Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille: Seven Questions for the Food Blogger / Stylist

Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille: Seven Questions for the Food Blogger / Stylist
Aran Goyoaga

Pastry chef Aran Goyoaga has

become the blogosphere's IT girl during the last two years for her food blog, Cannelle

Et Vanille (Cinnamon and Vanilla). 

Her flawless styling, recipes and

photography have been featured everywhere from In Style magazine to Gwyneth Paltrow's GOOP, and


ith food instincts stemming from her native Basque Country in

northern Spain, you might imagine Goyoaga living as an ex-pat in scenic California or upstate New York. 

But nope--her home base since 2002

has been Palm Beach

County. Aran made time

for a quick interview to review her favorite South Florida

restaurants, and to tell us where she gets her organic eggs.

1. What was on your holiday menu this year?

Our Christmas menu consisted of

butternut squash and leek soup as a starter. Then, a lobster, avocado and

fingerling potato salad. For the entrée, we had beef tenderloin, sautéed

broccoli rabe and roasted garlic mashed potatoes. For dessert, chocolate crème brulee

and macarons.

2. Where do you shop for food?

Every Sunday in October through May, I shop at the Palm Beach Gardens green market. I get my eggs from the Farriss Family Farm in Jupiter, and I do the bulk of my grocery shopping at Whole Foods. 

3. What are your favorite restaurants in Palm Beach County?

I really like

Leftovers in Jupiter (their sweet potato encrusted snapper) and Raw Kitchen's seasonal soups and gazpacho in downtown West Palm Beach are great.

4. What's the biggest thing you miss, food-wise, about living in South Florida

as opposed to Spain?

It's funny because even though we live right next to the ocean, I find it

very difficult to have access to great fish here. In the Basque Country, we

have amazing fish and shellfish and that's probably what I miss the most.

5. What's the best thing, food-wise about South Florida?

Having strawberries and tomatoes in the winter!

6. What dishes will your kids always eat?

My kids love the lentil soups I make with chorizo and kale. Also, my arroz

con leche.

7. What are your favorite food blogs?

Some of my all time favorites are 101 Cookbooks, Nordjlus, La Tartine

Gourmande, Kiss my Spatula, Roost, What Katie Ate, Sevenspoons, Appetite, Use

Real Butter and Gluten Free Girl.

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