Off the Beaten Plate: The Making of a New Web Series

Maybe you’ve noticed —  lately things have been quiet here at Foodie International. That’s because all the action is happening at a different URL:

For the past five weeks I’ve been on the road (and in the air) filming my brand new web TV series, Off the Beaten Plate. I’ve eaten my way to some amazing destinations: New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Cambodia and now Japan. The series focuses on exciting and unusual ways that food can transform your travel experience with fun adventures anyone can have.

I always say the best way to connect to different cultures is through local food. Food and travel go hand in hand, and I want to show people that you don’t have to spend loads of money to have an experience that’s “authentic” – you just need to harness that sense of adventure, smile and pick up a fork.

Check out my in-production website for updates as my crew and I eat our way around the world, meeting incredible people along every step of our journey.

From the very first day filming in New Zealand — as I was chased down the road by angry bees (wearing an oh-so-sexy bee-keeping suit) — I knew Off the Beaten Plate was going to be the culinary adventure of a lifetime.

Elyse and co-producer Suze Tkachuk in bee suits, New Zealand

Here’s an on-camera taste of what I was in for… from my appearance on New Zealand’s prime time TV show, Campbell Live. I get a crash course in some of the country’s indigenous foods by television chef and cookbook author, “Maori Queen of Cuisine” Anne Thorp. Warning: not for the faint of heart!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH A TV CLIP OF ME EATING….??? will be regularly updated again at the end of May, when the series filming is complete and internet access is a guarantee. In the meantime, here are some of my favorite moments (so far) while shooting Off the Beaten Plate:

Foodie International at Bag End, Hobbiton

Foodie International filming Campbell Live with Anne Thorp in New Zealand

Meeting sheep-whisperer Sophie and eating a farm-to-table Coastal Spring Lamb dinner at Tunnel Hill Farm in New Zealand

Fantastic Crew and Foodie International at Sydney Fish Market in Australia

Author and Hawker Expert Doctor Leslie Tay in SingaporeCelebrating my birthday with a spectacular Singapore view

Tasting Singapore's famous Chicken Rice at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre

Praying with a female monk at the temple ruins in the Angkor Wat complex, Cambodia


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