Welcome to my first of ten (positive thoughts) posts for Project Food Blog (more details below).
With a nod to the great storyteller Sophia Petrillo of the Golden Girls…here is my first Project Food Blog entry.
Picture it…a pot-luck dinner in your home, tables and chairs thrown together and surrounded by a bunch of your wonderful friends. That thought alone makes you smile on the outside, but more importantly, on the inside. You’ve all been meaning to get together for a while now, but life seems to get in the way. As you sit down and enjoy each other’s specialty dish that was made with TLC, you all wonder out loud why you don’t do this more often and plan to do this again very soon. It’s tough to put your finger on exactly what makes these moments so special, but what you do realize is it always seems to tastes better with friends.
I like making people happy. It makes me feel good. I’ve always tried to think outside the box like using a cutting board as the canvas for a homemade Valentine’s day card. When I began food blogging, it just made sense to use food as the means to make people happy. How have I done so far? Well, let’s have a look at some personal case studies…
Case Study #1 – Knowing virtually no one, I moved to Vancouver in 2009 to work for the Olympic Organizing Committee. Soon enough, I had made some great friends who, like me had moved to Vancouver to showcase Canada and put on a show the world would not soon forget! When you move far away from family and friends, it’s the little things in life that you miss, like a home-cooked meal. So with that in mind, I invited a bunch of friends over and cooked for a full day to produce a menu of matzah ball soup, salad, roast, potatoes, roasted veggies and a honey cake that I was so proud of, my friends made me pose with it. It was such a fun night and for me it was satisfying to bring the comforts of home to all my friends, if only for one evening.
Case Study #2 – Birthday’s are a time for extravagance and I decided to hook up a buddy for his birthday by making cheeseburger cupcakes (yes, you read that correctly). It was a win-win situation, I had a blast in the kitchen, produced fun material for my blog, enjoyed cheeseburger cupcakes with about twenty friends and most importantly surprised a friend on his birthday.
Case Study #3 – When you live near water, it makes for a great place for a date. In an attempt to impress a girl, I made lunch and decided to create an interactive element to the picnic by showing her how to transform an asian pear into a bird. The lunch was great, Hank the bird was created and I’m still single, well two out of three ain’t bad.
Case Study #4 – Even dogs think it tastes better with friends!
Case Study #5 – There are about 2,000 incredible food bloggers competing in Project Food Blog and we’re all winners, even though only one will be crowned champion.
We open our kitchens and hearts to each other and the world every time we hit “submit” to post our latest entry. I’ve met a ton of wonderful people through my blog and each of you have proven to me that real or virtual, it always Tastes Better With Friends and for that I thank you for giving me the confidence to enter and maybe even visualizing myself winning this competition. I have no idea where my Project Food Blog journey will take me, but I’m looking forward to the ride.
It’s the simple things in life that make the world a happy place and with the help of food and a little creativity, that’s what I try to do every chance I have. As for winning it all and being the next food blog star, it always Tastes Better With Friends and I’m looking forward to bringing that message to all the pot-lucks, picnics and birthday parties out there.
Please click on my profile to learn a little bit more about me. Voting begins September 20 and ends September 23. I’ll put a little reminder next week just in case.
And finally, after all this and you’re asking yourself, what on earth is Project Food Blog? Well, it “is the first-ever interactive competition where thousands of Foodbuzz Featured Publishers are competing in a series of culinary blogging challenges for the chance to advance and a shot at the ultimate prize: $10,000 and a special feature on Foodbuzz.com for one year.”
The voting will be done by Foodbuzz Featured Publishers and a panel of three judges who have the task of reading every single entry! The brave souls are Dana Cowin, the Editor-in-Chief of FOOD & WINE Magazine, Nancy Silverton, the Founder of La Brea Bakery and the Co-owner of Mozza and lastly, Pim Techamuanvivit, the author of ChezPim.com and The Foodie Handbook. Voting will also be open to the general public but a Foodbuzz profile is needed.
Thanks for your support and good luck to all!