Anita loves travel, writing and food

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!

My travel writing has appeared on other blogs and websites and in compilations of writing about food. For more about the food travel behind Anita’s Feast, check out my interview with Cilantro Cooks!

Articles in anthologies

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


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


Roots a BlogHer AnthologyContributor 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.


Speaking, guest posts & other travel writing

Ticino Merlot“The Complex, Versatile Wines of Ticino, Switzerland” for the magazine of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writer’s Association (IFWTWA), FWT, Issue 3, Spring 2016


FWT Issue 2 Winter 2015“Time Travel in Switzerland’s Müstair Valley” for the magazine of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writer’s Association (IFWTWA), FWT, Issue Two, Winter 2015


Digital Wine Communications Conference 2015, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, October 2015: “Delipair–Future of food & wine matching: A foodie looks at wine pairing”

FWT food wine travel“Cuisine Wat Damnak: Siem Reap, Cambodia” for the Bon Appétit column in the first issue of the magazine of the International Food, Wine & Travel Writer’s Association (IFWTWA), FWT, Issue One, Fall 2015


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”

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

Contributing author, Emilia Romagna Blogville project

Uzbek Journeys: 5 Reasons to Visit Kyrgyzstan

Wanderlust.uk.com: A new “must-see” in Madaba, Jordan

Fridge Whisperer: Couscous memories

Travel Post Monthly: Switzerland’s Valais Girls Fight to Win

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

What happens when a traveler breaks a basic rule of travel: “Know before you go”?

Contributor as writer and photographer to “Petra & Wadi Rum: the best of Jordan”, Wanderlust magazine (UK), March 2012


Writers’ Forum (UK): “Stretching the imagination” [pdf]

Hello Switzerland:

“The Nabeateans of Petra: a Twice-Told Swiss Story” [pdf]

“Making the Grade: Swiss AOC and IGP” [pdf]

”Germany’s Badische Weinstrasse” [pdf]

“Switzerland’s Fighting Cows” [pdf]

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