Dessert Comes First

An obsession with dessert and other unabashed opinions of a food writer

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Happy 8th Anniversary, Dessert Comes First!

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Oh baby, you and I are getting on in years.

The past year has been relatively quiet. I suppose it had to be for me to recover from the frenzy of 2011’s DCF events and more. I was also quieter this year, preferring to take stock of and speak (verbal and written) only when I felt it was important.

This summer, some parts of my house were refurbished, and in the ensuing and necessary clean-up, I chanced upon my last remaining diary. I say “diary” because from the time I was 8 years old until I was 26, I kept a written record of my innermost thoughts and feelings. I don’t really know why writing in a diary lost its appeal – I threw all my diaries out years ago. When I saw this one – which covers the period in my life from 1995 to the early 2000s – I knew there was really only one thing I had left to do.

Without even pausing to read a page of it, I went to my paper shredder (yes, I own one) and I shredded that diary. Methodically, unemotionally, uncommon characteristics for me to be – I ripped the pages out in bundles and watched as pages of a life I used to know disintegrated before my eyes. When my Bin got home, I told him in as equally dispassionate a tone about what I’d just done. He was shocked but I told him, “That girl isn’t me anymore.”

Whew! Ok, drama aside, it may be no coincidence that I just destroyed my remaining diary so close to DCF’s 8th anniversary. I look forward to May 2 every year because for me, this date is my touchstone, an ever-rising standard that makes me see how far I’ve come. And similar to that diary I shredded because it didn’t speak to what I am now, I’ve learned and am applying a vital lesson to my life: I look to the past only once to learn what I need to but I soldier forward, never looking back again.

But look back just once
On our 8th anniversary, DCF and I are very different from the wide-eyed, innocent things we were in 2005. What a thrill to be named one of MEGA Magazine’s 20 Global Pinoys last June, and then in November, to be dubbed as a Tastemaker for Kitchen’s Best. When it came to the food of the year, it was the reign of ramen.

Professionally, I was psyched to see my piece published in Esquire magazine, and I was finally able to get Sweet Eats the DCF podcast off the ground. It’s quite the experience to translate my words into moving pictures, which is what I endeavor to do in each video.

Lastly, the Post of the Year goes to My Bin, My Turn. This past year’s Valentine’s Day Special, it’s the only time in all of DCF’s 8 years that I’ve handed my pen over to someone else as a quasi-guest blogger. I was quite tickled to have my Bin tell his story and it proved to be quite the revelation for most of us (me included).

On a more somber note, I lost my good friend, Chef Ed Quimson, this past March. I’ve written about him several times on this blog and he was a notable food purveyor at my Christmas Gift List in 2011. His passing is a great blow to those of us in the food industry.

Now look forward
Yesterday, a friend of mine and devoted DCF reader was astounded that May 2 was coming and going sans an anniversary celebration. “You can’t not celebrate!” He said, his eyes wide, almost accusing.

And celebrate we shall.

Since February, I’ve been hinting at a project that – for the first quarter of this year – demanded so much of me that I only had time for one post in March. Only a handful of people know about this project and while I can’t reveal what it is just yet, I can tell you this:


This upcoming event will be the Dessert Comes First celebration to end all other celebrations.

This event will be even bigger than DCF’s 6th Anniversary Party in 2011, if you can believe that. So be patient a little bit more — believe me, I’m as restless as you are but all will be made clear soon enough. And do me a favor, please don’t try to guess what it is because I won’t answer. “Deadma” comes to mind. Heehee.

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For now, I celebrate with my wine of choice for DCF’s 8th year: the Bin 65 Chardonnay from Lindeman’s, an Australian wine company. Lindeman has a category of wine they call “Bins” . They’re called such because these wine blends were traditionally stored in the cellar where each one was given a designated “Bin number.”

All of this is besides the point to me however because to find a wine with “Bin” in its name is a treasure, for obvious reasons. So I sit and sip this fruity and almost too light wine, contemplating and concentrating on the celebration ahead for my DCF readers.

Thank you to YOU for being with me all these years!

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~lori

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Related posts:
DCF’s past anniversaries

30 Responses to “Happy 8th Anniversary, Dessert Comes First!”

  • Upon reading the hint and about the upcoming DCF mega-celebration (!):
    *squee…!!!*

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  • Looking forward to it :)

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  • Happy anniversary, DCF! Thanks Lorie for sharing with us life’s sweet blessings. Looking forward to the mega celebration!

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  • Top-notch food and masterful words, Congratulations Lori on DCF’s 8 wonderful years! :D

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  • Happy anniversary Lori and DCF! I wish I woud be there to celebrate. Unfortunately, I relocated to another part of the world…but I still will be with you in spirit :) More nomz! Hugs!

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  • Happy Anniversary to DCF, my favorite food blog, and congratulations to you Lori, my favorite not-just-food blogger, for this milestone. :)

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  • Happy anniversary and congratulations Lori! Keep on inspiring. :)

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  • Happy Anniversary DCF! :)

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  • Happy 8th anniversary to DCF! :-)

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  • Happy, happy 8th anniversary, Lori :-) I can still remember when we were off to look for a camera for you to use when you were just starting your blog, and, pardon the lack of imagination for this usage, but “you’ve come a long way, baby!” I see nothing but greater things to come for you and your endeavors :-)

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  • Hi Love, Happy Anniversary! What a dramatic start to an anniversary piece but it all tied up in the end. What a wild and woolly ride it has been, not just for you, but for your supporters, me being your second biggest, next to your Bin. Here’s to the next 8 years, as you go from strength to strength.

    Love you.

    Papa

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  • Happy Anniversary, Lori! :)

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  • Cheer to a phenomenal success! Here’s to many more sweet days in the life, with some savory ones thrown in for good measure….. :) T

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  • Happy 8th!!!
    8 – an auspicious number for the Chinese… here’s wishing you all the best and more blessings, for you and your awesome blog! Very curious with your anniv surprise!

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  • Happy anniversary, DCF! Congratulations, Lori!

    May you continue to be an inspiration, and may DCF be always there to curb people’s cravings and hunger pangs, to entertain with its author’s wit and charm, to showcase the culinary industry’s talents, to teach people that there is more to food than just something to be consumed, and to remind everyone that in life, it is best to eat dessert first.

    Here’s to more food blogging years, Lori… CHEERS! :)

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  • Time flies when you’re having fun! Can’t believe it’s been seven years since I started reading DCF.

    Happy 8th year, DCF! Looking forward to the “celebration to end all celebrations.”

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  • Happy Anniversary, Happy Birthday, and Congratulations, DCF and Lori!

    In addition to your beautiful writing, I am inspired by your courage to move forward and change, transform. You may not be exactly the same girl I met way back then, but I am happy to see how happy you are now.

    Here’s to looking forward with you. A bright, bright future awaits you. : )

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  • Hi Ms. Lori, my bf and I were at your 2011 party and it was awwweeesome! :) Looking forward to this next surprise of yours and just thinking that it will be bigger than the previous party is getting me excited already. Thanks for showing appreciation to your readers. We just love, love, love your blog :)

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  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!
    I’ve been reading your blog and enjoying your food suggestions since 2007.
    Yours was the first food blog I followed and you have always been on my Favorites.
    I am so happy for your site and all your past achievements.

    May you have many more online celebrations to come!

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  • Happy anniversary, DCF! More power and yummy posts. :-)

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  • 8 Years of DCF Food Porn. It’s been sexy. Here’s to even more sexy years, Lori!

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  • Happy 8th anniversary to DCF and Ms. Lori! More blogging years to come :)

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  • In behalf of all the bloggers you have inspired, like me, thank you and happy anniversary!!! Keep on going!!

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  • Happy Anniversary DCF and Lori! :) You are one of the few trusted and impeccably written ‘journals’ in this time of where almost everything is just a click away, thank you!

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  • happy 8th anniversary, ms. lori! i always enjoy reading your blog and i learn a lot from it. keep on blogging! :)

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  • Has it been 8 years already? Then again, I remember reading DCF since college! Wonderful times.

    I hope to get to your anniversary celebration! :)

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  • Cheers to you, Lori! :D

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  • Sorry for the late comment, but I can’t not greet you a HAPPY 8TH ANNIVERSARY! 8 is a lucky number for the Chinese, as I’m sure you’ve heard. If I’m not mistaken, it’s because the number, when turned on its side, looks like the infinity symbol. Here’s wishing you an infinity of, if not blogging (you may one day tire of it, and I wouldn’t want you to keep going if that’s ever the case), then of delicious discoveries, decadent delights, and fulfillment of your dreams and destiny. (And yes, the alliteration is a deliberate nod to our shared fondness for it.) Bravo to you, Lori! :-)

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  • Hello Lori ;-) My name is WM. Hunter & as I recently donated to the Philippines I also just happened to be on my face book page:ActorMan vs. Mr. Fame ;-) thinking & writing about our kind friend & brilliant Chef Ed Quimson whom I met in an elevator in Hong Kong in 1994 & again when I visited the Philippines during March 1995 as I travelled for a month and contacted him so we both could celebrate our Birthdays together & we did at the time where he worked as Chef of Broker’s Lounge at the Philippine Stock Exchange Plaza on Ayala Avenue at “Giraffes”. We even made the pages of Today’s Weekender Society page dated March 19, 1995. “Here, There and Everywhere” by Loucille. My fave B-day dish I loved having with him wasn’t a dessert per se yet our “Peking Duck Pizza” -a 1st. Time Tasty Creation that smelled so good & tasted sweet with the duck sauce just wiping the napkin that I kept it as a souvenir we both had signed! wOw! Well now on November 29, 2013 that I now know how he’s doing however it’s never too late to say Thank-You and Blessings for writing about him! Rest In Peace Chef Player Most WANTED Ed ;-)

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    He was once totally right. This submit truly made my day.
    You cann’t imagine just how much time I had spent for this information!
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