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I was plain chuffed (a phrase I feel my old writer L could’ve penned herself) when Mary Luz Mejia invited me to hear internationally acclaimed food blogger Clotilde Dusoulier speak at an event called “Eating Words: The Art of Food Blogging” last week.

While the name did not immediately resonate, Clotilde’s blog Chocolate & Zucchini was instantly familiar, as I’ve been a reader & subscriber for years! Visiting from Paris & spending two weeks in Stratford and Toronto, she made a concerted effort to visit George Brown College for this event.

Mary Luz, for those who may not be aware is a food writer, researcher, food TV producer/director and “one of Toronto’s most dedicated and passionate food journalists”. Isn’t that a lovely summation? My goal? Striving to be “one of Toronto’s most dedicated and passionate restaurant-enthusiasts” ;)

While having never met in person, Mary Luz tweets about all things food (@MaryLuzonFood), and I – much to the exasperation & teasing of M&S – also tweet incessantly about food (@_KimLe). Ah, the little windows that open up through Twitter.

Thursday came with eager anticipation. What a geek I am. Pourquoi? Simply to be in the presence of other like-minded, food-crazed strangers. Friends, who bless their hearts, tolerate it with infinite patience, are relieved to have me channel my blatherings elsewhere for a night.

Clotilde, with her lovely French accent, was here to give us a glimpse of her success (but not limited to) as a food blogger. How it all began, personal experiences and tips for writing. Born & raised in Paris, into a family of engineers (like me!), she created her blog in 2003 as an outlet to express her obsessive desire to talk about food (always) and to extend the conversation beyond the dinner table (24/7 if possible). It became a space she called her own (true), and a space that provided her tremendous joy (yes)…from readers’ reactions to the latest fervent dialogue over the best places to try in Toronto (overwhelmingly so).

{Sidebar I}: Isn’t it funny how you grasp onto similarities & identify with those whom you admire?

{Sidebar II}: Writing this from Montreal. Surrounded by family who speak French beautifully. Meeting Clotilde. Reading “The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry” – a true story of a journalist who pursues a lifelong dream to study at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. All serve to heighten ever-long desire to learn French. Someone…anyone…wave a linguistics wand & bestow this magical language upon me, s’il vous plaît.

Interesting note was that Clotilde’s 10 tips to a successful food blog could effectively be applied to ANY blog. From finding a focus & setting yourself apart to giving credit where credit is due, these weren’t food-specific or necessarily revelations, but simply guiding stars (and made richer with her stories). A warm & vibrant woman – she exuded a natural passion that was infectious, and for me, stirred up a renewed enthusiasm & commitment to writing. Merci Clotilde for sharing your stories & insights. And thank you Mary Luz for the invitation. How did you know this was just the thing to nudge me into action again? ;)

À bientôt!
kox

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My fridge is like the fridge from Chopped. Random at best.

Cabbage. Grainy mustard. Artichokes. Sundried tomatoes. Chives. Bacon. Now, why wouldn’t we combine all of these?

Anything goes when your last meal was a plate of dirty nachos. No story to be told. Move along now.

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