Food & Drink

October 24, 2010

Food and Wine Chickie, a great food and wine blogger in the spotlight

This week’s blogger in the spotlight has a name after my own heart, Food and Wine Chickie. I found Ms. Chickie on twitter and became a huge fan instantly. She’s got a great compilation of all things food and wine; personal recipes with photos, great wine highlights and exciting culinary travel tales in there as well. Food and Wine Chickie has got just about everything covered when it comes to all things good taste even beer. Food and Wine Chickie readily admits Beer is her beverage of choice first and wine second I guess Food and Wine Chickie sounds better thank Food and Beer Chickie and then she’s got this thing with maple syrup too. Keep reading about this week’s blogger in the spotlight and you’ll know why, hey Ms. Chickie how about Beer and Maple Syrup? This week’s blogger in the spotlight is the fabulous Food and Wine Chickie!

South Florida Food and Wine: How did you start food and wine blogging/writing?
Food and Wine Chickie: Cooking and baking have always been a passion of mine, so writing recipes and e-recipe books for my friends and family morphed into writing a blog accessible to all. My passion for wine came later and I love learning and experiencing wine then enjoy sharing with others.

South Florida Food and Wine: Do you do anything else other than blog/write about food and wine?
Food and Wine Chickie: I’m a travel industry veteran. I’ve led sales and marketing efforts at both Fortune 1000 companies and venture-backed start-ups. Never a dull adventure and it’s allowed me to experience food and wine from all over the world.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most challenging thing about blogging/writing?
Food and Wine Chickie: Getting over wanting to write the Iliad and focusing on writing, short and compelling stories people will actually want to read!

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from blogging/writing for you?
Food and Wine Chickie: Meeting incredible people who are also passionate about their topic of choice.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your most memorable blogging/writing moment?
Food and Wine Chickie: A few months ago, I blogged about an amazing restaurant in the Chicago North Shore that I’d dined solo at. A couple days later, the chef owner wrote me to say how touched he was that I ‘got’ his food and passion for creating meals from impeccable ingredients. How great is that!?

South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
Food and Wine Chickie: It could go two ways: Juicy and slightly greasy cheddar cheeseburger with twice-fried French fries and mayo with a hoppy Pilsner OR the tasting menu at Cyrus in Healdsburg (Sonoma County) with perfectly-matched wines.

South Florida Food and Wine: Do you have any wacky cooking habits?
Food and Wine Chickie: Growing up in Quebec then South Florida has exposed me to a myriad of foods, so my cooking is a blend of many cultures. Eggs poached in maple syrup perhaps?

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best food advice you have to share?
Food and Wine Chickie: Don’t look at cooking/baking as a chore. Food is about sharing with the people you love – enjoy the process!

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your one obsessive kitchen habit?
Food and Wine Chickie: All dry baking ingredients belong in sealed ziptop baggies: sugar, flour, baking soda…comes from living in South Florida for years where sugar ants can be a problem.

South Florida Food and Wine: If you could choose to be any food, what would it be?
Food and Wine Chickie: Cheese of course: It’s loved when young, old, moldy, or stinky!

South Florida Food and Wine: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
Food and Wine Chickie: Maple syrup, sparkling wine, capers, Dijon mustard and Greek yogurt – always.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your cupboard?
Food and Wine Chickie: Dry pasta. I can always create a fabulous dish if I have dry pasta.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your beverage of choice?
Food and Wine Chickie: I’m Canadian – we love beer! Wine comes second.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite comfort food?
Food and Wine Chickie: It’s got to be white cheddar mac & cheese made with long macaroni.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your culinary claim to fame?
Food and Wine Chickie: Baking diverse birthday cakes. I have tons of variations in my repertoire.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is in your kitchen junk drawer?
Food and Wine Chickie: Lots of kabob skewers: wooden, metal, straight and curved.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best culinary gift you ever received?
Food and Wine Chickie: Tossup between a neat salt cellar and my first microplane.

South Florida Food and Wine: What kitchen chore do you dislike the most?
Food and Wine Chickie: Drying several dozen Riedel wine glasses after a dinner party – focus on how great the wines were!

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most exotic food you have ever eaten and where?
Food and Wine Chickie: Braised chicken feet in Boston’s Chinatown!

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most extravagant food or beverage item or culinary tool you spent money on?
Food and Wine Chickie: Good knives are expensive but essential.

South Florida Food and Wine: Where was the best meal you ever had and why?
Food and Wine Chickie: Little restaurant at the foot of the Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland. After flying over to Europe and driving to Zermatt, the steaks grilled in a nearby fireplace with Gruyere-topped potatoes were most memorable.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most bizarre thing you have ever done with food?
Food and Wine Chickie: Mind is wandering.

South Florida Food and Wine: If you could have dinner with anyone who would it be and why?
Food and Wine Chickie: Outside or friends and family, I’d say sharing a meal with Joël Robuchon would be most interesting. He’d have to cook, of course.

Follow Food & Wine Chickie on her blog and on Twitter @foodwinechickie
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