Hi there! I’m Laurie. Planted in South Korea, grown in the Garden State and living in Philadelphia for 17 years. I’m a social media strategist and influencer, a storyteller, a content creator, a contributing blogger and photographer to the Huffington Post and the IKEA Design Blog, a travel enthusiast, an epicurean, and one of the last IKEA Backpackers in the world. In an effort to make the world a more beautiful place to live, I’m visiting faraway lands, telling stories about people who are making a positive impact around the globe, and inspiring people to break down barriers and come together by learning culture through cuisine.
I’ve lived in small towns and big cities in the US and around the world. I have visited 34 countries in the last 5 years, and was one of the last IKEA Backpackers in the world. My travel list is never-ending. Many people ask me what destination is at the top of my travel list. The answer is South Korea. One day I would like to find my birth mother and see the country I come from, but that story is for a later day.
Through my travels, what I have found that I have been most moved by, the most changed by and enriched by, was not the checks on my travel list or the steps I took on ancient grounds. It was the people I met along the way. I started seeing passed the monuments and the sites and started getting to know the people who crossed my path. With every place that I visit, and every person that I meet, a new adventure, a new friendship and a new perspective on life and the world out there emerges. I am a firm believer that with any destination you visit, what you take away from it is never really about the place, but the company you are with and the lessons you learn from the people you meet.
Allow me to introduce you to the people I have met and all the beautiful things they are doing.
About This Blog
Food is the one thing in the world that we all share in common and we don’t just need it to survive, we revel in it in our own ways. You can learn so much about a culture through its cuisine. People have been coming together over food since the beginning of time. It’s a way for us to connect with each other, teach, learn and grow, build relationships, discuss the future while paying homage to the past, conduct business, network, and celebrate life. It breaks down barriers and helps us to build better relationships with one another. You can sit down to a meal with a total stranger and come out as best friends.
This blog is a reflection of all that can come from sharing a meal with someone. It is not just a journal of the places I have visited and the tips I have picked up along the way, or just about the sites I have seen (although, you will get some of that). It’s also the lessons I have learned and want to share with others. It’s the exploration and the study of wanderlust and it’s an appreciation of how sharing one meal with someone can teach you so many things, bring you close, take you places, and in some cases if you’re lucky, change your life forever.
The Art of Breaking Bread is a series of stories, photos, tips and recommendations, lessons learned, conversations and interviews in or about faraway places, with real people who have touched my life, have had an adventure to share, are building something beautiful, or have cared to share a warm-hearted meal or two with me.
It’s a blog about travel, food, culture and creation on the surface. And a blog about togetherness, connections and life underneath.
If you’re a travel enthusiast like me, a food lover, an entrepreneur, a photographer, a dreamer, a believer, if you’re of the curious kind… if you’re someone who wants to be inspired to get out of your box and discover the beauty this world has to offer (surprise, it might be in your own backyard), I invite you to kick back, pour yourself a glass of wine, make yourself at home and join me on my journey.
Since the launch of The Art of Breaking Bread, I have grown my social network to over 50K connections and am currently looking for people who have a story to share with my growing community. I would love to hear what you are doing to make the world a more beautiful place to live.
Let’s break bread together.
This blog is dedicated to the people who have inspired me to be a better person today than I was yesterday and to a friend who showed me love and brought me to life in a foreign place, someone who helped me to find my creativity again and gave me the courage to chase after my dreams.