A foodie nomad’s culinary finds

Professional photographer Issy Croker is one half of The Curious Pear. She spends her working (and social) life travelling the globe documenting her food experiences and the stories of the people she meets along the way.

This foodie nomad has made some life-altering discoveries; utensils, spices, and culinary-related objects make up her favourite finds from around the globe. Issy shares the finds closest to her heart:

Grain & Knot woodenware

My friend Sophie makes Grain & Knot woodenware. Her wooden utensils are so beautiful, and I’m lucky to own a few. My favourite item is my butter knife and my porridge spoon.

Shooting in the lovely @grainandknot studio for @lifeandthyme issue 5.

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Israeli shakshuka spices

My best friend and other half of The Curious Pear, Meg, brought me back a mixture of shakshuka spices when she went to Israel. The spices are so much better than anything I’ve ever tried to create in England. There’s something about the spices being from Israel that makes the shakshuka taste incredible.


Chuko Ramen, New York

Discovering Chuko Ramen in the depths of a New York winter was incredible. The staff were amazing, and the ramen was out of this world. They also did a brussel sprouts dish with chilli and fish sauce that changed my mind about sprouts for good. I lived practically round the corner from this place and would go at least once a week.

Maria de Haan ceramics

I’m obsessed with collecting nice plates and bowls for photoshoots and three of my favourites are from Maria de Haan, a ceramicist in Mallorca. There’s something so amazing about how organic the bowls are in their texture; I love them.

Winkel 43, Amsterdam

There’s a cafe in Amsterdam called Winkel 43 that does THE best apple pie I have ever tasted. I had it first when I was 15, and every time I go back it’s the first place I go. It has a thick, almost cake like pastry and the most deliciously spiced apple filling – I can’t get enough of it!

Masala dosas

I was addicted to masala dosas when I travelled around India. It’s a crispy, fermented crepe wrapped around spiced potatoes, and you tear bits off and dip them into different chutneys. It was just what I needed after long days of walking and shooting.


Do you have some favourite culinary finds or memories from travelling the globe? Tell us in the comments below, or tag @khoollect on Instagram or Facebook.

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Checkout Issy Croker’s work online and on Instagram and Facebook.

Read Khoollect’s interview with Issy and find out more about how she got her start in food photography.

Take a look at Issy and best friend Meg Abbott’s work as The Curious Pear.