Miso Cod - Chaya Brasserie SF

Miso Cod – Chaya Brasserie SF

Who doesn’t love food? Those of you who follow us on social media know that we’re guilty of Instagramming delicious morsels that we’re about to consume. We voraciously read food blogs of strangers from all over the world, but we were thrilled to meet a local food blogger. Today, we introduce to you Brenda Linkous, of Bites & Bourbon.

Wonderland Organics: Tell us about the name of your blog– how did you choose Bites & Bourbon?

Brenda Linkous: My husband, Patrick, and I both love food and drinking bourbon. It’s a yin-and-yang thing; I am the bites and he is the bourbon. The name symbolizes a balance of two things that go well together.

Wonderland Organics: That’s perfect! The name stands out in a sea of bloggers, which we’re sure is what you were going for. What got you started on your food blog?

Brenda Linkous: Growing up in a Vietnamese family that wasn’t expressive with their emotions, food was the one thing that we all bonded over. I have a strong attachment to food for that reason. I like to cook, learn and explore different cuisines. I love sharing stories with others about my dining experiences. Thanks to the encouragement of my friends, I created my food blog.

Brenda Linkous, blogger of Bites & Bourbon

Brenda Linkous, blogger of Bites & Bourbon

Wonderland Organics: It’s true, nothing bonds people better than food (except maybe crazy experiences). We love reading your blog– the places you go look delicious, and they’re all local in the Bay! What’s the best part about being a food blogger?

Brenda Linkous: It’s meeting great people behind the food and opening myself up to explore different types of cuisines. These are artists who are expressing themselves in the form of art and that’s pretty awesome.

Wonderland Organics: We can imagine! What is your favorite meal of all time?

Brenda Linkous: This is a hard question because I have so many favorite meals. But what I always default to is my mom’s homemade bun bo hue. It’s a spicy lemongrass noodle soup with cuts of bone-in pork legs that originate from Hue, Vietnam. My mom cooks her broth for several hours overnight to extract all the great flavors of the bones for the soup base.

Ramen Bar- Pork Belly Ramen

Ramen Bar- Pork Belly Ramen

Wonderland Organics: We’re a huge fan of noodle soup! Bun bo hue sounds absolutely mouthwatering. What’s one of your biggest achievements from being a food blogger?

Brenda Linkous: In May, I worked with Sorabol and Westfield to create an exclusive dish for a good cause and to promote Westfield’s Dine on Time app. We developed a Spring Mix Noodle Salad with Grilled Shrimp. The entire experience was really awesome especially because I was working with Chef Theresa Lee. She was humble, sweet, and generous. I also learned that Sorabol started in Oakland and was established in 1979 at 372 Grand Avenue as a fine dining Korean restaurant by a woman named Young-ran Hong, along with her husband. The event really opened up my eyes.

Wonderland Organics: We saw photos, and we were incredibly sad to turn down that invitation! Your dish looked amazing 🙂 Do you have any advice for people wishing to start on an entrepreneurial route?

Brenda Linkous: You need two things in order to be successful: [1] Become an expert in your subject matter and in what you wish to pursue. [2] Passion. This is what will fuel you.

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Wonderland Organics: Great advice! And last but not least, what’s your favorite part of the Wonderland Organics blog?

Brenda Linkous: There are some great sections of the site but I enjoy Skincare Tips the most because I like quick educational tips on how to take care of my skin. My favorite post is Solving Breakouts Naturally. Prior to reading it, I had no idea of the different oils that you can use for your skin.

Thanks so much to Brenda for talking to us today! Check out her blog here, and feel free to drool over the yummy places that she visits.

Have you ever wanted to be a food blogger? (Does this interview inspire you to forge ahead?) Let us know in the comments below!




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