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Meet Bang-Co (Connie) Aboubakare of OCCOMESTIBLES in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bang-Co (Connie) Aboubakare.

Bang-Co (Connie), let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
It all started because I wanted to learn how to use a DSLR. My family went on a medical mission and my son was the photographer/videographer. When we came back from our trip, I asked him to teach me. My son didn’t have the time nor the patience to teach, so I decided to learn on my own. He suggested I started an Instagram and post my pics. In the first year, I devoted myself to capturing a food dish every single day, even carrying my big DSLR into restaurants. My work was reposted and featured on sites such as BeautifulCuisines, FoodandWine, Foodbeast.

The road was not easy, but I continue to persist my passion and things just fall into places. I was named the top 100 Foodies in the US by Zagat. I helped Foodbeast with its first Chomping Ground of Little Saigon, which has 2.5 million views on FB. Last December, I had the opportunity to travel to Aruba for a press trip. It was the best one yet.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Nothing is easy.

The struggle is trying to better me, creating and finding new content for myself and followers, and growing my account.

Creating content is a challenge because it’s very time-consuming. Sometimes it takes one or two days to get your product/result. My other struggle is learning new things when time is limited, like how to do video, how to shoot and style, how to keep up with new technology and trends. Lastly, trying to grow my account is a huge challenge especially these past years. Instagram algorithms have changed a lot and it’s been difficult, especially when I want to grow it organically. Integrity and character are very important to me and I want to stay true to that.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a food enthusiast and I specialize in Asian cuisines, especially Vietnamese cuisines. I enjoy dining out and finding new restaurants to share with my friends, families, and followers. I’m also an avid home chef cooking traditional and Vietnamese comfort food.

I am proud that my account have grown organically these past years. Besides being a foodie, I also do a lot of home cooking. Lastly, I’m in my 50’s and still feeling young and active with social media. 🙂

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
I would love to get to 100K followers and try to get verified. 🙂

I would love to help and educate Asian restaurants on the power of social media for their business and to do more press trips (when it’s safe to travel).

I would love to do more charity and community service for the underprivileged and local heroes. On an international level, I would love to take my family and few friends on a mission trip to Vietnam to serve and treat the poor in the rural regions.

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Image Credit:
The photo of me is from Ralph Palumbo.

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