The Hungry Post’s Jose Loor came over with breakfast to chat with us about proudly showcasing Latin America, how he started The Hungry Post and what he’s hungry for in South Florida lately.
Q: The Hungry Post has become one of the biggest food blogs in Miami, and our personal go-to for restaurant recommendations; how did it all start?
A: Initially, The Hungry Post was a newsletter meant for our closest friends. The three of us have always had a passion for food and were always being asked for our recommendations from friends in Miami. So out of that, our newsletter was born and it became bigger than we ever thought.
Q: You guys stand out among the million and one food blogs that have surfaced in recent years, what is it that makes you guys different?
A: I think we remained very in-line with how we started, which is as friends recommending great food spots to other friends. We don’t review restaurants, we recommend them. If we don’t like a place we don’t write about it. You can be sure that if we’re recommending a place it’s because we’ve tried and loved it.
Q: The Hungry Post’s mission is very proudly Latino, why do you think it’s important to emphasize this?
A: Upon beginning this venture we realized there wasn’t any restaurant information out there catered to the young professional Latino community in Miami. Other outlets felt more strict. With our website and instagram we can be more flexible and creative which appeals to a younger crowd. We also see cross cultural mixes as an asset, and Miami itself is a melting pot of different cultures, just in our core team we each represent 3 different countries, I’m from Ecuador and my partners are from Colombia & Venezuela.
Q: Speaking of your team, we couldn’t help but notice you’re “bendito entre todas las mujeres” as they say. How does it feel to be the only guy on your team?
A: I’m all for women entrepreneurs and I totally enjoy working with my team because they are very detail oriented & creative so we complement each-other well in that way. On the other hand it can be tough at times because women are very complex and there’s always a lot of passion in the room which I see as both a bonus and a challenge.
Q: So you started as a newsletter, became a popular instagram account then a blog and now event hosts. What is the thought behind doing these events?
A: Well we found that a ton of people wanted to try all the restaurants we recommend and these restaurants in turn wanted to get to know their potential clientele so it really seemed like a natural fit. It’s also been great to be able to interact with our followers, our events have even become almost a foodie matchmaking session. We have one confirmed wedding where they met through Hungry Post!
Q: So we’ll add Matchmakers to your resume! So what do you see as the next step from here?
A: Growth in other cities! We want to become the go-to place for restaurant recommendations. We’re working on conquering NYC next and from there, who knows, maybe the world.