Romance in the Public Sphere with Leiti Hsu

Leiti Hsu


Nowadays, working in the food world does not equal a private life. Chefs are no longer chained to their stoves, critics have lost their anonymity, and writers can’t hide behind their computer screens. Instead, we all charge our Instagram posts and Twitter feeds with salacious words and images, paired with hashtags that will get us even more exposure. But how does this affect dating and finding love?


On today’s show, Jacqueline and Ben discuss how exploring relationships on Love Bites is affecting their emotional hunt for something real, and how Jacqueline describes what she does to prospective dates without giving too much away, since she’s unavoidably oh-so-Google-able.

Do you Google your date before the date?

Then the team is joined by Leiti Hsu, the host of Heritage’s Word of Mouth and a culinary connector who’s gone beyond food writing to connect big brands and startups with people in the hospitality field. How does she navigate dating when she travels so much and spends a vast majority of her time with food royalty?

Finally, the team shares something they read / ate / drank / saw and listened to this week in the dating and food fields, all the while sipping an American-made Brut from New Mexican winemakers David and Michael Robinov of Gruet, sent over by the team at Farm to Table, an online specialty market bringing the best of local, small-batch and artisan products right to your door.

About Leiti Hsu

Leiti Hsu is a culinary connector, journalist, and advisor to big brands and startups. In 2015, she co-founded Journy, where experts in food and travel share their own stories and curate unique travel experiences for guests. She’s worked clients including Twitter, Unilever, Cover, Sosh, Plated and Thrillist, and is the host of WORD OF MOUTH here on Heritage Radio Network, talking love, fear, business and pleasure with chefs and restaurateurs.

You can find Leiti on Twitter and Instagram as @leitihsu, you can find Word Of Mouth on Instagram as @wordofmouth and on Twitter using the hashtag #WOMNoms, and You can check out Journy at , and on Twitter and Instagram as @gojourny.

About Our Wine Sponsor

Farm To People is a premier online specialty market dedicated to showcasing local, small-batch artisanal makers and their original products. Founded by father-and-son duo David and Michael Robinov — who together bring over 30 years of experience in the organic food movement to their business — Farm To People delivers products right to customers’ doorsteps, facilitating a more transparent and personal food system. Every product is made using wholesome, sustainable ingredients without anything artificial, GMO, or inhumanely raised.

The Farm To People team has now partnered with Flatiron Wines & Spirits, a world-class boutique wine shop in Manhattan, to bring customers only the best American-grown-and-produced vintages.

Today’s Gruet, Brut “Methode Champenoise”, is made by a French family in New Mexico, who have achieved a remarkably Champagne-tasting wine in an unlikely environment. It retails on Farm to Table for $17.99 a bottle. More at

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