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 Erin Vasicek from The Spiffy Cookie!
- How did you become a food blogger? What is the theme of your blog/IG?
In my early years of grad school, I started experimenting in the kitchen a lot more. As a result started following food blogs and trying their recipes. When friends and family would ask for the recipe, I would send them the link plus a bunch of side notes of any changes I had made, prompting a response that I needed to start my own food blog. But I was in grad school, what madness would it be to start a blog in such a stressful time? I resisted for probably a year or two but eventually caved because it was easier to write up the changes I made to the recipe, post it, and share the link (oh the simpler days back when Pinterest and monetization didn’t exist). Now here we are over 7 years later! As for the theme, while there are plenty of sweets to go around, despite the name I blog about more than just cookies or desserts. I also share a good amount of savory recipes, whether they are appetizers, healthier, or fat kid friendly!
- What is your favorite thing to cook for yourself or others?
I don’t have one specific thing, maybe cookies, but what I really love is cooking big themed meals whether it be for a holiday with twists on classics or a movie marathon with food inspired by the films. Getting creative in the kitchen is where I thrive.
- What makes the Columbus food scene great? Or what would you change?
The diversity! Outsiders may call Ohio a fly over state but I beg to differ. Columbus is proving that the food in the Midwest is anything but boring and it’s accomplished not only by masterminds like Cameron Mitchell but tons of small businesses.
- What restaurant(s) is at the top of your “must try” list?
Oh man I have an entire spread sheet – seriously. The ones that I need to try asap (but somehow only think to go when they are closed) are Kolache Republic, Kittie’s Cakes, Momo Ghar, and Belle’s Bread for the matcha ice cream.
- What’s (and where) the most memorable meal/dish you had recently?
The spicy chicken sandwich from Rockmill Tavern has my heart – it may be the best spicy chicken sandwich ever. The spicy honey butter is what dreams are made of and should come standard on any hot chicken. Don’t forget a side of cheesy biscuits with more spicy honey butter. Did I mention the spicy honey butter!?
Others that come to mind include the blue cheese crusted filet at Two Brother Bar & KItchen inside the Columbus Marriott Northwest (yes I’m telling you to dine in a hotel restaurant-it’s amazing), the Cherry Jones pizza at Paulie Gee’s, Baba’s griddle muffin breakfast sandwich, and the Ube milkshake at Bonifacio.
- Give us the inside scoop — what’s your favorite happy hour, hole in the wall, or hidden gem in Columbus?
My favorite HH is probably Forno: 4-6p M-F ½ off draft beer, house cocktails, wine by the glass, bar snacks, shared items, and pizzas! I cannot resist the warm ricotta and brasato. My hidden gem is Lola & Giuseppe’s Trattoria out in Gahanna. In my opinion it’s best Italian in town! And Lola’s personality is second to none.
- What is your favorite locally made food product?
Anything from Pattycake Bakery! Also the wonton chips from OH! Chips are better than any other chip, especially when paired with Hai Poke kimchi salsa.
- Some of us are not full-time food bloggers. If you are not, what is your “real” job?
I have my PhD in Microbiology and work in a research lab at Nationwide Children’s Hospital that focuses on mechanisms of Salmonella infection. Yay science!
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!
I am a root beer connoisseur and have been collecting every brand of glass bottled root beer I can find since I was in the 6th grade. To date, I have over 200 different kinds! Two of my favorites are Henry Weinhard and Elevator, right here in Columbus (if only they would bottle it)!
Interviewed by (yes I interviewed myself):
Erin, the Spiffy Cookie