Eat with strangers, make money

Manuela Ribeiro has an addiction. It doesn’t involve drugs or alcohol, and it’s not even particularly unhealthy. It’s cooking. A few months ago, the 30-year-old teacher decided it was time to put her nearly-obsessive habit to good use. She signed up on the website Bookalokal, and now welcomes strangers into her Brussels flat twice a week for lavish dinner parties. Ribeiro charges roughly 35 euros ($37) per person for what is usually a three-course meal that can last up to three hours. For Ribeiro, it’s become the perfect platform to monetise her money-guzzling obsession with buying food, trying out new recipes and organising dinner parties (continue reading on BBC).


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