With the die-hard foodie reputation Birmingham has been cultivating of late, it’s not surprising that the city’s also been growing its fair share of food bloggers. Since this calendar is all about what’s happening food-wise in town, here’s a chance to connect with those who dare tell you the good from the bad on the local culinary scene.
First, up, the authors of What to Eat in Birmingham, two anonymous bloggers who call themselves “Ms. and Mr. Foodie.”
Weld: What do you want people to know about you?
We are two northerners who are exploring Birmingham through food. We aren’t food experts, and don’t pretend to be. We’re just two local travel bloggers who know what we like and don’t like when it comes to food.
Weld: How long have you been writing a food blog and what made you start?
We’ve been doing this blog in one form or another for about three years. We started because we wanted to show all of our friends from NYC and Philly — where we came from — that Birmingham is an incredible place to live and to eat. We started by posting food pictures on Facebook, and a friend suggested that we turn our efforts into a blog. Shortly thereafter we attended an amazing conference in Birmingham — Food Blog South. I remember sitting at a table with several other food bloggers and saying that I wasn’t sure if I should start blogging. They made me start a blog right then and there, from my iPhone — it was the best thing that could have happened.
Weld: Is it just me, or have you written two different food blogs as a couple?
We have! We started with birminghamfoodies.wordpress.com. It was mainly a photo blog, and it was a good place to start. But when we returned to Food Blog South for our second year, we realized that we wanted to revamp things. Mainly, we wanted our posts to tell a story — why we chose to eat at a restaurant, who we met when we were there, and what the experience was like. And we do all of this from our perspective — one that is shared by so many of our readers — discovering (or in the case of folks who are from Birmingham, re-discovering) our growing city through food.
Weld: What makes your blog unique in the local blogosphere?
To our knowledge, we are the only local food blog that writes in a travel-blog style about local restaurants. We also look for the out-of-the way, unexpected places run by interesting chefs with great stories. Like Alloy Thai’s Josh Haynes, Great Wall’s Sunny, or Bamboo on Second’s Abhi Sainju. We always say that in New York, we had three amazing sushi places on our block. But here, the joy we get from eating the amazing sushi at Bamboo is that we have gotten to know the chef. Never before in our lives had we had the opportunity to become so close to the food we’re eating. And if we can do it, so can our readers.
Weld: What’s the biggest surprise people find in the local food culture?
Birmingham has extremely high quality ethnic food. There may be only one or two exceptional options in any category, but they’ll blow you away. Our blog is chock-full of examples.
Weld: What’s your favorite kind of food?
Unfair question. We love all food that is executed at a high level, and made by people that have a passion for what they do that comes through in their art. Although we did spend some time in Vietnam and have a real love of Vietnamese and Asian food in general.
Weld: What’s the best place to eat in Birmingham and why?
Again, unfair question. We have so many great places. We only blog about places we love, so you will see 55 examples of the best places to eat in Birmingham (in our humble opinions) on our blog. But we would be remiss if we didn’t give a shout out to the Pizitz building — we think that is going to be the best place to eat in Birmingham. There will be so many incredible choices, available to the consumer on their own or in any creative combination — under one roof. We could not be more excited.
Check them out at whattoeatinbirmingham.com.
Are you an unsung food scribe? A wordsmith with a culinary bent? Will you write for food and do you have the readers to prove it? Or do you have a favorite local writer who makes you devour every word and bite? Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.