With tens of thousands of followers online, British broadcaster and professional eater Leyla Kazim is a rising star when it comes to food and travel blogging. She has also co-created the Lonely Planet book: The Ultimate Eatlist, The World’s Top 500 Food Experiences.

Describing herself as a lover of far-off lands and all things gustatory, Kazim—a born and raised Londoner—has a passion for exploration.

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👋 Always happiest when surrounded by plants and flowers – how I adored this Colombian rose flower wall 💐🌿💚🌹 I visited a few flower farms during my recent visit to Colombia with @flowersofcol, and it was a real privilege to see the behind the scenes of something that brings so many people joy. DYK Colombia is the second largest exporter of flowers in the world? Who knew! 🌎 __ One of these farms was Agricola Circasia near Bogotá, a Rainforest Alliance Certified rose farm 🌹 Meaning they conserve ecosystems, protect biodiversity and waterways, conserve forests, reduce agrochemical use, and safeguard the well-being of workers and local communities 🙏 And 65% of the workers at this farm are women, empowering single mothers to provide for their families. __ Gardening in my little urban garden in London is one of my favourite pastimes. In October I planted 250 spring bulbs; it took AGES 😶 But they are starting to poke through! And I have my sights set on some seriously beefy beefsteak tomatoes this summer – they did really well last summer. Do you dabble in gardening / enjoy plants (favourite flower?) – I'd love to know 🌻🌻🌻 📸 @yesidsandovalh . . . . . #DiversityThatInspires #alittlebeautyeveryday #myeverydaymagic #inspiremyinstagram #floraandfauna #inspiredbynature #postitforaesthetic #inspiredbypetals #blooooms #floralstories #dsfloral #floweroflife #justbefloral #petalsandprops #floralfriday #inspiredbyflowers #floralinspiration #botanicalpickmeup #visualcrush #beautifulmatters #underthefloralspell #inspiremyinstagram #flowermagic #ihavethisthingwithflowers #flowerlover #verytandc #theweekoninstagram #darlingdaily #plantgang

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“I was brought up surrounded by exceptional cooking from my Mauritian mother and Turkish-Cypriot father,” she relayed on her website, “appreciating the huge range of flavours available in the culinary world is something I actively seek out and happily partake in on a daily basis.”

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How great it feels to eat out in a restaurant again, spritz in hand, al fresco, on a lazy summer evening in London 🍸 Turns out I missed it, a lot. I'm so thankful for the places that have been able to reopen with all the necessary social distancing measures in place, and appreciate the huge amount of planning and hard work that's gone into that. __ No one knows what the future holds, but I very much hope glorious restaurants like @elliotslondon in @boroughmarket will still be a part of it. It's important we support them as much as we are able to – spending our money with the creative, wonderful independents – in order to help them survive. Remember, the big chains will be better equipped to make it through the other side of these strange times. The small places are fighting every day to stay afloat, and it's us – their customers – that can throw them the lifeline they need by giving them our business. Huge thanks to Elliots for the invite and the stellar food – not one dud dish (and @onehungryasian for the great company). My visit was so long overdue 💙 __ What's everyone's thoughts and feelings about dining out at the moment? Have you eaten in a restaurant since more have reopened? If so, where did you go and what was the experience like? Do you plan to start visiting restaurants again any time soon? 🍽️ . . . . . #timeoutlondon #mysecretlondon #loves_london #london_enthusiast #visitlondon #igerslondon #londonsbest #mydarlinglondon #toplondonphoto #londonforyou #ilovelondon #thisislondon #explorelondon #lifeinlondon #wheninlondon #mytinyatlaslondon #londonlove #london4all #london_city_photo #instalondon #londonpop #london_only #londontown #londonlife #londoncalling #londonlondon #londoners #londonbylondoners #london🇬🇧 #boroughmarket

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But what does a foodie and travel blogger do in 2020? “Like so many of us, my 2020 travel plans thus far have turned to dust,” she recently shared in a candid Instagram post. “This week I was meant to be in Sardinia celebrating my second wedding anniversary, which I’m sad to not be doing. But in the grand scheme of things, I’m eternally grateful to be let off so lightly. And I most certainly plan to try again with Sardinia next year.”

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Hello friends, how are you all doing? We've had a scorchio weekend in London which has meant all things BBQ and garden and it has been most joyful ☀️ Oh, and it's my birthday weekend, so there have been a few cocktails too 🥳 And is it even a BBQ unless there's a tonne of mayo involved? (answer: no, obvs) I'm very pleased to be working with @HellmannsUK on this little staycation BBQ spread, with three very simple side dishes made with their Real Mayo (or you could use their Vegan Mayo) – check my stories for more info and recipes below – don't forget to save for later ⬇️ 1. Devilled Eggs – combine hard boiled egg yolks with mayo, spring onions / scallions, paprika, parsley, salt and pepper, load back into the whites and dress with chopped capers and dill 🥚 2. Elote (Mexican grilled corn) – grill corn until charred, slather with mayo, season with salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, crumble over feta, squeeze over lime 🌽 3. Prawn Rolls – combine cooked and cooled jumbo prawns (roughly chopped) with mayo, spring onions / scallions, parsley, paprika, lemon juice, salt and pepper, then load onto toasted brioche rolls 🍤 #StaycationBBQ #Hellmanns And to help with your summer BBQ endeavours, they're running an ace comp for a chance to win an awesome Weber BBQ worth £650 – head to the Hellmann's website to enter 🔥 So tell me friends, what are your favourite sides to have with a BBQ – hit me with your inspo! . . . . . #gastropost #foodmatters #foodinstagram #foodilike #foodphotooftheday #foodphotograph #foodandwine #beautifulcuisines #thekitchen #tablesituation #bhgfood #todayfood #instayummy #bbqlovers #bbqtime #elote #epicurious #lifeandthyme #bbqporn #biggreenegg #webergrill #tastemade #londonfoodie #makeitdelicious @todayfood #thekitchn #cheeseplease #seriouseats #quarantinecooking

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According to Kazim, the reason she enjoys traveling so much is because it is the best way to smash through pre-conceptions and break down cultural barriers.

“When we are once again able to move freely post COVID-19, I hope people will see what a gift we’d been taking for granted travel really is,” ” she remarked in an interview with Mother Tongue. “I hope we will approach travel with the ambition to immerse ourselves in new cultures so that we can acknowledge, celebrate, embrace and learn from our cultural differences, rather than persecute them.”

She’s already won us over.