Meet Mel’s Vittles – Joining #FBC15 from Portugal!

It’s a joy to introduce you to Megan Melling the blogger behind Mel’s Vittles who will be joining #FBC15 all the way from Portugal this year.

MelWhat are you looking forward to learning and enjoying at FBC this year?

The lab classes are a huge tool for me to develop as a blogger.

Is blogging your full time job? If not, what is your day job? Tell us a bit about what you get up to when you’re not working on your blog – your work, family life, projects, hobbies…Would you like to become a full time blogger and focus your professional career in this area? How do you think brands could work better with bloggers? How would you describe your relationship with bloggers and industry folk?

I am a cook, a food enthusiast and a happy epicurean who has lived in Portugal since 1994. I started blogging in11937046_880753282012551_3788084453424986675_o June 2014 becauseI I fell in love with food photography and decided to take advantage of my portuguese heritage and share it in online edible format to everyone out there who wants to get to know our culture a little better. I enjoy following other blogs – it’s how I got inspired to start my own in the first place. I can see myself doing this as a full time job, but for now, I still have much to see, do and learn so I will keep my blog as a passion.

Brands are a very useful tools for bloggers to get themselves out there. I personally enjoy working with local products for mutual publicity – it really works and I enjoy getting to know new people and their products!

From where do you get inspiration for your blog posts?
The first blog I started to follow was Yammie’s Noshery – delish recipes, amusing writing and cool photography tips.

My main inspiration is Food52 – I discovered so many interesting bloggers like Local Milk and Little Upside Down Cake. Food52 never fails to impress me – specially when it concerns bacon related articles. Locally I have followed Nelson Carvalheiro – our prized food&travel blogger has just written a book called The Portuguese Travel Cookbook – I am looking forward to reading it! Heléne Dujardin has also been my hero, her photos are beautiful and her book – Plate to Pixel – is very well written and a huge inspiration for my shoots.

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What are your thoughts on the future of TV? Particularly, what are your thoughts on vlogging? What would your ideal youtube channel cover? 

Vlogging should be used as a tool, not as the main content.

I would like to introduce some cooking videos into my blog, but I prefer writing and photographing.

upside-cakeWhat’s your signature dish?

My Carob Genoise .

Finish this sentence: “For me, the ultimate food heaven is …”What’s your idea of food hell?

Packaged food – anything fresh is good.

How do you shop for food – supermarkets, farmer market, local shops, online etc?

I have not shopped for eggs, vegetables and most fruit for 8 years, I get all of that from my farm.

You’re given the opportunity to cook for anyone – dead or alive, real or fictional, chef, celebrity, royalty, public figure – anyone! Who would it be and why?

If I could cook for anyone, it would be Anthony Bourdain. He is also my fave celebrity chef and food writer – he reminds me of Bill Bryson, if he had attended culinary school and became a foodie expert!

Which cookbook do you return to time and time again?

Harold McGee – On Food and Cooking – My Kitchen Bible! I also own Modernist Cuisine and a great passion, that I always go back to, is Bouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller.

Do you have a favourite kitchen tool or appliance – either a new addition or a trusted old favourite?  What’s on your wish-list right now? 

A whisk and a microplane. I have always wanted a Kitchen aid and a vacum sealer!im-going-to

What other influences or interests would you say make for a great food blog – travel, fashion, tech, lifestyle? To achieve a successful blog what comes first – the dishes, the styling, the photography or the words?

Lifestyle and ingredient quality. Everything counts for a successful blog, but most importantly of all is to show passion in what you post, and a tad of personality.


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