I'm Amber. I cook this food, take these photos, and write this blog. I live in Seattle with my hotsauce-loving
boyfriend fiance(!) HUSBAND Evan, and my sweet grumpy cat, Biscuit.
I started Loves Food, Loves to Eat in 2009, as a way to share my thoughts and ideas and passion for all things food.
I've always had an intense relationship with food (not in a creepy way...ok, maybe a little creepy). While some eat to survive, or eat just to eat, I live to eat. Each flavor, every little morsel, every layer and ingredient makes me excited to be alive, excited to share delicious moments with people I love. After years of cooking and eating, rolls of food-photo-film, daily emails and conversations about menus, a few x-rated dreams about Anthony Bourdain, and two jobless weeks of watching Food Network and reading food blogs for hours, it hit me like the first time I tasted truffle oil- nearly knocking me off my feet... OF COURSE...I'll start MY OWN food blog! Alas, Loves Food, Loves to Eat was born.
I hope you enjoy reading what I have to write, and eating what I love to eat.
Enjoy and happy eatings!
Your pictures are a lot better than when you started in 2009, what kind of camera do you use?
Why thank you! I use a Canon EOS Rebel
XS T4i with a 50mm 1.4f lens, and am constantly practicing and working on my photography. I also use my iPhone w/Instagram from time to time. I'm a bit obsessed with it.
I don't see ads on your site, what pays the bills?
I actually have a full time job at a tech marketing firm in Seattle. I spend a ton of time working on projects for <insert name of large Seattle/Redmond WA based technology leader here>, so cooking and blogging give me a nice outlet.
Who is your foodie inspiration?
I love Anthony Bourdain. I mean, I love him. But I'd say my biggest foodie inspiration is my mom. And my dad. Even though I grew up in a tiny rural town, my parents always found ways to use interesting ingredients and make creative dishes. In my tiny school, I was probably the only 2nd grader bringing whole pomegranates, smoked salmon dip, artichokes, and leftover cordon bleu in my sack lunch.
Your greasiest most batter splattered cook book is?
The original Fannie Farmer. Its the best for the ol' fashioned basics like muffins, quick breads, and chocolate chip cookies. I also reference my old Gourmet mags on a regular basis, and Evan's my iPad pretty much lives in the kitchen.
The best thing you have ever eaten in another country, where was it and what was it?
That's a tough one, because I've had some pretty amazing food on my travels. But, I'd have to say that the very best was a liege waffle from a little kiosk at the train station in Antwerp, Belgium. I proceeded to eat about a hundred more liege waffles when we got to Brugge, many of them freshly made, some covered in chocolate or strawberries and whipped cream…but none of them added up to that plain pre-made train-station waffle.
What one kitchen gadget would you like Santa to bring you?
Does 'a bigger kitchen' count? No? Then maybe really good pots and pans…maybe copper ones (mostly because I love how they look)...but then I'd need a bigger kitchen to display them.
I’m coming to you for dinner, what is your signature dish?
Pulled pork. I'm obsessed with slow roasted pork, shredded and served all saucy with a side of roasted veggies, stuffed into a tortilla carnitas style, or doused in BBQ sauce and piled high on a bun. I don't know if I'd call it my signature dish, but I make a mean pork butt, and it's great for a crowd. And if you're coming for dinner, we might as well make it a party. I throw one hot taco party. Carnitas with fresh taco fixings, a pot of black beans, and some pico. And of course, some ice-cold Pacifico.
What is your guilty food pleasure?
Cheese. The grocery store by my house has a little basket of priced-by-the-pound odds and ends from their fancy cheese section, and I buy at least two every time I go there. Which is almost every day. It's kind of past 'guilty-pleasure' territory, and on the way to being a problem. I also love a good spoonful of peanut butter, almond or cashew butter, or nutella (or, if I'm really lucky, all of those on a spoon together!)
Reveal something about yourself that others would be surprised to learn?
Anything else I should know?
Aside from working, cooking, blogging, eating, traveling, and doing fun stuff in Seattle, and I run half marathons and watch shows on Netflix (Favorites: Friday Night Lights, Breaking Bad, Six Feet Under, and my guilty pleasure:
Gossip Girl Pretty Little Liars). That pretty much accounts for 24 hrs in a day. Oh, and I try to throw some sleep in there, too.