The BEST part about what is ultimately a solitary activity, is the great people I've met along the way - new friends like Jodi K from EatJax, the ViCARIous Cari S, Caron S at Bite Club, Kris C at Blog Your Wine, George S from the Jacksonville Fine Dining Examiner, and many more fellow travelers - friends and family with whom I've shared food experiences, and scores of restaurant / food / culture creators and commentators I've come to know and respect greatly.
|Photo courtesy of Cari Sanchez P
The highlight of the year - of the five years, really, was introducing my nephew and niece to his food-idol Guy Fieri, thanks to the kindhearted Chef Howard at 13 Gypsies.
Thanks to all of you who've graced my life with your friendship, readership, and kind words of support for my humble efforts.
I hope you have been inspired to go out and spend some time (and money) exploring the culinary treasures where you are. And thanks to everyone who dined with me over the last few years and gracefully offered up their plates to be photographed before devouring the contents!
And thanks also for the subtle kick in the pants from those who've suggested I might want to "do something" with this blog someday. Clearly, these individuals are not artists. While I appreciate making money as much as the next guy, that's never what this was about. I'm in it for the experience.
You don't see ads here, and I'm not asking you to buy my book (which I so would if I had written one).... I'm just a participant / observer sharing my experiences here. I'm content to evolve at my current rate of speed, and my blog will continue to reflect that evolution. I hope you'll excuse the grainy cell-phone snapped pics and my less than AP Style ramblings, and hey, feel free to leave comments here - I love to hear from everyone!
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Aloha - I'm off on another culinary adventure!