A Big Thank You to Jen: The Food Curator & My Awesome Other Half

Strictly Travel was a fun venture I started back in 2019. Originally, this was a way to learn how to blog as well as working on my programming skills. Prior to founding Strictly Travel, Jen and I were fresh out of college and just beginning to understand miles and points. Although Jen doesn’t write much, she is an integral part of the trip planning process. Here’s a big thank you!

What Jen Does as a Food Curator and Excursion Planner?

Jen and I at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabo Pedregal

Jen is my wonderful other half who is an expert food planner. While I’m a points earner, credit card churner, and flights planner, Jen is the mastermind behind the fun activities and great eats. Rather than eat at high end and typically over priced spots, Jen always finds wonderful hole in wall eats. She knows me very well and I’m always thankful for her excellent choices of food especially when they include sushi or ramen.

Some of Jen’s best food picks

Not all of Jen’s wonderful food picks make it to the blog. I try to write as much as I can. Here’s some of Jen’s best picks.

Maguro Bros

Excellent Sashimi and Chirashi in Honolulu Hawaii, our first visit here was in Summer 2019. Ironically this was also the year Strictly Travel was founded. This spot served absolute delicious fish and I loved it.

Ichika Sushi House

Ichika Sushi House

Another one of my favorites, Jen introduced me to this spot and I have loved it ever since. This spot serves delicious sushi and also offers a mid-range omakase style set.

Farmhouse Thai San Francisco

This could be Jen’s favorite spot, but Farmhouse Thai offers authentic flavor packed Thai food. Sadly, I never wrote a post about this must try spot. Jen and I have gone here a couple of times to celebrate a special occasion and it has always been top notch. This place is extremely busy, so be sure to make a reservation in advance.

Ramen Galore – Ramen Nagi, Taishoken, Hinodeya Ramen Bar, Tsujita

Ramen is one of my favorite foods of all time. After visiting Japan in 2018, I fell in love with the dish even more. Jen always seems to find more ramen places to try.

Gunther’s Ice Cream

Great ice cream spot in Sacramento, CA.

Thank you Jen

Jen doesn’t get nearly enough credit for helping me with this project or hobby. We have traveled a lot together and have come a long way from our humble beginnings. Originally Jen had no experience with travel points and I only had the Chase Southwest credit card and the companion pass. Since then, I have earned more than 3 millions points/miles across numerous brands and I am fortunately to have the best partner in crime when it comes to trip planning and traveling. She is truly amazing, supportive, and a big reason why Strictly Travel continues to be successful and fun.

While we won’t be traveling anywhere far in the next month, 2023 is going to be a slew of exciting new adventures. Jen and I will be trying business class aboard American Airlines, Brussels Airlines, and Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic. We will be visiting some of the coolest cities in the world. All this will be done on points, so stay tuned for some great reports and hopefully I can share more of Jen’s food picks during our trips!

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