Hello! I’m Nikole—welcome to The Travel Palate! I’m a mom and wife living in Texas. Our two oldest kids are off in college and our youngest is in high school. In just a few short years we’ll be empty-nesters and that means lots of new adventures (and some well deserved me time) awaits!
In addition to my mom duties, I’ve spent the last five years in the public school system. I’m currently an ESL teacher at the elementary level. I got my first taste of working in the online space with my Teachers Pay Teachers store. It’s still chugging along, but when I shifted my focus to food and travel, I felt like I had found my soul mate.
I think it goes without saying that I love food! I love to cook because I love to eat. I’m obsessed with recipes, whether I’m creating my own, or browsing through recipe blogs, cookbooks, or cooking magazines.
So what kind of food do I like to cook?
Classic comfort foods like Guinness Beef Stew, mashed potatoes, and mac & cheese…curry rice from my mom’s native Japan…Ground Beef Tacos and enchiladas from my home town along the Mexican border. I have a passion for dessert, especially chocolate. I adore breakfast. I’m addicted to carbs. And I love salads and meatless meals made with, lentils, beans, and quinoa.
I also love to travel—and it’s addicting! The more places I visit, the more I want to see and explore. Blame it on my mixed heritage, all those anthropology classes I took, or my new found photography obsession, I just don’t feel settled unless I have a trip or two, or three, marked on my calendar. I hope my photography inspires you to travel more and my posts offer you a useful tip or two. Most of all, I hope you come along with me on my next adventure so we can become internet bff’s!