Interview with Food Blogger Tara Coomans

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FE:  What do you think is the future of food blogging in the next 5 years?

TC:  I think its really coming into its own. Its getting taken more seriously and your starting to see some really talented people become relevant through their blogs. Smitten Kitchen and Orangette are great examples. As the content battle wages on, I think we’ll return to being willing to pay for quality content in one way or another and I sincerely hope that opens the door for some of the talented bloggers out there to eek out a small income.

There are some great up and comers out there too.  A new one that I love is called Apron Anxiety, its kind of anti-foodie but really well done. And as far as unique recipes with depth and flavor go, hands down, its Weave Thousand Flavors. I’m also in love with niche blogs like GrilledShane’s all about grilled cheese. I don’t know how he does it writing about the same concept all the time, but he’s great.

FEWould you like to give a shout out to the best joint that no one has heard about?

TC:  Oh, boy. Again with the restaurant question. OK. In Waikiki, on Ala Moana Blvd, squeezed between a tattoo shop and a dumpy hotel is Pho My Lien with the freshest, most incredible summer rolls I have ever had. Their Pho is also amazing. And unlike so many places, when you tell them to turn up the heat on the food, they most certainly will. It is a hole in the wall, but the cheapest most authentic food in Waikiki. Hands down.

FEWhat do you think is the most important issue facing foodies today?

TC:  I’ve not been very successful at keeping the politics out of my food. But as they say, the politics are personal. Without a doubt big corporate food and corporate food practices are the biggest issues in American food today. Our over processed foods, over sprayed veggies and fruits, and abused animals leave us unhealthy and we don’t even understand why. I’m an omnivore, so I’m particularly passionate about finding sustainable ways to create food for ourselves whether its meat or vegetables because I enjoy it all. Years ago I stopped supporting big food in whatever way I can. I mean, yes, I still buy tomato paste in the can.

Our government has let us down in the area, they’ve let big industrial farming push them around and tell them its the only way to do food. Its not.

Go to a Farmer’s Market, support your local growers. Show them you value whole, local food. Reconnect with what you eat and who grows it. Food is an inherent part of community and the closer we can get to that again, the better off we’ll all be both financially and in health.

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Blanca Valbuena
I am one of the co-founders of FriendsEAT. Obviously, I love to eat. Other passions include A Song of Ice and Fire, Shakespeare, Dostoyevski, and Aldous Huxley.
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