So I won’t.
Quinoa, a tiny seed with a heart of gold, is taking over the food world. With its balance of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats, quinoa makes every meal more nutritious, but it is its taste and texture that make it a fast favorite with so many people.
I fell in love with quinoa in 2010, and in September of that year I started How Do You Cook Quinoa?
I created this blog to share my quinoa experiences, and I created a Twitter personality, @keenonquinoa, to connect with other quinoa lovers. With my blog and my Twitter stream I offer links to quinoa recipes from around the world and provide tips and strategies for preparing healthy and delicious meals for you and your family.
Quinoa has become a passion in my life. I drive my family crazy talking about it day in and day out. I seek new ways to cook it and new products to try. We can’t drive by an unfamiliar supermarket without my wanting to jump out and check whether they have quinoa.
I also strive to build community with my Twitter following and blog subscribers. I hope I am less a busy know-it-all and more a good friend sharing her best tips while always ready to learn a new one. I get a little goofy sometimes with tweets like Superseed you expectations, but it is all in good fun.
Birth of Where to Buy Quinoa
I monitor Twitter responding to questions about quinoa, and I keep running into people who ask where they can buy quinoa in their hometown.
This is a tough question for me to answer. I don’t know all the grocery store chains in the world, nor do I know all their locations and whether they stock quinoa. (I am learning though!)
I kept thinking that quinoa needs a central website. I envisioned a place where quinoa lovers could share their best tips for finding quinoa. I began to see how I could build such a site, one where stores could let quinoa enthusiasts know about their offerings and quinoa producers could find new markets for their products.
Quinoa Contest and Launch
I launched Where to Cook Quinoa in April, 2011 with a contest featuring a 16 sponsor quinoa prize. Quinoa lovers from Kelowna, British Columbia to St. Johns, Florida; from Bangor, Maine to San Diego, California; submitted the foundational hometown pages. From these hometown pages, I was able to create an initial coast-to-coast list of stores stocking quinoa. This list grows with each new hometown entry.
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