This week in Food Blogger Spotlight: Meet Adam J. Holland from The Unorthodox Epicure: Confessions of an Aspiring Food Snob. He’s funny and smart – you are going to LOVE this entertaining and informative interview.
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How long have you been blogging?
My first post was on June 11, 2011. So, almost five years now.
Why do you blog?
I’m a professional writer. I began my website for family and a few friends and made it public so that I would (be forced to) meet my personal deadlines. I blog to share my stories. I’m not sure anyone cares — actually, I have only 15 followers — but it’s fun.
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
If I remember correctly, I came up with it after sipping a quart of single malt Scotch. Once I registered the name, there was no turning back. Too bad for me, since most people can’t spell it.
What do you wish that you had done early on with your blog that you didn’t understand until later?
I wish I’d come up with a blog name during a sober state. But I seriously wish Yum Goggle was around back then.
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
My advice to new bloggers is this — do it for you and no one else. Also, know that everyone (and I mean everyone) eats a hot dog or hits up the local hamburger joint now and again. Hey, Marlena Deitrich admitted that hot dogs and Champagne were the bomb. So, don’t hop onto a culinary high horse. (This is really the whole theme of my own blog.)
What is your favorite recipe on your blog and why?
Rule number one: if I don’t love it, I don’t share it. They’re all my favorites, but I’m particular to anything that includes the words “hot dog” or “okra” because they are what will be served in Heaven.
Name a few of your favorite blogs.
***Adam misunderstood this question but I loved his first answer as much as the second so I left in both – if you read it, you won’t be sorry****
My favorite blog is also the saddest one. It’s about our daughter, who succumbed to meth and gave up her child. It was my 86th Confession and the strange thing is, I wrote it for others who might be overcome by guilt, yet I received dozens of responses from people who were thinking of us. There are a lot of really nice people in the world.
I misunderstood the question about my favorite blog. Oops! Here’s my list of faves (I always liked yours, but it would seem odd to include it on the list … unless you don’t think so. If not, please add it.) – ****I added it! ***
And there are many others that I read on a daily basis.
If you were a fruit or vegetable, which would it be and why?
I would probably be a big old head of lettuce, because I have the big head.
Favorite band or singer?
Depends of the day. Right now I’m listening to Ray LaMontagne. But I’m a huge Foo Fighters fan. I’ve also listened to Willie and Johnny Cash since my alarm went off this morning.
Another difficult question. If I were on an island with a VCR (showing my age) I’d like to bring along ‘Lonesome Dove,’ ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and ‘Pulp Fiction.’ Also, I’d make sure to pack my ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ boxed set.
Anything else you would like to share about your blog – please feel free to write as much or as little as you want!
I really just want to diss Martha Stewart. Anytime you see a recipe on my blog, it’s the fourth or fifth version. While I appreciate her fake New England accent, just know that she’s never produced her birth certificate and she might not even be an American citizen.