Did you know that CbusFoodBloggers consists of over 50 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 Malini Swank from Lakes and Lattes!
- How did you become a food blogger? What is the theme of your blog/IG?
I’ve always loved the intersection of food and experience. I created my blog, Lakes and Lattes, as a way to feature my two passions – food and adventure. My favorite meals, much like my favorite adventures, vary from playful and unfussy to daring and detailed. My recipes are often inspired by my trips – most recently, Irish Seafood Chowder and Irish Soda Bread after a fun week in Ireland. And sometimes they’re a bit more playful – Sansa’s Lemon Cakes and Fiery Deviled “Dragon” Eggs for the season finale of Game of Thrones? Yes, please!
- What is your favorite thing to cook for yourself or others?
I love making Chinese meals! There’s something so fun about stuffing and steaming dumplings, rolling up spring rolls, simmering hot and sour soup, mincing chicken for lettuce cups or stir-frying up a batch of orange shrimp. Yum.
- What makes the Columbus food scene great? Or what would you change?
Columbus has something to fit every desire and budget – from food trucks to fine dining! I especially love all the food options from around the world – Middle Eastern, Vietnamese, German, Indian, Greek, Italian, Thai, Pakistani, even Ethiopian! The one thing I would love to see more of would be chef-inspired pop-up restaurants.
- What restaurant(s) is at the top of your “must try” list?
Momo Ghar. My friends keep telling me I need to check this place out. Sounds incredible! I’m kind of obsessed with Yelp and the fact that this place has 300 reviews and has maintained a 5* status is kind of incredible. Can’t wait to try it!
- What’s (and where) the most memorable meal/dish you had recently?
Honestly, you can’t go wrong with Cameron’s American Bistro. EVERYthing about my meal was memorable. They brought out some complimentary bread and I fell head over heels in love. They serve their bread with a roasted garlic bulb and you just smear perfectly golden soft garlic onto the bread like butter. The meal only went up from there….it was fantastic.
- Give us the inside scoop — what’s your favorite happy hour, hole in the wall, or hidden gem in Columbus?
My favorite hidden gem is the pop-up brunch at Bleu & Fig. Chef Brooke is incredible. Literally everything she cooks makes you think you’ve died and gone to heaven. The location is beautiful, and the food is just unbelievably delicious. They are a caterer 99.9% of the time but once in a “Bleu” moon – they put on a fantastic brunch. Tickets sell out fast. You should join their Facebook page to get the best chances of getting a ticket!
- What is your favorite locally made food product?
Watershed Distillery spirits, Shagbark Seed & Mill chips and Graeter’s ice cream!
- Some of us are not full-time food bloggers. If you are not, what is your “real” job?
I work as an assistant-to-the-owner of a small company which means I get to wear a lot of hats! I do everything from accounts receivables to hr management. I plan events, help with social media, throw parties, book flights, IT management systems and pretty much anything that needs to be done 🙂 I also own an ecommerce business with my husband.
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!
A few years ago, my husband and I decided we were climbing up the wrong career “ladder.” So we jumped off, quit our jobs, sold everything that didn’t fit into the trunk of our car and bought one way tickets to Hong Kong. We had no income, no itinerary, and no expectations. We ate our way through several countries for several months before we decided it was time to come back to Columbus and start a family.
Erin, the Spiffy Cookie