In this post I’m going to share with you the 10 best meals I ate in 2018.

Again, just like I mentioned in last year’s best meals of 2017, I don’t always like making lists like this (because there are so many factors that make up a great meal, and choosing sometimes feels like I’m narrowing it down too much), but I do like making this list because it makes me think back on the year and appreciate the food, people, and experiences.

And you can do the same.

But for now, here we go, 10 of my best meals of 2018, and top destinations.

10 Best Meals of 2018

These meals are in order of time, from beginning of the year to the end of the year; NOT in ranking order of deliciousness (that would be way too hard for me to decide!).

You might also notice that a lot of the dishes on this list are pretty meat based… that’s not because I don’t like vegetables, I love vegetables. But somehow it was just a bit of a meat heavy year.

1. Beef Ribs – Phoenix, USA

At the beginning of 2018 I was visiting family in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, when I learned about Little Miss BBQ.

My brother in law and I luckily by chance visited on a Friday, which is the day they make smoked beef ribs, and they were ground-breakingly delicious. The meat was so ultra tender and juicy, it was hard to even fathom.

An incredible meal, and an amazing owner, Scott and team at Little Miss BBQ. Must eat when in Phoenix, Arizona.

Little Miss BBQ
Address: 4301 E University Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85034, USA (Google map)
Open hours: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm on Tuesday – Saturday

2. Barbacoa – Texcoco, Mexico

When it comes to meat, this is what I would consider to be just about the top of the world.

The lamb here is cooked in clay ovens over night, wrapped in maguey (a type of agave) stems to keep in all the juices. It’s a meat pilgrimage travel worthy destination for any meat lover.

El Pica I
Address: Avenida Tepetitla 111 La Purificación, 56240 Texcoco de Mora, Méx., Mexico (Google map)
Open hours: 8 am – 4 pm on Friday – Sunday

3. Mole – Oaxaca, Mexico

We set off for the day with no plans, only to try to find someone to cook authentic Oaxacan mole.

It turned out to be one of the best days in Mexico, being invited to a family home (thanks to our driver Javier and his family), buying all the ingredients, and making Oaxacan mole from scratch.

What a day, and an incredible Mexican food and culture meal experience.

4. Seafood – Chanthaburi, Thailand

He’s known as Uncle Tom, and he’ll serve you some of the biggest juiciest oysters in Thailand, from a floating bamboo raft in the Gulf of Thailand.

You’ll be picked up in a boat, and have the time of your life relaxing, floating in the water, and feasting on oysters as well as a huge selection of other seafood. Uncle Tom and his wife are so friendly and they will take care of your Thai seafood dreams.

For more details, here’s Uncle Tom’s Facebook page. You have to book in advance, and pay for a full group.

5. Chop Bar – Accra, Ghana

Hanging out in Accra and eating Ghanaian food with Jay (Mukase Chic) was one of my food and travel highlights of the year.

Along with the many dishes we tried, the best meal of the day was at a local chop bar (local Ghanaian restaurant) where we tried a variety of dishes. Jay got the fufu with goat meat light soup, and I got banku with goat okra soup.

Jay and I had this meal at Peace Chop Bar on Oxford and 8th lane, but I also had an incredible chop bar meal in Accra at Heavy Do.

6. Swahili Food – Lamu, Kenya

The combination of local East African, Arabian, Indian, and the bounty of seafood available, all contribute to making Swahili food and culture so vibrant and flavorful.

One of the highlights of my trip to Lamu island, Kenya, was going over to a local home to cook authentic Swahili prawns curry. It was spectacular.

7. Doro Wat – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Since the very first time I tried Ethiopian food (back when I was 11 years old, maybe?), doro wat, or chicken stew, has stood out to me.

It’s a special and complex Ethiopian dish, typically prepared at home on special family occasions.

It was a privilege to see the entire process, from live chicken to doro wat, and it was the best I’ve ever tried.

Thank you to Bela and his wife.

8. Plov – Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The national food of Uzbekistan is plov (pilau), a Central Asian dish of rice cooked with meat and spices.

You’ll find plov everywhere in Uzbekistan, and each region has their own different version.

My favorite was Samarkand plov, fragrant with flaxseed oil, with tender chunks of beef, and melt in your mouth sweet carrots. The plov in Tashkent was impressively huge, but I liked the taste best in Samarkand.

Thanks to Bekruz for organising and hosting me.

Osh Markazi Restaurant
Address: Corner of Vohid Abdullo Street and Afrosiyob Street, Samarkand (Google map)
Open hours: No totally sure, but about 11 am – 2 pm for lunch
Total price: 140,000 UZS ($17.17), we ordered the massive platter for 8

9. Chapli Kebabs – Taru Jabba, Pakistan

I’ve said this to you a number of times already, but burgers will just never be the same again.

Chapli kebabs are native to northern Pakistan, near Afghanistan, and they include minced meat, mixed with spices, tomatoes and onions, and sometimes bone marrow, shallow fried in their own liquid fat.

Best version of chapli kebabs I had was in the small village of Taru Jabba, Pakistan, not far from Peshawar. Thanks to Ali for hosting me in Pakistan.

Rambail Chapli Kebab, Taru Jabba
Address: Located East of Peshawar, on the GT Road, (Google Maps)
Opening Hours: 11 AM – 8 PM, Open Daily
Price Range: Our entire meal was 590 PKR (US$4.50)

10. Nalli Biryani – Karachi, Pakistan

I’ve had plenty of biryani in my life. But none can compare to the fun, uniqueness, and incredible taste of nalli biryani in Karachi, Pakistan.

On top of the lumps of melt in your mouth cow marrow, the actual spice blend seasoning of the biryani was spectacular with dry lemon and saffron.

An incredible meal to share with Ali and Joel in Karachi, Pakistan.

Qadri Nalli Biryani
Address: Back side of Madni Masjid, 2nd St, Block 6 Liaquatabad Town, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan (Google map)
Open hours: Lunch

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Best Travel Destinations – Harar, Ethiopia

10 Best Travel Destinations

Here are the top 10 best travel destinations – specific cities I really enjoyed in 2018.

Again this list is in order by time in which I traveled, not by order of best destinations – they are all equally amazing destinations in my mind.

Merida, Mexico
1. Merida, Mexico

1. Merida, Mexico

I loved Merida, the tropical climate and friendly culture of Yucatan. Not forgetting the amazing seafood and relleno negro.

Luang Prabang, Laos
2. Luang Prabang, Laos

2. Luang Prabang, Laos

I had been to Luang Prabang, Laos, a few times before, but in 2018 I was really able to get a better understanding of the food, culture, and people.

Luang Prabang is an amazing destination, and somehow a feeling of relaxation comes upon you as soon as you arrive.

Trat, Thailand
3. Trat, Thailand

3. Trat, Thailand

Trat is the Eastern most province of Thailand on the border of Cambodia. Apart from a few islands like Koh Chang, it’s a lesser visited region of Thailand, and they have some incredible food options.

Cape Coast, Ghana
4. Cape Coast, Ghana

4. Cape Coast, Ghana

One of the highlights of visiting Ghana was visiting a small village in the Cape Coast region with Afia Tours. The people and their incredible welcome and hospitality are what made it so special, and the food was amazing too.

Lamu, Kenya
5. Lamu, Kenya

5. Lamu, Kenya

I spent years of my child-hood growing up in Kenya, but never had a chance to visit Lamu island. The Swahili culture, history, and mix of people and food, is fascinating.

Gisenyi, Rwanda
6. Gisenyi, Rwanda

6. Gisenyi, Rwanda

When we traveled to Rwanda this year, we took a trip to Gisenyi, on the shores of Lake Kivu. The scenery is amazing.

Harar, Ethiopia
7. Harar, Ethiopia

7. Harar, Ethiopia

An ancient walled city, unique customs and history, and being face to face with wild hyenas is an experience I’ll never forget.

Samarkand, Uzbekistan
8. Samarkand, Uzbekistan

8. Samarkand, Uzbekistan

I knew little about Uzbekistan before visiting, but it’s an amazing country to visit. My favorite destination was Samarkand for its massive historical sites, and Samarkand plov.

Peshawar, Pakistan
9. Peshawar, Pakistan

9. Peshawar, Pakistan

Near the border of Afghanistan, you’ll find Pashtun culture, food, and hospitality in Peshawar, along with a fascinating history and impressive food (especially meat and dishes like brains masala) and culture.

Hunza Valley, Pakistan
10. Hunza Valley, Pakistan

10. Hunza Valley, Pakistan

Easily the most breathtakingly beautiful travel destination of the year, if not my entire life, was Hunza Valley, Pakistan. It was an honor to have a chance to visit, and I’m still in awe of how spectacular it is.


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Favorite Gear (video gear)

Lumix GH5 – Main camera I use for all videos in 2018

Lumix Leica 8-18 mm – Main lens I use for most videos, wide angle, with zoom. General purpose, and great lens.

DJI Mavic 2 Zoom – Second half of 2018, I upgraded to this drone and it’s been fantastic. I love the zoom feature.

Samsung Note 9 – My main phone of the year, love the big screen, and its camera is quite good too.

Adidas Ultraboost – Wore just one pair of these shoes through over 10 countries, over the entire year.

T-shirts – Travel for Food

Note: Some of the above links are Amazon affiliate links.


And that brings us to the end of 2018.

I want to say a huge thank you to you for your support throughout this year – for reading, watching, supporting, helping, for all the amazing messages and words of encouragement. Wishing you and your family a prosperous New Year!

Big plans for 2019, and many delicious meals coming your way!

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    5 years ago

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  • Donna Kos

    5 years ago

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  • Angela Wayne

    5 years ago

    We absolutely love your YouTube channel. Also we love travelling to Turkey and Thailand so loved recognising place and discovering new ones. Can’t wait to travel again, this time with your guide. You are a fabulous presenter with bags of personality and and an ability to transmit your love and the deliciousness of the food. I’m always starving after watching you.
    Hope to catch up with you one day.
    Happy 2019 and thanks!
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  • Faiza Hussain

    5 years ago

    Happy new year Mark! one of my favourite highlights from 2018 is your Pakistan tour.. following you into 2019…

  • felicia378

    5 years ago

    Really love your youtube channel mark. even though its long video but it doesn’t feel that way ^^. Hope to see more from you, best regards from your Indonesian fan


    5 years ago

    That was so well written. Thanks for sharing your travel story. It will really help me plan my trip. This is the first time I am visiting your blog and I am highly inspired and motivated. Wish you a Happy New Year and Happy Traveling.

  • Levi Liwanag

    5 years ago

    We had been following your Youtube channel since 2013 and me and my wife are both a big fan of yours, Just like you, we love to travel and rtry the local food. In every country we visited we also try to go to the food places you’ve vsited. We were in Barcelona last winter and we went to El Quim and tried their ox tail and squid with egg. We also just came back from Mexico City and we also went to some of the taco places you visited. Some of other places we went to is the Korean restaurant that serves pork ribs with cheese. Fortunately, we live in LA and that restaurant is not too far from us. We llook forward of visiting the other places you’ve been to and just to let you know it helps travelers like us. Wishing you, Ying and Micah the best of the New Year!

  • Joel Bruner

    5 years ago

    Thank you for the recommendation Eric! Have a great day!

  • Sarvana

    5 years ago

    Nice round up. I enjoyed seeing couple of your videos too.

  • Toffy

    5 years ago

    Happy new year sir.
    I follow your website is good very much for food guide and destination place.
    Please come to Buriram, Thailand for review food and place as your style. I wait to see you. 🙂

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Thank you very much, I would love to visit Buriram! Take care, and thank you for your support.

  • Vietnam Tours

    5 years ago

    Thanks for your great post, happy new year, wish your blog grows.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      You’re very welcome, and a Happy New Year to you as well!

  • yadvinder ` sandhu

    5 years ago

    Happy New year Mark…..!! Your videos are great. I just watched each and every video of pakistan. Keep up the good work

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Very happy to do so, and thanks for all your support! Have a great day.

  • Malichat Ua-Anant

    5 years ago

    Happy New Year to you and Ying and Micah , the happy family. May you have all the happiness with whatever you love to do. Just spare us after that like you kindly did. I love this Best food 2018. It sure a great 2018 summery.

  • Devin

    5 years ago

    Good job. Wish u found more nice foods in 2019!! Also be safe during the trips.

  • Daniel Althaus

    5 years ago

    in 2018 the traveling was manly within Thailand, except one trip to Manila. Still i remember a few outstanding dishes:
    1.) The Lechon or roasted pork on a spit in Manila.
    2.) Slow cooked Mexican pork stew flavored with oranges, cumin and different chilies at home.
    3.) Sai Uah with northern larb spice in Chiang Mai at Huen Muan Jai restaurant.
    4.) Grilled chicken, Som Tam and sticky rice in Khonkean at the Gai Yang Rabeab Khao Suan Kwang restaurant.
    5.) Southern yellow crab meat curry in Surat Thani at the Lampu restaurant.
    All the best to all of you and looking for many more delicious creation to discover.

  • Dhruv Mangukia

    5 years ago

    People sat that the world is a small place. But its ironic that most of the people hardly knows (and will seldom know) about this beautiful places unless bloggers like you share these places in your blog.
    Keep posting more. Keep up the good work.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      You are so right Dhruv, thanks for your comment, and for all your support. Take care, and have a great day!

  • Kan

    5 years ago

    Great post and love your videos. Have not missed any of your videos for the last two years, Mark! If I can ask a technical question:
    1. With the GH5, do you shoot at 4K All-I 10 Bit 422 or a different setting?
    2. Depending on the answer above, is there a noticeable difference in your post processing time?

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Hi Kan, thanks for writing. All shooting is done in 4K, and while the processing time is a bit slower, it is well-worth the time. I love the high quality, and I think the viewers deserve the higher quality experience. Take care, have a great day!

  • Maina samson

    5 years ago

    Man i have come to love your food posts and envy your appetite and travel.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Hi Marina, yes its quite cool to be able to eat so much unique food with so many special people from around the world. Take care, thanks for the comment.

  • Chris

    5 years ago

    Who is your friend Joe? Does he work with you or just enjoys traveling with you? Was wondering if I can follow him on instagram as well, The two of you are such a joy to watch. It’s so nice to see people enjoying life and food like you do And your wife and Son are enjoyable to watch too! Ps…would love to see other family members on your channel!

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Thank you so much Chris! Joel’s Instagram is @kru_joel, thank you very much for the message, and for all your support. It means a lot! Have a great day, and Happy New Year to you as well.

  • John Lawrence

    5 years ago

    Hi Mark, We absolutely love your great videos and understand your love for all foods. Just a little whinge, when are you going to include Australia on your travels? We would be happy to shout you a meal or two if you include Queensland.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      We would love to visit Australia as soon as possible John, thanks for the friendly reminder. This year if possible, would be great. Have a great day!

  • Mehran

    5 years ago

    I love your videos
    Thanks from Pakistan

  • Cristina

    5 years ago

    Happy New Year! I’m your new fan , and I am so shocked( in a good way of course ) to see how much can you eat! I don’t see oft people so passionate about food. I already wrote a comment on your YouTube channel and I insist you should try Tuscany . I’ romanian and I’ve worked in summers during my studies and after that traveled a lot but I am still hungry about that food.
    I wish you a lot of success !

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Cristina, thanks for the message! I would love to visit Tuscany, there are just so many places to go. Thank you for your support, thanks for being a fan, and I hope you enjoy all the content to come. Have a wonderful day!

  • nui a

    5 years ago

    Hey Mark, you are the best of what you’re doing. You make me drooling the whole entire times watching your video. You’re bad but thank you so much. Keep up the good work.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Nui, thank you so much for the comment. I am sorry for making you so hungry, but I am happy to know that you appreciate the videos and trips. Take care, all the best.


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    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Thank you Ioannis, and have a Happy New Year.

  • ayush

    5 years ago

    Thank you for constantly opening my eyes to a world full of new cultures and lifestyles. Here’s to an even better 2019 travel year.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Very welcome Ayush. Thank you for the message, and have a great New Year yourself as well.

  • Meriem

    5 years ago

    Your passion and overall happiness is so infectious! I absolutely love all the amazing and heart-driven content you make. Thank you so much for sharing such wonderful finds with us! Discovering each other’s food cultures is such a powerful way of breaking stereotypes and nurturing love and peace for all humankind. May you and your beautiful family have a happy and healthy 2019, filled with many more delicious discoveries!

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Hi Meriem! Thank you so much for the kind words. Hey, your blog has some wonderful photos, keep up the good work! Thanks again, and Happy New Year!

    • adam

      5 years ago

      hey happey new year you have great staff

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Why thank you Adam, have a Happy New Year yourself, and thanks for the support!

  • G Brown

    5 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    I’ve just recently discovered your channel. It’s a brilliant food and travel documentry/show. Keep up the great work. Well done and best wishes for 2019 to you and your family. Plus best wishes to your team.

    • Joel Bruner

      5 years ago

      Thank you so much Gavina! A very Happy New Year to you as well. Thanks for your comments and for all your support.

  • Jansen Mettao

    5 years ago

    Mark I love the videos you provide to us and its always amazing how you open all these places and cultures to us. Thank you for constantly opening my eyes to a world full of new cultures and lifestyles. Here’s to an even better 2019 travel year.

    PS: I bought myself a pair of those Adidas Ultraboost and they really are the best shoes 🙂

  • Corinne R.

    5 years ago

    Dear Mark, Thank you for showing us the world through your love of food. I love to watch foreign films because I experience different cultures this way. You do it through cuisines. I too am a world traveler but don’t have the iron stomach you seem to, so I will continue to live vicariously through you. You inspire and uplift us and in your own gentle and very personable way show us some very needed peace and brotherly love. You are a very good ambassador. Thank you for teaching us and sharing your adventurous life with us. The best to you and you family in 2019.

  • Robert Holm

    5 years ago

    Always enjoy your postings. They are well done and interesting to watch. Also, like your gear posting. Always enjoy seeing what gear others use.

  • Somu

    5 years ago

    Hey Mark . Plz share the microphones which u use..the audio quality is quite good..

  • Genevieve Gloria

    5 years ago

    Gisenyi is one of the most beautiful places in Rwanda. You should have come to Uganda too Mark! Uganda is much nearer from Rwanda and East African Tourist Permits cost only $100.

  • Binh duc hieu Hoang

    5 years ago

    hi Mark ,I give you 10+,you did a wondeful work,continue doing it,do not let me to feel boring…

  • Lynda Lozner

    5 years ago

    You are not only responsible for the best meal I had in 2018 but the best meal of my entire life. I’m 71 so that’s a lot of meals. It was at a restaurant you recommended – Cervejaria Ramiro in Lisbon Portugal. The Giant Tiger Prawns overlapped the plate they were on and were so big and very very tasty. We will never forget that meal.

  • leena

    5 years ago

    nice collection Mark. Please add some vegetarian dishes too.

  • Masafa

    5 years ago

    Good day Mark!!!! A big Thank You from the bottom of my heart… You are a genuine person. Your videos, blogs, tempting images of food…everything which is related to you i just love…Every single detail that you explain with such expressions is remarkable. I appreciate that it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and communication to earn that level of trust. A sprinkle of enthusiasm doesn’t hurt either.
    Happy New Year !!!!
    Looking forward to another special year with amazing foods.
    Stay Blessed!!!! Love from Lucknow….

  • Dirck Hastead

    5 years ago

    Mark, just want to thank you for letting us share so many great meals and places in 2018!
    As a world-traveling photojournalist for over 50 years for UPI and TIME, I have been lucky to have visited many of these paces myself, but really enjoy watching you inhale the tastes and smells of these lands!

  • Lori Williams

    5 years ago

    Hello Mark and family! I really really enjoy your videos and all the places and people you get to meet. You are very detailed about your visits to places and I love that always give details the food. I am a very big FAN of yours since I found your videos. I am still catching up on some so please keep them coming! I love that I can see different countries,the people and the food! Can’t wait til next year to see what you have in store for us!!! Love you Mark and family

  • F

    5 years ago

    Great year Mark. I’ve been with you from the humble bad internet days and it’s always been p. Best to you and the family. John F.

  • Mary Leo

    5 years ago

    You’ve covered North America, Asia, Africa, Europe, you’ve been to Middle East.
    It’s hard to number people in this world that has this bulk of experience as exciting as you had. I feel lucky just watching your videos and seeing countries I’ve never been.
    Look forward to your 2019.

  • Drew Kerr

    5 years ago

    Everything is amazing as usual. However, one huge question — how do you find the people who host and guide you? That seems so important, yet overlooked in explanation. Thanks.

  • Maura McKenna

    5 years ago

    I really love this blog post for the places I may not get to but at least I can imagine the flavours, smells and tastes. Savouring local food dishes is one of the best things about travelling. Thanks Mark

  • Trevor

    5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your insights into the food and culture of so many countries, Mark. There is something visceral about your videos which other food bloggers do not capture. Your positive fronting is a real bonus. Best wishes to your family and yourself for 2019.

  • Hema

    5 years ago

    Hi Mark I love your video…it amazing keep it up…wish you a happy New year 2019,hope will bring you lot of success and good food from all the world….cheerrrss

  • Muhammad zahid

    5 years ago

    Hi mark we live your show I would say I am from Pakistan you showed us places where we never been wanna go to Pakistan now thanks again keep it up

  • Dana Anthony

    5 years ago

    We don’t do a lot of traveling any more. But you have made it possible for me to remember and re-experience the adventure of world travel. I grew up in Asia, africa, europe and north american. You are teaching people bout the great adventure that awaits them. Thank you.

  • Sujani Sooriyapperuma

    5 years ago

    Mark, I addicted to your videos when I see your YouTube notifications I stopped all other works and watched the video first. Thank you so much for giving us good experiences. Wish you all the best for next year. 🥳

  • Don Baker

    5 years ago

    Mark, to use your words, “Amazing!” I once owned property in Trat because it is so much like the Big Island of Hawaii where I was born and still live. Laem Sing is my favorite area in Chanthaburi. Keep up the good work and happy holidays to you and your beautiful family.

  • Lisa Vansaghi

    5 years ago

    Can’t wait to see the top 10! We just got back from Penang and Borneo , loved the laksa!!! Cheers!!

  • Robel Maru

    5 years ago

    You killing it Man Well done for 2018. Can’t wait to see what you do next year!
    Happy New Year!!

  • Dee Butler

    5 years ago

    I am a huge fan and brand new at attempting to blog and vlog…I noticed that you did go to Tanzania to Zanzibar and ate at Lukmaan. I hope you didn’t miss out on there juice bar and eating upstairs under the huge Boa Boa tree and ordering from there other menu…like Colossal Prawns and fried Tuna steaks and more.
    I toured a decent amount of that Region and found Zanzibar to have some of the best foods being that there the 2nd capital of spices in the world. Excited to use your information provided from that Region and advance..and grow
    I am also a Chef and wanting to advance my skills I am going back to Zanzibar January 2019 to learn first hand the food culture their History and trace your footsteps…and even add to them.
    Just so excited about this and every single day I look at your videos.!! Thanks for your time and Sharing!


    5 years ago

    Mark…I am inspired by you…u make me feel energetic whenever I thought of my dream(WORLD TOUR)…Hope I will make it…nd first country I wanna visit is Thailand…i.e to ur home..n take blessings from u

  • Nasir

    5 years ago

    Dear mark i am addicted to ur videos and watching it for 2 or may be 3 years,but this time the pakistani series blew me away, no body can competes with u in this field even the likes of sonny side and trever james,ur unique style is unbeatable. I wish u a good happy life with ur family and also merry christmas to u and ur family specially micah, plz reply to me.

  • Chandramani Bhushan

    5 years ago

    I just love your videos. All places are just amazing. I love your expressions which you give when tasting a dish. I invite you to India. Indian food is loved all over the world and you will surely like it.
    Hope we will see you in India soon.

  • Subham Banerjee

    5 years ago

    This is awesome! This allowed us to travel back and reflect on the amazing moments we had while watching the videos throughout the year. Really excited for the New Year now.
    Best wishes to you, Ying and Micah!

  • Hamid Ali

    5 years ago

    You are great person and vary lucky. Thankyou for entertaining us with delicious foods


    5 years ago

    Dear Mark Wiens I was amazed by the Pakistani videos you have uploaded lately, i lived in Pakistan due to my father’s diplomatic service from 1976 – 1979 in İslamabad because i was very little i do not remember, i only remember somehow though liking Chicken Tikka a lot. My Best meal in 2018 was i think Doro Wat from Ethiopia that looked amazing.
    By the way there is a problem with the video link that you have put shows only one of your videos “Beef Ribs” not 10 of them at least it is like that in my pc. Hope you come to Turkey next time not just İstanbul and travel Turkey like you did in Pakistan. Have a nice, prosperous and healthy year in 2019 with Micah and your wife Ying.

    • Hector Woo

      5 years ago

      You are correct on the link that’s suppose to show the top 10. I only got the BBQ video haha. Hope Mark notices and fixes it 🙂

  • Naresh Mallya

    5 years ago

    Loved all your videos & blogs Mark! Your 2018 has been exceptional and I’m sure 2019 will also be beyond expections. You are my inspiration for travel & living the life. If our paths ever cross, I’ll give you a big hug! 🙂 Till then keep making great blogs and videos. 👍

  • Mike

    5 years ago

    Love your videos! I’ll be waiting to see what’s in store for 2019.

  • Farhan Elmizan

    5 years ago

    oh my god!!! i’ve always wanted to travel all around the world, you are such an inspiration…. thank you for sharing such great experiences

  • Roberto Hernandez

    5 years ago

    WoW, just amazing Mark loved watching you.

  • Yawar Gilgit Baltistani

    5 years ago

    wow that is great mark. i am from pakistan i like you videos espacially when you were in gilgitbaltistan pakistan very much. Thanks for visiting here and promoting our culture… thats all best wishes for later and happy new year..

  • Muhammad Asad

    5 years ago

    Hi I mark , it has really been a pleasure filled adventurous journey along with you throughout this year. You have not only presented places in utmost excellent manner but also picked and placed on menu THE actual delicacies of places you visited. I am really fan , wishing you the best of life and visits ahead. Great job bro

  • Page

    5 years ago

    Mark, I am your big fan from China, your passion for any place is very attractive to me, I hope you can do more videos in 2019, Happy New Year and your family

  • Asifa Zahid

    5 years ago

    Thanks for appreciating and including Pakistan food and Pakistan’s beautiful places in your list. And thanks for visiting Pakistan. I wish you to come again in Pakistan.
    Next time when you came I wish to meet you. Beacuase m your great fan. And love to watch your videos. Thanks again.

  • Tahir Usman

    5 years ago

    Mark great Pakistan series!Love to have you revisit in 2019.Theres so much more to eat!

  • Dooly

    5 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! How much does the whole camera rig weigh including microphone and gorilla pod? And how many hours do you spend holding it up per filming day? Must be exhausting! Cheers and thanks especially for visiting kenya!