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 Nicholas Dekker from Breakfast with Nick!
- How did you become a food blogger? What is the theme of your blog/IG?
I started Breakfast With Nick as a hobby in June of 2007, having just finished graduate school (theatre history and literature) and apparently wanting another writing project. I’ve always been a morning person, so my instinct was to document the breakfast places we discovered in Columbus and wherever we traveled. I don’t have a culinary background, but I just love food and drink, I love the community that can build around them, and I love the hard-working people who run these places.
My main focus is breakfast, brunch, coffee, and donuts, but I write about anything food- or drink-related: beer, ethnic food, tacos, bourbon, food trucks, culinary tours, family travel, you name it.
- What is your favorite thing to cook for yourself or others?
We have a few favorite breakfast recipes at home. They tend to be simple, like eggs in a nest (butter bread, cut out a hole, throw it in a frying pan and crack an egg in the middle) or a Dutch baby. My wife Beth also writes for the blog, and she’s great at making many things, most lately popovers.
- What makes the Columbus food scene great? Or what would you change?
I like that our food scene is growing and getting more diverse. I would love to see more of that, even more representation of the different populations in Columbus. We have a lot of hard-working people in the industry, and I think many of our chefs still deserve more attention (from Columbus and from without) for their creativity. I think Columbus diners are also willing to explore and embrace new places, and I’d like for all of us to do that more. I think there’s also a continuing need for educated, critical voices from our food writers.
- What restaurant(s) is at the top of your “must try” list?
For breakfast, the standards like Starliner Diner and Katalina’s deserve their praise. Brunch at Wolf’s Ridge, Explorers Club, Gallerie Bar & Bistro, The Table.
- What’s (and where) the most memorable meal/dish you had recently?
Dumplings at Momo Ghar, and a big family meal at Hoyo’s Kitchen.
- Give us the inside scoop — what’s your favorite happy hour, hole in the wall, or hidden gem in Columbus?
Lately for breakfast… I love Kolache Republic in German Village. Not enough people know about them. Their breakfast sandwiches are simply but so nicely constructed.
Same with Baba’s. Their breakfast sandwiches are made from high quality ingredients and they’re very flavorful, and their soups are some of the best I’ve ever had.
And if you don’t know about 2-for-1 al pastor Mondays or $2 gringas at Los Guachos, you’re not really living.
- What is your favorite locally made food product?
Copia Farm eggs
Middle West Spirits whiskey
North Country Charcuterie meats
Crimson Cup’s Sumatra Mandheling
Seventh Son and Wolf’s Ridge beers
- Some of us are not full-time food bloggers. If you are not, what is your “real” job?
I have like eight jobs, I swear! I work at the Greater Columbus Arts Council on the marketing team, which puts my arts and education background to good use. I’m also the breakfast and brunch tour guide for Columbus Food Adventures.
The writing for Breakfast With Nick forms a little hub of food/travel writing and social media work for the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Alive, Columbus Monthly, Experience Columbus, TourismOhio, and several other publications.
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!
I love Legos and I’m very fastidious about them. I still have all my sets from my childhood (with the instructions)… plus a spreadsheet of the pieces I’m missing (there are like 12).
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