As part of our new interview series, we’d love to introduce you to Brooklyn-based Emily Elyse Miller. Emily is a freelance food and travel writer and founder of the editorial outlet and creative agency Trends on Trends and the #breakfastclubnyc series.
Emily grew up in Arizona and moved to New York to study fashion design, but an internship at Condé Nast Traveller changed all that. From Naples to Grand Cayman, Stockholm to Belize, Emily is now well-traveled and combines her love of both food and travel in her writings and photography.
How, why and when did you get started to write your thoughts on travel?
I have a fashion background but grew up in the hotel and restaurant industry, so finding a balance between good food and design is what I seek out. I’ve been writing professionally for about four years now, though I’ve been dreaming and researching different cultures and cuisines my whole life. I wanted to create a job that I love and what I love is to experience new things and discover how people live, eat and interact around the world.
What are your travel articles all about?
To me, in order to fully experience a culture you have to eat their food. You don’t have to like it (I learned that eating suri grub worms in the Amazon) but just a taste will open up your world to new spices, flavors and textures you never thought could exist.
Are you a full-time travel writer?
I have a culinary trend forecasting and creative agency, Trends on Trends. I also freelance culinary and travel content for quite a few outlets. The two keep me quite busy traveling, eating and searching for beautiful and delicious things around the globe — not a bad job for sure!
What has been your most popular post online so far?
What’s your favorite country / place you have traveled to and why?
There are so many places that completely changed the way I view the world but I would have to go with Scotland. It’s comforting, innovative and one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever experienced. All of the food is actually thoughtfully grown and raised on the sprawling abundance of farms across the country and the people could not be more warm, welcoming, and willing to show off their beautiful country.
Where would you want to live if you’d have to settle on one place?
I have too many more places to explore before I can settle on just one, but for now Brooklyn is my happy home.
If I were looking for beaches, mountains, city life, or nightlife, where would you send me?
Beaches – Kauai, Hawaii
Mountains – Scotland
City Life – New York
Nightlife – Tel Aviv
What’s currently in your top 5 list of places to go to?
India, Lebanon, Denmark, Australia and Morocco.
What was the most rewarding travel situation you encountered?
Being invited to bake cardamom buns in the bakery at Rosendals Trädgård in Stockholm with the lovely team there.
What’s your most recent food discovery from your travels?
Just a simple but perfectly executed Kabanos cured sausage in Gdańsk, Poland.
Which hotel that you have you stayed in is your favorite?
Miss Clara Hotel in Stockholm is by far my favorite. I was one of the first people to stay when it opened so everything had that new hotel feel. Everyone was energized and excited to show off the gorgeous new property.
Do you use a gem of a travel product that nobody else may have heard of?
More of a travel accessory but I do not dream of traveling anywhere without my Want Les Essentiels de la Vie backpack. It carries everything and works for a flea market or business meeting. Plus I always travel with a Carry On Cocktail Kit. It’s a well-designed and fun way to drink on the plane in the classiest way possible.
What airline / hotel are you craving to try?
There’s a new hotel opening in Phoenix called The Camby slated to open at the end of the year. Designed by Stonehill & Taylor (one of my favorites) it’s going to be the perfect combo of modern Southwestern vibes with a Millennial appeal.
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