Evelyne Budkewitsch [evelyne]
What is your specialty? What subjects do you deal with?
I specialize in two of the best things in the world: food and travel. I write restaurant reviews on my blog and I also write a travel guide part time at work. But my passion is the food. I am a foodie and I love ethnic food in particular or the unusual. The travel guide is great too but I do not get to actually go to the places, bummer.
Please list a web address where where one can view an example of your work.
My most used platform is of course my blog http://www.cheapethniceatz.com
What is "news"?
In the case of food it would be a news ingredients, a new cooking gadget, a new restaurant, a new cook book. Basically the flavor of the month and long standing classics reinforced or re-tweaked.
Please list well-known people you have interviewed.
Create a personal connection with the person being interviewed. They are nervous and might be suspicious a bit of your intentions. Try to connect with them on a friendly note, get them to relax, make it fun for them. Be polite, smiling, be sincere.
I'll chat them up about other stuff then the actual subject in an 'off the record' way before starting the interview.
Up till now, what has been your professional career path?
I started in the travel industry working for a consolidator. Then I went to a software company that delivers innovative and robust IT solutions for the travel industry. My position here consist a lot of writing and marketing by developing an online travel guide and now working on a travel review site for Canadians.
Please list web addresses where one can see something about you.
In which market, products or services, are you currently working?
Monarc.ca is the only site that presents reviews of hotels written by Canadians for Canadians on products purchased in Canada.
When did you start cooking? Who got you started in this art?
I started when I was about 8 or 9 years old when I could read a cookbook. Basically my parents woke up one Saturday morning and I had made muffins. They were a little freaked out by the fact that I had used the oven. But my mom watched me the next time and realized I knew how to use it. From then on I was self-taught with free run of the kitchen and cookbooks.
Is there a website or blog where we can see something about you and your cooking?
How would you define your style?
I particularly like to cook Asian and Indian fare. I used to bake a lot but not anymore. My style would be 'approximate'...as in I hate using measuring tools and avoid them. I go by feeling and rarely do I not change something in a recipe.
What is your favorite spice to cook with and why?
I love ethnic food so I love ethnic spices. My favorites are cumin, curry, cinnamon, ginger, lemon grass and of course saffron.
If you were stranded on a deserted island for one year, what dish would ask to eat after your rescue?
Is there something you hate to see when you go to a restaurant as a customer?
What is your blog address? What subjects do you deal with?
My blog is http://www.cheapethniceatz.com and I write restaurant reviews, recipes, talk about cool gadgets and fun ingredients, as well as food events.
What was it that made you create your blog? On what date did you start it?
I started my blog after a few months of having creating a dinner group called Cheap Ethnic Eatz. We are going on 3 years now and we have been going to reasonably priced ethnic restaurants about twice a month. I have over 300 members and 4 assistants. The blog started as a restaurant review blog but has expanded since then. I started the blog I believe in June of 2007.
What blogging system have you adopted and why?
I started on blogger.com but moved to wordpress and got my domain name. I love the flexibility of it and the plug-ins
Have you created relationships with other bloggers or readers of your blog?
Oh yes. I have met other local food bloggers, we now do dinner outings. I have made online foodies friends too.
How often do you post? Does regular posting of your blog require a lot of effort on your part?
I try to post every other day. Sometimes I am brimming with ideas, sometimes I have dry spells.
How would you define your readers? Have you got a faithful audience?
My readership is growing a lot right now. It consist of other foodie bloggers and members of the dinner group.
What advice would you give to someone who wishes to begin a blog?
Do it for yourself. If you do not enjoy it there is no point in it.