Thank you so much for a great first year here on MouthOfTheBorder.com. I recorded a video for you, but it was four minutes of me blabbering, so I deleted it and figured I'd stick to what I do best: writing and eating. I'm here at home, drinking bubbly and eating baba ghanoush and I just wanted to give a quick shout out to three food writers who have been an inspiration and great support for me over the years.
- author of Not Eating Out In New York
, and now also The Art of Eating In
and Lunch At Sixpoint
. Cathy is such an inclusive member of the food community here in NYC, and I'm so proud of her for taking a creative idea and going whole hog with it (sometimes literally). I met her at a foodie book club at The Brooklyn Kitchen
a few months after I moved here back in '07. She told me about a food blogger get-together, where I met several people there that are now doing massively cool things with their sites, and with whom I'm still friends with this day. Thank you, Cathy, for always being awesome.
- AKA Niche, AKA co-founder of the country's most popular cupcake blog, Cupcakes Take The Cake
. Niche was one of the food bloggers I met at that get-together with Cathy, and she is always organizing or speaking at inspiring, evocative events. She was one of the organizers of last night's Video Builds The Cooking Star
event (which I wrote about in yesterday's post and had a BLAST at - check out Niche's site for deets). She is the reason I was invited to participate. Niche and her CTTC blog co-founder, Rachel Kramer Bussel
, have provided me with several opportunities to connect with people who love food, and I really appreciate that. So, thank you!
Lastly, I'd love to give a shout-out to the first food blog I ever fell in love with, Gluten-Free Girl
, written by Shauna James Ahern
. I've been reading her blog since 2004 when my best friend was diagnosed with celiac. Since then, I've been enveloped in Shauna's stories. I even helped out last summer with recipe testing
for her second book. I met Shauna and her husband Danny in '07 at a cooking class they did at Whole Foods. I told her about the concept for this site then and remember even now how positive her feedback was. Thank you for getting excited about this idea, Shauna. I hope all the positive energy you put out to the world every day comes back to you at least tenfold. You rock.
Thank you to each of these incredibly talented, generous women for sharing their time and energy with me and with the world at large.
Looking back, Year One here at MOTB was all about getting our feet wet and eating as much weird food as we had time for in Brooklyn, with field trips to Mexico, to Austin, TX and most recently to Napa, California (post to come). Take a look back at all of the food photos (including photos of the cowfoot soup, doubles, roti & pelmeni - see if you can guess which ones they are) here
Year Two will be even more wacky! Soon, I'll be launching a newsletter to keep you up to speed on excursions and explorations and so people can come join me to eat. (I can't make it through every menu by myself!) Later in the year we'll get more interactive, bringing you live events and activities so you can experience some of these neighborhoods yourselves. Lastly, I'll be providing you with more resources to cook the kinds of food you see on this site. Awesomesauce, right?
So, a huge thank you again. If you have ever commented, subscribed, joined the Facebook
page or even told one friend about this site, I truly appreciate it. Keep sharing and keep eating!
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