Legal Nomads

Hi. I’m Jodi Ettenberg. Welcome to Legal Nomads.

This is my vaguely chronological account of living and eating my way around the world.


In 2008, I quit my job as a lawyer and took off to travel for what I thought would be a year. I had saved up working at a law firm, and I wanted a place to post photos and share crazy stories so that my friends and family could follow along from afar. Legal Nomads was born.

Along the way, I realized I did not want to return to the law. Instead, I kept traveling to the places that left me wide-eyed and smiling. I found myself deeply addicted to noodle soup. I met wonderful people who taught me about countries they love.

Over 8 years later, Legal Nomads remains a place to tell stories. Over those years, the site has morphed into a place where people can learn about how food shapes what we see and experience, and how it deepens knowledge about culture and history. The site features my adventures and misadventures and the stories behind the foods we eat, shared via longform narrative and photo essays. Rounding out the site are resources for world travel, tips for safe eating, and hand-drawn typographic maps of food that I designed. More than anything, my work and this site has become about connecting to others through the universality of food.

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