What is Food Obsessed?

The tag line describes it well, I am food obsessed, and I will travel anywhere for good food!

I decided to start a blog to track all my meals. Sometimes I get asked by friends where they should eat when they are traveling to a specific city (nothing makes me happier than getting those emails). With a blog it becomes easier – I can direct them to the page by city. For example, check out our weekend trip to Berlin (http://www.foodexpectations.com/category/cities/berlin/) in 2014 and all our great meals in this dramatic city.

Chef Massimo @massimobottura after he got his awardThis blog is about my passion for food and how much of my life I spend thinking about it. I wake up thinking of when, what and where I will eat. I love sharing meals with my husband and with friends (and if someone I meet doesn’t like sharing food, unlikely they will become a good friend) and then telling people what to eat where.

I was born in São Paulo, Brazil and lived there till my twenties. I then moved to New York where I lived for four years and Las Vegas for ten years (believe it or not) before moving to London. In Vegas, I was very lucky to work for a casino company and be surrounded by amazing chefs including Jet Tila, Paul Bartolotta, Takashi Yagihashi and the amazing pastry chef Frederic Robert. I also used to travel to Macau, Hong Kong, China and Singapore between 4-6 times a year, constantly exploring new restaurants. I lived in London until December 2016 and was able to travel travel as much as possible within England and Europe. I am now back in the US living in LA and ready to explore it from coast to coast, north to south and across all boarders hoping to find good spots that will make me miss London a little less……..

In 2015 and 2016 I was invited by http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/ to interview many of the World’s top chefs at the World’s Best Restaurant  (http://www.theworlds50best.com/) awards ceremony. I had the best time getting to know such wonderful chefs such as Massimo Bottura and Rene Redzepi. All interviews can be found on http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2015/06/02/the-worlds-50-best-restaurants-awards-2015-interviews-with-the-chefs/. I sadly didn’t make it in 2017 as a trip to Australia didn’t work with my new work’s work schedule. Hopefully next year! 

Pellegrino Top 50 Awards Ceremony Chef Interviews

Daniel Barber (one of my favorite meals at Blue Hill at Stone Barns) and his wife

I don’t need fancy food, I just need good food. Bad food puts me in a horrible mood…….and because it doesn’t need to be fancy, I hate the term foodie.

What makes me happy: Ramen, Octopus, Mussels, Chocolate, Cheese (not combined please!) and spicy margaritas!

What I hate: Olives (olive oil is ok)

Just having moved to London in June 2013, I am on a mission to prove that the food here is actually great and rivals many other cities, and in some ways, beats them…(Indian, Peruvian, Pub Food)

I ALWAYS PAY FOR MY MEALS  as I believe this way I can be completely honest about my experience. If I ever am invited by the restaurant, I will mention it in the review (just one case so far).

Why is the Blog called Food Expectations?

My friend Claire once said I should rename the blog “Sam vs. her expectations” (because truth be told I am not too easy to please, but that is what makes me unique, right?!) and so I started thinking about it more and more. She was spot on, as usual, as so much about food these days, for me at least, relates to how much we read in advance, research, and all the buzz created by social media and food critics as well as recommendations we get from friends. Not building up expectations is almost impossible.

Once someone on a plane told me that “happiness is the difference between expectations and reality” which I thought was brilliant! I met my husband on a rainy night, on a blind date and had no idea it would be the most important night of my life, and I had no expectations!

Some of my best meals were the ones I had no food expectations, like the ramen we had in Tokyo in March 2015. On the other hand, some experiences like L’Enclume and Ledbury came with food expectations galore – they were met….and exceeded!

Please send me ideas, comments and share your experiences.

By the way, could never have this blog without my friend Seth Carnes’ help. He is awesome. His company is Soulincode Inc.


Also many thanks to my friend Miles Chapman, who has become my de facto copy editor!  He’s kept me from making a grammatical fool of myself ever since we had lunch together at the Ledbury.

And of course, thank you to the talented Tom Bennett @thomasjdesign for designing my cool Food Expectations logo and being patient with me when I redesigned it again and again……

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