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Famously hungry: USC food blogger releases book

By Liz McCarthy,, 803-777-2848

Two years ago Laura Aboyan, ’05 public relations, won a contest from the Columbia Visitors Bureau for the state’s restaurant week. She had won 25 gift cards to restaurants, bars and cafes across the city.

But quickly her winnings became more than a few nights out. Aboyan, a certification and assessment administrator in the College of Education, started documenting her brunches, lunches and dinners on a blog, The Hungry Lady.

The idea took off. This year she released a book, “Columbia Food: A History of Cuisine in the Famously Hot City,”which details the delectable history of Columbia cuisine.

What does she like most about blogging about food?: “I love to eat and I like to try new things I wouldn’t otherwise.”

What is something memorable from her time tasting Columbia’s best cuisine?: “I’ve rediscovered beets. I fell in love with them.”

Is it easy to find local, non-chain dining options in the city?: “There are so many originals. Sometimes you have to dig to find a Columbia original, but more and more are popping up.” 

What’s her favorite restaurant?: “I’d have to go with Terra in West Columbia. It was the first place I ate and it set the bar so high. The atmosphere, the food, the staff.”

Aboyan, along with a host of other authors from USC, will be at this year's South Carolina Book Festival May 17-19. 

This story originally appeared in the USC Times. For more from this issue, check it out online

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Posted: 05/15/13 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 05/16/13 @ 4:42 PM | Permalink



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