2. Could you describe your blog in one sentence? The Small Boston Kitchen is my outlet for creating, writing and photographing my recipes created in my small city kitchen. The Skinny Beet is my blog for my personal chef/catering business.
3. How did you get into food blogging? In December of 2009, I was working in a corporate job and not happy about it. I just had this feeling that I belonged in the kitchen and I knew I wanted to make a career out of my love for food, but I wanted to learn more first. My blog gave me an outlet to learn more and get creative with food, on my own terms. It also got me connected with others which got me even thinking further about what the right fit for me would be. In January 2010, I started culinary school and haven’t looked back.
4. What’s the toughest part of writing about food? Agonizing over the editing! I’ll write something and then erase it because I’ll think I’ve come up with a better way of describing things. This has been known to happen hours after a post is already published, sometimes even days later.
5. What’s been your favorite food moment? I met and fell in love with my boyfriend/business partner over a series of weekly burger lunch dates and because of it, the humble burger holds a special place in my heart. I like to think that this is proof that food really can bring people together.
6. Do you have a top restaurant? If so, what’s the name and is there an item you generally order? I’ve lately been obsessed with Garlic ‘n Lemons in Allston. The flavors are all so bright and fresh and they have such a great variety of items that I love. When I’m there, I usually gravitate towards the spicy chicken or a vegetarian platter. No matter what I get, I always have their Baba Ganoush. It’s addictingly rich and smoky.
7. What’s one U.S. city you’d travel to just for the food? I’d really love to try out some hot southern BBQ cities – Memphis being at the top of my list.
8. Is there a food you absolutely despise? I’m a New Englander and do not like seafood. And yes, all seafood. I’ve tried it time and again, different varieties and I just can’t get into it. I also hate mayonnaise. There’s just something about it that is so off-putting to me.
9. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten? This past summer I had camel, kangaroo and beef heart tartare. The camel wasn’t my favorite, it was sort of tough and gristly. I liked the kangaroo, it was lean and had sort of a beef-like taste, but with a subtle sweetness to it. Beef heart was delicious and not unlike regular beef tartar, just a little softer and more refined.
10. Are you more likely to stick with what you know, or do you try something new each time? I love trying new things but I still have my favorite standbys too. I’m also a huge fan of splitting things when I go out to eat, especially when I’m at a new restaurant. That way I get to try a couple things from one place.