“How great it feels to eat out in a restaurant again, spritz in hand, al fresco, on a lazy summer evening in London,” wrote London-based foodie and BBC presenter Leyla Kazim in a recent Instagram post. “Turns out I missed it, a lot.”
With her occupation and passion tied strongly with food, “missing it” is an understatement. Known for her bubbly personality and down to earth approach when it comes to dining, Kazim is the mastermind behind The Cutlery Chronicles, where she shares her global culinary stories from around the world.
Her travels and food exploration also came to fruition with the Lonely Planet guide The Ultimate Eatlist, The World’s Top 500 Food Experiences, which Kazim published in 2018. In other words: Kazim understands the importance of eating out. “I’m so thankful for the places that have been able to reopen with all the necessary social distancing measures in place,” she writes, “and appreciate the huge amount of planning and hard work that’s gone into that.”
Inspired by the exceptional cooking she was brought up with by her Mauritian mother and Turkish-Cypriot father, this is one multicultural food blogger that knows to appreciates the huge range of flavors available in the culinary world.
And while it might take some adjustment to travel in the days after COVID-19, Kazim acknowledges the importance of supporting small restaurants and local eateries in the meanwhile. “Remember, the big chains will be better equipped to make it through the other side of these strange times,” she writes. “The small places are fighting every day to stay afloat, and it’s us – their customers – that can throw them the lifeline they need by giving them our business”
You’d want to join in on her journies (either around the world or around London).