Saturday, September 3, 2016

The world's best foodie adventures will be appearing in Travelife Magazine



JEROME MARTIN, TRAVELIFE’s new foodie columnist is a hedge fund manager by day and a serious foodie by night. He collects vintage cars, lives on airplanes and calls London, Tokyo and New York home. 

He's also extremely qualified to write our food column. At the moment, he says he's about 11 places short of visiting every restaurant on the list of the world's top 100 restaurants for 2015, and he certainly knows his way around the Michelin guides.

For his maiden column, he writes about an upcoming visit to Guernsey for a food festival.

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For this new issue of #Travelife Magazine, he answers some questions for us.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT TRAVELING? 

Getting away from London. I don’t like the idea of packing or heading for airports, but the fact that I won’t have to see the City even for a few days is always extremely appealing.

WHERE’S YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION WITH FAMILY? 

I'm single for now so family is really my parents and my two sisters and their families. And I'm not quite into family trips, so if I really needed to go somewhere with them, it would probably be to a place I could easily escape from when things get too close for comfort – like to my sister’s country home in Gloucestershire which is an easy enough drive from London.

Once they start reminiscing about baby names and naughty pranks from childhood, I always invent an emergency excuse to jump into my car and return home. I much prefer talking about the present than decades-old past.

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WHERE DO YOU USUALLY GO FOR A QUICK GETAWAY WITH FRIENDS? 

I like Vienna as it’s a short flight from London and I love everything about it. I also enjoy the opera and there's always a good one happening there on any weekend. One day, I'll probably live there -- or at least get a pied-a-terre.

My favorite trip to Vienna is quite a recent one. Some beautiful girl twisted my arm to join her and her friends from Asia for a gastronomic pre-Christmas meal at Steirereck last December and I happily complied without a moment’s hesitation, flying in to meet her and her friends as they sailed from Germany into Vienna on a river cruise.

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I was literally waiting for her at the dock as her boat got in, so I was expecting to at least get A for effort.

We did a weekend at the Hotel Sacher, visiting art galleries, walking around the parks and spending way too much time at the Christmas markets. We went to the opera on one night, Obviously the Christmas markets weren't my choice but I did the whole routine with great patience as I was trying to win her over.

But it was fun in spite of the Christmas markets overkill, and I would do it all over again anytime, if she would just let me near her again.

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WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SIGHTSEEING OUTFIT? 

Nothing comes to mind. To tell you the truth, I’d probably wear less clothes if I was certain it wouldn’t shock more people. Especially in hot destinations.

YOU CAN’T YOU LEAVE FOR A TRIP WITHOUTMy phone and a credit card. Everything else I can do without. Even women. 

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WHAT’S AT THE TOP OF YOUR TRAVEL BUCKETLIST NOW? 

A safari in Namibia. If only she would say yes to joining me, I would arrange to have the most luxurious tent she’s ever seen set up in the desert for us.

It would be unforgettable and she wouldn't know what hit her. But it seems she’s bent on going to Istanbul with someone else instead.

WHO’S YOUR TRAVEL INSPIRATION? 
Laurens van der Post, the author, explorer, Afrikaans farmer and dabbler in politics. He traveled the world and wrote wonderfully about his experiences. I don’t know if he ever ate well, though.

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