About Me

My name is Cari and I'm the person behind FatgirlHedonist.com. I'm born and raised in Miami (Hialeah if you'd like specifics) and I write in conversational spanglish. There's local Miami euphemisms, there are memes, there are curse words and there are absolutely zero fox given. I'm a single mom to a very curious toddler who makes me cry tears of joy and frustration all at once. I completed a culinary program in high school that made my love of food blossom, but my career went in a very different direction. No matter what turns my life has taken, cooking, baking and eating (duh!) have always been three of my favorite activities. I'm lucky enough that I can have this blog as an outlet of those three passions.

This blog was created in 2010 at a time when I was in great need for a hobby and I had made it a habit of dragging my friends to weird, new restaurants. After some friends urged me to give a blogging a shot and I spent a few hours on the internet searching, "How do you start a food blog," FatgirlHedonist.com was born. For more information on how I came up with the name "Fatgirl Hedonist" and my life long struggle with weight, read on here. This blog began as a place where Miami's locally owned and operated restaurants were reviewed. However, the blog has since expanded to include information on upcoming events, giveaways and recipes. FatgirlHedonist.com has gone on to win local awards and has been featured in local publications, read on for a break down of press and awards

HauteLiving.com, July 2016 MIA Foodstagrams You Should Be Following

MIAConnex.com, Summer 2016 Hedonistic Tendencies

MiamiShoot.com, September 2015 7 Miami Bloggers You Should Be Following

Miami New Times, January 2015 Miami's Best Food Instagrams 

The Wordy Girl, December 2013 Living Large With Fatgirl Hedonist

Eater, December 2012 Miami's Best Dining Neighborhoods

Miami New Times, September 2012 Miami's Top Five Instagram Accounts For Great Photos of Food

Ocean Drive, July 2012 The New Food Influencers

Miami New Times April 2012 Share Our Strength: Miami Food Bloggers Bake to End Childhood Hunger


Burgie Awards: Best Food Blog 2015

Broward Palm Beach New Times: Best Blog, Editor's Choice Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach 2014

Miami New Times: Best Blog, Reader's Choice Miami 2014 

Johnson & Wales University's Zest Awards: Food Blogger Of The Year 2014

Miami New Times' Miami Web Awards: Best Food Instagrammer 2013

Miami New Times' Miami Web Awards: Best Food Blog 2013

CBS Miami: Most Valuable Blogger 2011