Wandercursh About

Irina / Age 22 / USA —> LDN, UK / Art & Design Student / Proud Nerd / Aspiring Nomad / Detail Sponge / Stuff Maker / Bread Breaker / Record Keeper / Hazard Seeker / Thought Jotter / Scheme Plotter

Hello there!

Wandercrush celebrates whole foods & the whole wide world, inspired by the change in seasonal ingredients available after relocating to London from the sunny state of Florida. I suffer from a serious case of wanderlust and use the kitchen to satisfy these wander crushes, one recipe at a time, until I save up enough for the plane ticket.

Whether it’s a poster, a chair, or the letter “w”, successful design demands sound ethnography. Luckily, the human race is a fine (and often amusing, bemusing) specimen. The more I soak up during both travels and day-to-day life, the clearer it becomes that food is a perfect vehicle to communicate differences—and consistencies—across cultures. I hope to learn and share a little bit about unvisited countries or relive my favourite moments abroad, whether by reinterpreting what farmers ate for breakfast in the 1800s or recreating a sweet treat I sampled from a street stall last summer.

Preparing global recipes sustainably by using locally sourced and seasonally available ingredients allows me to do this whilst paradoxically becoming more rooted in my current country of residence. Seasonal substitution (and student budget!) necessitates creativity; the kitchen is an extension of the studio.

You’ll find nuggets of geeky kitchen science, some pretty pictures, relevant historical context, occasional rants about that “sustainability” buzzword, travel anecdotes, the odd etymologic bit, & a designer’s slant—which goes further than italicising important words.



An interview with Alexandra Whiting for This Place Here.

A meal with photographer Hollie Fernando here.

A brief interview with Gourmandize UK here.



Below are a few things from my desktop/kitchen arsenal that I get questions about.
A lot of may seem too fancy and unaffordable, but you don’t need an amazing camera model to take successful photos. I used a Canon Rebel XTi for 6 years before upgrading to my 7D in January (and I still haven’t saved up enough for a decent fixed lens!). Post-production in Photoshop/Lightroom is just a habit from being an art student for many, many years. Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the technical bits.

12 Responses to About

  1. Nargess says:

    You have a lovely blog Irina. You are very talented. In both cookery skills and photography! :)

  2. You’re so talented! Love the photos ^_^

  3. laurasmess says:

    Gorgeous blog Irina. I am so impressed with your photography… the quality of the shots and editing and (mostly) the way you see the world. You have a lovely way of framing images. Ah, I wish I had more money to travel. Your Thailand posts look amazing! xx

  4. Nanette says:

    Beautiful photos. Especially love your logo! Wonderful design :).

  5. Kristie Yang says:

    Beautiful blog Irina. I’m so proud to have grown up with you and excited to see where your future takes you :)

    • wandercrush says:

      Kristie! Can’t express how happy I was to read your comment… the sentiments are returned tenfold! I’m thinking of you with each classical piano song that plays on iTunes shuffle.

  6. CakePants says:

    I just stumbled across your blog and am so glad I did – I’m already quite smitten with the recipes, the photography, the design…everything! Looking forward to seeing whatever you come up with next :)

  7. Dear Irina,
    Congratulations on your blog! You feature some great recipes and some amazing photography, its been a real pleasure to discover it.
    My name is Charlotte Allen from UK recipe-sharing website Gourmandize UK & Ireland, and if it is agreeable to you, I would like to arrange a short interview with you – by email or by phone – so our visitors can learn more about your blog.
    Would you be available sometime this week?
    The best way to contact me is through : contact@gourmandize.co.uk
    I look forward to hearing from you soon,
    Charlotte Allen.

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