I recently created a new company called Traveling Spoon that connects travelers with authentic food experiences in people's homes around the world. As part of that, I will be blogging and providing content on favorite food experiences and food guides to the cities and places I love. I want to start by making a map of my favorite food explorations from a recent city I've traveled to. Right now, I am thinking of doing Beijing, where I lived for 6 months a few years ago, or Hanoi, Vietnam (I was traveling in Vietnam and Thailand this winter for Traveling Spoon finding new hosts!).
My goal is for this map to be an extension of me, part travel-guide and part journal about my favorite food moments and memories off the eaten path.
For a little background, I created Traveling Spoon because when I moved to China I had a burning desire to explore the country in a way I hadn't before. I'd been to previously China with my family and had a completely canned travel experiences, getting bussed from factory to banquet hall with only Westerners in sight. When I moved there a year later, I was eager to see what local people ate, and how they lived -- I wanted to learn how to make dumplings from a Chinese grandmother in her home. I created Traveling Spoon to help other people who wanted to travel the same way.
This is not related to my final project. For valentine's day, I bought my fiance a subscription to Scoot (an awesome new startup in San Francisco, like Zipcar for scooters!). I made a scavenger hunt with clues in the house and the final clue led to this map, a map of our day in the city. This class was inspiration for the scavenget hunt and map! The map includes our route (sort of) and landmarks I wanted to take Craig to throughout the afternoon.