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Friday Foodie – Kelly of Tasting Page

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I began my blog after returning from living in France, it was a continuation of the weekly emails I sent my friends and family about my adventures in a foreign land. It is an easy way to birth a blog and in that Kelly Page of Tasting Page and I have a common thread. She also loves to travel and  I have been jealously following her most recent travels to Asia, but often find myself drooling over her L.A. restaurant adventures!

Let’s meet Kelly!

Food Blogger Kelly of Tasting Page

[1] Have you always been a foodie, or is that something’s you grew into?

Meal time was always an important time in my household. No matter how late my dad would get home from work at night, we’d all sit down and eat dinner together as a family. So meals were a special time. Then my mom started a family-wide program while I was in grade school where each of us would cook dinner once a month. We would find a recipe, shop for ingredients and then cook the meal. It taught us a lot of respect for the work that goes into a meal, and also taught us some fundamental cooking techniques and pairings.

Food eventually became a big passion for me and after going through a culinary program in Los Angeles, I ended up quitting my corporate job of 15 years to go live in the foodie mecca of Paris.

[2] How and why did you begin your blog?

I started blogging in earnest while living in Paris. I wanted to chronicle my time there to not only share with friends back home, but also to have a resource to look back and remember every morsel I ate and every amazing sight I saw. When I returned to Los Angeles, albeit a bit begrudgingly, I created TastingPage to continue my food journey where I now write about healthy cuisine, local restaurants and all the places I like to travel for a good meal.

[3] What’s your favorite thing to make/cook?

I’ve been on a bit of a journey with the food I make. I’ve always eaten fairly healthy meals, but the more I learn about how food affects everything from our mood to weight to disease prevention, the more I want to make sure that I’m putting the best possible ingredients into my body. I’m trying to eat only food that grows from the ground and is produced responsibly, but luckily, living in farm-laden California I have a wealth of great options.

Food Blogger Kelly of Tasting Page Eggplants

My meal plan usually gets created while perusing the farmer’s market to see what’s fresh and looks good. I then take my farm fresh stash and concoct some ideas from there. I’ve been having a lot of fun spiralizing vegetables to make a gluten free pasta like these zucchini noodles with chicken. I also love these butternut squash noodles mixed with spinach and mushrooms.

Food Blogger Kelly of Tasting Page veggie-pasta

[4] What is your favorite thing to eat?

My favorite thing to eat is something new and different. I love to be surprised by meals and flavor combinations. There’s so many great restaurants in Los Angeles now that are focusing on vegetable only meals where you don’t miss the meat at all. I think that’s the sign of a good chef. If someone can prepare an amazing range of tastes without meat or half a pound of queso, then that’s a great meal to me.

[5] What is your comfort food?

One of my favorite treats is freshly popped popcorn. Sometimes the only reason I go to the movies is for the popcorn. I make it at home all the time as well. I put the kernels in coconut oil and once popped, I drizzle freshly melted butter and a little nutritional yeast on top. Doesn’t matter how bad the movie is if I have a big bowl of corn in my lap!

Doesn’t matter how bad the movie is if I copy

[6] Describe your perfect food day?

My perfect food day would be seeing, learning, and tasting a great local ingredient. I was able to go to Baroda Farms last year during the artichoke harvest. It was amazing to walk between the long green stalks of gorgeous purple artichokes growing from the ground. We got to speak to the head farmer and learn about the different strains he’s trying to grow and the day concluded with, what else, artichoke eating. It doesn’t get much better than that, except maybe with a side of locally grown vino!

[7] What are three other blogs that inspire you?

I became a huge David Lebovitz fan when I moved to Paris. I could relate to his American in Paris stories but also love his writing, photography, and recipes. And when I miss Paris, I get a taste of it through his posts.

I love the healthy and seemingly easy to put together recipes found at My Whole Food Life.

Clean Cuisine taught me a lot about the right ingredients to put in my body and why. The site helped me a lot on my healthy food journey.

[8] Do you have advice for bloggers just starting out?

Enjoy yourself. Do it because you love it, and that passion will shine through. And one word of caution: don’t quit your day job out of the gate because it takes a lot of work to make money off your blog. That said, don’t think about money right away. Start off by sharing the joy and then hopefully the rest will follow.

Thanks Kelly!

Keep up with Kelly’s tasty tidbits on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest, and of course by visiting Tasting Page.

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