iOS app Android app

Thei Zervaki
Thei Zervaki shares her culinary adventures on her blog, her new culinary word findings at and is a regular food contributor for Southern Hospitality Magazines. She has contributed articles for CNN Travel, Harbors Magazine, Adelto, Consumer Search, Cruise Voyant, Odyssey Magazine, Gluten Free & More, Roads & Kingdoms, Golden Crescent, Matadornetwork, Parachute, and she is a regular radio contributor for the Menu. She is also a trends hunter in gourmet stores and street markets. She loves culinary history books, weird words and dictionaries, and enjoys a glass of Riesling in hot and humid nights.
Find us on Google+

Entries by Thei Zervaki

Street Food in Singapore: Traditions Meet Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2016 | 5:33 PM

Street food, my dictionary says, is prepared or cooked food sold by vendors in a street or other public location for immediate consumption. Based on that, we all have experienced one way or another this kind of food, independently of our country of origin. Most of the time associated with...

Read Post

New Orleans, 10 Years Later

(0) Comments | Posted August 31, 2015 | 2:44 PM

I visited New Orleans twice this summer. Although the purpose of my trips were more business than leisure I found time to stroll around the city that 10 years ago was partially destroyed by a massive hurricane. My camera captured better than my words how the city is and feels...

Read Post

Culinary Cinema at SIFF

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 5:21 PM

The Seattle International Film Festival, under the culinary cinema program, featured several films and documentaries with a food or drink focus. Here are my personal favorites:

Top restaurant and chefs

King Georges is a film on Georges Perrier and his historic French luxe restaurant Le Bec-Fin. When...

Read Post

Crushed Beans: Aromas of Heaven

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 12:14 PM

In a room full with coffee lovers, everybody is slurring. It is cupping time at Indonesian's consulate spacious rooftop. During this event to raise awareness about Indonesian coffee and promote it to coffee buyers and the media, attendees taste different coffees from Indonesia's islands of Sumatra and Java. I grab...

Read Post

My Best Food Show of the Year: SIAL Paris

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 8:40 AM

This year it was my first time attending SIAL Paris, the largest food trade show on the planet. It takes place every other year at the Parc des Expositions in Paris. More than 150,000 buyers and 6,000 exhibitors from 105 countries exhibited in more than 20 different sectors from pastry...

Read Post

My Top Products From the Summer Fancy Food Show

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 4:07 PM

Since the summer of 2009, I only missed one Summer Fancy Food Show and that was due to excessive work schedule in the West Coast. Last week, I returned to the Big Apple to experience quirky new products with unique flavors, ingredients, names and colors. I probably missed a lot;...

Read Post

2014 Fancy Food Show Trends and Insights

(3) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 4:01 PM

It was an inspirational, fun and thought-provoking show. San Francisco's spring weather was a treat even if I didn't see much of the sun -- I had to spend two entire days in both halls of Moscone Center. But my hard work paid out. Here are the culinary trends and...

Read Post

24 Hours at Portland Cocktail Week

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 2:56 PM

Portland makes headlines for its award-winning chefs, tasty dishes and often for its numerous food trucks found in the city's streets and parks. I have visited the city less for its dining scene and mostly for its world-class Pinot Noir tastings. This time though, I traveled for the Portland Cocktail...

Read Post

What you should know before a Sailing Trip in the Caribbean

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 5:55 PM

While preparing this article, I resorted to google and Bing engines searching for traveling experiences and desired activities while on board of a sailing ship. To my surprise, there were very few articles and content about this topic that seems to be neglected. Armed with my notebook, a word file...

Read Post

Seattle's International Film Festival Put Tropical Fruits and Expensive Wine on the Big Screen

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:03 PM

Food writers are often caught between a fork and a plate, a recipe that needs still to be edited and maybe a fancy restaurant launch. Often they forget those who contribute to the world of food in their own right away from camera flashes and covers of food magazines. I...

Read Post

Trends From the Winter Fancy Food Show 2013

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 12:23 PM

After spending three full days on the floors of the largest trade food show in the USA, I noticed new trends, observed the consolidation of others and couldn't stop tasting new, tasty or weird products available. Here are my observations:

New Trends

Herbs in drinks

Read Post

A Checklist For A Winter Visit To The Hamptons

(3) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 6:00 AM

The Hamptons is renowned for its long and unspoiled beaches, peaceful bays for fishing, extravagant boutiques, high-end restaurants and trendy night clubs. This beautiful Long Island area attracts from hot celebrities and politicians to fashionable models and affluent professionals who escape New York's touristy, noisy and humid scene during the...

Read Post

A Fresh Take on Food Trends From Paris

(2) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 4:09 PM


People visit Paris for its gargantuan museums, the Seine, the morning croissants, Hermès and numerous other reasons that are related to art, fashion and food. The elegant, luminous and imposing French capital is lesser known for its trade shows. In fact, there...

Read Post

10 Weird and Funny Products From the Summer Fancy Food Show

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2012 | 4:42 PM

After three days spent on the floors of the Summer Fancy Food Show in DC last week, I can easily come up with numerous stories on products, flavors, trends and food entrepreneurs. But I chose 10 food items that sound funny, look pretty and have a weird taste. The question...

Read Post

A Slice of Taste Washington

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 11:22 AM

Seattle is known as a city with first class restaurants and residents with exceptionally high culinary demands. Being nearly a "serial food festival attendee" since 2007, I had to witness what the Taste Washington event was about. This two-day trade and consumer's event brought together 200 wineries and...

Read Post

Foods and Trends at the Winter Fancy Food Show 2012

(3) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 9:52 AM

Hunting for trends during a food show is a daunting task, if ever possible. Trends are, after all, never 100 percent objective and depend on the particular features of the show attended. After spending three entire days on the floors and aisles of the Winter Fancy Food in San Francisco...

Read Post

A Day With The Cooking Odyssey

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 10:48 AM

This year my Thanksgiving didn't come with stuffed Turkey, yams or mashed potatoes. Instead, I spent the day with the producer and the cast of The Cooking Odyssey TV show while they were filming their second season in Long Island. The Cooking Odyssey, a culinary travel TV show...

Read Post

The Outstanding Food of the Basque

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2011 | 5:13 PM


At a recent Basque Country wine tasting, I had the opportunity to not only taste local wines but outstanding food from the region. Don't get me wrong. I liked the wines but I didn't find them exceptional. The reds are all DOC Rioja (with...

Read Post

Santorini Spells Out Assyrtiko

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 3:30 PM

Santorini is largely known for its signature attractive white houses, solid rocks and stunning Aegean Sea views. Those who visit the island will love the beaches, the volcanic landscape and the local character. But Santorini is also known for its indigenous grape varietal, the Assyrtiko and its PDO

Read Post

Chips, Oysters and Plates of Love on Interstate 10

(9) Comments | Posted May 10, 2011 | 10:44 AM

During my 10-day cross-country road trip from NYC to Los Angeles, I was very disciplined. Not about my diet, but in keeping a strict, structured and detailed journal that included notes on the daily mileage, gas, finances and even a daily food "diary". The food diary was, most of the...

Read Post