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We interviewed Alexis!

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Hello Alexis, so tell us...

When did you begin your blog, and what inspired you to start it?

I began my blog in 2010 while living in Portland, Oregon (USA). I loved the city so much, I'd think to myself "I can never leave here". I started writing mostly about my life locally and the restaurants and events i went to and when I decided to travel Europe, my blog became more travel focused.

What is your favorite city for food?

Portland! The Pacific Northwest is lucky to have access to so many fresh, local ingredients and it attracts lots of creative people so you'll find simple classic dishes done well along side food combinations you've never even thought of. The food cart movement has created a wave of new places to try too. I love food carts because many of them are focused so they pick one dish (for example, one cart specializes in grilled cheese and another just creme brûlée) and they master it, taking it to a whole other level.

What has traveling taught you about food?

Traveling has taught me to be open to new flavors and to go out of my way to try the food that is the specialty of wherever you are because you might not have that chance again. Some of my greatest food memories have been travelling and experiencing local food from buying churros off the street and sharing them with kids in Chiapas, Mexico to learning how to make pasta in Tuscany, Italy.

Are you involved in the blogging community - how do you attract new readers?

I like to make connections with other bloggers and talk about writing and our experiences. The blogging community is really supportive and friendly so its fun to be a part of even though you'll likely never meet each other. To attract new readers, I try to offer content that I think will be interesting, not just to me, but to many people (hopefully, its the same thing!). I also like to host contests from time to time and give away prizes.

Is there any dish, ingredient or type of food you refuse to cook or eat?

I don't eat pork which can sometimes be very difficult when travelling! If you're going to eat out when travelling, you have to be willing to give up a little control of knowing exactly what's in your food. I try my best but you never know what goes on in the kitchen!

What are your goals for your blog? Where would you like to see it in the next year? Five years?

I would love to continue to grow my readership and improve my writing and photography. I plan on keeping my blog going as long as I can, even after I settle down and don't travel as much.

Thank you Alexis for answering our questions and see you soon!
Published by Lydia - 07/29/2013

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