Jenn Thai / That Jenn Girl
Many people, as is the case with this CL intern, turn to food bloggers for daily inspiration on what to cook and where to eat. A recipe or review catches your eye and the immediate hunger begins. However, the world of food blogging isn’t just about pretty photos or restaurant recommendations. Yes, there are bloggers who do just that. But some are eextending beyond food to a variety of problems.
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To take Dan Hanley of Gay Vegans. In addition to writing about veganism and her adventures with her husband Mike as a married gay and vegan couple living in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Hanley touches on topics such as human and animal rights, activism and building bridges between communities.
He says he thinks food choices are a barrier for omnivores going vegans, which is why he will cover food in his blog from time to time. To help those considering a vegan lifestyle, he shatters the myths surrounding what vegan cuisine is – and what vegans eat.
“Being vegan for me has completely changed the way I view food,” Hanley said, “and I think the variety of food choices that are part of a vegan life is endless.”
Nik sharmaA brown table
It’s not often that you find newspaper columnists moonlighting as food bloggers. Based in Oakland, California Nik Sharma works twice on his blog, A Brown Table, and the Sunday column of the same name for the Chronicle of San Francisco. Both are recipe driven.
“My recipes are inspired by my experience as an immigrant and draw inspiration from my childhood in India and America,” said Sharma.
He tells CL that he got into food writing because it gave him the opportunity to connect with people as a gay immigrant. Writing has also helped him develop his cuisine. According to Sharma, he noticed over time that his style adapted and acclimated to his new environment in the United States. How moving to another country can change someone’s approach to the kitchen, right?
I have never
Locally, the the guys behind Never Have I Ever, Nicholas Catania and Ryan Sullivan, Focus on Trying New Things for Their Lifestyle Blog; they appreciate the unique experiences around Tampa and everywhere else they travel, after all. Marrived in March, the duo says Finding LGBTQ-friendly places is important for them because they want to frequent places that are welcoming to everyone.
Being a young gay couple also gives them a unique perspective. They went from presenting reviews, events and Bay Area adventures on NHIE to sharing their daily and general life experiences, including their wedding and numerous music festivals. But, you know, because they love food, their audiences know to expect stories about their frequent culinary escapades.
“We hope that by sharing our stories and adventures, we can encourage our followers to go out and try new experiences while inspiring them to be proud of what makes them unique,” Sullivan and Catania said.