Tag Archives: MNFoodBloggers

Favorite Foodie Blogs – Part 1

3 Jun

In Minnesota we are blessed with an abundance of great places to eat, wonderful seasonal farmers markets, and many, many food bloggers. I haven’t done my research, so I don’t know if Minnesota has an unusually high number of food bloggers or if it just seems that way since we have formed this posse of awesomeness called the #MNFoodBloggers group.

Below is my list of others that I read often and  am inspired by. They are in order of how I came across them or what I noted specifically about the person or the blog.

L>R Steph, Virginia, Lisa, Kate

  • Stephanie Meyers blog Fresh Tart was the first food blog I’d ever heard about. I’ve known Stephanie since I was nine years old and I remember when she started this “Food Blog” and I remember my father telling me about it with some uncertainty in his voice, like he wasn’t sure he was pronouncing the word ‘blog’ correctly. (Remember, it was like 1997 or something). Over the years I have periodically checked in on her blog, and as I have mentioned in earlier posts, she was my main motivation and inspiration to start my blog.

Keane of Food Stoned

  • The second blog I started to frequent was FoodStoned, after meeting Keane for the first time in February, shortly after beginning my blog, I was blown away by how many folks in the Twin Cities had  food blogs much less awesome people like Keane. I started reading Keane’s blog because his opinions of most foods/restaurants mirrored my own and we have similar personalities and humor. I found his blog was a great place to check if I wanted to try a new place, but wasn’t sure I’d like it. I’d check in with Keane to see if he’d been there and written about it. If he had, I would usually glean some inside info about what to order, or not order, etc. (if you like the first two I would suggest following @stephstoned on twitter, a parody account of these two bloggers not done by either, and hilarious!)

L>R Matt (Featured in part 2) Me and Kate

  • I’ve subsequently started reading many other food blogs focused more on recipes and eating healthy, and another favorite of mine is Kate in the Kitchen. Kate is very knowledgeable about food, an engaging writer and I always learn something when reading her posts. She also has a killer sense of humor and I think she’s another of my long-lost sisters. She is passionate and kind and her posts are thoughtful and engaging.

  • Speaking of healthy food, which is one of my passions, another great blogger is Jen & Co. I like Jen’s blog because she don’t make food seem presumptuous. She takes the time to explain why she uses the ingredients she does and gives a background of the foods she’s using in her recipes and why. She has inspired me to try to make some of the recipes on her site, and again, since I’m not the most ambitions in the kitchen, this is saying something.
  • Next up is Lisa and her blog Making Electricity. She’s a baker, something which I frequently attempt with very mixed success. She inspires me to want to bake better!

  • Eating for England is well, brilliant. Well written and funny. Angharad is very dedicated to her craft. I admire her care and attention to detail in her posts which in turn makes me want to read her updates and check her blog often. Plus when I read her posts in my head, I do so with a British accent. Sorry dear, it just happens!!
  • Roots and Zest. Virginia, what can I say? I love this woman! She’s a clever writer, hilarious person and one of the coolest moms I know.  Also, if there ever is a zombie apocalypse, I want her on my team.

These will be weekly for a while, until I exhaust my list of awesome food bloggers.

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MNFoodBloogers – Heidi’s Minneapolis

25 May

When I started my blog I really expected it to be all food focused, which it mostly is. What I never counted on was meeting a devoted, inspirational, fun group of people and forming a network of really close friends and fantastic people who I consider my food blogging peers.

These are some of the most encouraging, smartest, kindest, coolest people I have ever met, and I feel so lucky to be a part of this amazing group! Whenever I’m looking for ideas, encouragement or just curious about something my Food Blogger friends are there to help.

Now Heidi’s was fantastic, we had a multitude of bit sized deliciousness that ranged from curried lamb bites to blue cheese on a crostini, but of course I was so busy talking to everyone I completely neglected to take any photos of the food. We also had a few speciality drinks made including a ‘blond bombshell’ and a ‘Kate in the Kitchen’. The Kate had celery bitters as part of the recipe and was fantastic!

I haven’t eaten a full meal at Heidi’s but based on this gathering I can’t wait to go back. It was a great combination of savory and rich but not over the top. I really enjoyed the food and look forward to coming back soon.

And as always, I can’t wait for the next MNFoodBloggers gathering.