Thursday, November 29, 2007
Where I've Eaten AKA I Didn't Know I was Such a Glutton and How You Can Be One Too!
Dear readers, Is it a little crazy to think I've reviewed 108 food places in the past year? And posted 141 recipes? Not to mention all my other random postings about my gardening or crafting in between? Even crazier is my backlog of restaurants and recipes. Yup, I could not cook or eat out for the next three months and still have something to write about every single day. Except I haven't been. Because I needed a bit of a break. Because writing takes a lot of work, ya know? Or at least my posts do. And I'm going on the assumption that you like my posts because they're chock full of info and pictures. But it takes time to organize the photos, keep track of all that info, and present it all to you in a mildly entertaining way. But don't worry, there's lots of good stuff I've got on the back burner like how to make your own banh mi (Vietnamese sandwiches) from pickled carrots to meatball recipes. Or four courses of beef (because seven courses is a bit overkill). Or a homemade Korean barbecue. Or well, lots of stuff really! As my sidebar gets longer and longer, I need to think of a better way to present it. I'm thinking of going into a 3-column format. Anyone know how to do this? With specific directions please? I've found some Blogger hack sites but the directions evidently aren't simple enough for this non-techie. Unless you like my long sidebar? It's only gonna get even longer you know! I thought it'd be better to place my ads on one side and the recipe and restaurant info on the other. I have yet to earn any money from this blogging thing, but it sure couldn't hurt to have something to pay for all this food! Anyway, so could I get some feedback from you? Keep the sidebar as is? Move the eating out and recipe index to separate pages? If so, I'm thinking of sorting the recipes by cuisine, alphabet, and category. Restaurants would be sorted by just cuisine and alphabet. Would you like me to at least keep my best recipes and restaurant recommendations on the sidebar though? What about my virtual tours? Anyone want to see more travel pictures and stories from my archives? Get rid of or do you enjoy my food/travel musings? Gardening and crafting? More? Less? Move the non-food stuff to a different blog? You just love everything about my blog and think I'm perfect? :P Hehe. Speak up! Let me know what works for you and what doesn't! On one hand, it is my blog and I'm gonna do whatever I want. But, on the other hand, I'd also like my blog to be easy to navigate and useful to you as well. So please let me know what does or doesn't work for you! And lastly, because I hate posts without pictures, check out this map of where I've eaten. Cool eh? Courtesy of Howie at foodieview.com. The website is a compilation of all the food bloggers as well the mainstream food sites into eating out maps and recipe archives. Each dot is linked back to my posting so you can search for what's closest to you. I've suggested he add a small icon like my clustrmap so you can then click on the icon and it'll lead you to the larger map, thus making it even easier for you to find places to eat. So yes, you too can become as much of a pig as me. Oink! Oink! ***** 1 year ago today, I made turkey tetrazzini with my Thanksgiving leftovers.