Meet a food influencer: Christine LaPuma
Eating good and living well is a lifelong passion for Christine LaPuma (@christinelikesfood). She shares her love for good eats on her food blog, all through easy-to-follow recipes. Her Instagram posts get a tremendous interest which she was not expecting initially. Now, she is also helping local food businesses.
Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Christine was graduated from the University of Texas at Austin this year with a B.S. in Public Relations and a minor in business. We spoke with Christine about her passion for food.
Can you tell us about your favorite childhood food?
Being a food lover, this is SUCH a hard question for me because I really do love almost everything. I would probably say lamb chops because as a child we would grill racks of lamb by the pool. Not only does it bring back the best memories, but it is now one of my favorite things to order when at a nice restaurant. That or pizza lol.
What did food mean to you before the lockdown?
Food has such a social connotation to me. It brings people together and is a more enjoyable experience when shared. Not to mention eating out at restaurants is one of my favorite pastimes. I’m looking forward to being able to participate in those kind of activities again.
How did your food choices change during the lockdown?
Without being able to dine out like we used to, I’ve been more active in the kitchen, from making healthier choices due to less physical activity, to trying new recipes. Typically I try to eat healthy during the week, like meat and veggies, so I can indulge in whatever I want on the weekend. During lockdown, I made lobster rolls and boiled fresh, live lobsters! Talk about trying new things and new experiences.
What do you miss the most? What did you discover new?
The normalcy. I miss dining in restaurants, social gatherings, and taking the NYC subway. Things that I would normally take for granted. I discovered a new appreciation for those kinds of things.
Do you have a food hack or a 2 mins recipe you can share?
I’ve been LOVING this salad and eat it multiple times a week. It’s arugula, shaved Brussels sprouts, olive oil, garlic, pepper, and freshly grated Parmesan! So healthy and too easy.