Pierre Blake is not only traveling around the globe but he also lets you know about the best hotels, restaurants, and more. He mainly focuses on luxury travel and food. Except for them, he offers you a wide range of experiences of a lifestyle. He aims to inspire people to travel more because Pierre believes that traveling makes the world a more peaceful place.
|Residency||Turkey (at the moment)|
|Job||Writer and author|
|Hobbies / Interests||Learning and growing|
|Number of Countries Visited||? 50|
|Social Media Accounts||Web/pierreblake.com|
Where does your inspiration come from about world cuisines and traveling? Was there any special incident or a person to inspire it?
Ever since I was a young boy, I had a dream of being an international man of mystery. My passion for food also began when I was very young. I’ve always been attracted to new and intense flavors. While living in Bangkok, a friend gave me the idea to start a food blog which later turned into a travel blog as well.
How do you choose to go to which restaurant or to taste which food? What are your tips for our readers?
I, of course, use tools like Google Maps to find best-rated restaurants in a city. However, in addition to that, I like to join food tours which generally take me to the top restaurants that may be a bit hidden from the mainstream view.
The most luxurious moment during any of your trips that you still can’t forget about?
The one that immediately comes to mind, out of hundreds, was when I stayed in a Water Villa at Park Hyatt Maldives. From my villa, I could simply look down into the water and see tons of sea life including stingrays and sharks. The photo of my villa is on the front page of my website!
What’s the hardest part of being a travel&food blogger? How much time and effort do you spend on it?
As opposed to popular belief, I do not lounge around all day. My lifestyle includes constant work. There is a ton of work that goes into planning and coordinating as well as the content creation process that viewers cannot see from the outside. It’s definitely more than a full-time job!
How do you finance your trips? Do restaurants offer you to taste their foods for free? Or were there hotels that offered you to stay for free?
Nothing in life is “free”, everything comes with a price. I barter trade all of the work that is seen on my blog, meaning I pay with my marketing services which ultimately bring my clients more customers. In the past, I made money through more sponsored posts but eventually stopped because I don’t want to promote things I’m not truly passionate about. Now I use my channels to promote myself and my own projects such as my book about how to live my lifestyle, which you can find here.
Do you see yourself doing this for the rest of your life? How do you imagine your future and the future of blogging and Instagram?
As the years go by, six to be exact, I feel more of an attraction to staying in Airbnbs for longer periods of time. I still plan to include hotel collaborations in the future, but not to rely on them for longer spans of time. In the future, I plan to continue using my social media platforms to promote positive messages in the world, as my personal propaganda machine!
Is there any food that you wouldn’t even taste?
Probably not. ?
One cuisine and one food that surprised you positively beyond your expectations:
Armenian Cuisine! Way better and more flavorful than I ever would have imagined. I highly recommend it.
Top 3 favourite cuisine:
Thai, Sichuan, Japanese
Your favourite set menu:
Premium Ishigaki wagyu tenderloin, super crispy French fries, sauteed morel mushrooms, and a bottle of Rodney Strong 2012 Alexander’s Crown Cabernet Sauvignon
Your favourite brand for suits:
I don’t care about names, if the suit is tailored properly then it will look the best, no matter the brand. My tailor is Signature’s Collection in Bangkok, tell Ram that Pierre Blake sent you.
Top 3 favourite hotel:
- The Peninsula Manila
- The St. Regis Singapore
- Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Your favourite airline:
Japan Airlines (JAL)
How many countries do you visit per year? And where’s next?
5 to 20. Staying in Turkey for now without a plan to leave.