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Meet Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

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As Food + Travel content creators based in Lisbon, we travel the world in search of the next great meal. We eat it all from street food to haute cuisine and everything in between.

Since starting the award-winning 2foodtrippers site in 2012, we’ve collaborated with numerous partners including tourism boards, hotels, restaurants and major online travel brands. You can see many of our wonderful partners below.

We’re currently traveling vicariously by crafting global cocktails, eating out at Neapolitan-style pizzerias and teaching ourselves to cook Asian dishes at home.

Head Photo in Estonia
Our travels have taken us around the world. We took this photo in Tallinn. Notice anything different?

Prior to 2016, 2foodtrippers was a hobby.

Daryl was an accomplished musician and worked for a high-end, celebrity chef-driven restaurant group based in Philadelphia. When he wasn’t performing at local clubs and weddings, he handled many of the restaurant group’s logistics. He also assisted with restaurant openings and special projects like the Food Network’s Iron Chef tv show. Though he’s not a chef, he occasionally wielded a knife or two on the job as well.

Meanwhile, Mindi earned an MBA and various professional designations while living in Atlanta, San Francisco, New York City, Denver and finally Philadelphia. She worked as an executive in the insurance industry and developed keen business skills including project management, contract review and managing others. This career gave her the opportunity to develop and hone keen writing and presentation skills.

Together, we worked on the 2foodtrippers site in our spare time and took short trips to destinations like France, Japan and Italy. We wrote about the food and travel experiences that we loved with minimal understanding of SEO or social media. But we wanted to do more.

Head Photo in Romania
We took this photo during a video shoot in Transylvania. And, yes, we actually ate the food.

Everything changed in 2016.

With a giant leap of faith, we left our careers and Philadelphia home to hit the road on an ongoing quest for the world’s best food and culinary experiences. This leap has enabled us to transition the 2foodtrippers site into a viable business and provide actionable resources for like-minded people who love food travel.

In 2018, we won two prestigious awards – Saveur Magazine’s editor’s prize for Best Travel Blog and TBC Asia’s gold prize for Best Food Blog. The following year, we exchanged the nomadic life for our current Lisbon home base. As it turns out, three years on the road was our limit.

Now we travel slowly and create comprehensive Food Travel Guides to help travelers find the best food, coffee, wine and beer in cities around the world. We’re constantly learning about food, travel and the business of blogging. Many would say that we’re living our dream and we don’t disagree.

How We Met

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We like to drink when we travel. When we’re in Germany, beer is our beverage of choice.

We met in 2006 at an Oscars party hosted by mutual friends in Philadelphia. It was a very successful party for both of us – Mindi won the Oscars pool and we both found true love.

It wasn’t long until we realized our mutual obsession for food and travel. We got married in 2007 and haven’t looked back since.

Where We’ve Been

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We love to visit wineries and breweries in different countries. Surprise! This winery is in England.

We’re all about combining our passions near and far. This journey has taken us to some of the best food destinations in the world.

So far, we have traveled abroad to Austria, the Bahamas, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Macau, Monaco, Mexico, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turks & Caicos, Ukraine, the Vatican and Vietnam.

We’ve also traveled domestically throughout the US – currently 38 states and counting.

Professional Affiliations

We like to surround ourselves with experts. Accordingly, we’re members of the following prestigious organizations:

Notable Accomplishments

  • Named a top Paris Travel Blog by Luggage Hero. (2020)
  • Selected to Attend International Media Marketplace in London (2020)
  • Featured in Eating Well as ‘Good-Life Gurus’ to follow on Instagram (2020)
  • Quoted in Newsweek about the Venice floods (2019)
  • Selected to Participate in the iAmbassador Blogville Project in Emilia Romagna (2019)
  • Selected to attend iAmabassador’s Social Travel Summit in Ravenna (2019)
  • Featured Food Blogger in The Guardian (2019)
  • Speakers at Traverse in Trentino – Ten Tasty Tips for Adding Food Content to Your Travel Blog (2019)
  • Accepted into the Society of American Travel Writers (2019)
  • Named a top Montreal Travel Blog by Luggage Hero. (2019)
  • Selected to Attend International Media Marketplace in New York (2019)
  • Featured in Morgan Stanley’s Mosaic Magazine (2019)
  • Editor’s Choice Winner for Best Travel Blog – Saveur Magazine (2018)
  • Reader’s Choice Finalist for Best Travel Blog – Saveur Magazine (2018)
  • Gold Award Winner for Best Food Blog – TBC Asia (2018)
  • Featured in Miss Eva Magazine (2018)
  • Food-Focused Article Published by USA Today (2018)
  • Speakers at Traverse in Rotterdam – Food Photography Seminar & Lecture (2018)
  • Selected from 900 Applicants to Participate in the India Blog Train Project (2018)
  • Selected to Attend NBE Finland in Helsinki, Turku and Riga (2018)
  • Selected to Attend International Media Marketplace in New York (2018)
  • Top 10 Finalist for The Mayor of London’s #MyLondonDish Instagram Contest (2017)
  • Selected to Participate in the iAmbassador Blogville Project in Emilia Romagna (2017)
  • Selected to Participate in Experience Bucharest (2017)
  • Selected to Participate in the Helsinki Secret project (2016)
  • Elected to the Professional Travel Bloggers Association board as Treasurer (2016)
  • Selected to Attend Travel Media Showcase in Indiana (2015)
  • Selected to Participate at Bloghouse in Chicago (2014)

Social Media

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We don’t just eat when we travel. We also share our culinary experiences on social media.

We have 80,000+ engaged followers on the following social media networks:

Collaboration Opportunities

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We’d love to promote your brand if it’s a good fit.

We love collaborating with partners all over the world. Here are some ways that we can work with YOU:

  • Brand Ambassadorships
  • Content Creation
  • Food Photography
  • Freelance Writing
  • Instagram Takeovers
  • Marketing Campaigns
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Media Promotion
  • Sponsored Content
  • Twitter Chats
  • Video Production

Media Kit

Contact us at [email protected] to request a Media Kit with detailed traffic and social media statistics.

Current & Past Partners

Check out a sampling of our current and past partners:

Tonya Cook

Sunday 15th of November 2020

Omg! I just stumbled upon your site. Food Travel is my passion! There's no better way to truly experience a culture than through their food. Hats off to you! I will definitely be referencing your blogs when traveling. It's always been a dream of mine to be a food/travel writer.... Thank You

Alicia Vargo

Sunday 2nd of February 2020

Hi Daryl and Mindi,

If you so happen to be in Buffalo, NY this week, I have 2 backstage passes for you both to the KISS Concert. Gene would love to meet you both, he is launching a new vodka. Let me know I can get you further details. Warmest Wishes, Alicia Vargo , Managing Partner SpeakeasyWine & Spirits, LLC"Out of the Ordinary BrandDevelopment" 8200 S Quebec St. Suite A3-229 Centennial, CO 80112 P: 720.244.1878 | W: www.speakeasywineandspirits.com 

Nyasha

Saturday 25th of January 2020

Hey I'm Nyasha and I own a spicy food website. Love the content and the look of your website and can't wait to read more posts I'm the future!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Friday 7th of February 2020

Thank you so much!!

Bon B.

Thursday 16th of November 2017

Great to find two such lovely smiles and obvious joie de vivre! Found you via the post on Neapolitan coffee. Left a comment there, BTW. I'm an archaeologist, & jump at the chance to eat local where ever a conference takes me. Recommendation: check out the best shortbread on the planet (well, maybe tied with Bretagne) at ARGOs Bakery in Kirkwall, Orkney Islands. Also, along the waterfront in little Kirkwall, with your backs to the sea, there are three hotels with dining. The one on the far left has a finnan haddie chowder called Cullen Skink [sic] that is to die for. The hotel on the far right has terrible food: they served me sliced haggis out of a can that was the worst. (it was great every other place I had it in Scotland). Also you'll get a kick out of the fact that the sign on the little Kirkwall airport building is in Viking runes. Bon voyage, you two!

Daryl and Mindi Hirsch

Thursday 16th of November 2017

Thanks so much! Those places are definitely on our travel list and Daryl loves shortbread and hates canned haggis.

Abby

Friday 26th of August 2016

Love your blog!