Who’s blogging: My name is Luciana “Uchi” Davidzon. I immigrated to the U.S. from Buenos Aires, Argentina almost nine years ago. I trained as a Pastry Chef in FCI New York (International Culinary Center). After founding and working my own catering business for several years, my first daughter was born. I then realized it was time to reinvent myself and started my blog, Latin Food Lovers. Although I started writing for pleasure, I slowly discovered that I could live off of writing.
Explain your blog name: Latin Food Lovers was born while searching for a name that would integrate the love that I have for both food and Latino culture. My blog initially got started as a journey of my time spent in different Latin American restaurants in New York. However, the blog has been constantly changing and evolving along the way. Because visiting restaurants was time-consuming (and calorie building!) the blog morphed into a hub for Latino recipes.
Blogging since: I began blogging in Spanish and English in 2010.
Blogging from: I blog from my home in New Jersey/New York area and during my travels.
Most popular post: My most popular post has been a recipe for whole wheat squash empanadas.
What you’ve learned about food while blogging: I’ve learned to enjoy being in the kitchen while trying to create my recipes. I’ve also learned in the process is how to be better organized in the kitchen.
I have also learned that it is very important to use high-quality, fresh and seasonal ingredients. While I have acquired technical expertise as a pastry chef in FCI, I found myself learning and innovating every day.
Where do you get inspiration for your posts: I am inspired by everything that surrounds me. This includes clothing, decoration, design, music, art, nature, seasons of the year, ingredients, flea markets and gastronomic conferences.
What have you learned from blogging: Blogging is a wonderful way to express ourselves. I learned that messy and rustic dishes are welcome in the magazines, newspapers and sites. I learned that perfection is not always appetizing and sometimes can intimidate the lady who is trying to follow the recipe . So although I am quite a perfectionist, I’m now incorporating crumbs on the counter, cakes and meals in general. I’ve learned how to style photos and have learned a lot about photography . The recipe can be fantastic but if the photo is boring or unappetizing , it does not work! But while I’m still working to improve myself continuously, I can’t say that I’ve learned all the tricks.
What are your favorite food blogs: There are so many that I like for different reasons : some I read because the photography inspires me, others I enjoy the sense of humor, others have unconventional recipes and ingredients, others tell a good story, etc.. I learn something from all of them!