#Meettheblogger behind On My Kitchen Counter at #FBC15!

Big warm welcome to Candida, NYC blogger in London behind On My Kitchen Counter (@cmdafonseca)! She loves to cook, eat and learn about food and will be joining the ranks of the Alumni this #FBC15!


What are you looking forward to learning and enjoying at FBC this year?
I’m looking forward to getting insights from very successful bloggers, meeting lots of people and coming home with a ton of new ideas. It’ll be my first FBC and I’m very excited for it!



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?

My full time job is as a content editor and writer, but I’d love to one day make my blog, or another food-related business, my full time work. I’m from the US originally but have been living in the UK for 4 years, and I really love it here! I haven’t worked with brands so far, but I think I could use a little practice in getting my name out there. I also want to be careful about who I collaborate with, so as not to alienate my readers.


What first motivated you to blog and how has blogging changed your life? 
I thought about blogging about food for quite a while before I started, but I was intimidated at the prospect of running out of things to say. Finally I jumped in and luckily I haven’t had a problem.


From where do you get inspiration for your blog posts?
I get inspiration from all sorts of places, sometimes it’s trips I’ve been on, other times it’s meals I’ve had at restaurants, and sometimes they come as requests from readers for specific recipes or styles!


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What’s your signature dish?
I make a mean mac & cheese, and I love trying all sorts of variations, both vegetarian and non, and I make it as bites, full sized bowls, baked, not baked… you name it, but it’s always gooey, cheesy and loaded with flavor.


How do you shop for food – supermarkets, farmer market, local shops, online etc?
I try to get as much as I can from veg box schemes or markets, and I would love to get to a point where I can buy everything from local producers, though it would probably be hard for me to give up avocados!


What are your thoughts on the decline of supermarkets and the future of our grocery shopping habits?
I have a lot of things to say about the decline of supermarkets – probably more than I can squeeze in here, but it’s something that I would always be interested in having a chat about.

What’s your idea of food hell?
For me, food hell is being stuck somewhere that only offers overly salty fast food. I just can’t do it.


My Paris Kitchen, by David LebovitzHow many cookbooks do you own? What attributes make a good cookbook for you? What cookbooks have you added to your collection recently? Which cookbook do you return to time and time again?
I don’t have many cookbooks, surprisingly, but my favorites are those that tell a story and put you in a time and place… but also give you recipes that are easy to make at home. I love to learn about where different recipes and ingredients come from, and for me the best cookbooks offer that. My most recent favorite is My Paris Kitchen, by David Lebovitz. He’s an amazing inspiration to food bloggers, and does such a fantastic job of writing in an approachable and interesting way.


How is your lifestyle shaped by food?
A lot more of my life is shaped by food than I should probably admit. It comes into planning holidays, what I do on a given day, and even the neighborhood I work in! I am always on the lookout for interesting shops, or places where I can support a small business and get involved in more local food, and I love scoping out new and novel places to eat, whether it’s a hot new restaurant in Soho or a falafel stall in Shepherds Bush.



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