The Dash and Dine: How I took off with an idea and landed with a plan

Let’s explore together! (Photo by Wild About You Photography)

After ten years working for The Offbeat Empire (shout out to Offbeat Bride and Offbeat Home!) I realized that it was time to move on and “do my own thing.” But wtf is “my own thing”? I knew I wanted to continue to have a space to share things with readers old and new, I knew I wanted a job that I could do anywhere in the world. But what other website would be as fun, or let me curse and act a fool as much as The Empire did?

About a week before my two weeks was up I found myself wandering back and forth in the Atlanta airport alongside my husband Mike (we were trying to get in as many Fitbit steps as we could before takeoff). We’d just had a disappointing airport breakfast where we discussed awesome honeymoon possibilities. Which lead me to started wondering “what the hell am I going to do with my life next?”

And then, as I was Googling honeymoon tips for Copenhagen, and finding unhelpful travel and lifestyle blog post after unhelpful travel and lifestyle blog post, it hit me…

I could combine our passions for traveling, food, and traveling for food to create an actually helpful travel and lifestyle blog!

Me and Mike in Colorado on our first “travel for food” adventure

I started trying to figure out what I’d call this thing. I wanted it to combine food and travel, obviously, but also be fun and not too nichey. I started thinking of restaurant words, and dining cliches. Which lead me to think of “dine and dash” (which was something my darling husband was actually arrested for back in his college days!) — It’s eating and, well, traveling combined. Although if you flip it, it’s literally what we love to do: Go on foodie adventures.

By the time we landed The Dash and Dine had become this awesome space where we could share our travel tips, favorite restaurants, and celebrate the act of eating and enjoying life. I decided to start my own actually helpful lifestyle blog (but without the style — I leave that to more fashionable folk).

Start scrolling through our archives of past travel and food-related posts (most have been slurped up from my personal site and former food blog) and we can’t wait to bring you along on our future adventures as well!

Megan Finley Horowitz

I’m a part-time writer, editor, and full-time eater from Los Angeles. I live with my husband/travel partner and our senior chihuahua and grumpy-ass cat.



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