ISLAMABAD: Famous video blogger Trevor James, whose “The Food Ranger” YouTube channel has over 2.6 million subscribers, arrived in Pakistan last week and said he was already in love with the country.
James announced in February that his travels around the globe in search of delicious street cuisine were soon bringing him to Pakistan. He is visiting the country with his Chinese wife Ting Ting.
“Already in love with Pakistan!,” James posted on Instagram while dining at Islamabad’s Monal restaurant in the Margalla Hills overlooking the capital. “We’re gonna be exploring a ton and diving in deep for Foodrangin’ and show you how amazing and friendly it is here!!!”
In February, after a meeting with Muhammad Mudassir Tipu, Pakistan’s Consul General to Chengdu, where James is curretly based in China, he said: “Pakistan is a beautiful country and I am excited to visit the country and explore the sights and sounds of its vibrant and resilient cities.”
Originally from Canada, James became curious about food and travel after attending university and encountering people from all over the world. HIs travels took him to China where he met his wife Ting Ting. In 2015, they started traveling together making videos about street eats. After recent trips to India and Bangladesh, the couple have now landed in Pakistan.
In one Instagram post this week, James and Ting said they were in the eastern city of Lahore eating the “best” nihari they have ever tasted.
“This ultra rich beef stew at Waris nihari in the deep back lanes of Lahore is a life changing flavour you must try in your lifetime! Wow!” James posted
In another photo of Ting with food vendors hard at work in Lahore’s Walled City, James said: “Pakistan is an amazing country and beautiful destination for travel and food lovers!”
The couple’s most recent post shows Ting photographed with cooks in a Pakistani street restaurant kitchen:
“We are overwhelmed with the amazing hospitality here. Everywhere we go, people are smiling at us and welcoming us to Pakistan. I can feel the locals friendliness toward me and Trev everywhere we go. Traveling through this country has opened my eyes to how friendly and welcoming Pakistan truly is. Trev says he wants to keep coming back and has already fallen in love with Pakistan and I completely agree, we are going to have to keep exploring more of this beautiful country!,’ she wrote. ‘This is one of the best trips we’ve ever been on!”