Sally Elbassir

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Sally Elbassir

Born in Ireland, but raised in Los Angeles to Arab parents, Sally from Passport & Plates has been a traveler and foodie from the start. In 2015, she left her advertising job to chase her dream of learning about different cultures while eating the best street food around the world. She's a firm believer that local food and travel experiences are the best form of education and shares her adventures and tips on


Sally's passion for cooking started when she was a young child, when her mom would teach her how to cook traditional dishes during her summer breaks. But the real food obsession began with the launch of "No Reservations" on The Travel Channel when she was in high school. Since then, she knew she was destined for a career in the food industry.

Although she studied business in college and eventually started working in the advertising industry, Sally's passion for good food never waned. She wrote hundreds of Yelp reviews in her spare time, avidly read food blogs and cooking magazines, and always had a recommendation when someone asked "Where should we eat?"

In 2015, Sally left her corporate job to chase her dream of traveling the world in pursuit of the best food, documenting her journey on her website, Passport & Plates. Since then, she's contributed to several online publications, including The Huffington Post and Intrepid Travel, and has built a loyal fan base of enthusiastic foodie travelers.


Sally received a B.A. in Business Administration and in Psychology from University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA.

About The Spruce

The Spruce, a Dotdash brand, is a new kind of home website offering practical, real-life tips and inspiration to help you create your best home. The Spruce family of brands, including The Spruce, The Spruce Eats, The Spruce Pets, and The Spruce Crafts collectively reach 30 million people each month.

For more than 20 years, Dotdash brands have been helping people find answers, solve problems, and get inspired. We are one of the top-20 largest content publishers on the Internet according to comScore, a leading Internet measurement company, and reach more than 30% of the U.S. population every month. Our brands collectively have won more than 20 industry awards in the last year alone and, most recently, Dotdash was named Publisher of the Year by Digiday, a leading industry publication.

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