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 Holly Harper from Plant Brat!
- How did you become a food blogger? What is the theme of your blog/IG?
If you would’ve told Young Holly that she would one day be obsessed with cooking and eating a vegan diet, she would’ve laughed in your face. However, here I am! Life works in mysterious ways, eh?
Over the years, I’ve come to realize that I love to express myself through food. Cooking is the ultimate creative practice for me. It took me awhile to discover this but so glad I did. As I started aligning more of my life with my love of food, I started taking more photos and documenting my journey on social media. This year I rebranded my Instagram account to be more focused on my foodie-centric lifestyle. And that’s how @plant_brat came to be!
My theme is not just vegan food and not just cooking – it’s about having FUN while cooking. I want to show you how being in the kitchen can be enjoyable, even on your busiest days when cooking is the last thing on your to-do list.
- What is your favorite thing to cook for yourself or others?
My favorite recipe to cook for others is a white wine vegan risotto with peas and shiitake bacon. It’s a lovely showcase of how you can achieve a rich, creamy texture without the use of dairy and a deep, savory taste with the mushrooms without the meat. Also, have you ever made a risotto before? It takes f.o.r.e.v.e.r. So if we’re risotto-level friends, it basically means we’re besties.
- What makes the Columbus food scene great? Or what would you change?
The Cbus food scene is great because of the quality of restaurants for such a reasonable price. We get fantastic dining at an NYC-level but only for a fraction of the cost – how amazing is that?! When I take out-of-town friends to dine in Columbus, they are always amazed at our food scene. It’s something that I believe we’ll be known for in a few years. In fact, I predict a Top Chef season will one day be filmed here. Prepare to be amazed, Tom Colicchio!
- What restaurant(s) is at the top of your “must try” list?
I really want to try Taco Tuesday at The Kitchen. The weekly menus always look so tasty.
- What’s (and where) the most memorable meal/dish you had recently?
The most memorable dish I had recently was a humble bowl of tomato soup. I went to the Little Eater’s new restaurant in Clintonville on a rainy day, ordered the bowl of soup and nestled into a cozy little corner booth. When a meal matches the mood or atmosphere (i.e. soup on a rainy day), that’s when the magic happens.
- Give us the inside scoop — what’s your favorite happy hour, hole in the wall, or hidden gem in Columbus?
Favorite hidden gem is Studio 35. I’m a snob when it comes to movie theater popcorn and in my opinion, they serve up the only acceptable kernels in Columbus. They also do specialty cocktails paired to the movies they are playing that usually have hilarious names AND are delicious. Keep on doin’ you, Studio 35.
- What is your favorite locally made food product?
Garlic from Gerry’s Garden. You can find him at the Clintonville Farmer’s Market. His garlic is the juiciest, most flavor-packed you’ll ever work with. If you can’t get excited over good garlic well then, what else is there?!
- Some of us are not full-time food bloggers. If you are not, what is your “real” job?
I’m the director of marketing at sparkspace, a creative event space in the Arena District.
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!
I’m a huge nerd when it comes to movies. I’m obsessed with anything Marvel, Star Wars, Batman, and the original Jurassic Park is my favorite movie of all time.
Thanks Holly! Be sure to check our her Instagram account @plant_brat.
Erin, the Spiffy Cookie