This week’s food blogger in the spotlight is a long time Miami blogger; you could almost say she is the ‘godmother of food blogging’ in South Florida.
Our very own Paula Niño of mango&lime has been penning about her food and eating passions since 2006, (which calculated in dog years is something like 47!). mango&lime’s staying power and significance to food blogging is second to none in a hotbed of the talented and the not so talented. Paula is a food enthusiast, not a critic, not a professional chef but an adoring devotee of all things food and eating in Miami. Paula exudes an eloquent excitement about her topics sharing her experiences and stories with readers across the globe. It is with great pleasure and an honor that I am able to shine the spotlight on the ‘godmother of food blogging’ in Miami, Paula Niño of mango&lime.
SFFW: How did you start food blogging?
mango&lime: In 2006, a friend who used to be my editor sent me a link to a food blog in California. He knew that I liked food and that I was in somewhat of a rut so he suggested I create my own blog. I let the thought simmer for some time but I decided to look around and realized that Miami had very little in the way of food blogs. It was Sunday afternoon and I just threw myself into it.
SFFW: Do you do anything else other than blog about food-wine-beverage?
mango&lime: I used to have a demanding full-time job. Now I’m a freelance writer and conference producer – and a much happier person.
SFFW: What is the most challenging thing about blogging?
mango&lime: Posting regularly. I’ve had long hiatuses in my blog. When I was planning my wedding last year, it seemed like all my brain could handle was that and my long hours at work. Lately I’ve been more constant and I’m trying hard to keep it that way.
SFFW: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from blogging for you?
mango&lime: Meeting like-minded people, sharing amazing meals with many of them and learning more about food every day.
SFFW: What is your most memorable blogging moment?
mango&lime: Seeing my blog mentioned in the New York Times ’09 winter travel magazine.
SFFW: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
mango&lime: A combination of home-cooked dishes. My mom’s coconut rice and my husband’s pancakes would definitely be on the menu.
SFFW: Do you have any wacky cooking habits?
mango&lime: Aside from making a mess?
SFFW: What is the best food advice you have to share?
mango&lime: Be open to trying new things and have fun. That goes for cooking and eating.
SFFW: What is your one obsessive kitchen habit?
mango&lime: Telling my dogs to get out of the kitchen.
SFFW: If you could choose to be any food, what would it be?
mango&lime: Butter! It makes everything taste better.
SFFW: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
mango&lime: Depends on the day. Right now, beer, eggs, cheese, Greek yogurt, milk, kumquats, strawberries and some veggies. On some days you’ll be lucky to find anything aside from water and beer.
SFFW: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your cupboard?
SFFW: What is your beverage of choice?
SFFW: What is your favorite comfort food?
mango&lime: Rice. I love it in almost every form.
SFFW: What is your culinary claim to fame?
mango&lime: Does “catering” a friend’s art show opening in college count? My kitchen looked like a war zone but it didn’t turn out so bad.
SFFW: What kitchen chore do you dislike the most?
mango&lime: Putting away groceries. I love shopping for them but I wish they could walk themselves into place.
SFFW: What is the most exotic food you have ever eaten and where?
mango&lime: Cock’s combs at Casa Mono in New York. Or maybe the fried worms I ate in Mexico.