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Food Blog is 7!

May 1st, 2009 · 19 Comments

The first post of Food Blog was May 1st 2002. Back when ‘Food Blog’ sounded like a brilliant, original name.

There was a handful of food blogs, and comparatively few (tens of thousands?) of regular blogs. Communities of food bloggers hadn’t organized, food blogging events hadn’t happened yet, and restaurants and cooks never heard of us, never mind feared us or offered us the same perks or service print reviewers got. I was questioned like a criminal when I first asked a PR firm to lend me a shot of a food product, to use to illustrate a post. And advertising? A store actually requested I remove a favorable post I gave them because they thought I would divert all the traffic about them away from their AOL hosted page.

Real work diverted me away from daily, or even weekly posts about 3 years into the adulthood of this blog, and I watched food blogging become a profession, and there’s even a food blogging movie now. Food blogs went from sloppy Angelfire sites to professionally photographed pieces of art. I’ve witnessed many fun, entertaining blogs turn into slogging daily grinds of PR campaigns and shills. Many more have come and gone – had their fun and success along the way, but inevitably, other duties, hobbies and pursuits fight for the attention, time and passion it takes to maintain a healthy blog.

I’ve never considered shutting this down, even after some periods of long dormancy. The reasons for starting and keeping this blog have always stayed the same. There was never any reason to give up, but there was never a reason to force posts, just to maintain readership, keep up traffic for advertising or for google juice. For many years this was the number one search result for ‘food blog’, and it may have deserved it. These days there’s many more out there that deserve to be found when newcomers start exploring the hobby/profession/business/whatever it is. This thing will always be around, but only when I have something to say, and I have time to say it.

I still get almost daily requests to get on my decrepit list, most are nothing more than vehicles for adwords. In fact I see many destined for failure, that the signs of a new blog’s motivation becomes obvious, and the predictions of their short lifespans are easy. But once in awhile I do see new inspired bloggers, passionate about food, photography, community, their heritage, their culture, writing, communicating, educating and entertaining. These new-comers are just as excited about the ‘medium’ as us ‘old timers’. Unlike most of the posts recently, I’m going to approve comments to this post, at least for a reasonable amount of time. I’m not normally able to edit the sincere requests from those who just want my google juice but I’m going to try, since I’m sure there are many how deserve to get some. I might even make a list…

In any case, thanks to any readers who are still around after all these years.

Long live the food blog*!

* I mean the food blog genre – you know what I mean.

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Farm links

April 19th, 2008 · Comments Off

Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear “Monsanto already dominates America’s food chain with its genetically modified seeds. Now it has targeted milk production. Just as frightening as the corporation’s tactics–ruthless legal battles against small farmers–is its decades-long history of toxic contamination.”

A side effect of the farmer surveillance Monsanto practices – if you try taking a nice photograph of a picturesque barn in farm country, you should be prepared to be confronted by farmers who are paranoid about cameras.

On the brighter side of farming check out Straight from the Farm, a beautiful blog featuring an urban farm in Philadelphia.

LTHforum, Chicago’s best food forum now has a whole section devoting to Gardening, Farming and Foraging.

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Food Knowledge from the blogs

February 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

A little food related knowledge.

Vanilla Garlic tells us about Tasseography – or diving tea leaves.

Greg Wee (that’s a link to his food blog) has a trick on his other blog for killing a fly on your food without killing the fly ON your food.

Cave Cinum brings us the word “yorange – the white pithy strings that cling to an orange after you peel it”

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Food Blogs

November 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

Shauna, The Gluten-Free Girl is in Chicago for the next couple of days.Read her recent posts for her story, or read her Guide to working with gluten free flour to find out what teff is. 

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Food Blogs

October 24th, 2007 · 5 Comments

As you might imagine, I get a lot of requests to get on my list, and I’m seriously delinquent in updating it. Eventually I’ll get to it, but here’s a few links I thought worthy of pointing out.

The Burrito Bracket pits Chicago’s (specifically Wicker Park and close by) cheap Mexican restaurants against each other in a college basketball style bracket competition. I’m pulling for Arturo’s, one of my long time favorites. It’s been awhile, but I recently went in there, and I gave the greatest praise a food blogger can give – I couldn’t stop to photograph my burrito.


Another local – The Flossmoor Beer Blog keeps us updated on what’s brewing, as well as a few recent posts on the GABF and their trip to Left Hand Brewing. The guys will be at Map Room tonight with their beers.

Another local Beer Blog, Beer (and more) in Food is in on the fight to Save A Historic Chicago Brewery (or Two)!

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Happy Blogday to Me

May 9th, 2007 · Comments Off

I forgot to mention that Food Blog is 5 years old this month. That’s 82 in blog years.

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Chicago Food Blogs

May 8th, 2007 · 1 Comment

So many new food blogs are flooding in these days, that I’m not even going to make excuses or apologies. I’ll get a lot of them on the list, but I’m not promising anything.

Here’s a quick list of some new Chicago food blogs.


The Chicago Burger Project

Chicago Localvores

Joelen’s Culinary Adventures


Tastebud Chicago

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April 8th, 2007 · Comments Off

I’m doing a little editing of the food blog list, and I’ve collected a few interesting Easter food links.

Delicious Days has an intriguing Easter egg idea – baking cake inside eggs.

Ice Cream Ireland makes Ice Cream Easter Eggs

Rubber Slippers in Italy makes Cuddura, a Sicilian egg-topped pastry “prepared for the festival of Easter. After refraining from the consumption of meat, eggs and cheese during the Lenten period, it is interesting to note how much of a role, or more importantly, how plentiful of a role, in which eggs played in the preparation of holiday sweets upon the arrival of Holy Week.”

TomaTom in Melbourne, makes home made praline cocoa nut Felchlin chocolate bunnies

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More food blogs

February 27th, 2007 · Comments Off

I can list food blogs from NY or San Francisco all day long, so here’s a few from other places in the U.S.

bFeedMe Nashville.

Gastronomic Fight Club Mischief. Mayhem. Soup. Omaha, NE.

Native American Recipes “Recipes and information on Native American food. This is the food and recipes of food eaten preinvasion upto and including current popular Native American food.” Montana.

The Slow Cook “An urban insurgent’s guide to real food made by hand with care – and sometimes a little humor.” District of Columbia.

Urban Girl’s Almanac a city girl’s guide to fabulous living. Boise, Idaho.

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Food blogs

February 27th, 2007 · Comments Off

Another feeble attempt to keep the food blog list current with some additions.

Avenue Food Queens NY

Cooking with the Single Guy San Francisco

Dive “Join me as we go spelunking the culinary hole-in-the-walls, the greasy spoons, the lunch counters – all while constantly searching for that diamond in the rough.” San Francisco

don’t eat alone thoughts on food, faith, family, & friends. Massachusetts. Not totally about food, but his essay on demi-glace and faith should tell you he’s worth reading. If you just want the food you can go to don’t eat alone: the recipes bread for the journey.

A Finger in Every Pie Spanish Harlem, NY

Habeas Brulee NYC. Execellent photos.

The Short Exact Guide… to Fine Dining in San Francisco.

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