Meet Rachita Agarwal: Our 1st Brand Influencer!

When we first started BestBite, we came in with the idea to not only showcase local food from some of the best spots in the city but also highlight the stories behind them. What country is the dish from? Who opened that restaurant and why? What was the chef’s inspiration for making this industry their career? What is this restaurant’s most popular dish and why? Far too often we hear about the amazing food a place dishes out but we never know their success story or the person/people behind it all.

Now that it’s 2018, here at BestBite, we wanted to stay true to our focus on building a social community and take it up a notch! As you may have noticed, Philly’s foodie Instagram population has sky-rocketed over the past 5 years. Allow us to introduce the beautiful face behind one of them and one of our first BestBite Brand Influencers! Rachita Agarwal (or you may be familiar with her handle @trufflesandtakeout), has only been in the city for just a few years now but has seriously embraced the culinary scene. Having an immense passion for travel, Rachita seems to be constantly planning her next adventure. Having visited places like Morocco, Austria, Beijing, Mexico, Budapest, etc., her passion for travel has greatly influenced her excitement to experiment with new cuisines around the world.

As a Brand Influencer, Rachita is going to be contributing to @BestBite‘s Instagram handle with of all her delicious treats. So, if you haven’t already, please do give her a follow! I met with Rachita for lunch one day at The Ugly Duckling near 11th & Walnut (FYI – gotta try to “Duck Fries“). I asked her a few “get to know you” questions for you all so you can read about who really is behind @TrufflesandTakeout. Hope you enjoy it!

Tell us about yourself!

  • My name is Rachita Agarwal and I have been food-obsessed for a long time! I grew up reading cookbooks and food magazines and watching Rachel Ray and Emeril Lagasse on the Food Network. My other passions include travel and photography. I’ve visited 19 countries and counting. I am currently pursuing my MBA at Temple University.  

What was the inspiration behind starting your foodie account @trufflesandtakeout?

  • The idea started back in 2015 when I followed a few NYC food Instagram accounts to get ideas for an upcoming trip. I was already inundating my regular Instagram account with food posts and taking inspiration from the NYC accounts, so I decided to make my own dedicated account. I was throwing around ideas with my sister and she came up with the name @trufflesandtakeout. It comes from the idea that I like to eat and showcase all types of food from the high end (i.e. truffles) to the mundane (i.e. takeout). 

What does being a “foodie” mean to you?

  • It means being passionate about experiencing the sensory pleasures of life by eating and drinking. It means going on an adventure to try a new cuisine and having an ever-growing bucket list of restaurants. It means connecting with complete strangers and learning their stories over a good meal. 

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

  • Raw eel sushi at a conveyor belt sushi counter in Tokyo, Japan!

If you could only have one dish for the rest of your life, what would it be?

  • Chicken Shawarma (extra spicy!)

What are your top 3 must-have ingredients in your kitchen?

  • Herbs/Spices – everything from fresh basil to dried blends like herbs de provence and garam masala.
  • Cheese – I always have at least three kinds of cheese in the fridge. Adds great flavor and saltiness to many dishes. 
  • Rao’s Arrabbiata Sauce – The best-jarred pasta sauce in the market. I use it for pasta, lasagna, even as a replacement for crushed tomatoes in other recipes. 

What’s your favorite hidden gem in Philadelphia (food or drink spot)?

  • Xiandu Thai on 12th and Walnut. Excellent Thai fusion food and yummy cocktails plus BYOB on certain nights. 

If you could take a flight tomorrow for any cuisine, where would you travel to and why?

  • Tuscany, Italy. I’ve been once before and I loved the wine, olive oil, and fresh pasta. Simple Italian cooking with fantastic vineyard views. And the gelato!!

How do you see BestBite growing the food and foodie community here in Philly?

  • BestBite brings together people from different backgrounds to commune over a great meal. The BestBite events allow people to not only try new restaurants or cuisines but also to learn the stories of the restaurants, chefs, and owners. BestBite gives people the opportunity to be an active participant in their food/dining experience. 

Thanks so much for reading and be sure to follow Rachita and her #BestBite adventures at @TruffleandTakeout and @BestBite!