Foodie: A person who has an ardent or refined interest in food; a gourmet. A foodie seeks new food experiences as a hobby, rather than simply eating out for convenience or hunger. Hello, my name is Erica and I’m a foodie. My motto: Live to eat rather than eat to live. My love of dining started at a very young age. My mother never cooked on Friday and Saturday evenings so we dined out at various restaurants. The highlight of my week was researching restaurants to suggest to my family. Nine times out of 10, we went with my suggestion. After a while that was my job. Every week I picked the restaurants. And I loved it. My dad loved to travel and made sure our family experienced new cities often. This took my love of dining out and finding new places to eat to a new level. I was amazed certain cities were identified by signature foods. It was always exciting to look up the city we were visiting and find some great spots to eat. As I got older, friends and family always asked me where to go for a meal. From where to get a fantastic steak to where to have a great birthday dinner, I was the go to foodie. So, I decided to launch Eating with Erica an Atlanta based food blog. On this blog I feature incredible restaurants, introduce readers to the remarkable chefs that make dining an experience, showcase amazing events and get the inside scoop of where your favorite celebs eat. I encourage you to visit new restaurants and share your experiences. Let’s get out of our comfort zone and have some restaurant adventures. I want to make you a foodie too!