Today’s Email Interview features DFW based Foodie/Blogger Eva Parks. Eva has cooked up quite a local following for her blog What’s Eva Eating?
Her blog chronicles her eating and drinking exploits in and around the Metroplex along with chef profiles and her favorite recipes.
I hope this interview will give you just a taste of what Eva brings to the table (horrible puns intended). Enjoy!
The Email Interview: Eva Parks
BB: A lot of people really love food, including myself, but why did you decide to take the next step and start a blog?
EP:I grew up in the house where we ate almost every meal out! Mom didn’t cook and when the poor woman did it may have been burnt and dad traveled a lot so we literally ate out every meal. Kids loved coming over because they were guaranteed a fun dinner outing!
But thinking about why I started What’s Eva Eating?..It was initially started as a pure joke! Some friends encouraged me to start a Facebook page and within a week I had more than 100 fans.
I guess I’ve always been one for snapping pics of my food and sharing with friends. I lived in Raleigh for three years and when I’d come back home to Dallas I’d snap pics of what I considered REAL BBQ, Tex Mex, queso…I’d tease my North Carolina friends that Texas has the best foods hands down. I guess it sort of developed from there.
I’ve always been the friend that you come to for food advice whether it’s a date, family in town, girls night out…I love helping people plan for the perfect occasion! I hope WEE? is a good source for people when they’re looking for a good meal!
BB: Since you are now a celebrity, have you noticed any special treatment from local restaurants since you started the blog?
EP: Now I don’t quite know about celebrity….but restaurants have reached out and invited me in personally. I’ve received some Tweets and Facebook messages to swing by for happy hour or to come in for dinner. I can’t lie…a few have comped a meal or two!
BB: How do you see social media changing the restaurant industry?
EP: You know, food bloggers really have a powerful voice and restaurants are taking notice. When I started WEE? nearly two years ago, there were only a few out there but now there’s like 10+ who blog on a regular basis.
Some of them can be dangerous and hurtful for no reason. I’ve read reviews where they’ve slammed places just because they had one bad experience. Food Bloggers aren’t experts…most of us never went to culinary school or have any kind of background in food. We just have a love and passion good food and drink and like sharing it with whoever wants to know.
I’d like to think restaurants respect what I do. I keep WEE? simple: point, click, post. I won’t write anything bad about a restaurant. Mom always said, if you don’t have anything nice to say…don’t say it!
BB: So, what exactly is Eva eating these days?
EP: Lately my favorite spot has been The Common Table. I love the atmosphere and neighborhood feel. Since they changed chefs, the food has improved. My favorite dish is their chicken and dumplings. Although I’ll give them a hard time that they can be a little cheap with their dumplings
Tex Mex: Mia’s. Get Butch’s Brisket Tacos..order extra gravy! Chuy’s Light Plate.
Pizza: Taverna. Eno’s. Grimaldi’s. Scalini’s Pizza.
Italian: Terilli’s Italchos!!! Patrizio’s Tortellini. Taverna’s Risotto.
Home Cookin’: Norma’s meat loaf or chicken fried steak! Celebration anything as long as I get my blueberry muffins!
BBQ: Off the Bone’s ribs! Baker Bros on Greenville brisket sammy.
Off the beaten path: Company Café. Katy Trail Ice House in the summer when they bust out their grill.
Tacos: Taqueria El Si Hay. Fuel City. Tacos y mas. Good to Go. Rusty Taco. Fuzzy Taco.
BB: If money were no object, what would be the perfect meal in DFW?
EP: Al Biernat’s. Hands down the best food, atmosphere and service. You’re treated like royalty every time you go in. Doesn’t matter what you wear or who you’re with…I’ve seen them treat local celebs the same as any Joe!
They truly treat their customers right and with so many options here in town I feel like for the price you definitely get what you pay for. Okay, now I’m craving their Prime Rib!