About Jessica and Lonely Palate

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Welcome to Lonely Palate, a place where you can discover stories, recipes and travel guides from chefs and locals that I meet as I live, and slowly eat my way around the world.

To me, food is so much more than a commodity or temporal pleasure; it’s a catalyst to create rich, immersive connections that can help reconcile cultural divides. Lonely Palate was created on the belief that by learning from each other’s culinary identities we can break down cultural barriers and develop a deeper understanding of our human interconnectedness.

I’ve quit my job, sold all of my belongings and bought a one-way ticket to live, and eat my may around the world. Sacrificing my waist line, I’m committed to fulfilling my role as your global guide to local food, uncovering the best (and up-to-date) foodie haunts, trends and culinary experiences around the world.

Pack an appetite and get ready for a Gastronomic Adventure!

About Me

I’m Jessica. A twenty-something girl who quit her job in Marketing to chase after a dream: Lonely Palate. Everything in my life is driven by fascination, be it with people, cultures, history, and pretty much everything and anything that my ears or eyes experience. This deep fascination has birthed in me an almost inconvenient obsession with needing to know the reason behind everything. I’m obsessed with knowing why people do what they do, what drives them, why they spend their days making the choices that they make, both willingly and subconsciously. My overt inquisitiveness more often than not leads me to asking too many questions, overanalysing and delving too deep. I’m an open book, and consequently I often assume others are the same. If you’re out there, I want to know who you are, what you’re doing and most importantly, why.

This is my why:

When I was 18 years old, I was diagnosed with cancer. Just when I thought life was beginning, the end was already in sight. Thankfully, with the miracle that is today’s medical world, and of course with the support from family and friends, I was cured. That was now six years ago. Six years of invaluable friendships, unforgettable moments and the simple pleasures that come with a comfortable life. But with my comfortable life came routine; routine is a dangerous thing. It will give you tunnel vision, it will see you complain, condemn and hear you utter the words “one day” a thousand times over.

So when, five years after beating cancer, I was faced with the possibility of the battle once more, I wasn’t only fearful of my days ahead, but fearful of how much I had taken for granted the days come and gone. As I lay in the hospital ward, awaiting my fate, I could not deny the heart-breaking regret that consumed me. I had fought so hard for my life and instead of going on and living the life I had always dreamt of, I filed all of my dreams into the “one-day” file.

The file suddenly had a new name. “I wish I had of”. Too late, I thought. The freedom and luxury of choice is gone. I prayed for forgiveness for my foolishness and I prayed for mercy. I promised myself that if I was going to come out of this alive, I wouldn’t just be alive – I would live. And I did. And so I am.


10 comments on “About Jessica and Lonely Palate
  1. Jessica,

    Your story, passion, and courage is invaluable. Just reading your short bio sent me into a mental wander of things I wish to do myself. I recently retired early and in this transition period I have had more time to realize the many dreams I have put off due to an innate desire to keeping up appearances in a consumer culture. I love your website as well with it’s seamlessly smooth transitions. I wish you the best. If you meet Tosca Killoran, please tell her I really appreciated her sharing your story with me. Grateful,


  2. Jessica I am not going to leave a big comment here only in four words – your story inspires me. may godbless you and i wish you a happy and a healthy life ahead. follow your dreams.

  3. Emily says:

    your journey fascinates and inspires me and I think you are amazing at this and it is going to take you so far down the path of your dreams! Congratulations and thankyou on making food and travel so alive and interesting and what is going to inspire so many to dive into culture like you do:):)

    • Jess says:

      Hi Emily! Thank you so much :) Nothing makes me happier than to hear that what I’m doing has the potential to inspire! I hope you’re right and I can continue to chase after my dreams… hope you’ll stay along for the ride! p. s – sorry for the late reply! I had some tech issues! x

  4. Rani says:


    Your “why” was absolutely moving. In many ways, I feel like I share the same fascination. I hope you continue to pursue this passion and understand what makes the rest of the world tick through your culinary adventures!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Michael says:

    Dear Jess, my name is Michael and i just discovered your blog! I was so so happy when i saw what you do. I do also travel the world and collect stories and recipes from local families. I share them on my blog: http://www.foodvagabonds.wordpress.com
    Most time of the year i do live in India because iam running a charity and a guesthouse in Bodhgaya.

    I would be more than happy to connect. Best wishes, Michael :)

    • Jess says:

      Hi Michael,
      I’m so glad that we’re in touch! Your blog is fantastic and I’m already planning on cooking the Mutter Panneer recipe you’ve posted! I’ll definitely keep reading, so keep posting and hopefully I’ll be able to visit the guesthouse in Bodhgaya sometime soon :)

  6. Hi Jessica,

    Completely fallen in love with your story, vision, journey, experiences and blog. Came across your Khao Suey story. I would love to republish it on our site, giving credit to you and your blog and links. Please let me know if this is possible. Meanwhile, keep travelling and telling us your amazing story.



    • Jess says:

      Hi Nishi,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and your kind words, and of course I would be more than happy for you to republish the story! Please let me know when you do so that i can share it :) Thank you so much again, you’ve made my day and have inspired me to keep writing… something I haven’t been doing lately! xx

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