Boarding Pass – Frankie Unsworth

It’s always a joy to encounter people who have been able to combine their passions to do what they love in interesting and creative ways, and around the world. Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef Frankie Unsworth doubles as a food and wine editor for numerous publications, both online and in print. At the same time her work has taken her around the world – or rather she’s taken her work around the world. In 2010 when she was living in Syndey, Frankie and Rachel Khoo (here‘s Rachel on Boarding Pass – the two met in culinary school) founded Edible Tales, culinary events through pop-up eating experiences. They cooked up another chapter of the event the following year when Frankie was living in Buenos Aires. Stay tuned for what they’re cooking up next. In the meantime, enjoy a mini food inspired trip around the world! Thanks, Frankie!
home town:
Don’t really have one, but I was born in Bristol.
Stoke Newington, London

where you live now:

My London home.

last trip taken:
A hunting weekend in the deepest depths of Sweden.

next trip on deck:
New York, for food research purposes! I tried to go a few years ago but was rejected at the airport because I didn’t have a valid visa. I ended up spending a week in Bournemouth instead of Brooklyn, a huge disappointment!
Isle of Purbeck

one place you would go back to again and again:
Just one? I love going back to Sydney, but also for the beaches and brunches but Italy draws me back time and time again.
Bondi beach, Sydney

place you’d most likely recommend a friend go visit:
At the moment, probably London and I would devise a perfect itinerary for them, food related of course.

preferred method of transportation:
Train. You can sit back and take in the landscape.
Casa Felix, Buenos Aires

Café Boedo, Buenos Aires

place you’ve never been but dying to go:
Rio de Janeiro, the Greek islands, New York, Bordeaux. Too many places, too little time.

Cinque Terre, Italy

place you’d never go back:

Lima. I hate to write somewhere off like that, but found it a little soul-less.
Swanagedorest, UK

most memorable trip in 2 sentences or less:
I quit my job in Sydney, hopped in a camper van with my ex boyfriend straight after work and drove over the Harbour bridge as the light was fading and up the coast to Byron Bay. It kicked off 6 months of travelling and I haven’t felt quite that excited and free before.
Horcon, Chile

how do you prepare for a trip?
By researching where I am going to get a good meal! Local food bloggers are a great place to start.
Merci café, Paris

how do you record your travels when you’re traveling?
Moleskine and camera.

Valaparaiso, Chile

what is your favorite thing to photograph in a new place?
Food shops and markets.
Salt – Argentina

on an average, how many pictures to you take on a trip?
Depends how long I am away, far too many though. That’s the trouble with digital.
Santelmo Market, Buenos Aires

what’s in your “designer travel kit” ?
Camera all the way – I can’t draw to save my life sadly!
Isla del Sol, Bolivia

what do you do after a trip? how long after a trip does this happen?
I love a good photo album. I have started posting on a tumblr, which is quite a fun why of keeping track of visits to places.
Martelli pasta, Tuscany

favorite souvenir/thing to bring back?
I can’t resist picking up menus along the way of the places I have eaten in. Wine or local spirits, but they never taste quite the same out of context.
Franki and Rachel working on the Buenos Aires edition of Edible Tales. Photos by Caitlin Margaret Kelly.


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