Name: Cindy Nguyen
Blog name: Let’s Om Nom
Where were you born? Winnipeg, MB
Where are you living now? Edmonton, AB
Why did you start your blog?
I started with social media, photographing my food and adding short comments here and there. A lot of my friends and family were asking more questions though, so I figured why not? I started Let’s Om Nom to document my food experiences and share good eats with anybody who’s interested.
How did you decide on your blog name?
“Om nom” or “nom nom” is used to express pleasure at eating, or at the prospect of eating, delicious food. I’m “om nom”-ing 24/7 by that definition and I wanted my readers to join me!
What do you blog about?
I mostly blog about my personal food experiences. Currently this means a lot of dining out, reviewing old favourites and new restaurants in Edmonton, and recapping events that I think people need to know about or might have missed.
What post on your blog most encapsulates you?
The more I eat and the more I blog, the more I’ve feel like I’ve grown. Thus far, my review of Coffee Bureau most encapsulates me because I got to know the owners really quickly and was able to develop that sense of community when I moved into Edmonton’s downtown core.
Which post do you wish received more love and why?
A lot of my recap posts will trend for a short period of time but because the event or meal has passed, people will forget about it. The recap of Honest Dumpling’s pop-up could use some more love, especially since the local shop’s products can be bought at the Old Strathcona Farmer’s Market and City Market every Saturday!
Which post’s success surprised you and why?
Readers really like free stuff. I don’t know why it surprised me as much as it did but my giveaway post of a Jacek Chocolate Couture Advent Calendar for 2014 was a big success! I just wanted to thank my readers and share with them what I’d be enjoying for the month of December.
What’s your biggest challenge as a blogger?
Keeping up with Edmonton’s growing food scene! I try to cover new restaurants and eats, but also keeping in mind of old favourites. Time management was a big challenge for me last year but I think this year I’m a bit better at balancing things.
Share a couple of your favourite food blogs to read. Why do you like them?
I enjoy Sharon Yeo’s Only Here For the Food. Her food notes are a great way for me to keep up to date with anything food-related in Edmonton!
I also enjoy reading Little Miss Andrea, another local food blogger. She’s been at it for longer than me and was one of my inspirations for starting the blog! The entire food community has been super welcoming.
Favourite food - care to share a recipe or a restaurant destination?
I have so many favourites but right at this moment, I’m craving sushi. And I mean a good, fresh piece of salmon sashimi or nigiri. My go-to in Edmonton is Sushi Wasabi. They’re always ridiculously busy but service is fast, price is right, and the salmon is fresh.
What are you working on next for your blog?
Photography. I’m constantly putting up posts but I’d like to focus more on food photography. Not necessarily food styling per se, but I just want to do the dish justice and make my readers drool. I’d also like to finish up on posts from my travels like Seoul, Korea, and New York City. It’s a blog about what I eat after all and somehow it’s not up.
What else should we know about you that may or not be in your “About Me” page?
I don’t like durian. But I believe that anybody can like any kind of food, it’s just a matter of finding a preparation or dish that suits your palate. I just haven’t found it yet!
What makes your blog unique?
I think I am very thorough with my reviews and recaps of events. I’d like to think that I described what I ate well enough to make a reader feel as if he or she is there with me but at the same time keeping my personal voice. I also think it’s nice that readers can watch me grow, both in writing style, photography, and even my palate!
What’s your Favourite FBC Feature?
Can I say all of them? I love being inspired by other food bloggers. My favourites are always ones with beautiful photography though.