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 Sherri from Splash of Sherri!
- How did you become a food blogger? What is the theme of your blog/IG?
My mother hand wrote me a small 16 page cookbook when I got married. A few years ago I dug out more of my mom’s recipes, cooked them, typed them up, photographed them and added family stories. I ended up with a 154 page book and enjoyed every minute reliving old memories and recreating her recipes to share with my family. When I finished, I said to myself now what?
My blog Splash of Sherri – A New York Girl in a Midwest Kitchen, is an extension of that book. It is about my Jewish heritage, and being a NYC transplant now living in the Midwest. I find it nearly impossible to find the many foods I enjoyed growing up and foods from other cultures I’ve adopted along the way. On my blog I recreate them for everyone to enjoy.
- What is your favorite thing to cook for yourself or others?
There are so many foods I love to bake and cook, it’s difficult to choose! Of course I love to cook what I call Jewish soul food: noodle kugel, schnitzel, cheese blintzes, rugelach, challah, and mandel bread. I also love to cook Italian food, especially pizza which I learned how to make before I left NY. Since my trip to Israel a couple of years ago, I’m obsessed with Israeli food and have been making shawarma, sabich sandwiches and bourekas a lot and I put tahini on almost everything! Sorry I can’t choose just one, but if you ask a food blogger this question you have to be ready for this kind of answer!
- What makes the Columbus food scene great? Or what would you change?
The food scene is changing so rapidly it’s very exciting. When I moved here I couldn’t find good pizza and now, there are so many really great places. There are a couple of things I would change. I would change how people think vegetarians eat. Little Eater gets it. Other restaurants are just starting to. Oh, and stop with the kale already! Not everyone loves kale. It’s really overused in Columbus.
- What restaurant(s) is at the top of your “must try” list?
Olive Branch Coffee and Pizzeria – HELLO – my two favorites in one place! and anxiously awaiting True Food Kitchen coming to Easton.
- What’s (and where) the most memorable meal/dish you had recently?
Last Saturday night we went to SOW Plated in Upper Arlington. I had the sustainable fish which was a sea bass and it was light, delicious and perfectly cooked! The restaurant has a really cool vibe and is very pretty inside.
- Give us the inside scoop — what’s your favorite happy hour, hole in the wall, or hidden gem in Columbus?
My favorite places for happy hour are The Guild House and Sidebar. I think I’ll say Goremade pizza as my hidden gem, and as for a hole in the wall, even though it’s not really a hole in the wall anymore since it’s been in a new location for a few years, I’m going to have to say Starliner Diner (it used to be a hole in the wall!).
- What is your favorite locally made food product?
Of course I have to say something about my favorite coffee which is roasted right here in Columbus but can’t choose just one so I’ll note my top 2 favs – Brioso and Upper Cup. I recently found Ohio Pies and Emily makes the most delicious apple pie. Finally, Lucky Cat Bread – they make amazing bread.
- Some of us are not full-time bloggers. If you are not, what is your “real” job?
I am an art teacher. I love working with children and instilling the confidence they need to be creative and feel good about themselves.
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!
I’m a certified underwater photographer.
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