My third blogiversary

I started this blog back in 2008 on this day. When I began, I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting myself into. I thought that I would run out of things to say, or would want a total change of topic before I got to this point. I’m glad to say that working on this blog has increased my interest in food rather than lessened it. I’ve had some great experiences due to this blog, and I’ve got some great things planned for the next year. Thank you for reading my blog and sharing in my food adventures. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

 

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Best potluck ever and a taste tripping party to boot!

I knew I was in for some good eats when I was invited to a potluck dinner party at A Canadian Foodie‘s gorgeous house (a.k.a Valerie), and then I found out that over 30 foodies and bloggers were invited. And when I found out that part of the evening includes a chance to try the miracle berry, well let’s just say that there was nothing short of the plague that was going to keep me away.

I started off trying to take nice photos but then I eventually gave up and took half-hearted, slightly blurry ones instead. There were lots of other people with better photos though, so don’t worry I’m sure there will be more popping up on blogs soon! I’m linking to recipes and blogs as much as possible but there were so many people there that it’s inevitable that I will miss some.

Valerie and her husband Vanja are great hosts and they made me feel welcome as soon as I stepped into their home. I thought I was going to arrive a little bit late but people were just starting to arrive when I got there. Valerie was prepared – name tags for all of us as well as tags for all our dishes!

potluck signs

potluck signs

more potluck signs

more potluck signs

Look at the dish names; this wasn’t just any old potluck! When foodies bring food (even “simple dishes” like we were instructed), we go all out.

Moose tongue and homemade saskatoon wine

Moose tongue and homemade saskatoon wine

Two different cuts of smoked moose tongue and homemade saskatoon wine by the talented Kevin Kossowan. Tasted like a heavily smoked ham and was delish. I think I preferred the texture of the back section of the tongue more though (dish on the left).

kefta, prosciutto and fig crostini, and tzaziki

kefta, prosciutto and fig crostini, and tzaziki

Kefta from XOX Lea Lea, prosciutto and fig crostini, and tzaziki from Take it and Like it.

OMG so much food!

OMG so much food!

Then so many people started to arrive all at once and I gave up trying to take photos of everyone’s dishes. Just look at that bounty! My mouth waters just thinking about all the yummy dishes. Yes, someone brought a rice cooker. And someone else brought a tagine! I’m glad Valerie let me borrow one of her dishes to plate my dessert, cause I think my plastic Ziploc container wouldn’t have looked nearly as impressive. Continue reading

News and links

Just a short, quick post today.

  • Ferrán Adrià asked to help improve Spanish tourism
  • Article for food bloggers – How & Why You Should Work with Food PR – some avoid it but some seek it out. Which one are you?
  • New places opening locally – southside Mikado, southside Chez Cora… am still waiting for the downtown HealthFare to open! When I walked past there last week the place had been gutted and construction was happening inside.
  • Like many local food bloggers I also got an e-mail from Culina about their $75 Molto Local harvest wine dinner on October 18. I’m busy that day (and on a boot camp diet) and I can’t go, but like Chris I wish there was an option for without the wine as I don’t really drink.
  • And lastly, this Saturday is the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (a.k.a. Mooncake Festival). I was super excited to find two different brands of lower calorie/lower sugar moon cakes while shopping at T&T. Expect a review of one brand on Saturday!

News and links

Blog searches

As I write more entries in this blog, I’m getting more and more hits from keyword searches. Some searches make sense, but some are just odd enough to make me laugh:

  • fruit juice south africa (I wonder what kinds are native to South Africa.)
  • dairy queen honey mustard salad dressing (I didn’t know Dairy Queen’s dressing was so good that people wanted to find recipes for it!)
  • strong tasting salad dressing (Is your salad too weak?)
  • crabapple juice concentrate (Is there even such a thing?)
  • creative swearing (?!?!?!)