Today's Friday Foodie is a personal favorite of mine. Cynthia of What A Girl Eats has a voracious appetite for travel and food. She has had many career paths with and without food and currently teaches, leaving summer breaks for exploration! Her recipes span the globe from African peanut stews to Scottish treats and Southern favorites. No matter Cynthia is serving up, I know it is going to be good!
Let’s meet Cynthia!
 Have you always been a foodie, or is that something's you grew into?
My mom is a great cook and always threw great dinner parties when we were growing up. I remember watching Julia Child and Graham Kerr, (the Galloping Gourmet). When I was in college, I bought a French cookbook of classic recipes and cooked my way through it. I graduated with an English degree, which was pretty useless.
My mom suggested that I pursue my passion and go to cooking school. I went to the California Culinary Academy, (now Le Cordon Bleu) in San Francisco and completed their 18 month Master Chef program. I moved to London after cooking school and lived in a pub, worked in a restaurant, wine bar, and a catering company.
My husband and I saved up for 7 months while we were engaged and bought 2 round the world airline tickets for our honeymoon. We spent 3 1/2 months traveling around the world.
 How and why did you begin your blog?
I got out of cooking because of the horrible hours; think Christmas Eve, Mother's Day, weekends! I decided to become a teacher for the hours…summers off, short days. I thought it would be the perfect job for raising kids. When I turned 50, I realized that food was still my passion and I really missed it! I thought a blog would be the perfect way to channel my love of food and writing.
 What’s your favorite thing to make/cook?
Because I've traveled all over the world, dinner at our house can be Thai one night followed by Indian, Italian or Mexican. (Hence my tagline; “Healthy Food With A Global Spin”). But I'm a pretty stellar soup maker!
 What is your favorite thing to eat?
I'm pretty partial to Indian food. India is one of my favorite counties, and the food there is phenomenal. We love sushi in our house, and that's everyone's favorite birthday meal.
 What is your comfort food?
SOUP! My husband calls me the “soup nazi”. I could make a soup out of anything!
 Describe your perfect food day?
Lox and bagels with the works for breakfast, sushi for lunch…crab or lobster for dinner and great wine to compliment it!
 What are three other blogs that inspire you?
My friend Christina, from Christina's Cucina is Scottish and Italian and cooks both cuisines really well. She does everything top-quality and doesn't compromise her beliefs.
I like The View From The Great Island. I haven't met Sue yet, although she lives in So. California. She has lovely recipes and beautiful photos.
Ditto Chin Deep!
 Do you have advice for bloggers just starting out?
Don't worry about numbers, quality of followers is more important than quantity! Focus on what you believe in and don't compromise your integrity.
How about you? What would you like to ask Cynthia?
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