About Us

Zev and Eliza at the Great Wall

Welcome to zevandeliza.com! On November 5th, 2012 we left our cozy home and jobs in Washington DC to spend 14 months traveling the world, and set up this blog to document what will undoubtably be a life-changing year, keep friends and family informed and entertained, and maybe even inspire others to follow in our footsteps. Here’s a little more info about us. (N.B. Eliza’s bio was written by Zev, and Vice versa) attachments(1)

Eliza Quanbeck:

Eliza is a born-and-raised Southerner making her new home in New York. She is an avid cook, lover of history and art, and an instagram junkie. While in D.C., Eliza worked in marketing and is looking to jump back into it for a food-related company. Her travel resume includes a gap year spent in India, study and play (and eating) in France and The Netherlands, and, of course, Zev and Eliza’s Southeast Asian adventure in 2013.


Zev Lebowitz:

Zev is a ‘true’ New Yorker. He was born and raised on the Upper West Side and nurtured on bagels and lox and pastrami sandwiches. He spent summers at circus camp in rural Pennsylvania where he developed a reputation as a handyman and a whiz on the trapeze. So he’s a city slicker with some country chops. A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma you say? Yes, I say. After college, Zev’s dogged commitment to rationality and tireless analytical skills led him to a position at a consulting firm in Northern Virginia. In his spare time, Zev loves to roam markets and ethnic grocery stores as well as dissect recipes for the hows and whys of the culinary arts. There is no cooking project too big or too absurd for Zev to tackle (please refer to instagram @elizaq for photographic proof).

Zev & Eliza:

We met in our second year at the University of Virginia in 2007, and have survived each other’s company through three years in school and the last 2 years living and working in Washington DC. We caught the travel bug as a couple during a 9 week trip through Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia between graduation and moving to DC, and both left that experience thinking “9 weeks was great, but I could do longer.” Beyond simply traveling, we both decided that we wanted to spend a significant portion of our trip in one location to really take in the culture, food, and community of a place. After a couple months traveling in China and Myanmar, we’ll be volunteering at a socially and environmentally sustainable chocolate factory in Bali staring in January 2013. More info to come, please keep the Willy Wonka jokes to a minimum. We hope you enjoy the blog, and feel feel to reach out to us with questions, comments, travel suggestions, jokes, life-advice, recipes, or anything else through the comment section on each post, or via email at holleratus@zevandeliza.com.

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