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 Kayla from Crave Columbus!
- How did you become a food blogger? What is the theme of your blog/IG?
“Where do you want to eat dinner tonight? I don’t know, where do you want to eat tonight?” 🡨 My goal is to never make that a conversation in my home (or any Columbus homes!!) ever again. As much as I love being adventurous in the kitchen, the restaurant and food scene in Columbus is too great to miss out on. The more I started to look to other blogs or Instagram accounts for what new spots I should be checking out at dinnertime, the more I got excited to share my food findings and adventures with others. It’s been a crazy fun ride ever since! I try to keep the theme of my blog and Instagram Columbus restaurant based, with a few of my own original recipes mixed in. I also like to share what I eat when I travel to other cities, because isn’t eating the best part of traveling??
- What is your favorite thing to cook for yourself or others?
Because I typically tend to “treat myself” when eating out at restaurants, I enjoy experimenting with healthy recipes at home. If I can serve a sweet treat to a friend and they love it without knowing it’s actually full of veggies and nutrient-packed ingredients, I consider that a win in my book! On the not-healthy side of things, I recently made Half Baked Harvest’s spinach artichoke stuffed soft pretzels and I DIED. Here’s a link to her recipe HERE!
- What makes the Columbus food scene great? Or what would you change?
I love that the Columbus food scene is always evolving. Tacos, sushi bowls, PANCAKE BALLS? Columbus has it all. The only thing I don’t like is that I know I’ll never be able to try it all! I guess I can just live vicariously through all of the pretty food pics on Instagram!
I also absolutely love the opportunities I’ve had to meet owners/chefs/operators of local restaurants here in Columbus. Seeing the hope, excitement, and nervousness in a new restaurant owner’s eyes while talking to them at a soft opening event is one of the most inspiring things I’ve experienced. They had a dream, and they WENT for it!
- What restaurant(s) is at the top of your “must try” list?
Recently, vegan/vegetarian food has been hitting the spot for me (don’t get me wrong, I still love a good filet!) and I know there’s so many in town I haven’t tried yet. Comune is definitely at the top of the list!! (That and the deep dish at Paulie Gees bc YUMMM).
- What’s (and where) the most memorable meal/dish you had recently?
I was so inspired by my recent visit to Ghostwriter Public House in Johnstown, Ohio. While that technically isn’t considered “Columbus”, it’s a fun 30-minute drive and trust me, it is so so worth it. The ambiance of the beautiful space combined with Chef Brett’s (formerly of Lindey’s!) creative menu makes for a great evening. Check out my blog post here!
- Give us the inside scoop — what’s your favorite happy hour, hole in the wall, or hidden gem in Columbus?
These might not be secrets, but they sure are my favorites!
Bar: Club 185. We love going here on a low-key night and getting a few (cheap) drinks, a cheeseburger, and their addicting chip dip!
Sandwich: I DIE for the ham and cheese croissant sandwich on Hoof Hearted’s brunch menu. Seriously everyone needs to eat this sammie at least once in their lives.
Cold Weather Meal: When it’s chilly, I crave Pho. My fave pho in Columbus is at Buckeye Pho on Bethel!
Cheap Meal: $1 Pierogi night every Monday at Wunderbar in German Village!!
- What is your favorite locally made food product?
Hi Dan the Baker, I love you.
- Some of us are not full-time bloggers. If you are not, what is your “real” job?
I’m an auditor for a public accounting firm here in Columbus. My life is a combination of my two loves, Excel and food. LOL.
- Tell us an interesting fact about yourself!
I originally started my Instagram as a fitness studio blog, it was called “From Bed to Barre” (lol—glad that didn’t work out). I love to exercise every day, maybe as much as I like to eat food! ☺ The 614 fitness studio community is just as happening as the food scene, and I couldn’t be happier about it. A few of my favorite studios are Cycle 614, System of Strength, Studio Torch, Barre3, and Modo Yoga. I like to use Classpass, which lets me try pretty much any studio around Columbus, and even studios in other cities as well!
Erin, the Spiffy Cookie