So, what does a food blogger really do?

So, what does a food blogger really do?

As people I know have slowly learned that I do have my own food blog, most have them have been instantly compelled to ask me the same question.

So, what exactly does a food blogger really do?

what does a food blogger really do

I guess maybe they are confused as they start to wonder, did they miss something about me? Like the fact that I am a chef of some sort who maybe did a secret double degree in Psychology and cooking while they were not noticing.

Well no I am not a chef, I am just an enthusiastic home cook who loves to make bake and create and who thinks that food is a little bit of the answer to most questions.

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So what is it exactly that a food blogger does? Well there are a few “types.”

  • The rock star food blogger who gets invited to all the awesome events and turns up looking kooky or cool or glamorous or French.
  • The dedicated recipe developer who spends 85% of their life taking beautiful photos of food they just made so their legion of Pinterest followers find some inspiration and motivation for cooking at home.
  • The young, urban, cashed up uni student blogger who travels to ALL. THE. HOT. RESTAURANTS. They eat, shoot and upload non-stop, making them zoom up the Instagram or Zomato charts at record speed.
  • Then there is the food writer, who likes to read and write about food in its many guises and contexts, all the while staying a little bit engaged in food trends and a little bit engaged with tradition.

This last group is where I tend to put myself, although I do aspire at times to all the others.giphy-7

I started my own food blog because I loved writing and I love good food and joining the two together helped me to explore, discover and find connection and community. Food has had this wonderful role for many people throughout history.

So what is it exactly that I do?

I post recipes, I visit cafes and restaurants, I read about food and I write about food. I love creating new recipes as a way of expressing my creativity and this tends to happen when I am relaxed and happy.

Sometimes I get invited to eat chicken or sample cheese (living the dream right?) or attend a party with excellent wine and the more people who read about my adventures, the more invites I get.

I also write about community and friendship and I do interviews with interesting people because, well, people are interesting right? Your favourite food blogger probably has their own unique blend of what they post on their blog too. 🙂

Sometimes people send me food to try, or invite me to their restaurant to check out their menu. This makes me very happy.

what does a food blogger really do

And sometimes people even pay me to write for them or about them or I make a little bit of money when you click on one of my ads or buy something from my Amazon links.

But most of the time I just discover new places that I love all by myself and share them with my online friends in case they might like them too.200

So that is about it I think. Now you know.

What do you think? Did you know what a food blogger really did and have I made you any wiser?

Chat soon.

Dani xx


FullSizeRenderDani B is a food blogger and writer from Melbourne. She writes about good food for a good life. You can find her on Facebook or Instagram. Please stop by and say hello. 🙂

 


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JoBo and I went along to a little mushroom tour on Saturday morning, starting at Prahran Market, progressing to Parwan Valley Mushrooms and then  ending up back at Prahran Market for a delicious lunch.

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It was wonderful learning about how mushrooms grow and are harvested. In my kitchen I plan to show each individual mushroom much more love and respect from now on. Perhaps a brief salute or wink before cooking will suffice?

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To finish the fungi festivities we attended a lovely soiree catered by the team at Tommy Collins Kitchen. Tommy and co worked their chef-y magic on the mycelium (I learnt a lot yes?) and presented us with a delicious assortment of mushroom based dishes. JoBo and I could not decide which one dish we preferred because they were all ten types of delicious.

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I am now inspired to see what mushroom-y magic I can conjure in my own kitchen.

The day concluded with the presentation of the most amazing cake crafted by Tad Lombardo from Cioccolato Lombardo. Tad tells us that he worked on the “On the forest floor” themed cake for more than two weeks. The cake was made in honour of Damian Pike’s 30 years as a stallholder at Prahran Market.

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They let me eat some cake. Can you believe it? This stunning confection was cut up and shared with all and its delicious sweetness is still on my mind. If you can get your hands on one of Cioccolato Lombardo’s chocolate caramel’s then do it. They were oh so delicious.

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I loved hanging out with JoBo, the mushrooms and the cake.

Big thanks to Prahran Market, Vikki Leng and Australian Mushrooms for the fun(gi) times.
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Happy Eating.

Dani xx


Dani B is a food blogger from Melbourne. She writes about “good food for a good life” at Eat My Street. She also hosts an online cooking club for other enthusiastic foodies. Follow along on Facebook or sign up to find out more.

Coal Cellar and Grill Adelaide

Coal Cellar and Grill Adelaide

I was invited to dine at Coal Cellar and Grill in Adelaide as part of the Tasting Australia 2016 Festival. It was the closing dinner for what had been an excellent food bloggers conference and the jinks were high, with so many enthusiastic foodies all joining together for dinner. The gorgeous Coal Cellar and Grill in Adelaide delivered on our high expectations with an impressive tasting menu that showcased the best of what South Australia has to offer.

Coal Cellar and Grill AdelaideCoal Cellar and Grill in Adelaide is set within the Hilton hotel in the heart of Adelaide. Chef Daniel Fleming, who trained under former Hilton Adelaide chefs Cheong Liew and Simon Bryant (of “The Cook and The Chef” fame- we are not worthy) has designed his menu around great local produce cooked on the grill, and an amazing 3000plus bottles wine list. We were able to chat with him at the end of the night and he shared his enthusiasm and love of hospitality and good food.

Now to the food. We were having a tasting menu which meant we were able to sample a a lot of small dish from the Coal Cellar and Grill menu.  There were 5 starters, 5 main, 3 side dishes and 5 desserts to taste, all of it delicious.Coal Cellar and Grill AdelaideCoal Cellar and Grill AdelaideSome of the highlights of them menu for me would be the Sangria marinated watermelon, feta, apple and pistachio crumble for entree.

The whole baby barramundi with fennel and lemon myrtle as a main.Coal Cellar and Grill Adelaide The very creamy and I assume, very naughty Confit garlic mash, truffle butter and chives as a side dish. Although as a veggie lover I also adored the perfectly cooked asparagus with hollandaise.

The “Bombe Australiana”  and the liquorice ice cream for dessert. Coal Cellar and Grill AdelaideCoal Cellar and Grill AdelaideFullSizeRenderThe menu had an interesting focus on native Australian ingredients and SA produce brought together under the watchful eye of a creative team in the kitchen. I enjoyed every mouthful.

I have travelled to a lot of different places and Hotel dining is not always successful. Here at Coal Cellar and Grill a lot of energy and investment has gone into creating a great restaurant that will lure local Adelaidians in search of well priced, excellent food, as well as feeding their many hotel guests. With an interesting menu, extensive wine list and beautiful fit-out I think they have succeeded on both these fronts.

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Happy Eating.

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Coal Cellar and Grill Adelaide

Address: 233 Victoria Square, Adelaide SA 5000
Phone:(08) 8237 0697
Hours:  6:30am–10pm Monday to Sunday

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Welcome to the best bits of Eat My Street for February 2016. What a lovely, busy month it has been with lots of changes for me and my family.

Festivals

The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is running from 4-13th of March and there is an excellent line up of great wining and dining events. Whisky tasting in a stationary aeroplane is one of my favourites but a little closer to home is the Potato Based Dinner at The Independent Gembrook. For more information and to find events near you look here.

Restaurants

I visited some great new restaurants this month.

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  1. The Independent Restaurant in Gembrook. Always fun. always delicious.
  2. The Lakehouse Mill in Pakenham. I stopped in for coffee and it was very good.
  3. The shiny new train station cafe at Emerald Lake Park. Now serving coffee and ice-cream.
  4. BBQ Code Glen Waverley. Great Korean BBQ. My current favourite.
  5. Hugo’s Cafe and Dessert Bar, Glen Waverley. So many pastries.
  6. Polish Rye Crust Bakery in Dandenong. Excellent polish food.
  7. Radius Restaurant at the stunning RACV Resort in Inverloch.
  8. Essenza in Healseville. Tiny little Italian restaurant with a big heart.
  9. Riverview Cafe and Wine-bar in picturesque Warburton.

Recipes

I tried a lot of new recipes this month. The vegetarian recipes from Yotam Ottolenghi were my absolute favourites. I recommend you buy his beautiful cook books if you are looking for a little inspiration.

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  1. White Chocolate and Caramel Brownie.
  2. Spaghetti Squash with home-made Passata.
  3. French Toast with hazelnut coffee cream.
  4. White chocolate mud cake with a touch of coconut.
  5. Cinnamon Scrolls. 
  6. Yotam Ottolenghi’s braised leeks with goat’s curd recipe.
  7. Yotam Ottolenghi’s roasted Zucchini with mint sauce.
  8. Spiced Baked Figs with ginger marscapone.
  9. Yotam Ottolenghi’s lightly stewed broadbeans, peas and gem lettuce. 

I did have a couple of recipe fails this month. Does that ever happen to you?

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So I wonder what February was like for you? For me there was a  lot of settling in to new routines and rhythms and lots of extra nights out. I also spent a bit of time pottering in the garden, trying to get things tidy, loved and up to date.

I hope that you had an excellent start to your year. There are a few very exciting changes coming at Eat My Street so please sign up if you would like to be kept up to date. I think you are going to love following along in March.

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A list of the best restaurants in Berwick Victoria

The best restaurants in Berwick

Looking for somewhere great to have dinner in Berwick? Eat My Street has already shared a list of the best cafes in Berwick. Here are my favourite 9 restaurants in Berwick (2015). All tried and tested and recommended by others too.

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cooltext131402211826358O.MY Beaconsfield

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cooltext131402364292621 Ambrosia cafe

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cooltext131402462416871 Nomadic Berwick.

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cooltext131402744590490Eighty One Berwick.

This restaurant and bar sits proudly at the top of High St in Berwick Village. It has recently had a lovely make over. It holds a special place in my heart as the first restaurant I visited when we moved here. They also run great specials and often have live music. If Berwick was a restaurant, this is what she would look like.  Check out their website  for more recent information.

cooltext131402885431500 Shanika’s

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cooltext131402984617154Berwick Thai

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cooltext131403160053496Moroccan Joes

Update 2017- Now closed.

Really great Moroccan food at Moroccan Joes and if you are lucky, a little bit of entertainment too! The food is really the star at this little restaurant tucked out of the way in Berwick.

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Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, cake. This is a huge sprawling restaurant sitting proudly at the top of Berwick Village. Always busy, it is a great place to eat as a group and service always comes with a smile.

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What great news that this much loved French themed cafe now serves dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

So we are pretty spoilt for choice in Berwick. For more on my favourite places to eat in Melbourne, look here. Or for my list of the best cafes in Berwick, click here. 

If you would like to nominate your favourite restaurant in Berwick  for our The best restaurants in Berwick list, then add it in the comments and let’s see if we can make it to ten!

Happy Eating!

Dani xx

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IMG_3376Dani B is a food blogger and writer from Melbourne. She writes at Eat My Street and posts about her favourite places to visit and her favourite recipes to cook. You can read more by clicking here. 

 


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