Friday Foodie – Cynthia of What a Girl Eats

Food Blogger Cynthia of What a Girl Eats
Today’s Friday Foodie is 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!

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Let’s meet Cynthia!

Food Blogger Cynthia McCloud Woodman What A Girl Eats

[1] 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.

Cynthia McCloud Woodman and husband

[2] 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.

[3] 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!

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[4] 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.

Sushi

[5] What is your comfort food?

SOUP! My husband calls me the “soup nazi”. I could make a soup out of anything!

Soup

[6] 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!

[7] 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!

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[8] 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 what you believe in and don’t compromise your integrity.

Thanks Cynthia!

Keep up with Cynthia’s tasty tidbits on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest and of course by visiting What a Girl Eats.

How about you? What would you like to ask Cynthia?

39 Comments

  1. Carol Cassara
    March 13, 2015

    I’d like to ask her to come over and cook at my house! Yummy stuff!

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  2. Kim
    March 13, 2015

    How fun! I loved getting to know about What A Girl Eats!

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  3. Tam
    March 13, 2015

    Combo of food and travel hits my sweet spot too! Thanks!

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  4. [email protected]
    March 13, 2015

    Such beautiful food. My problem is living with a house of non-adventurous eaters. I hope to be cooking more — for me.

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  5. Karen D. Austin
    March 13, 2015

    I’m glad to read that she was able to return to her passion at midlife. Woo hoo! Now I want to go make some soup. Thanks for the links, too.

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  6. Cindy Falteich
    March 13, 2015

    You had me from soup. Now I gotta put down my snack food and go make something delicious. I hate being inspired. 😉 Good job!

    Cindy recently posted http://www.abnormalmom.com/2014/04/dont-shoot-the-messenger.html

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  7. Carolann
    March 13, 2015

    Oh my I love the Galloping Gourmet! I totally forgot about how awesome his show was! That soup looks amazing. I have her site open and bookmarked. I can’t wait to start pinning. She will see a lot of pins from me!

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  8. Oh how sweet Cynthia is to include me in her inspirational bloggers! I feel the same way about her blog and just love that she sticks to her guns when it comes to using the best ingredients and not using cans and processed foods. Her photography is fabulous, too! Great blogger to feature, Andi! CC

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  9. Ayesha
    March 14, 2015

    drooling over the food! 🙂

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  10. Jess Benoit
    March 14, 2015

    WOW! How awesome is it to be able to travel & cook from each place!

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  11. AJ @ NutriFitMama
    March 14, 2015

    It sounds like her and I have very similar tastes- it can totally be Thai over here one night, Mexican the next. etc. Love her advice to new bloggers as well.

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  12. Terri Ramsey Beavers
    March 14, 2015

    I became more of a foodie when I had more time on my hands. I love to cook and would think it an opportunity of a lifetime to combine cooking and traveling.

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  13. Stephanie
    March 14, 2015

    Oh I wish I could make soup out of anything! I love learning about other bloggers. Thanks!

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  14. Kelly @ TastingPage
    March 14, 2015

    Cynthia has a great blog with beautiful pictures and outstanding recipes. I wish I had some of her soup right now!

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  15. kendall
    March 14, 2015

    Wow, it must have been amazing to go around the world like that! What a cool experience – love your food ideas!

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  16. Courtneylynne
    March 14, 2015

    Hehehe in the same way when it comes to dinner! My hubby isn’t as traveled as I am so some nights he’s like what is this? And I have to explain where it’s from lol

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  17. Chubskulit Rose
    March 14, 2015

    I love her style of food. MY husband love Thai food but he also love Filipino foods which I always make. Great interview, I enjoyed reading it.

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  18. krystel
    March 14, 2015

    the indian food looks Delicious

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  19. annabelt
    March 14, 2015

    Cooking your way through a book of classic recipes – what a great idea, and much more constructive than anything I did in my free time at college!

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  20. Antonia
    March 14, 2015

    I love soup too, but no one in my family likes it nearly as much as I do so it isn’t served enough!

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  21. Cynthia/What A Girl Eats
    March 14, 2015

    I feel so honored to have been chosen as your Friday Foodie! Thanks so much!

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  22. Amanda
    March 14, 2015

    I absolutely love reading interview posts because they are so personal. I like to consider myself a “foodie” and I love learning about others’ amazing food adventures.

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  23. Mary
    March 14, 2015

    Great interview! I just love her blog!

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  24. Tanya Lara
    March 14, 2015

    Cynthia’s soup does look good, so do her sushis. I agree with her on comfort food (soup) and favorite food (homecooked). Sometimes, when I am abroad for weeks, no matter how I enjoy the local food there comes a point on the trip that i just want to eat my own country’s food. Ironically when I am home in Manila and I eat out, I almost always choose Japanese food.

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  25. Jamie
    March 15, 2015

    That honeymoon must have been so wonderful! How exciting…I loved hearing about all the amazing things you have done, seen and cooked! It is funny how over time our priorities change and time becomes more important and that makes a job change worth it!

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  26. Heather
    March 15, 2015

    Oh I love finding awesome recipes from other people’s blogs. That sushi looks so good!

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  27. Leah
    March 15, 2015

    Those pictures are making me drool! Yummy food, and great interview!

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  28. Jaclyn Anne
    March 15, 2015

    What a great blogger! Thank you for sharing Cynthia’s “story”!

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  29. Beth
    March 15, 2015

    I’ll have to check out her blog! I love that her favorite food is Indian– I could eat that all day!

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  30. Mama to 5 BLessings
    March 15, 2015

    These photo’s are amazing, what great experiences. The food looks mouth watering!

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  31. Corina Ramos
    March 15, 2015

    She sounds like an amazing cook. And how awesome that she got to ride a camel!

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  32. John Lopez
    March 15, 2015

    I love those foods in your photos and your pictures looks really nice.

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  33. Tammilee Tips
    March 15, 2015

    I love learning more about other food bloggers! Sounds like she is an amazing cook and a great traveler!

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  34. Angela Christoper
    March 15, 2015

    I love foods, and I had a great time to read this post.

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  35. Angie
    March 15, 2015

    Wow! An around the world honeymoon! How awesome!! Thanks for the introduction, her tastes sound impeccable so I’ll definitely be checking her out:-).

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  36. ourfamilyworld
    March 16, 2015

    I would like to travel for that long: 3 months or so. This must be amazing. That soup looks delicious

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  37. Kat
    March 16, 2015

    Wow, it only took her seven months to save up enough money to do a 3.5 month trip around the world?! Color me impressed! What a cool lady.

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  38. Kristen
    March 16, 2015

    What a girl eats is one of my favorites! I love her pictures and her recipes are delish!

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  39. Christine
    March 16, 2015

    it is awesome that even though you became a teacher you always kept in touch with cooking and made it a passion.

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