Before (after) I even ask you to step up to the plate again, taking your personal time away from work, play or self destruction, let me thank you. Fifty percent of my advancement in this contest relies on the votes of people like you. Thank you, friends, family and readers who are joining in to vote for my posts. I appreciate it deeply. It's great to know you are in my corner!
The other 50% is reliant upon my post itself, following the guidelines with creativity, good writing and good snaps. I thank Matt from Mattatouille and his personal hardware guidance. Matt steered me in the right direction about a year and a half ago and my photos have been soaring (relatively) ever since.
Dungeness crab, apple jelly, creme fraiche, caviar
Please enjoy this short photo essay of recent hits.
hibiscus champagne cocktail
The first four shots are from this dinner at Petrossian with Linden the Gastronomnom and his fiancee Amy, and Felicia of The Food Ledger with kABC in attendance.
crispy egg, cipollini onion soubise, smoked salmon, caviar
I love Chef Ben Bailly's food. A reader commented upon reading this post that she couldn't afford to food blog. Admittedly, this was an expensive dinner. However, much of what I food blog about is not expensive. I just blog about stuff I eat. Stuff I eat when I travel, at home, at Mom's, around L.A. For instance: Mo's Burger truck, happy hour at Chaya, making cauliflower, and an $8 bowl of ramen. Food blogging isn't about how much money one spends (to me). It's about the ceremony and ritual of cooking and dining. Sharing that pathway with others, and being able to look back at the years past having these events chronicled. It has also definitely been about developing my skills as a writer (given this format) and photographer (this seems to be a long slow burn). And recently discovering more about my skills as a cook, which might be the most fun part of the FoodBuzz Project Food Blog journey altogether.
chocolate souffle at Ludobites with Kristine
In the next round, should I make it through, I have to make a pizza.
I don't really even eat pizza willingly. Someone has to order it and leave it in my refrigerator. Then I have to wake up with a hangover and eat the leftovers. I will be searching high and low for inspiration.