Updated: Dec 17, 2019
As part of The Traveling Board's mission to bring people together through their love of food, we will be sharing the stories of food bloggers alike to find out what food, family & friends means to them. See below for our interview with the very talented Kylie, a writer, food photographer and owner of Cooking With Cocktail Rings.
Q: What about food brings you so much joy? Is it gatherings with family & friends, storying telling around the dinner table, tasting new food while traveling? In a few sentences, you tell me…..
A: I love how food brings people together. I'm at my happiest gathered around the dinner table with my family and friends enjoying a meal of good food and drinks laughing and telling stories into the night. Cooking and hosting allows me to share that sense with others. My husband and I also love food and one of our favorite things to do together is to step away from the outside world and whatever else may be going on to go out to eat together. We have some of our best conversations over those dinners.
Q: What inspires you and why?
A: I am constantly inspired by my surroundings in Los Angeles as well as my travel. Doing what I do as a food blogger, I have a fairly flexible schedule and am lucky to be able to travel fairly often whether it is back to the east coast or to explore new places both around the US and internationally. Being based in LA, I am able to try so many different cuisines and am constantly inspired by new and different flavor profiles and ingredient combinations.
Q: What is your favorite cuisine and why?
A: This is such a hard one for me! I could probably eat Japanese every day - I love sushi and ramen. In terms of cooking, I would have to say French cuisine. I love it all - from the rich braises to roasted fish and not to mention cheese and bread it can't be beat.
Q: Who has inspired you most in life?
A: Both my parents are big sources of inspiration to me - my mom is a natural hostess. Growing up our house was always decked out with decor for every holiday whether it was Christmas, Halloween or Easter. As one of the most selfless people I know, she taught me the importance of doing whatever you can to help others. My dad has always encouraged me to follow my passions and never give up. Their marriage is a source of inspiration in my own and I don't know where I would be without their endless support.
Q: What is your favorite quote?
A: "And now that you don't have to be perfect, you can be good." - John Steinbeck, East of Eden
Q: Do you have any advice that you’d like to pass along to other entrepreneurial minded individuals about how you achieved your own personal success?
A: Consistency is key! Set a daily schedule or goals for yourself. I think it really helps to be driven - since technically my schedule is very flexible I need to hold myself accountable to deadlines because no one else will. Part of starting a business is to outlast others - while some days it can be tough, find ways to keep going and don't give up, but be patient because success (typically) won't come over night.
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