A long time ago, back when I was regularly attending blogging conferences like IFBC as a newbie blogger I must have gotten myself on a mailing list. Or maybe it was when I visited Allrecipes headquarters in Seattle for a local bloggers event. I don’t have an accurate recollection. But whatever I signed up for, I like the result: about once or twice a year a trend report shows up in my inbox with lots of data about eating habits in the U.S., particularly for those folks that use the immensely popular site Allrecipes. Continue Reading →
Mood lighting is nice, especially in a restaurant. Everything feels romantic, everybody looks their soft blurry-edged best, and the food appears to be starring in a film noir movie. But man it makes life difficult for food bloggers. We eat somewhere yummy, we try to capture the creatively crafted dishes with our cameras so we can pen a highly appetizing restaurant review post, but instead we end up with frisée with too much noise and cauliflower with the wrong white balance. (Or we get completely distracted and forget to take pictures at all because we’re concentrating too much on how the lighting is no good.) This is exactly what happened when we recently dined at The Temple Bar.
It’s everywhere. It’s taking over the world, or at least the grocery stores. You know you’ve seen it: LaCroix sparkling water. Those brightly colored pastel boxes are neatly stacked on the endcap or in some other prime real estate in the store where it can’t help but catch your eye. It comes in 21 flavors, has no calories, no sweeteners of any kind (sugar subs or real sugar), and is allowed on pretty much every possible diet anyone is following. It is totally and completely dietitian-approved by this dietitian. Continue Reading →
For some reason it took me 7 months after starting this blog to get around to writing a post about my favorite local dinner spot. And now it’s taken me 6 years to finally write a post about my favorite local breakfast spot. I understand this is why real bloggers have editorial calendars. They actually brainstorm ideas, come up with topics that make sense and are meaningful to them, and then schedule a time to write about them. Potential post topics get written down instead of getting lost in the shuffle. I seem to be the kind of blogger who is directed by whimsy and mood instead. I write about what strikes me at the time, with little thought given to a larger organizational structure. It works for me, but it’s also responsible for forehead-slapping moments of incredulity when I think, “How have I never written about the Mount Bakery?” Continue Reading →
Sometimes when I’m writing a blog post (OK, most of the time) I wonder if anyone will ever read it, besides maybe my mom and my best friend. They’re subscribers, so it’s going to show up in their inbox whether they like it or not. And I suppose they feel some sort of personal connection with me which might make them more than casually interested in my latest culinary advice or adventures. Continue Reading →