As part of FBC’s 5th anniversary we’re sharing a special 24-day Holiday Countdown from December 1st to the 24th. We’re going back in time to reconnect with some very special FBC Members. These Canadian food bloggers were among the very first FBCers to be showcased in our Friday Featured Blogger series that still runs today (we’ve featured almost 250 bloggers in five years!).

Countdown to the Holidays Day 23: Legal Nomads | Food Bloggers of Canada

Where are they now? And how do they celebrate the holidays? Today we visit with Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads (you can read our original feature with Jodi here from November 2, 2012).

Countdown to the Holidays Day 23: Legal Nomads | Food Bloggers of Canada

Name: Jodi Ettenberg

Blog Name: Legal Nomads

How has your blog evolved over the past five years?

It has changed quite a bit! It started with a thorough redesign, one that created a home page with specific topic buckets, instead of a simple blog page. In the last two years I’ve also focused on health and wellness, following a bout with dengue that permanently affected my immune system. So in addition to food and travel, I have been writing about Vipassana meditation, anxiety, fear, and chronic pain. I have also started creating gluten-free translation cards and guides for fellow celiacs who are looking to travel but anxious about not getting sick. Finally, I built a shop to house hand-drawn maps of food that I designed, and that now sell on t-shirts, posters and totes. A lot of changes, but it’s an exciting direction to use food not only to inspire, but also to help others who want to see the world but are scared to do so.

What’s your favourite holiday tradition?

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Cooking with family. My task is an Asian-inspired roast chicken, stuffed with lemongrass and garlic and coated in sesame oil.

Share a favourite holiday recipe with our readers

Countdown to the Holidays Day 23: Legal Nomads | Food Bloggers of Canada

I’ve taken to making Vietnamese egg coffee as a substitute for eggnog. It’s delicious!

What are the must-have staples in your holiday pantry?

Cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, sweetened condensed milk, almond flour, and sesame oil. (The latter I use for roast chicken).

Follow Legal Nomads on Social Media

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Snapchat: legalnomads

Be sure to check out all the bloggers in our Holiday Countdown Series and find out how their blogging journey has progressed over the last five years!

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