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As a real foodie, I’m always looking for new recipes and new inspiration and I’m sure you guys are too. I also really love cooking just by myself, since no-one can get in my way when I’m at my private Kingdom (read: kitchen). But.. of course, I get my new recipes and inspiration from fellow foodies and besides that, I also really love to exchange food experiences and recipes with others. This is why I really got excited when I bumped into the new peer-to-peer marketplace

They connect food lovers/travelers from all over the world with local foodies from Southeast Asia. So, if you love traveling and like to taste the real local food, you should try a Withlocals Eat experience. You can easily book a home-dinner with a local from one of the country’s Withlocals has launched in (Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Nepal).
Imagine.. you’re traveling to Singapore and you really love to try the real Singaporean food and maybe, also get some insights in those recipes. You can go on a home-dinner with a local, who will tell you all the ins and outs about his or her knowledge of Singaporean recipes. Of course, in exchange for some of your secrets.

To the foodies who live in one of the Withlocals countries: you guys can host home-dinners yourself! This way, you can show off your cooking skills and share your love for cooking with fellow foodies and .. earn some extra money by doing so! Besides an Eat experience, you can also offer a Tour or an Activity.
Got excited? Just easily register here, describe your signature dish and everything else the travelers can expect from your home-dinner, and you’re good to go! Enjoy exchanging recipes and talk ‘foodie-talk’ with your new friend!

I couldn’t help myself from nosing around in all those great home-dinners. When I would visit Malaysia in the near future, I would consider those two possibilities: the healthy diner in Petaling Jaya or the cooking class in Kuala Lumpur.
What would you choose? Please let me know!


Rosita Vargas 3/5/14 17:48

Ohh angie que linda experiencia de conocer otros cocineros de verdad y buenos y compartir sus secretos de cocina,mi preferido son todos pero en especial Nasi Kuning,abrazos

Sue/the view from great island 3/5/14 18:02

I've heard of programs like this, I think it's brilliant!

lena 3/5/14 19:11

oh, my first time knowing about withlocals. If can, go for both ..but if given just one choice, i will probably choose healthy diner :)

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake 3/5/14 22:34

What a fun concept! I think I'd go for the cooking class :)

jasna varcakovic 4/5/14 02:52

Thank you for this post. I'm traveling to Thailand in September and would be delighted to try something like that. LOVE Thai food!!!

Ivy @ kopiaste 4/5/14 07:16

What a pleasant surprise learning about this program from you. It sounds such a fun experience. I don't anticipate to travel to Asia, not that I wouldn't love to but because I can't afford it but if I could I would love a cooking class in Kuala Lumpur.

ann low 4/5/14 07:53

Angie, I'd love to you see in person when you come to Singapore one day :)

What's Baking?? 4/5/14 09:07

I've heard about the new craze in kl. Home cooked dinner for tourist just as you've described. An interesting idea. I thk you shd try both wen you come to kl

Medeja- CranberryJam 4/5/14 10:41

Sounds interesting! I have never heard of it :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums 4/5/14 11:27

It looks like you had a fun time with your fellow foodies! Wonderful.



Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen 4/5/14 12:49

What a creative concept and a lovely way to meet local people. I would enjoy a cooking class.

Nammi 4/5/14 13:03

If I were you I would go to the cooking class :). This sounds like fun way to earn a small income and also to learn about other cultures.

Esther Lau 4/5/14 14:25

Wow! this is a amazing program "Withlocals". Wish I can join too in future.
First of all, welcome to Malaysia, Angie! I also will choose healthy diner :)

Cheri Savory Spoon 4/5/14 14:34

Sounds like a wonderful way to travel and meet locals Angie, what a creative idea, would love to take cooking classes this way.

Delectably Green 4/5/14 14:53

What a fabulous idea- a great way to learn, connect and have fun!

Mijú 4/5/14 15:13

Para mi los cocinados solo con verduras ;))
Un saludito

Sprigs of Rosemary 4/5/14 15:43

I would go for the cooking class, too. It's a great idea.

Unknown 4/5/14 15:59

Sounds like fun, Angie!
:) ela@GrayApron

Unknown 4/5/14 16:01

Sounds like a great program!

Debra Eliotseats 4/5/14 16:48

I vote for the cooking class.

Julia 4/5/14 18:46

Que bonito post, me he paseado por tu bloc y me ha encantado, te invito a ver el mio, estamos celebrando el dia de la madre, y si te gusta y no eres seguidora espero que te hagas ahora, gracias por visitarme. FELIZ DIA DE LA MADRE💐

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 4/5/14 19:10

What a wonderful idea and the experience would be amazing. I think the cooking classes would be a treat.

Sue 4/5/14 21:33

What fun, Angie! Sounds like a great idea!

Magda 4/5/14 23:48

Wow that's sounds brilliant. I wish they would open in more countries! That's also brilliant idea for eat with bloggers, you travel, meet and eat with bloggers :D

Unknown 5/5/14 02:18

How fun and how exciting Angie, what a wonderful program! Kudos to whoever started this and all of those who keep it going!!

Sandra 5/5/14 05:14

Wow! That's so cool! I love the idea...

Sokehah cheah 5/5/14 08:43

This is something new to me. When are you coming to M'sia?

Unknown 5/5/14 13:13

I got so excited about this Angie I wanted to sign up but I'm not in the right country. sad. Sounds amazing

Barbara 5/5/14 13:46

What a fabulous idea when traveling. Angie.

Severine - 5/5/14 15:18

Great to read the awesome blog post! And thanks all for the very positive reactions! In case you need any more info, let me know!

Severine –

Jeannie Tay 5/5/14 16:58

The cooking class sounds wonderful! Can't wait to read about your experience in Malaysia:D

Pam 5/5/14 17:24

What a neat experience this would be! I think going to someone's home would be fun but the cooking classes would also be great.

Norma Chang 5/5/14 22:09

This is such a wonderful idea, great eating, learning and meeting the locals.

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living 6/5/14 03:30

What a fun idea - and a great way to try new cuisine made from home cooks who are experts!

Abbe@This is How I Cook 6/5/14 05:19

What a fabulous idea and one I would do in a heartbeat. I wish I could do it here! Thanks, Angie!

Bakericious 6/5/14 05:30

Angie, thanks for sharing this, this is interesting! too bad I cannot host the dinner, if not will have a bad name for spore food hahahaha.... hard to choose, can choose both? heeheehee...

Lisa Ho 6/5/14 07:31

It'll be nice and hopeful of me, if we are in Malaysia at the same time, love to meet up with you :D

lenia 6/5/14 08:50

What a great idea! Sounds like fun!
Many kisses,dear Angie!

Anonymous 6/5/14 09:41

This is indeed a very cool thing! Thanks for introducing me to it! I will try to use it when one day I will be visiting Asia! I wished we had something like this in Belgium! :) xxx

I tried your tasty radish salad with the avocado & buttermilk dressing & it was fantastic, Angie! xxx

Blog do Chocolate 6/5/14 12:46


Found fantastic the idea of meeting other foodie pals around, and I loved the photos you share with us ! :)


Vicki Bensinger 6/5/14 15:50

Angie this is a wonderful idea. It's always nice to eat in someone's home for a true authentic meal rather than going to a restaurant. They should start this in the states.

Shashi 6/5/14 20:36

Withlocals does sound pretty awesome - I did a post on them too - love your take on it about connecting foodies with food lovers! :)

Evelyne CulturEatz 6/5/14 21:41

Such a great idea, hope it spreads across the world.

Ann Jones 6/5/14 23:39

What a fun idea! This is definitely something I need to look into the next time we travel :)

Elisabeth 7/5/14 19:16

I really enjoyed viewing the amazing foods, and fun photo with other foodies...but seriously?...I doubt that this wonderful concept would take off here, in S. Florida...maybe somewhere else, in the U.S. People are much too busy to invite other people to their home...they would rather take them out do dinner! As for foodies getting together; that again would take place in a public place! The cooking class in Singapore, or Malaysia sound totally amazing to me...if I could actually be able to travel there! Thanks for sharing, my dear friend, Angie!

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 7/5/14 20:52

What a great way to combine travel with pleasure -- share interests and develop new relationships. Blogging is great fun but it can also be lonely, this is the perfect way to open ourselves to new ideas and connections. Great idea for a post Angie.

Reeni 8/5/14 02:49

Love this idea Angie! It would be a great experience!

Kelly 9/5/14 11:48

Sounds like an awesome program! Love this idea :)

Tricia @ Saving room for dessert 9/5/14 16:02

This is fascinating Angie. I adore traveling but never seem to get enough vacation! LOVE, love, love this idea, the photos, the connection - it is wonderful! I hope if you ever come to the US you'll let me cook for you!

Regina @ LeelaLicious 9/5/14 17:55

This is such a great idea! My husband and I traveled through SE Asia for 1.5 years and loved to get to know the different cuisines. But our experiences were mostly limited to the local food we could find at markets or restaurants. It was always a very special treat when locals invited us to dine with them. You get to learn more about the dishes and even how they are prepared.

Roz | La Bella Vita Cucina 11/5/14 16:45

Angie, this has been one of the best posts that I've read by you, since I learned more about you and feel that I know you much better as a person, on top of being a fabulous cook, photographer, and food blogger. I have been so fortunate to have spent a lot of time, and several times each in Thailand. I would give anything to be able to watch and learn how to prepare Thai food authentically. Southeastern Asia has some of the most fresh and flavorful food on earth! I will look into this group opportunity to see what is offered in my area. Thank you again for this information and for sharing photos of your life!
Happy Mother's Day Angie!

Anonymous 11/5/14 17:09

always love every meet up with fellow food enthusiast!!!
good luck Angie!!!

CQUEK 12/5/14 09:33

awwwww this post totally made my heart melt

Asmita 12/5/14 13:57

What a fun idea! Love this!!

Velva 13/5/14 02:18

What a fabulous way to get up close and personal with a new clture. I can't think of a better way to explore it than with a good local meal. Thanks for sharing this information.


Nippon Nin 14/5/14 21:49

Oh! Fun! Great idea! Thank you for the information!


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