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Blogging Bloggers and the Blogs They Blog

February 18, 2014

Food blogs can be helpful. They can be thought provoking. Some blogs are funny. Others have great pictures.

I rely on blogs a lot. You might too.

As I contemplated leaving Albany for this sabbatical, I wasn’t sure how the FLB would change. Part of me thought that I would start talking more about Princeton and other New Jersey things (and I have to some extent). But the Capital Region is still my not-so-newly adopted home. It’s where I’ll be returning in July. And dammit, I want to make sure to stay on top of those things that matter.

Like this issue with the cork tax. Deanna Fox on her Times Union blog called attention to a follow up story by Chris Churchill at the Times Union about this troubling legislative maneuver. If you can see a tipped over wine glass in the top right of this page, that means my campaign to promote these small wine distributors is still underway. Please check it out, and share the news with your friends.

Blogs also help me keep up with local chefs and provide inspiring recipes. Last night I made Ellie Markovitch’s Acarajé. She’s someone who loves beans, legumes and pulses almost as much as the Profussor. It never occurred to me that you could make a black eyed pea fritter. Damn that was fun.

And then there was this unexpected Best of Albany list I recently stumbled upon.

For some reason or another, Albany.com published a list of Albany’s Best Local Food Blogs under their “What’s New” section. I was floored to see the FLB at the top of their list.

Thank you.

I think Caitlin Conners did a great job at encapsulating the feeling of a decent handful of local food blogs and explaining what makes them special. Clearly the list was Albany-centric and didn’t reach up into Saratoga Springs.

It reminded me that there are a few food bloggers in the region who I have never met in person. Albany Jane and I have become pretty tight. Mr. Dave is either hiding from me or stalking me, I’m not entirely sure. Steve seems to have grown weary of me. Jeff owes me lunch when I return, and I’m wondering where we’ll go. I don’t get to see Ms. Garlic enough, but she’s lovely.

However, the Treat, Eats & Repeats people are strangers to me. Although they seem to have abandoned the enterprise. The same is true for Robert at Albany Dining Out. No blog lasts forever, but some last longer than most. Even though I didn’t always agree with her, I still miss Celina’s voice in the local blogosphere.

But there are plenty of bloggers who continue to push out posts with some regularity. The Average Joe may need to keep his identity a secret, but perhaps some of my friends at the Troy Record can put us in touch. Zena, Goddess of Fire seems like someone I simply have to meet. She and Lorre S. both comment here occasionally, and it’s always nice to put a face to an online identity.

Their blog, incidentally, picked up the rally call for dumplings back in January. I don’t know if I ever thanked them.

Thank you.

There are others out there who are doing good work in the food blogging realm, and for some reason, they haven’t seemed to get the recognition they deserve.

Deanna Fox may have a branding problem since she also sometimes goes as Silly Goose Farm. But did you know that not only is she maintaining the Eat Local blog on the TU, she’s also writing a ton of food stories for the printed newspaper? But still, when most people think of the Times Union and food they think of the other guy. Remember her. And meet her in person at one of the many cooking classes she teaches at Different Drummers Kitchen (or whatever they are calling it these days).

J+R at Chopsticks Optional actually have good taste. If there is a debate about food and the critic from the newspaper is on one side and J+R are on the other, I’m going with J+R. In matters of food, trust is critically important.

I don’t always agree with Bill Dowd, but he’s been a part of the culinary landscape in Albany for a long long long time. And we do share some common ground. His Notes on Napkins moved over to Facebook for a while, but now it’s back as a blog where it belongs.

Lilimonster writes Under the Copper Tree and has been doing it for years and years. It may not be daily, but she shows that good food doesn’t have to be fussy. I really enjoy her no nonsense attitude. Plus she was incredibly helpful in walking me through what to get at a Filipino bakery. For the sake of full disclosure, she’s also holding my ice cream maker hostage, and one day I’m going to want that thing back.

Maybe if we’re lucky, Susie will get back to writing more about food and drink. I was especially pleased when she wrote this piece on cocktails, but maybe we’ll have to wait until spring to get more like these.

And there are new people coming into this space all the time. The more voices the better. Without a doubt, this community of food writers and enthusiasts will be one of the best parts about my return to the Capital Region.

Maybe we’ll see how many of you I can get onto the summer tour. I’m beginning to work out the details, and it should be a lot of fun. Just know in advance that you’re going to need a team of up to four people. Three is fine. Two would be ambitious (but still possible).

4 Comments leave one →
  1. February 18, 2014 11:22 am

    It’s weird that they linked to my old blogspot site (which redirects to my .net), yet ganked a screen shot of one of my pictures posted only on the .net.

  2. Mr. Dave permalink
    February 18, 2014 3:29 pm

    I don’t think I really have a “food blog” any more… I think I write a rambling vanity blog now which is kind of sad.

    Any how, it is good to see so many quality sites out there. I remember when Albany Eats and Table shopping were pretty much the only games in town.

    And by the way, I think I have only had one Fussy Man siting which is hardly stalking. I stay in the shadows and this is for the best. Ask any of my friends, I am horribly droll and disappointing in person.

    • Mr. Dave permalink
      February 18, 2014 3:30 pm

      Table Hopping I meant. Table Shopping would be a very niche blog.

  3. February 18, 2014 6:55 pm

    Gee…fanks. And you’re welcome.

    Talking from experience, you should read up on your mythology regarding meeting goddesses face to face… you know, before you go seriously looking for Zena, Goddess of Fire.

    I’d lend you my asbestos union suit but I’m quite a bit more midgety than you.

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