Today we're dreaming of 26-year-old Megan Fleiner, the cheery blogger behind Passports & Pancakes. Her tagline promises food, travel and photography and you'll find all of those things — in spades — on her beautiful site. One of the best things about Megan's blog is the photography, which is at once humble and grand. It's apparent than she admires and respects all that nature has to offer, whether from the comfort of her Charlotte, North Carolina, kitchen, or one of her treks to places such as Oregon and China. Like her travels, Megan's recipes are varied and enticing. Start reading her blog and you're sure to spend more time than you intended soaking up her beautiful experiences.
Read on to get to know Megan!
What is your all-time favorite book?
Louisa May Alcott's Little Women.
What meal do you love to cook?
I love the ritual of cooking a big pot of soup. Vegetables, stock, maybe some beans, all simmering together on the stove and making my house smell wonderful. It's such a familiar and calming process to me, perfectly for clearing my head after a busy week.
What is your favorite food scene from a book?
My favorite food scene comes from my all-time favorite book. In Little Women, when the March girls decide to pack up their luxurious Christmas breakfast and take it to the poor family down the street. They return home to eat bread and milk instead. That scene always brought tears to my eyes.
Coffee or tea?
What is the last book you abandoned?
I have actually never abandoned a book - but there have been plenty that I rightly could/should have! Books are one of the things that I compulsively must finish, hoping all along they will redeem themselves (which, admittedly, is not always the case).
Which author would you most like to meet for dinner, and what would you eat?
Anne Lamott, and hopefully a meal with lots of courses as I would love for that dinner to last for a while!
Where do you go to find new recipes? New reads?
I am in a book club, so I tend to be reading new things for that each month, and as for new recipes, there is so much inspiration these days. Blogs, Pinterest, the endless supply of cookbooks on my shelves, etc.
Tell us about your blog — what inspires it? Why do you run it? What are your favorite aspects of it?
My blog is a space for me to share my adventures in the kitchen and out in the world. I started the blog when I was feeling unfulfilled at work, and it has grown into a place that I love coming back to each week to connect with my readers. It keeps me accountable to try new recipes, capture all of the details about vacations, and to put down on paper (or computer screen in this case) my thoughts during this season of life. It's nice to have a space to call my own and it has helped me grow into a better cook/photographer/writer (although there is and always will be room to grow).
What are your favorite blogs?
I have too many to count these days. Cannelle et Vanille, Happyolks, Food Loves Writing, Not Without Salt, Sprouted Kitchen, The Vanilla Bean Blog, Green Kitchen Stories, Orangette, Seven Spoons. To name a few! They all tell a beautiful story, with photos and words, and are endlessly inspiring to me.