Did you know that CbusFoodBloggers consists of over 40 different bloggers/instagrammers? Some of us you may already
stalk follow, and others you haven’t yet had the chance to meet! In an effort to help our readers get to know us and the bloggers behind our group, we conduct monthly interview highlighting one of our members. This month, we have Bethia Woolf from Alteatscolumbus!
- How did you become a food blogger? What is the theme of your blog/IG?
I first started a blog called Hungrywoolf back in 2008 mainly to share my food experiences with my family and friends overseas. I was discovering so many wonderful things in Columbus farmers markets, The North Market, Jeni’s ice creams and Slow Food Columbus that I wanted to share my experiences. Blog no 2 was tacotruckscolumbus which resulted from a class project from a geography class I took at OSU and was a collaboration with Jim Ellison and Andy Dehus. While we were driving around the city looking for taco trucks we started to explore a lot of the other ethnic restaurants and in particular Somali food. We wanted another outlet to share those immigrant restaurants and markets so we started blog no 3 Alteatscolumbus. We also have a blog called streeteatscolumbus where we share the best of the mobile food offerings in Columbus.
- What is your favorite thing to cook for yourself or others?
I love to cook British comfort food like shepherd’s pie and fish pie and I love to introduce people to marmite popcorn. Other favorite things to cook are gougeres (my favorite party food) and I’ve been perfecting my egg fried rice.
- What makes the Columbus food scene great? Or what would you change?
We love the diversity of the Columbus food scene and have written about restaurants from over 40 countries. I think people often aren’t aware of how diverse Columbus is.
I’d like to see a little more ambition and creativity from Columbus chefs. I understand that there are hard economic realities to owning a restaurant but I think too many Columbus restaurants stick with safe options.
- What restaurant(s) is at the top of your “must try” list?
We always have a list of new ethnic restaurants to check out.
- What’s (and where) the most memorable meal/dish you had recently?
Our Chilean friend introduced us to Chilean Crudo which is like steak tartare on steroids.
- Give us the inside scoop — what’s your favorite happy hour, hole in the wall, or hidden gem in Columbus?
Too many! One of my favorite hidden gems is lunch on the patio at Basi Italia during the summer. We love ethnic restaurants and bakeries and especially those that are hidden in the back of markets like Arirang and Salam Market.
- What is your favorite locally made food product?
There are so many fantastic foods in Columbus. I have a real weakness for the almondine cookies from Pistacia Vera and the granola from a mess of good but if I have to pick a favorite I’d probably go with Thurn’s double smoked bacon.
- Some of us are not full-time food bloggers. If you are not, what is your “real” job?
I am a co-owner of Columbus Food Adventures and Columbus Brew Adventures so I spend most of my time on tour logistics, customer service, research, accounting, marketing and all of the varied things that are involved in owning a small business.
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!
I love to travel and I have visited every continent except for Antarctica.
Thanks Bethia! Be sure to check our her impressive list of blogs/businesses:
Erin, The Spiffy Cookie