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 Dilara Casey from Ferocious Appetite!
- How did you become a food blogger? What is the theme of your blog/IG?
I completely stumbled into it! I was working at an ad agency and created a separate Instagram account to test and learn new techniques. I didn’t want to do that stuff on my own personal account, and many of the clients I worked for didn’t want to be guinea pigs. The easiest thing for me to do was take pictures of the food I ate while I experimented with hashtags and posting techniques, etc. If you look back to some of my very early pics, it was mostly just a salad in a tupperware container! Eventually, my followers started growing and I decided people were really following me, so I might as well take this seriously. The account has been around for awhile, but just in the last year, I rolled into the mix of the Columbus blogging community. My IG handle was mostly featuring food I cooked or made with the occasional night out. As a mom of two young kids, I really feel family meals are important. Food ownership and getting my kids involved in the kitchen is a focus for me. On the other hand, I have a professional career and love the local food scene, so I’m often meeting people for coffee at the newest place in town, or taking my family to a new restaurant to try something fun. I’d say my IG is a 70/30 mix of home-cooked food and local eateries.
- What is your favorite thing to cook for yourself or others?
I make it a point to eat dinner as a family every night so I’d say 6 weeks a night it’s a home-cooked meal. For as much as you see on my IG from local restaurants, it’s usually from my lunch meetings, brunches, or special dinners. At my house, we eat a lot of veggie bowls; I’ll make a big pot of rice or quinoa and we’ll saute, bake, or marinate vegetables to put on top. My kids aren’t big meat-eaters and I was a vegetarian for 13 years so it’s not a big deal for me to go meatless. I love a good poached egg, but I think they’re best when somebody else makes them for me! I’m also really into pickling and canning foods from my garden and using them to make a killer charcuterie. If you ever invite me over for a party, prepare for an epic cheese plate to be in my hand. It’ll usually have a variety of cheeses, plus homemade pickles, my signature savory tomato jam, and a few hot peppers if you’re lucky.
- What makes the Columbus food scene great? Or what would you change?
Columbus has a great food scene. There are so many cultural influences in our community and I think it shines through in our restaurant choices. I do wish we would have some more chef-driven concepts. By that I mean, a few more risk-takers and cutting-edge options. We have a handful here, but I’d love to see more.
- What restaurant(s) is at the top of your “must try” list?
Geez, this is hard. I think there are landmark restaurants like The Top Steakhouse or Lindey’s that everybody should experience. I really love going to places that are thoughtful experiences in every aspect, it makes the food taste better. When I have friends visiting from out of town, I make sure to bring them to places like Flowers & Bread, Fox in the Snow, Watershed Distillery, or the Guild House.
- What’s (and where) the most memorable meal/dish you had recently?
I sometimes daydream about the Tomahawk Chop at Wolf’s Ridge Brewery.
- Give us the inside scoop — what’s your favorite happy hour, hole in the wall, or hidden gem in Columbus?
My favorite hole in the wall is definitely India Oak. It’s tucked away in Clintonville and has great prices on booze, but the most amazing burgers ever! People always brag about their sub sandwiches–and they’re very good–but their burgers are made with Carfagna’s meat and are so delicious. Sometimes I order two. They’re so cheap you might as well. If you’re lucky a local band might be playing there.
- What is your favorite locally made food product?
The jams and jellies that Black Radish Creamery makes are probably one of the best-kept secrets in our town. Being a canner/jammer myself, I have a ton of respect for the quality and taste of their products. The owner said he originally made them as wedding favors when he and his wife got married, and they were so well-received it turned into another product line for their company. It’s evident they really love their craft because it shines through in everything they make.
- Some of us are not full-time food bloggers. If you are not, what is your “real” job?
My full time job is a mom and I take that very seriously. However, I pay the bills by working at an agency.
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!
I once won second place in an international yodeling contest and my high school senior picture was featured on Awkward Senior Photos.
Thanks Dilara! Be sure to check our her Instagram.
Erin, the Spiffy Cookie