Hi! My name is MargoLynette, and I am truly a free-spirited woman. I march to the beat of my own drum, and go wherever the wind takes me! I am currently building my brand, More Than Just Food w/ MargoLynette. This name speaks for itself! I always get asked about dope places to visit while I'm traveling. I decided to compile a list of my favorite places in these different cities, and share them with the world! My future goal is to create an atmosphere for people to socialize, network and just let their hair down! I want people to have the ultimate experience, and not just leave with a full belly. Be sure to follow me and my food journey on Instagram @justafoodiemln and please leave me comments and messages with suggestions on places to travel and new foods to try!
More Than Just Food w/ MargoLynette!
K: What is your inspiration behind writing?
M: Inspiration for me comes from anywhere. Most times I’m either reading a book or having a casual conversation with someone. Honestly, whenever I write poetry it either stems from whatever I’m feeling or a random word that I see. I know that sounds crazy but it’s true. My mom used to make me read the dictionary when I was younger, so I’ve always had a fascination with words.
K: When did you first discover your love for writing?
M: I discovered my love for writing when I was in the fourth grade! As students, my Language Arts teacher gave us a prompt about who our hero was. I wrote about my Uncle and how he was a Gulf War Veteran. I distinctly remember her reading my essay and crying. She pulled me to the side and told me how wonderful my essay was, and that it moved her to tears. I knew from that point on that I possessed a gift, and I have been writing ever since!
K: I know that mental health awareness is a huge trending topic! Why do you feel that mental health is discouraged in the black community?
M: To be completely honest, I feel as if our people don’t fully trust any medical personnel. You have to remember that back in the day black people were used for experiments, i.e. The Tuskegee Experiment, the story of Henrietta Lacks, and The Eugenics Movement. Not to mention, I think most of the time, my people rely heavily on religion to “heal” them. We’re taught to pray about our situation and let God handle it, but in the meantime we are waiting in vain and suffering in silence. We have to do BETTER! I’ve learned in my short-lived life, that there isn’t anything wrong with seeking help in moments of darkness.
K: In moments of self-doubt or adversity, how do you build yourself back up to tackle the world again?
M: Honestly, I used to isolate myself from the world because that’s what I thought would help me regain my focus. After taking a step back, I realized that in order to build myself back up I need love. I need to be surrounded by those who love, support me and have my best interest at heart. To go along with that, counseling sessions have helped me deal with some deeply rooted issues I’ve been dealing with as well. Most of my culture is against it, but I’m all for anything that helps a person stay in tune with their mental state.
K: What is your no-fail go to when you need inspiration or creative direction?
M: I had to think about this one because I gather my creativity from all types of things. For food/cooking, I watch The Food Network, specifically Chopped. I just enjoy how the contestants are given random ingredients and in addition, they must make a meal out of it in order to win the prize money. Writing is a tad bit different. Most of the time it stems from conversations with those closest to me, and things I see on social media or television. It really all depends on which direction I’m trying to take.
K: What quote or saying inspires and motivates you to be yourself and do what you love?
M: “If better is possible, then good is not enough.” I am not sure who the originator of the quote is, but my high school basketball coach would tell us that when we needed to step our game up! This quote reminds me that I can always do better. Better is in me. I just have to dig deep and accomplish the task at hand.
K: What characteristics do you most admire in other creative women?
M: I admire their tenacity! I love how they make lemonade out of lemons. I admire how they keep pursuing their dreams in spite of naysayers. Their drive and motivation inspires me to keep accomplishing my goals and dreams!
K: In honor of #SoulfulSunday, what are ways that you replenish your soul?
M: My favorite things to do are burn incense and listen to my vinyls. The smell of incense puts my mind at ease along with the sultry sounds of my old school R&B vinyls in the background. Talking to my love after a long workday makes my soul smile as well and gives me the extra push that I need to keep going!
K: Describe your cooking process! Do you have any fun, crazy routines that you do before each meal?
M: Ah man, so don’t think I’m weird, but I love cooking to slow jams! Haha! I don’t know what it is about that type of music, but I’m telling you that my food tastes so much better after I’ve listened to “Love Scene” by Joe, lol.
K: Are there any chefs of today that inspire your cooking, and how does it manifest in your work?
M: Lately, I’ve really been into Darius Williams. He’s a Chef and food blogger that has taken over the Atlanta food scene. His style of cooking evolves from soul food and he puts his own original spin on it. I think that reading his blog and watching his videos have opened my eyes and palette to try different ingredients in the dishes that I make. I try to incorporate international ingredients from various cultures with my meals.
K: Being apart of the cooking world, what do you feel distinguishes a good cook from a GREAT cook?
M: I feel that a good cook is well trained, doesn’t take many risks and doesn’t really go against the grain. A GREAT cook doesn’t play it safe, isn’t afraid to try new things and most of all they cook from the heart! Food made with love always tastes better!
K: Of all the places that you have traveled around the world, which place would you say has the BEST food?
M: I’ve traveled all across the world, but I think that Barcelona had the best food that I have ever tasted. Barcelona was amazing because they use fresh ingredients vs. here in the United States, we use more processed ingredients. This alone added that extra pop to each meal! I came across this local restaurant there a couple of years ago, and I ate the best tomato soup that I have ever tasted. Campbell’s better watch out!
K: So I know that you have your brand, More Than Just Food! What inspired you to create this, and what is the biggest sacrifice you've made in starting your new brand?
M: Truthfully, I needed a side hustle. The key to being a millionaire is having multiple streams of income. I figured that I would figure out what I’m good at and make it work in my favor. There are no sacrifices that I’ve made. I feel that sacrifices only focus on what you’ve loss and not what you’re gaining in return. Nothing is ever a sacrifice to me. I’m always getting back everything I worked for!
K: Tell us more about More Than Just Food! What do you want your foodies to know?
M: More Than Just Food is centered on food, drinks and desserts that I find while traveling to different places. I travel with my girlfriend a lot and we’re always on the hunt for good food. Why not create a list of the places that we’ve tried for others to enjoy? I feel that this makes everyone’s life just a little bit easier.
K: Are you working on any new projects that we can look forward to in the future with your brand?
M: Right now, I’m in the process of completing my ServSafe Certifications so that in the near future I can start my mobile bartending business. Following that, I would love to create a cookbook with some of my recipes! What can I say, I’m a goaldigger!
K: What advice would you give aspiring entrepreneurs?
M: My advice would be to hone your craft, whatever it may be. Always look for ways to build your brand. Seek advice from likeminded individuals. Set small goals. Always have a plan and never lose sight of it. Last but not least, never give up!
K: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
M: You all can follow me on Instagram @justafoodiemln to see more of my travels, restaurants and recipes. I love interacting with my followers, so don’t be shy, I don’t bite!
I would like to send a special thank you to MargoLynette for taking time out of her schedule to interview with me! It was super fun doing this interview, and I had a blast talking food, mental health, and more with such a free-spirited, amazing individual! Her wise words of wisdom and thought-provoking anecdotes has really strengthened and humbled me as a writer and entrepreneur of my own! I can't wait to see more amazing foods and awesome places to visit from you! Thank you for sharing your light with us! Below, check out some amazing foods from her favorite places from Instagram! I must say, D E L I C I O U S! Thank you for reading, and thank you for allowing me to share my soul with yours! Happy #SoulfulSunday!
Busy Bee Cafe, ATL
True Flavors Diner, Durham NC