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DIY Food Passport

March 31, 2016 • By

We write our history each time we shovel grilled octopus into our mouths at a trendy restaurant or throw back tiny cups of hot beverages in coffee shops. We see brunch hangouts as battlegrounds and stacks of gluten-free pancakes as conquests that we document diligently in our DIY food passport.

DIY food passport, food journal, restaurant log

Want to cultivate your appreciation for local cuisine or chart your restaurant bucket list? Now is the time to put pen to paper and create your own food passport.


DIY food passport, food journal, restaurant log

How to set up your DIY food passport

Before adding the first entry, leave the first few pages blank. These pages will later serve as the index that can be organized by state and city.

Some food passports only include the name of a place, but I like to go into detail with mine. In each entry, I include a(n):

  • Logo
  • Address
  • Date
  • Meal
  • Verdict

DIY food passport, food journal, restaurant log

Our food passport spanned from March 2013 to November 2014 and covered 7 different states: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, and South Carolina.

We scarfed down ceviche, brisket, frog legs, vegan buffalo chicken sandwichespho, alligator, and washed them all down with Irish Wakes. In the end, the entries tallied 56 unique restaurants.

I’m glad we have a log of all the places we tried because each place is a date, a journey, and a conversation that we can return to. Should we find ourselves back home on the East Coast or once again stationed on the Gulf Coast, we know which past conquests to confidently revisit.

DIY food passport, food journal, restaurant log

No matter where your voyaging taste buds lead you, learn how to capture the tastes, smells, and memories of a place in your own DIY food passport.

Have any questions about what to include in your own DIY food passport or feel like sharing your own food journal with us? Leave us a comment or send us a tweet @alohaolonas with the hashtag #alohafoodpassport.