About Us

A Personal Message From the Co-Founders



While working for an internet company during the day, during my free time I am a passionate foodie and avid traveler. Born in Penang, Malaysia I’ve grown up surrounded by some of the best food in the world which is why you can usually find me talking about food, thinking about food or best of all eating food!

Here you’ll find my ideas/thoughts/opinions about my two favorite things, things I eat and places I visit.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments, I’d love to hear them!

All the Best,


John Michael

John Michael


I like ice cream. I really like ice cream.

What you don’t see is the ice cream ultimately dripping all over myself hence why I didn’t post that picture here. But as with everything that I like, I like to write about it and share it with you. There’s a lot more things that I like and I hope you like them to.

With that being said, this blog is all about having a good time. A good time be it eating, traveling or stumbling into yet another misadventure.

Your guy,


Welcome to Our Home Away From Home

I hope you enjoy your stay and maybe call it home too!

My name is John Michael and her name is Nadia Lee and we are Northern California’s Bay Area based blog Food 8nd Trips. We put this together in hopes to inspire your sense of wonder by sharing our stories, videos, pictures, and thoughts through what we believe are our 8 basic senses (though there are more) that we use a lot during out travels:

  1. sight
  2. sound
  3. hearing
  4. touch
  5. taste (which can be argued to have 5 by itself: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami)
  6. hunger
  7. thirst
  8. time

More importantly we strive to educate everyone that through a balance of money, priorites and timing, one can see the world one meal at a time, as it were. This blog is geared toward the vast majority of us who have a career, vacation hours, limited budgets, and other responsibilites that technically don’t allow us to up and leave everything; however they do allow us to do short bouts of mindful exploration of the world we live in. Everything we are sharing with you was done through the combination of being effectively frugal, managing credit card points, utilizing loyalty reward systems, discovering deals, and timing it all.


You may be wondering why the ‘8’ in ‘8nd’ in our name. The answer to that is because of the significance of that number to the both of us:

  • The numbers of our address when placed over each other form an 8
  • 8 is a lucky number in Cantonese because of its phonetic similarity to the word fortune
  • And because it was a slightly clever retro way to get ‘8nd’ for our domain and since ‘and’ was already taken

Suffice to say that you will see a lot of 8’s throughout our blog.

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Starts With Her

Our story starts several decades ago with Nadia’s birth, who, while growing up, has harbored a lifelong dream to have a blog of her own detailing her innermost thoughts and desires regarding her past, present and future culinary travels. For the longest time she has been flying from mundane locale to exotic destination tasting new and exciting foods, all the while experimenting with her cooking to expand her ever growing palate. While she has tried to flex her online muscles from time to time on various platforms she has had difficulty sticking to one that screams her name.

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Continues with me

Enter me, John, who she has shared her lifelong quest for worldwide epicurean adventures from here till eternity. I have been traveling since I was a child thanks to wanderlust/lost parents, who in turn have buried deep into my own psyche a greater passion for all things unknown. Something my father used to tell me was, ‘You don’t know what you don’t know till you know.’ I have never felt the meaning of that saying so keenly as I do now. Currently I am learning relatively quickly that I have a lot left to learn about developing this blog, much like life, but am enjoying every keystroke and mouse click.

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And together

Over the years, balancing both our careers and flights, we have seen sites unparalleled, discovered lifelong friends and burned our tongues on new recipes for old tastes. We have accumulated materials from over half a century of combined expereinces that we are racing to put it all to digital paper to share both our eating adventures and misadventures both locally and beyond.

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Our pledge to you

But one step at a time my fellow internet wanderer… you can only see the world one stop at a time… or rather finish that delicious meal one bite at a time… for that matter, that bottle of deep red one glorious sip at a time. I think you get my drift. Though keep in mind that we have more material than we know what to do with. Concurrently we are trying to rebuild past posts while also posting newer material. There’s a lot so don’t be afraid to look at the old stuff while keep up to date with our new experiences. Rest assured we of Food 8nd Trips have, will and forever more give you our honest thoughts and opinions as we experience the world.

Where you come in

Please feel free to subscribe to our future newsletters or email us any concerns, issues, congratulations or whatever else that crosses your mind. We would love to hear your feedback. In the meantime, kick back, follow along and get hungry for both food, drink and travel…

Don’t forget to share what you like! And don’t forget to like what you like too!


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