

Of course, there is a whole world to explore. I agonise for weeks before I go anywhere researching the best food experiences. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive either. I am just looking for a really authentic food and the best around.

I hope that I can inspire you, with this blog, to be a bit more daring and grow to love food the way I do, when you travel to delicious destinations around the world.

Bon Appétit