– My name is Hesa Al Khalifa, am half Bahraini from my father’s side and Emarati from mother’s side. My blog is a reflection of my thoughts, appreciation and love for anything I derive pleasure from.
What inspired you to write a food blog?
– I always had a passion to exploring new places or dishes, my curiosity to how the dish was created and the wow moment of the dish made me a devoted die hard foodie. My friends and relatives encouraged me to start writing about food and it later translated itself to creating a blog that is dedicated to food and all food fans. All my food findings and dishes are posted online on the blog. Thus the blog HKFinds came into existence.
How would you describe your site to new readers?
– My food findings are around UAE, Bahrain and Gulf countries along with United Kingdom. My site is user friendly and accessible to all my readers interested in exploring new venues, ideas or engaging their taste buds in such locations. The website is divided into sections such as reviews of restaurants, guides, country wise viewing thus making it quick and accessible to all viewers. I also created subcategories such as breakfast club, coffee addiction, deserts zone etc so the users can search and make plans based on their interests.
How do you choose which food/place to review?
– As a food blogger I believe one must keep an eye for all possible launches, hype and new dishes introduced by current restaurants. Also I constantly take recommendations and suggestions from my fans and friends so I try everything out there. To me, am interested mostly in food and have no conditions to the venue, place or even cuisine. Thus I tend to drown all the negativity and love to try fairly myself. Afterall not all have the same approach or same taste buds due to which there is diversity in food industry.
What about the layout and design of your website? Was it difficult to learn how to manage all of that?
– Actually I was always interested in web designing and the process was quite natural to me. Maintaining the website was quite easy as yet as I have recently revamped the website after its one year creation. So far the reviews were great and appreciative and am looking forward to comments.
Sometimes when reviewing lots of restaurants and dishes it becomes a bit challenging posting the posts online.
What’s the best and worst thing about being a food blogger?
– Posting a delicious and appetizing dish and receiving hungry comments from fans pleases me the most while the worst is that there are many food bloggers out there yet they are not documenting their food journey.
Was photography something you had studied before, or something you picked up as you started blogging?
– I was always in love with photography and I tended to take pictures of everything. It later developed along with my food love into a passion as well. I have recently flown to London to expand my current knowledge of photography so I can take more guilty food pictures. Both photography and food love have become side by side a passion for me.
Which part of blogging excites you most?
– All parts of blogging excite me, from choosing the restaurant to planning out the meal. Creating the environment once the dishes are placed for photo shoot to capturing the best photo. Tasting and eating the meal concludes the journey of food tasting with the ooh wow moment. My hurray is when I post the image about the dish and restaurant and view my fans responses.
What do you think food blogging will look like in 5 years? Will it still be around?
– Yes, it will be there and booming the industry has just started and there are already many aspiring bloggers starting their journey. So far there are many interests and involvement from these individuals. To all of them I wish them good luck in their endeavors.
If you could just banish any one food, from the earth, what would it be?
What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own food blog?
– My advice to prospective bloggers or current is that they write, write and write about their food experience and journey. I hope they blog and document their journey as they go by.