It’s been a month since we started the The Great Food, Wine & Beverage Bloggers article where each Sunday, South Florida Food and Wine will spotlight a “Great Food, Wine & Beverage Blogger who contributes insightful and humorous food, wine and beverage experiences making our world a better place to eat and drink.
Most bloggers choose to remain anonymous, no photos, no real name. This lends itself to fair and unbiased writing, critiquing and reporting of one’s chosen topic. These bloggers have some sort of logo or icon if you will symbolizing their presence. Once you become a “follower” of these mysterious writers you become engaged and enthralled with what they have to say; sometimes you agree, sometimes not, but you’re always entertained. To have the opportunity to meet one of these logo’d beings creates an excitement within, this sort of a celebrity-esque enigma has been created by simply writing words; words people find fascinating, words people get “blogger-struck” over. This weeks’ blogger in the spotlight was once a clandestine writer but after travelling with photographer-extraordinaire Carlos Millerhis logo has been exposed and he is no longer the silhouette on his brand but the actual symbol of his brand. He is our very own local Miami celebrity writer of the burger world, true, consistent, endearing and charming (like his favorite place, Charm City Burger Co.) dear readers I present to you Burger Beast.
SFFW: How did you start food blogging?
Burger Beast: Marcela (my wife) suggested I write about my love affair with burgers.
SFFW: Do you do anything else other than blog about burgers?
Burger Beast: I manage a retail store.
SFFW: What is the most challenging thing about blogging?
Burger Beast: Hoping that what you think is interesting will translate via your writing to others.
SFFW: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from blogging for you?
Burger Beast: I don’t know about opportunity but I’ve definitely met a lot of great people I would not have met otherwise.
SFFW: What is your most memorable blogging moment?
Burger Beast: When someone left a comment and I realized I didn’t know the person.
SFFW: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
Burger Beast: Believe it or not. Some authentic Mexican food might not be too bad of an idea.
SFFW: What super-action-figure-hero would you like to be and why?
Burger Beast: Boris The Bear, because he hates trendy things.
SFFW: Do you have any wacky cooking habits?
Burger Beast: Not really other than I like listening to music (but that’s not wacky).
SFFW: What is the best food advice you have to share?
Burger Beast: No matter how similar your food tastes are to someone else, don’t assume they’ll love a dish as much as you do.
SFFW: What is your one obsessive kitchen habit?
Burger Beast: Cleaning what I dirty as I cook. It drives me crazy to see a mess building while I’m trying to cook something.
SFFW: If you could choose to be any food, what would it be?
Burger Beast: A potato.
SFFW: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
Burger Beast: A whole bunch of sauces (none expired) and Coca Cola.
SFFW: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your cupboard?
Burger Beast: Any noodle that can be tossed in a sauce at a moment’s notice.
SFFW: What is your beverage of choice?
Burger Beast: Coca Cola, hands down. Fountain Soda preferred with Mini Coke Glass Bottles a close second.
SFFW: What is your favorite comfort food?
Burger Beast: Mac n’ Cheese, bet you thought I’d say burgers.
SFFW: What is your culinary claim to fame?
Burger Beast: That I have a very deep dark obsession with hamburgers.
SFFW: What is in your kitchen junk drawer?
Burger Beast: Actually, there’s so much in there that I can’t get into it sometimes.
SFFW: What is the best culinary gift you ever received?
Burger Beast: Coolest is definitely my magnetic knife strip.
SFFW: What kitchen chore do you dislike the most?
Burger Beast: Cleaning dishes.
SFFW: What is the most exotic food you have ever eaten and where?
Burger Beast: Exotic I don’t do but I did try alligator at Gatorland.
SFFW: What is the most bizarre thing you ever did with food?
Burger Beast: Well, c’mon I can’t talk about that but it involves a horseshoe and a banana, just kidding.