A Squared: The Tastemaker Top 10 with Jillian of Cornflake Dreams

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Tastemaker Top 10 with Jillian of Cornflake Dreams

The Tastemaker Top 10 is a collection of 10 questions asked by me and answered by some of my favorite bloggers. Here they will tell you a little bit about themselves, their blogs, and of course, their favorite foods and restaurants. I'm excited to introduce you to Jillian of Cornflake Dreams today! Jillian was one of the first Chicago bloggers that I followed when I started writing A Squared and she has just moved to the lovely and charming Charleston, SC. I love following along with her adventures there and below are her answers to my Tastemaker questions from just before she moved. Check it out!

Name: Jillian Manesh

Blog: Cornflake Dreams

Location: Chicago, IL ... soon to be Charleston, SC!

In a few sentences, tell us a little bit about your blog: Cornflake Dreams is a travel and style blog. I blog about all the things I love: traveling with my husband, food, shopping, and yoga.

Now, tell us about your...

1. Favorite meal, food, or cuisine:
  I love Mexican and Persian Food and I am a little obsessed with sandwiches. I also have a killer sweet tooth (more on that later).

2. Least favorite meal, food, or cuisine:
Seafood! I can't stand the smell or taste of seafood-- which is a shame because I know it's a healthy option.

3. Favorite restaurant in your city:
Vinnie's - it's the cutest neighborhood sub shop and they make the BEST Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches (order it with provolone cheese + pesto mayo!)

4. Favorite restaurant outside of your city:
Cupcake in Charleston, SC - it's my absolute favorite place to get cupcakes. I love the Lemon Blueberry and Carrot Cake with cream cheese frosting flavors.

5. Favorite food memory: My grandpa always made me biscuits and gravy (with sausage + lots of black pepper) for breakfast when I visited. Now whenever I eat them I always think of my grandparents.

6. Favorite guilty pleasure food: pumpkin pie, carrot cake with cream cheese frosting, flaky croissants, peanut butter, chocolate chip cookie dough, white chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies, and chocolate cake donuts.

7. Favorite ingredient (something you love to cook with, or something you see on a menu and know you have to order): Feta cheese, cilantro, lemon (together OR separate).

8. Favorite kitchen tool, utensil, product, etc.: My HUSBAND! He is the chef in our house... I am the sous chef ...meaning I reheat his leftovers on the weekends.

9. Favorite recipe: My great grandma's date nut bread.

10. Favorite thing about blogging: I love the friendships I have made online and in real life. Blogging is such a wonderful way to meet new people with similar interests.

11. BONUS! Five favorite blogs/blogs that A Squared readers should know about:
The Boot Blog by Marissa - Marissa is an American living in Italy (newly married) and she makes the most delicious (and healthy) food
Long Distance Loving - Ali is one of my first blogging friends -- she is even sweeter in person.
Dancing Branflakes - A ballet dancer who loves food.
Aspiring Kennedy - I absolutely love Lauren's travel, baby, and food photos.
A Cup of Jo - The first blog I loved -- and the one that inspired me to start blogging.

*All images via Jillian's Instagram

Thanks so much for your thoughts, Jillian!

Do you have a blogger that you'd recommend to be featured on the Tastemaker Top 10? Or are you a blogger that would like to participate? Email me at aasquaredblog@gmail.com and let me know!

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