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1. What is the name of your blog? 2 Dine For Houston
2. Could you describe your blog in one sentence? A He Said/She Said journey on a Houston culinary adventure.
3. How did you get into food blogging? Jed: After a frustration with the existing options of restaurant review websites. Erika: We fell into it. We were sitting around our kitchen table one day and were frustrated by the lack of unbiased restaurant review sites. All the major sites we found in Houston seemed biased and cluttered- it was impossible to tell who was a restaurant owner, disgruntled employee, or just a plain old angry customer. We thought “we can do this,” and “this could be fun,” and “wouldn’t it be cool to do this same format not only in Houston, but eventually in other cities as well.” From that point on, 2 Dine For was born. He thinks he thought of the name, and I think I thought of the name. Regardless, it’s a blast and we’ve been doing a review per week in Houston since November, 2010. We don’t consider ourselves food critics or even foodies- I guess we are now, but we started as just a regular newlywed couple that likes to dine out.
4. What’s the toughest part of writing about food? Jed: Not using the same adjectives. Erika: I think reviewing new restaurants is tough. You want to be honest, but you know they just haven’t yet gotten the food down pat. It’s that delicate balance of trying to be forgiving, but knowing that your readers are counting on your honest, straightforward opinion.
5. What’s been your favorite food moment? Jed: Eating Chicken & Waffles at The Breakfast Klub while listening to Gospel music on a Sunday morning. Erika: If you mean since we started blogging, I think it was when we walked into a local BBQ joint called the Brisket House and saw that the owner had framed our restaurant review on the wall. That, and the first time we actually discovered their food. It’s some of the best BBQ in town…the ribs are unbelievable and the sauce is the best I’ve ever tasted.
6. Do you have a top restaurant? If so, what’s the name and is there an item you generally order? Jed: Ibiza – Appetizer with Local Goat Cheese, Morcilla Sausage, and Roasted Yellow Beets. Erika: Oh, we both LOVE Ibiza. We order small plates galore- they beets with chorizo is unreal, and the shrimp on cornbread is 2-die-for too.
7. What’s one U.S. city you’d travel to just for the food? Jed: New Orleans Erika: San Fransisco
8. Is there a food you absolutely despise? Jed: Scallops Erika: I hate donuts. Hate. Supposedly my mom ate multiple donuts every day when she was pregnant with me.
9. What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever eaten? Jed: Half a jar of pickled herring after a long night of drinking, needless to say it didn’t end well. Erika: A fried worm and cricket from a local market in Vietnam.
10. Are you more likely to stick with what you know, or do you try something new each time? Jed: Definitely try something new. Erika: Actually, I’m more likely to stick to what I like and then compare that dish all over Houston. I like a lot of different foods though.