Every so often, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.
Meet today's featured blogger and blog:
More than anything, travel inspires me in my cooking and food writing. No matter where my husband and I go, we plan virtually the entire trip around food. I firmly believe that if you really want to understand a culture, the first thing you should do is learn about – and of course taste! – the food. When I get back home, I can’t wait to try to recreate the flavors and dishes I’ve experienced, often putting my own twist on them.
In my blog, I’ve talked about eating my way through Budapest and Vienna and the foods I’ve cooked as a result of my travels, like lángos (Hungarian deep fried pizza) or beans in pumpkin seed cream, a recipe that a Viennese chef graciously shared with me.
Sometimes I get excited to cook dishes from places I’ve never been, like my take on Korean fusion tacos from Los Angeles or spicy Kenyan curried fish. Last year, I looked to the past for inspiration when I cooked and blogged about a different Medieval dish for 12 successive days during the holiday season. By the end, I really questioned my sanity!
But, travel doesn’t have to mean going on a long trip. I can go to my local farmers market and discover something new and fresh – which is how I came up with my gooseberry tartlet recipe – or experience a cultural festival like Latino Fest that makes me want to approach cooking in a whole different way.
Since I launched Tasty Trix a little over a year ago, I’ve started taking culinary classes, worked for a professional chef and landed a job as a professional food writer with a local magazine, the 'Urbanite.' I feel incredibly lucky to get paid to write about something I love so much! But my blog will always be my baby, because that’s where I get to share my personal culinary journey and discoveries with others through recipes, photos and stories.
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