Behind the Blogger Spotlight: Hungry Couple
Continuing with our series, this week we meet Anita from Hungry Couple. Anita is a personal friend of mine; so I can truthfully say that she has a kind heart, a pretty face, flawless photography talent, impeccable taste and her Ultimate Macaroni Salad is unmatched! Also, her sense of humor never fails to bring a smile to my face.
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Anita is also the Middle Eastern Food Expert at About.com
CHECK OUT ALL OF ANITA’S YUM GOGGLE POSTS HERE: Hungry Couple
How long have you been blogging?
Five years but, seriously for three years and as a business for one year.
Why do you blog?
I’ve always been a cook and a writer. Blogging brings together two of my creative outlets in my own little space on the web and I love it.
How did you come up with the name of your blog?
The Mr. and I were looking for a project to do together and, since we both loved eating out, we decided to call the blog Hungry Couple and write restaurant reviews together.
What do you wish that you had done early on with your blog that you didn’t understand until later?
I’ve thought a lot about this but the truth is that it was all a learning process. Everything I learned led to something else or to some new skill and it all built up to what I have now. If I wish anything it would be that I’d known about blogging 10 years earlier but otherwise, I am where I am with my blog because I grew into it. And the same can probably be said about most things in life. There are very few shortcuts.
Do you have any advice for new bloggers?
Open the manual to your camera, even if it’s just a point & shoot, and read it thoroughly. Then practice all the settings until you truly understand your camera. We eat with our eyes first.
What is your favorite recipe on your blog and why?
The 1770 House Brisket is my favorite despite the lousy photography in the post. It’s a dish I adapted from one of our favorite restaurants because it was one of the best things we’d ever tasted. I emailed the chef and begged for the recipe, which he kindly gave me, and I surprised the Mr. with it for Valentine’s Day. It’s not a quick dish to make but it’s worth every bit of time and it remains the ultimate “special occasion” meal. Here’s the recipe: Mouthwatering Brisket
Name a few of your favorite blogs
I almost hate to answer this question because there are so many wonderful blogs and I wish I had the time to read them all every day. I’m drawn to stunning photography, interesting recipes and to blogs that include many types of posts – food, lifestyle, travel, etc. I love getting to know the writer behind the blog. This is a seriously abbreviated list of some special blogs:
If you were a fruit or vegetable, which would it be and why?
Favorite band or singer?
I like a lot of different kinds of music but I have a soft spot for fellow New Yorker Billy Joel.
Way too many favorites to choose but I tend to favor dramas over other genres!
Anything else you would like to share about your blog – please feel free to write as much or as little as you want!
My blog is always a work in progress. It lives and breathes and changes over time, as I change. I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve tweaked it and even though I love it right now, I have no doubt I will tweak it again. There’s actually only one thing that’s never changed and that’s the banner photo of apples. I took that photo while we were apple picking one year and it’s symbolic to me. I live in beautiful New York State, a huge apple producer, and so the photo has meaning. Sometimes I wonder if I should have a logo designed but then I’d have to replace the apples and, well…the apples are staying.