|Los Angeles Food Bloggers Koreatown Excursion (that’s my brother on the right!)|
Time flies whether you’re having fun, or not! It’s hard to believe we’ve had this blog for four years this month! That’s long enough to earn a college degree. We’ve learned so much and met some really wonderful people and it’s been an unbelievable journey. Here’s the link to my very first blog post. I didn’t receive a single comment until my 7th post and that was from my brother & niece.
|My 15 minutes of fame at the Fresh Bloggers reception in Seattle!|
Here are some of the things we’ve learned:
– People blog for all kinds of reasons.
– Not all blogs are created equally – they are as diverse as people’s personalities and skill levels.
– You can learn something from everyone you meet.
– Technology will never stop changing.
– You will get better at all of it.
– It’s a big time commitment and a lot of work.
– It’s worth it!
– Food bloggers are a great community of people who love to share – food, information, and advice.
– Do what works for you – it’s YOUR blog.
– Find a group you’re interested in and join it!
– Don’t take it personally if your post doesn’t receive a lot of comments – people are busy living their lives.
– Don’t compare your blog to other people’s blogs – make it your own.
– Invest in a custom template.
– Choose a blog name that reflects your style and what you’re doing so people can remember it.
|My niece Chelsea’s Strawberry Birthday Cake|
Our blog continues to highlight fresh, seasonal foods from Southern California and we continue to try new ingredients and methods all the time. We’ve developed a lot of confidence and are far more willing to try new things. We’ve participated in French Fridays with Dorie for 3 and-a-half years and Baked Sunday Mornings for three. In September, we attended the International Food Bloggers Conference in Seattle and met our mentor, Dorie Greenspan, and several of our fellow Doristas. And, along with Sheri, of Pork Cracklins, and Celine, of Bourbonnatrix Bakes, I’m one of the administrators for Baked Sunday Mornings. A group of us also tested recipes for Matt Lewis and Matt Poliafito’s forthcoming cookbook!
|Christina & me in LA|
On Saturday, I met up with a group from the Los Angeles Food Bloggers for lunch and a shopping excursion in LA’s Koreatown! My friend, Christina, of Christina’s Cucina, led us through the huge Koreatown Galleria grocery store where she told us how we could use all kinds of unfamiliar ingredients. And one of the bloggers I met, David from www.menwholiketocook.com , suggested stocking up on mushrooms because, besides the variety the store carries, the prices were so much less than other markets.
Well, I may have been a little too exuberant…but, when I got home and saw the beautiful Porterhouse Steaks John had set out for dinner, we decided to make Mushroom Risotto to go with them and it was just delicious! And to round it out, John poured a 2005 Paradise Mountain Imagine Syrah.
|Banapi, Beech, and Shiitake Mushrooms|
|Here’s what I brought home with me so stay tuned as we explore some exotic flavors.|