Who’s blogging: My name is Sylvia Helena Capria and I have lived all my life in Sao Paulo (Brazil) but I moved to Buenos Aires for love. I have a degree in Advertising so I worked for a long time in television commercials, mostly decorating kitchen sets. I loved that experience, and now I love preparing dinner at home for friends and family. The idea of cooking always held a lot of fascination to me; it is like doing magic ingredients. For me, the next step was how to present the finish product. I have always been curious and watched as food stylists and photographers worked during my time in television, so then I recreated some presentations at home and all together, that’s how I’ve put together my blog — Buenos Aires Cooking.
Explain your blog name: At the beginning, the blog had a very long name and it was difficult to keep it in mind, so when I bought my own domain, I changed it to a much more simple [name]. Bas is the nickname of Buenos Aires, the city where I currently live and cook, so I found an easy name that said it all in a few words.
Blogging since: I started to blog in 2007 when my husband gave me a compact camera. One of the reasons why I began blogging was that I was afraid of losing recipes that my grandma, my mom or myself had created, and I also wanted to share my recipes with friends who live in many different countries. I discovered a new world when I realized that I could pass the magic through pictures, and because of that I quickly upgraded my camera to a DSRL and some new lenses to show better images.
Blogging from: I blog from my home in Buenos Aires and from a variety of places where I’ve visited or stayed, sharing my experiences with the world.
Most popular post: One of my most popular posts chronicles a lovely walk in the streets of San Telmos, a beautiful neighborhood here in Buenos Aires. Another one of my most popular posts features my organic stuffed artichokes recipe.
What you’ve learned about food while blogging: I’ve learned a lot about food, but the most important is that you can make food that is healthy and pleasant to eat at the same time.
Where do you get inspiration for your posts?
I’m inspired by every day life; the spices, flavors and aromas of different cuisines. And I love the idea of merging food from one culture to another — it’s so seductive. In my pantry I have a variety of ingredients ranging from chimichurri, Indian curry, to English golden syrup and they all work as inspiration to me (although I haven’t used this last one yet!).
What have you learned from blogging? I have made many good friends through the blog and I realized that there are hidden talents in our lives. We don’t develop these talents until we discover we have them, which cause us a great satisfaction and self-fulfillment. The blog has given me more confidence in myself and through working on it, many dreams have come true.
What are your favorite food blogs? I have many, many blogs that I follow, all in a variety of languages like Portuguese, English and Spanish. Just to name a few: Panela de cobre, Bocados dulces y salados, More than burnt toast and Horneando algo.