Anita BrelandI travel far and often—with my husband, on my own and with friends. For me, inspiration can come from anywhere, from travels or a good meal, and from distant lands or my neighborhood. I began this travel blog with a meal around a table with my Swiss neighbors.

Since then, travel experiences around the world have enriched my home, my table, and life with my husband, photographer Tom Fakler. I’m a museum junkie who lives my passion for active travel and cultural immersion. I’m always on the hunt for my next great meal! 

I am an internationally published travel writer, and a contributor to numerous compilations of writing about food and wine, and to other blogs and websites. For more about the food travel behind Anita’s Feast, check out my interview with Cilantro Cooks!

Contributions to anthologies

“In search of Cambodia’s ‘lost continent’ of flavors in The Pilgrimage Chronicles: Embrace the Quest, Sacred World Explorations, with Tor and Siffy Torkildson, November 2017

“Three cooks, one Moroccan home kitchen, result: delicious” in Foreign Flavours, a Writers Abroad anthology of fiction, fact and recipes, October 2011

“Couscous and Camaraderie” in A Moveable Feast: Life-Changing Food Encounters Around the World, Lonely Planet anthology of food and travel, 2010

Contributor to Roots: Where Food Comes From and Where It Takes Us, a BlogHer Anthology connecting culture, memory, and discovery. My story chronicles a day of cooking in a Moroccan home kitchen. 

“Mlaoui, my Moroccan breakfast tradition”, honorable mention, 2009 Solas Awards, Travelers Tales

Feature articles

Contributor to Getting On Travel, a fresh take on luxury for travelers over 50

A regular contributor to FWT Magazine, the journal of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writer’s Association (IFWTWA):

9 Camera-ready Vistas for Wining and Dining in Porto, Portugal,” FWT, 14 May 2018

Port Wine at Graham’s 1890 Lodge: A Premium Tipple” FWT, Issue 9, Fall 1017

Sailing with James Beard: Spanish Cuisine on the High Seas” FWT, Issue 6, Winter 2016/17

The Complex, Versatile Wines of Ticino, Switzerland” FWT, Issue 3, Spring 2016

Time Travel in Switzerland’s Müstair Valley” FWT, Issue Two, Winter 2015

Cuisine Wat Damnak: Siem Reap, Cambodia” Bon Appétit column in FWT, Issue One, Fall 2015


Almost India”, feature for Airplane Reading.org, August 2012

Writer & photographer contributor to “Petra & Wadi Rum: the best of Jordan”, Wanderlust magazine (UK), March 2012

Articles for Writers’ Forum (UK), Hello Switzerland, Travel Post Monthly and Wanderlust.uk.com

Speaking & other travel writing

Speaker, Digital Wine Communications Conference 2015, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, October 2015: “Delipair–Future of food & wine matching: A foodie looks at wine pairing”, and 1.º Congresso Nacional de Turismo de Culinária (Portugal’s first National Congress on Culinary Tourism), Figueira da Foz, Portugal, October 2014: “Discovering Place, With People, Through Food”

Guest blogger for Traveling with Sweeney: “All Aboard the Swiss Chocolate Train!“, Boomer Women Travelers: At Home with Turkish Flavours; Five Foodie Reasons to Visit Modena, Italy; Color, Culture and Soft Adventure on a Luxury Train in India, and Uzbek Journeys: 5 Reasons to Visit Kyrgyzstan, and Fridge Whisperer: Couscous memories

Contributing author, multiple articles for the long-running Emilia Romagna Blogville project