I discovered this week’s blogger in the spotlight by following him on twitter. He’s funny, quick and right to the point; the only mincing you get with him would be with garlic. After following him on Twitter I met him at a Dim Sum Bunch in Miami and true to form what you read is what you get with Blind Tastes. Some bloggers don’t reveal their true personality or it just doesn’t come out in their writing but Blind Tastes has me constantly laughing if not in his posts definitely in his tweets at ungodly hours of the night (then again there are time differences and maybe it’s me up at ungodly hours of the night!) as this travelling man tweets food and drink from all over the country.
Food enthusiasts with personalities make following them all the more enticing. Case and point with Blind Tastes, the man wants to be Superman for reasons you’ll read below, he has a regular supply of boxed mac ‘n cheese in his cupboards yet is a huge fan of offal, drinks bourbon, readily admits to a wacky cooking habit (you’ll read all about it) and bacon, bacon, bacon but my favorite, relating eating a burger to a sexual encounter. This guy is a scream! So without further ado I give you a great Sunday morning chuckle and some ‘live’ entertainment to go with it, Blogger in the Spotlight followers: I give you Blind Tastes:
South Florida Food and Wine: How did you start food blogging?
Blind Tastes: I started another blog where I did 2 things: bitch about the nuances of living in Miami and write about food. I noticed that the food posts were becoming the focus of the blog and wanted to start a blog that actually had a theme to it, so I started Blind Tastes.
South Florida Food and Wine: Do you do anything else other than blog about food-wine-beverage?
Blind Tastes: Yes, I have a full time job in sales that requires me to travel extensively. It’s funny how most people I know say, “I want to travel to (insert Foreign country)” but they never stop to think about how many cool spots there are to visit here in the good ‘ole US of A. I’m from Boston originally, so naturally I’m a diehard sports fan. I also enjoy playing guitar and anything that involves bacon.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most challenging thing about blogging?
Blind Tastes: Keeping up with posting regularly. I go to a lot of food events and dine out a lot but it’s always tough to motivate and write a post about it. I try not to be a “me too” blogger and write about what everyone else writes about, so finding unique things to post can be challenging.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from blogging for you?
Blind Tastes: Blogging and participating on the Chowhound boards for Miami has allowed me to meet some really cool people that I otherwise would not have encountered here in Miami. A few others I met started the Cobaya group which I help to organize events for. It’s grown to have a nice following and we’ve had a ton of great times and fantastic meals.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your most memorable blogging moment?
Blind Tastes: Probably the time where I related eating a Thunder Road burger at Burger & Beer Joint to having a sexual encounter.
South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
Blind Tastes: Since it’s my last day, we’re going with a day’s worth of meals. Start out with eggs benedict with extra bacon on the side for breakfast, caviar for a morning snack, a Bacon Explosion for lunch, duck confit topped with a poached egg for an afternoon snack, tournedos of beef topped w/ seared foie and black truffles for dinner, and seared scallops wrapped in bacon for dessert, provided that I don’t go into cardiac arrest by that point.
South Florida Food and Wine: What super-action-hero would you like to be and why?
Blind Tastes: Superman. The dude can do everything cool – fly, shoot lasers from his eyes, see thru the walls of the women’s dressing room – and the only drawback is not being able to see thru lead and being susceptible to kryptonite which doesn’t even exist. Hard to go wrong there…
South Florida Food and Wine: Do you have any wacky cooking habits?
Blind Tastes: Not really, unless you find cooking without wearing pants to be “wacky”
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best food advice you have to share?
Blind Tastes: Eat with an open mind and trust a professional chef. Some of the best dishes I have had have been things that mentally are hard to grasp or sound unappealing. Getting past that mental block is a key step on the path to culinary enlightenment.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your one obsessive kitchen habit?
Blind Tastes: Doing the dishes and wiping up immediately. I just like things neat and clean.
South Florida Food and Wine: If you could choose to be any food, what would it be?
Blind Tastes: Bacon, aka awesome.
South Florida Food and Wine: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
Blind Tastes: Uh…some butter, a 3 gallon jug of water, lettuce that has probably gone bad, and a wide variety of condiments that rarely get used. I eat out a lot.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your cupboard?
Blind Tastes: Kraft Three Cheese Macaroni N’ Cheese. It’s the best Mac N’ Cheese ever created and it costs a buck.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your beverage of choice?
Blind Tastes: Bourbon. My bar currently has 31 different bottles of bourbon on it, 7 of which actually contain bourbon. It’s the only spirit that is 100% American. I drink it almost daily, usually neat or on the rocks.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite comfort food?
Blind Tastes: The aforementioned Mac N’ Cheese or Chicken Pot Pie.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is your culinary claim to fame?
Blind Tastes: I don’t really have one. Maybe my seared scallops with ginger butter, or my crabcakes, or my “Dirty Pizza” where I take all the leftovers from a weeks worth of BBQ in the summer and make a pizza with a bacon chipotle bbq sauce.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is in your kitchen junk drawer?
Blind Tastes: Utility knives, ring molds, wine/bottle openers, and tons of chopsticks.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best culinary gift you ever received?
Blind Tastes: This year for Christmas, my sister gave me a gift of spending time in the kitchen at Chef Allen’s. I haven’t used it yet but I have a feeling that’s gonna be pretty frickin’ sweet.
South Florida Food and Wine: What kitchen chore do you dislike the most?
Blind Tastes: Cleaning up the mess I’ve made.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most exotic food you have ever eaten and where?
Blind Tastes: I don’t know. I routinely eat offal (kidneys, livers, hearts, heads, etc) so it’s hard to name a what and where.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most bizarre thing you ever did with food?
Blind Tastes: I don’t really do things with my food besides eat it. Oh, well as a kid I used to throw eggs and crabapples at cars all the time so I guess that counts.
South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most extravagant food or beverage item or culinary tool you spent money on?
Blind Tastes: I have no clue. I have been eying the Sous Vide Supreme though…
South Florida Food and Wine: Where was the best meal you ever had? And why?
Blind Tastes: This is an impossible question to answer. I’ve had so many fantastic meals that I can’t name an overall favorite. Last year, my favorite meal with the inaugural Cobaya dinner at Talula that featured a scallop carpaccio, tripe risotto, foie gras, and charred spinalis.