What is Authentic Food Quest

A resource platform that connects travelers to local food experiences


Imagine, going on vacation and visiting a new destination. You’ve been looking forward to this trip and you can’t wait to experience the local food specialties.

You want to visit local markets, try street food, and eat at the most authentic restaurants you can find.

How do you find those local food experiences?

What if there was a place where you get trusted resources to help you savor the local flavors.

Banh Cuon Must Eat in Hanoi Authentic Food QuestBeautiful plate of Bánh Cuốn

Enter – Authentic Food Quest

Authentic Food Quest is a resource platform for local food experience.

From various destinations around the world, find the authentic dishes and drinks not to miss, the best cooking classes, food tours, local restaurants, travel-inspired recipes, and more. 

Our mission is to help you savor the best local flavors on your travels or in your home kitchen.

Eat Local At Home With Travel Inspired Recipes

What originally started with a focus on finding the best local food experiences while traveling has evolved to include recipes from the road.

With reduced travel as a result of Covid-19, we’ve added recipes to the website. You can now find recipes of emblematic dishes from several destinations on Authentic Food Quest.

See the Recipes Section for dishes, drinks, and desserts you can make at home and travel the world through food.

Keep checking back as we are continually adding more travel-inspired recipes.


We are Rosemary and Claire, the culinary explorers behind Authentic Food Quest. Our goal is to invite you to explore the local flavors on your travels.

Partners in life and business, we took a leap of faith and created Authentic Food Quest in mid 2015. What started out as a personal quest to discover and showcase authentic foods from around the world, has evolved to become a resource platform for those seeking to explore the local flavors on their travels.

We believe travelers can have deeper connections with a destination and people by opening up to the local flavors and tastes.

Cebu, Philippines

“You have to taste a culture to understand it.”
 Deborah H. Cater

As world travelers, together we’ve visited 34 countries and 230+ cities using food as our lens for traveling.


Food is the lenses we use to discover a new place or city. Together we have lived in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dijon, and Paris, each time using food to as the lens to settle into the new place.

As culinary explorers, we have dedicated the last few years to traveling the world through local and authentic foods.

How we met: In the fall of 2008, a local Chicago women’s group hosted a dinner at a local raw restaurant that we both attended. We arrived separately, each both intrigued by the concept of raw food. As fate would have it, we were seated right next to each other.

We locked eyes, and over plates of strange and delicious raw dishes, we connected. Mind you, we are not vegetarian, vegan, or raw food enthusiasts. We’re simply curious and open to new tastes, flavors, and textures.

We met over food and the rest is history. Food fosters connections!

Nikkei Restaurant Peru Authentic Food QuestLima, Peru

Corporate careers: At the time, we were both working corporate careers. Claire, originally from France was working in the U.S. using her engineering and business background for a large manufacturing company in Chicago.

Rosemary, a native of Kenya, and U.S. citizen, was working in at a large advertising agency in Chicago, leading strategy development for large U.S.brands.

As we each pursued our careers, we were burned out by the rat race and wanted to make a real difference beyond managing the day to day responsibilities.

So, what did we do?

We moved to France!

Paris, France

Why? Claire had an opportunity with the Food Group of her company and Rosemary really wanted to live in France.

We thought things we would be different. But the daily grind and frustration of the politics in our corporate jobs continued. Between 2011 and 2014, we brainstormed many ideas for creating our own business.

Epiphany: While living in France, we traveled around the country discovering the different regions and local food specialties.

At the time, we noticed that expats we knew, didn’t know much about local food specialties in France.

We realized people were missing out on the local foods and going deeper into the local culture.

The Plan: We moved back to the U.S and to Los Angeles in 2014. This time we had a plan. Pick up a few key skills at new jobs and then launch our own business shortly thereafter.

Storage box with personal items (everything else sold)

The project was to showcase the local specialties around the world. To bring awareness of the local food specialties so that people would not miss out on their travels.

Well, the Universe had another plan for us. Two unforeseen events pushed us forward. Rosemary had already started working on Authentic Food Quest, and then suddenly Claire lost her dad at the beginning of 2015. Shortly thereafter, her position was eliminated.

Reading these as signs from the universe, we took a leap of faith, combined our love for travel and food and went all in 100% building Authentic Food Quest.

Bangkok, Thailand



At Authentic Food Quest, we travel slow within the framework of understanding the local food specialties. Getting deeply immersed in the local culture through food. And, showcasing the local food experiences, to allow travelers to connect deeper to the destination, culture, and people.

Argentina, in South America, was our first destination. Starting August 2015 we traveled slow and for 6 months, exploring the local flavors of Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, and Peru.

Tasty Argentina empanadas salteñas

The quest continued to Southeast Asia, where for another 6 months, we slowly ate our way through the local specialties of the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Singapore.

Mouthwatering Pho soup, VietnamMouthwatering Pho soup, Vietnam

Since then, we have spent time exploring countries in Europe like France, Portugal, Bulgaria, and Spain. Recently, the culinary delights of Mexico have taken us to Mexico City, Guadalajara, and Oaxaca. And, the rich culinary history in the United States continues to an endless treasure trove of delicious discoveries.

On the website, you’ll find AUTHENTIC FOODS and RECIPES of the local flavors not to miss.  FOOD TOURS, COOKING CLASSES & LOCAL RESTAURANTS to help you savor local. INTERVIEWS with artisans and the people behind the food. A GOURMET SHOP with unique local products. TIPS  to find and eat local, safely. 


The journey continues. The goal is to visit all the continents in the world. Not every country but at least 3 to 6 countries per continent.

Working with partners, our goal is to build the largest resource platform for local food experiences.

Rosemary and Claire at Es Baluard Restaurant in Cadaques Costa Brava Spain by AuthenticFoodQuest



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