January 11, 2006
Food Blog Awards 2005 - What I Like About the Competition

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.

Posted by Barrett in Maryland at January 11, 2006 3:40 PM | TrackBack Print-friendly version
Comments

Thanks Barrett, glad you enjoy the site. Let us know if you come to town!

Posted by Jonah on January 11, 2006 at 4:49 PM

You make me blush, Barrette. Thanks.

Posted by Barbara on January 11, 2006 at 10:20 PM

I owe you a big thank you, Barrett. First, for nominating my blog and now for this plug in.
Thank You!

and you got my vote.:)

Posted by Indira on January 12, 2006 at 7:34 PM

Indira, you're more than welcome. I calls 'em like I sees 'em and I think you're running one of the best food blogs out there these days.

The fact you focus on a cuisine I love, but have not cooked much of is just more reason to love your site.

Posted by barrett on January 13, 2006 at 9:44 AM

Thanks so much, Barrett - I've just seen this post today. I enjoy your digs much too! 8)

Posted by meriko on January 28, 2006 at 1:04 PM

Great reading, keep up the great posts.
Peace, JiggaDigga

Posted by JiggaDigga on April 7, 2006 at 11:41 AM

Were can I find some more free recipes on line?

S.J.

Posted by Steve J. on May 21, 2006 at 6:46 PM
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