Sunday Spotlight foodie edition: Mindful foodie, Maarten kookt and Foodie International

This edition of Sunday Spotlight is dedicated to foodies. There are three I like to mention especially: Mindful Foodie Lesh Karan, old school friend Maarten Lenoble and Elyse Pasquale AKA Foodieinternational.

The Mindful Foodie blog from Lesh Karan is certainly one of my favorites. She likes real food, knows about and maybe even more important: knows how to make delicious meals with it. And that’s exactly what she shares on the blog. Knowledge and recipes. Her blog is certainly worth following, especially if you like recipes with Asian influences.

Maybe a bit more difficult to follow is Maarten’s blog. Not because it’s hard to find, but because he writes in Dutch. He shares his love for good food and cooking by writing about his latest purchases of not only cook books, but also some really cool toys. Eh, utensils. But what really sets him apart from the rest, are his recipes for cooking with children. His own kids are Junior Master Chefs to be, and the recipes are honest, fun and great to make with children. Worth using Google Translate or a dictionary for this one.

Elyse Pasquale is on an exceptional adventure: she travels around the globe and writes about food. I might be just a tiny little bit jealous of her. Obviously she has a blog, on which she shares her adventures, but what I really like is her Instagram account. Amazing pictures of her travels and glorious, glorious food. If you’re not on Instagram, it’s worth doing so just to see what she shares.

What’s Sunday Spotlight?
Sunday Spotlight is my way of saying thanks to those members my online communities who have made an impact, or who I simply love to follow because they share awesome things. It is also a nod to Ana Isabel Canhoto, and the way she interprets the popular #FollowFriday meme on Twitter. I even had the honor of featuring in a FollowFriday post on her blog. How awesome is that?
In every Sunday Spotlight post I will introduce you to one or more very special people. These people have stood out in my social networks, and that’s why I think they are worth following. They might impact your life as well.

Sunday Spotlight: @cactuslouise

Louise Wilson, or @cactuslouise on twitter, is one of the wonderful people I met on the OpenIDEO platform. I have greatly enjoyed, and have been greatly inspired, by her contributions there. She also has a blog, that I really like to read. One of the posts that really stuck with me was made last year, right after the riots that shocked the UK and the world. She wrote about how her neighbourhood picked up after the riots, cleaning the streets and creating a ‘peace wall’ by putting sticky-notes with messages on a boarded up shop.

More recently, Louise was one of the winners of an OpenIDEO challenge with her idea to launch a site where young entrepreneurs can share their stories of failure, and lessons learned, so that others can learn from that: My Fail Tale.

Next to that, she often tweets and blogs about interesting topics, especially around community building. Louise is definitely worth following.

About Sunday Spotlight
Sunday Spotlight is my way of saying thanks to those members my online communities who have made an impact in the past week. It is also a nod to Ana Isabel Canhoto, and the way she interprets the popular #FollowFriday meme on Twitter. I even had the honor of featuring in this week’s FollowFriday post on her blog. How awesome is that?
In every Sunday Spotlight post I will introduce you to one or more very special people. These people have stood out in my social networks, and that’s why I think they are worth following. They might impact your life as well.

Sunday Spotlight: @marruciic and @qualityhunters #SunSpot

Sunday Spotlight is my way of saying thanks to those members my online communities who have made an impact in the past week. It is also a nod to Ana Isabel Canhoto, and the way she interprets the popular #FollowFriday meme on Twitter. I even had the honor of featuring in this week’s FollowFriday post on her blog. How awesome is that?
In every Sunday Spotlight post I will introduce you to 1-3 very special people. These people have stood out in the past week, and on top of that, are worth following. They might impact your life as well.

Some people can get very evangelical about their favorite things. But only a few know how to do that without getting obnoxious. Mareks Matisons is one of those fews. Two of his passions are Foursquare and his city: Riga. Now that the guys at Foursquare are rolling out city badges, Mareks has launched a campaign to get Riga a Foursquare city badge. He’s curating a list, engaging his followers and I am pretty sure he’s going to get this done. So, follow the Unveil Riga list on Foursquare to help him with this, and his tweets on @marruciic.

The second one in the spotlight this week, is the guy (yes, it is a guy) some refer to as Alex. Others know him as @qualityhunters. I’m not sure he wants his name revealed here, so I’m not going to do that. (Alex, if you’re reading, let me know, I can always update the post). During the Quality Hunters 2 project last year, Alex was running the Twitter account of the campaign. And he did so with verve. Every single day he engaged an ever growing audience with the project. Asking questions, launching discussions and generating lots of attention for the project. All that, he did with charm. Even after the project finished, and still now, he keeps the account lively, the debate going and even supports initiatives of community members. Alex is quite young still, and a talent to keep an eye on.

Sunday Spotlight: @mrsoaroundworld, @NatalieGorohova and @rickmans #SunSpot

Sunday Spotlight is my way of saying thanks to those members my online communities who have made an impact in the past week. It is also a nod to Ana Isabel Canhoto, and the way she interprets the popular #FollowFriday meme on Twitter.
In every Sunday Spotlight post I will introduce you to 1-3 very special people. These people have stood out in the past week, and on top of that, are worth following. They might impact your life as well.

The first person I’d like to put in the spotlight is Ana Silva-O’Reilly. She was the first to fund my Book Dream crowd fund project. I cannot thank her enough for that. Next to that, she has a super cool travel blog, that you should check out. Just one warning: it will make you want to travel to many wonderful places.

Natalie Gorohova certainly also deserves a special mention this week. She arranged for the TED2012 Full Spectrum conference to come to Riga, by organizing #TEDxRigaLive. And she has more up her sleeve, with already other TEDxRiga events planned. This is a lady to take note of.

The last one this week is my friend Rick Mans. Somehow he always knows to point out exactly the things you need to know. I asked him for advice on my Book Dream crowd fund project, and he came back with some things that made me think, and I will certainly take into account. Thanks Rick!