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Foodie Eshé… The Next Step

written by Eshé Brown March 19, 2017
Foodie Eshé Kitchen

Quitting my job to follow my dreams

Have you ever bitten into a pizza and wondered whether it tastes the same on the streets of Napoli? Ever drooled over a seafood paella and thought, “is it as succulent in Spain?” Or dunked fresh bread into a rosemary baked Camembert and longed to know if it’s creamier and tangier in the villages of Normandy?

If you’re food crazy like me, then you probably have. So I have decided to stop wondering and go and find out for myself. Rather than simply take the next flight out of Gatwick and head off for a weekend I want to properly immerse myself in the culinary delights on our doorstep in mainland Europe, and I want you to come on the adventure with me.

Until recently I worked for an amazing Digital Marketing agency called Propellernet, right here in the heart of Brighton. As well as being a fun and creative place to work, it’s built on a foundation of “people first”. One of the many ways the company does this is something called ‘The Dream Ball’.

Wander into Propellernet’s office, just off of North Street and as well as being greeted by the friendly receptionist sat in a converted waltzer carriage, you will see a large vintage gumball machine. Each of the balls within it contains the name of an employee, and more importantly, their dream. I was stunned to be the lucky name pulled from the ‘Dream Ball machine’ at our Christmas party in 2015.

My dream… you have probably guessed… to travel the world eating food. At first, I planned a month long trip to India, but then my boyfriend asked me, “Is that really your dream?” Sure it would be a great experience with many memories but it would be short-lived. Why not turn this great opportunity from a dream, into a life. So I have invested the generous funding from Propellernet, along with my own savings and my dream is becoming a reality… currently in a workshop just outside Hitchin.

I have purchased a 1968 Vintage Sprite caravan named Meredith (after my obsession with Grey’s Anatomy). At just 10 foot by 6 foot, she is a diddy little thing that soon will be my very own portable kitchen. She will be ready this summer and I will be getting to know her in and around Brighton with a variety of different plans before hitting the road in Spring 2018 for ‘Foodie Eshé takes a bite out of Europe’.

Food is a part of everyone’s life so as well as visiting local restaurants I want to meet fellow foodies like me in the places I visit and get them to show me the best of local cuisine and produce in their hometown. This is where you come in. Once I disembark the ferry at Calais I want you to help shape the route I take around Europe. What food do you want to know about? What places should I visit and most importantly, who should I get to come and cook with me in my kitchen? Do you have a grandma who makes the best bolognese in Italy, an Uncle who makes the greatest goulash in Budapest, or a sister in Vienna whose strudel is stupendous! Let me know and hopefully, I will be able to meet them on my travels.

So whilst it’s a while till I hit the road the journey begins now. Meredith is taking shape (with help from The English Caravan Company) and I’ll post more on her progress and the start of her adventures around Brighton in the coming months. Perhaps you could come and cook with me here and show me a side of Brighton or the UK I never knew about.

 If you want to get involved or whatever your thoughts on my crazy adventure please get in touch, leave a comment or tweet me @foodieeshe – I’d love to hear from you!

Vintage Sprite Caravan

17 comments

Natasha colyer March 19, 2017 at 4:29 PM

You go girl! Can’t wait to follow this! x

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Eshé Brown March 21, 2017 at 3:22 PM

Thank you Tasha! Have been inspired by ladies like you, that live your dream and work hard for it! x

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Tony Wilson March 19, 2017 at 6:33 PM

If you fancy a parking up at a beautiful spot in Germany then i highly recommend where we live – Seeheim-Jugenheim, located in the Bergrasse area of Germany, its a UNESCO World cultural Heritage area and very beautiful -typically very hot weather in summer, perfect to find a nice secluded spot on a hill top with beautiful views, light a BBQ , add some quality German Wurst and wash down with some great locally produced wine or beer (of which you are spolit for choice)

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Eshé Brown March 21, 2017 at 3:24 PM

I really really do! This is exactly what I’m dreaming about 🙂 thank you, I would love to come and visit you. We’ll be heading off on the trip next Spring and doing bits with the caravan closer to home once it’s ready in July so I’ll be in touch sooner to the time.

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Hannah Harris March 19, 2017 at 6:41 PM

So excited for you! Xx

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Eshé Brown March 21, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Thank you lovely! You and Tom should come visit us 😀 xx

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Nan March 19, 2017 at 7:10 PM

Wishing you all the best in the world. Follow your dream and I hope it’s better than you dream it is going to be…….

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Eshé Brown March 21, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Thank you Nan 🙂 have a feeling it’s going to be better… x

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Jonesy March 19, 2017 at 8:10 PM

Thats an Awesome Dream .. here’s a thought for the melting pot. Fresh mangoes just fallen onto the shore washed in crystal clear water and peeled by hand in Cartagena, Colombia, Smelly Durian off a boat bout 200yards off the coast of the Malaysian peninsular (down wind of course) or mussels in wine with wine and bread in a beach hut in Marseilles, France … living the dream eshe

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Eshé Brown March 21, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Funny you should say that Jonesy! I am heading to Cartagena in May to visit a friend out there. Although Meredith won’t be with me, I’ll still be in full food research mode and on the look out for those mangoes! Marseilles is a definitely on the cards for the Europe tour too – nothing beats fresh mussels and wine… <3

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Lizzie Lower March 20, 2017 at 8:23 AM

Hi Eshe, so pleased to hear that Meredith is almost on the road. Give me a shout when she is up and running. Lizzie

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Eshé Brown March 21, 2017 at 3:39 PM

Hi Lizzie! Thanks for reading the post and yes I will definitely be in touch when she’s looking her best 🙂 Should be ready around mid-July!

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Xavi March 20, 2017 at 9:49 AM

This is amazing, very happy for you to follow your dream! We’ll have to cook a Fideua before you go

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Eshé Brown March 21, 2017 at 3:44 PM

Yes Xavi! Let’s do that please – be great to show off your cooking skills on the blog as well as everything else you do!

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Julia March 20, 2017 at 10:04 AM

So pleased to see Meredith off our drive at last (Ha Ha), she was so badly in need of some TLC. Richard and Lynne have a challenge, transforming that sad little van into the foodie passion wagon you want and I can’t wait to see the new pimped up version they return with.
I know you’ll fill her with all the love and wonderful smells of food that has been such a part of our family. As everyone knows who comes to our home, meals spent with friends ,family and new guests are the best. Sharing a pleasurable experience opens peoples hearts and minds.
We are so excited for you and look forward to hearing about all the wonderful people you will meet that share your love of food.
Losing yourself in the preparation of creating something to sustain others is an absolute therapy and should be bottled!
Your dad and I are obviously proud of you and I am particularly thrilled by your creativity, determination and hard work, but most of all the way you always try to find the good in things.
Love you Loads Mum and Dad xxx

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Irv March 23, 2017 at 7:33 PM

I went to the island of Ischia off Naples a couple of yrs ago for work and really looked forward to pizza/pasta only to find the local speciality was rabbit 🙁 but… It was delicious, cooked in a sticky sauce, nothing lime I’ve had in the UK. Recommended if you end up that far south.

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Frankie March 26, 2017 at 5:40 PM

This sounds so awesome! Fantastic you’re following your dream to immerse yourself into taste sensations around Europe! Look forward to following you along the way… caravan is super cute!

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