Leah Hall and her husband, Jay, are co-creators of Gastronom.com, where they blog about “libations and spirited travel.”
Jay and Leah Hall started the Gastronom in 2012 and soon found their niche by focusing on spirits and mixology. The Halls love cooking at home, swimming in their pool, travel and of course, cocktails!
Jay and Leah love to entertain and believe that food and drink not only nourish us but feed our souls, as well! They are all about local culinary scenes, unique cocktail ingredients and spirited travel.
Gastronom’s recipes have been featured on liquor.com, feedfeed and Drizly.
The Halls have grown their blog to be Leah’s full time job since 2016. They love to share their cocktail recipes and hope people use them to make an ordinary day a special day!
Jay and Leah Hall have been married almost 14 years and live in Omaha, Nebraska with their two boys.
Leah Hall Show Notes
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Camera and Lens:
What did you do before you started food blogging?
Managing a restaurant is not easy, did you enjoy it?
Was Jay also in hotel management?
When did you start your blog?
Why did you start your blog?
How did you come up with the name?
On a FB group someone asked about niches, and I mentioned cocktails and you did too, did you used to do food first?
When did you realize this?
Do you usually put booze in food?
On Google Analytics, do you have more men than women looking at your blog?
When you first started, how many times a week did you publish a post?
How many do you publish now?
How long has Jay been doing videos on making cocktails?
How many drafts do you have in place to be published right now?
What are your chores, what do you both do?
Since you started, how long did it take for you to start making money?
What is the best thing you’ve done for the blog?
Do you have anybody that helps you with your company?
Where do you find the time, especially with kids?
When did you find that you first needed the help?
Are you glad you did it?
How many iterations of the website have you had?
From start to finish, how long does it take to photograph an average recipe?
What is the hardest thing you find about blogging?
What do you love about blogging?
What is your favorite social media platform and why?
Does anybody in your life look at your liquor cabinet and say, what the heck?
What do you use for backgrounds?
Do you use natural light or artificial?
What kind of artificial lights do you have?
What kind of camera do you have?
What’s your favorite lens?
What is your most popular post?
Did you have a viral moment?
Do you have a favorite marketing tool?
What is the most surprising thing that you’ve found since you started blogging?
Do you know you have a blog?
When you knew you were going to do this for real, did you have a plan mapped out?
Does it feel good to have a plan?
What is the worst thing to photograph?
What is your biggest food failure?
Did you try to make it again?
What is your favorite cuisine?
What would be your last meal?
Any specific type?
What’s your favorite french food to eat?
What is one thing you can’t live without in your kitchen?
What is your favorite cookbook?
What is your favorite cocktail to drink?
What is a drink failure?