Hey, here's a reminder - if you haven't voted yet, go check out the 2005 Food Blog Award nominees. We won the Best Group Blog last year and we're up for it again against some amazing blogs.
In the spirit of good sportsmanship, I thought I'd share my positive thoughts on the competition.
Gastronome - Honestly, these are the people I thought we would lose to last year. Their small army (21 on the mast at last count) of witty, intelligent writers understand food and put together some beautiful photographs to go with their recipes. This is one of the sites I looked to in the early days for inspiration.
A Good Beer Blog - In my opinion, A Good Beer Blog is the best beer-focused blog on the Internet. The only site I compare it to is Michael Jackson's Beer Hunter site. If you know Michael Jackson's site, you know what high praise that is. I especially like the coverage on Belgian beers I find here, a particular favorite of mine.
Ideas in Food - The blogs I was most happy to discover in 2005 were Mahanandi, Tigers & Strawberries, and Ideas in Food. The haute presentation of the recipes on Ideas in Food is more polished than any other site on the net, in my humble opinion. They also are just a little bit nuts like me. I had just independently started putting a little Maldon salt on pieces of chocolate, and thinking I should probably keep this practice to myself for fear of being carted off by the men in white coats when I came across this post of them doing the same damn thing as a real honest-to-god ingredient. How cool is that? No wonder I love their site.
LA Foodblogging - I'll admit that I was not familiar with LA Foodblogging until this nomination. I don't travel to Los Angeles very often, and am not familiar with the food scene there. After looking over the site, I can say I'm very impressed with the quality of the reportage and especially the organization of the posts by cuisine and location. If you're in Los Angeles and feely nibbly this site is a great resource.
Of course, I obviously have a special fondness for the work my blogging partner Meg does here at Too Many Chefs, and for the work of all our other contributors. I hope that we can continue to produce work worthy of being in the company of the blogs mentioned above. They don't make it easy to keep up, I'll tell you that.
If you haven't done so already, go on over to Kate's site, The Accidental Hedonist, and vote for your favorite in this and all the other excellent categories. Sure, we'd love to win, but as you can see, whomever you vote for, you're voting for a winner.