Whether it is singing, acting or fashion, University students are known to show off their talents on social media. One of these areas is cooking. School of Business junior Julia Tortolo and School of Business senior Rodrigo Bohrt are an upperclassman couple that loves to eat, cook and review restaurants in the Philadelphia area and around the world. They post their recipes and reviews on the Instagram account @foreign_foodies_, which has more than 6,400 followers as of Sept. 7.
The two recounted their experience starting the account with each other back in January.
“We never ran any food accounts before Foreign Foodies,” Tortolo said. “When we started dating, we realized we both love to try new restaurants and enjoy eating a variety of meals. As we started to explore restaurants in the area and posting about them on our personal accounts, our friends started asking us for recommendations on places to eat. We then came up with the idea of creating a food account to share our food experiences with everyone.”
Tortolo studies Marketing, and Bohrt studies Management and Analytics. They have already been able to collaborate with over 25 businesses to promote products to their audience on their Instagram account.
Most reviews are local, covering restaurants like Enoteca Tredici in Bryn Mawr and Terrain Cafe in Devon. However, the couple has also covered restaurants as far as New York City, London and Brazil, where Tortolo is from.
Whenever they travel abroad, they try to eat the traditional cuisine of the region. In Brazil, they enjoyed Brazilian meat barbecue and ate fresh fish by the seaside.
“Our main goal, when we started our food account, was to post restaurant reviews, but now it’s much more than that,” Bohrt said. “We want to promote a balanced lifestyle to our followers. We want to show people that you can be healthy and still enjoy every kind of food including some high carbohydrate desserts. From salads to milkshakes, people should enjoy everything they eat. When you eat good, you feel good.”
They love running the account and plan on keeping it active as long as possible, even after they both graduate. For the time being, they plan to remain solely on Instagram, since they enjoy the way Instagram lets them engage with followers and be creative with content.
Make sure to check out their account for plenty of recipes, reviews and new places to try.