I can’t wait to meet fellow bloggers and look forward to listening to guest speakers’ insights on blogging.
What motivated you to blog about food and how has food blogging changed your life?
Like most food & travel bloggers, I love to travel, eat, and share by discoveries. My husband and I left for a 6 month trip and Paris stint, which provided me with a perfect excuse to finally start blogging. Since most of my money goes to food and travel anyways, blogging has allowed me to keep doing so while sharing my passion with other like-minded people out there.
Do you blog full time or, if not, what’s your day job? What does your family/partner think of your blog?
Not yet (!) but I am working towards and hope that I can make my blog love into something bigger. After a few years in advertising agency life, I’m currently working as a communications and marketing consultant, one of my major clients is the family business – an important Montreal area construction company. My husband is my #1 supporter (and unofficial agent) for the blog. We do all of our travels together, and he often takes control of the camera. He also bears with my sometimes excessive time spent in the kitchen and doing food photography.
What are your future aspirations for the blog? From where do you get inspiration and who taught you to cook?
I want my blog to become a food and travel reference for travelers considering a trip to Montreal, and for Montrealers looking for fun times within the city and around it.
Which other food bloggers do you follow most closely? Tell us something you learned from reading blogs you probably wouldn’t know otherwise?
I follow a lot – My top 3 are: Rocket and Squash; Edward has a wonderful layout, publishes regularly and I absolutely love his writing. He’s an inspiration for his thorough style, excellent writing and tone. I also find that his critiquing is always nuanced and (seems) just. Even though I don’t live in London and rarely get the chance to visit, I take the time to read his reviews out of sheer pleasure. Eat Like a Girl; Niamh is an established blogger (celebrating her 6th year) and I appreciate her relaxed approach and honest tone. She has great photos and takes her writing makes her readers feel like they participate in her travls and in her kitchen. Pepper.ph: This Philppines blog is also within my “top three”. I see it as a reference for my blog’s potential growth. Pepper.ph works with a team and has organized, frequent, fun and visually pleasing graphic and photo content. I like the humour, and the philippino twist on various international foods inspires me to use and discover new foreign ingredients and gives me innovative ideas. Pepper.ph is my GQ of food – in the best sense.
What’s your favourite/least favourite food? What’s been your ultimate meal to date? And what would your last meal be?
Favourite food: This is hard to answer since I’m satisfied by different things at different times – ie. cold winter dishes, delicious and fresh summer foods, late night craving or greasy breakfast. If my favourite is one that transcends seasons, mood and time of day, I think I would say sweetbreads. I’ve had them for breakfast on waffles, for dinner, lunch, and they always make me happy! Ultimate meal to date: Lighlty battered sweetbreads on thick homemade waffles with chives and spicy Maple syrup. Yes. My last meal would be poutine and a large rare steak seasoned with Montreal steak spice and fresh horseradish.
I own at least 20 cookbooks. My favourite celebrity chef is a tie between Eric Dupuis (Montreal chef and friend) for his humble attitude, spot on cooking, teacher skills and killer kitchen management knowledge – and Nigella Lawson for her home making and journalistic swagg. My favourite food writer is Diana Henry. I read her cookbooks in the bathtub, before bed and in the bus – in addition to using them in the kitchen! I dream to meet with her some day.
What’s your signature dish?
Peppery braised pork – soon to come on my blog. Cheap and delicious. Will make your mouth water.
Do you have a favourite kitchen tool/appliance? What’s the hottest item on your shopping list? (can be current foodie favourite or a desired gadget/book etc)
The kitchen tool that I need the most is a mandoline! And I dream of acquiring a professionnal Kitchen Aid pastry machine to make bread and pastries.
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