Dessert Comes First

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

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A Note About the Irregularity of Posts
(or, What Dessert Comes First Is All About)

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Dessert Comes First (DCF) began out of my desire to write about food – what I eat, where I eat, and the stories of the incredible people behind all this food. I’m also a great fan of home bakers, thus the great deal of space devoted to them. I’m convinced that they fulfill countless sweet-toothed yearnings, not to mention their offerings ratchet up the quality and variety of desserts available locally.

The website is a chronicle of my food adventures – always has been, always will be. Each post is a product of lots of hard work: from the conception to the writing, and of course, the photos. Depending on what I’m writing about, it can take me three (consecutive) hours and up to three days to produce (writing/shooting) a post. There is no post on this site that’s hammered out in minutes and slapped with lousy, ill-lighted photos just for the sake of updating. I will give up dessert for good before that happens on this website. Simply put, if I have nothing to say, then nothing gets posted.

I understand that maintaining a website requires some deal of regularity, a frequency of posting, if you will. With the exception of Christmas break and spaces of time when I’m traveling, I try to post at least once a week. Two or more posts in a week denote bursts of inspiration on my part, of which I’m most grateful for.

Above all, Dessert Comes First is only one part of my life – it’s not my whole life. I’m a wife and a mom with an insatiably curious five-year-old; I’m a food writer who attends food events, interviews people in the food industry, and I do the occasional project with food companies; I also maintain my column in Appetite magazine. In addition, I travel overseas 2-3 times a year. Every one of us is multi-faceted with different aspects to our lives, and I’m no exception. There’s no way I could spend all my time strapped to my computer churning out post after post or roaming Manila for places and food to write about.

Life is an adventure, and Dessert Comes First is the story of mine. You’re always invited to come along for the ride – with plenty of stops along the way.

27 Responses to “A Note About the Irregularity of Posts
(or, What Dessert Comes First Is All About)”

  • Hi. Love your blog. Really appreciate the articles…I find them helpful to me as a traveller. I do hope you will continue with this and fully understand that it takes a lot to maintain a website. I’m just curious as to why the tone of above article was such. Are you being criticized? I’m sorry, it just sounded so defensive, I can feel the tension seeping thru the computer screen.

    Anyway, thanks for all your wonderful posts and I will patiently wait for them.

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  • thank you for sharing all your stories. i really admire the discipline you have in maintaining this blog. i always tell my better half that i can’t (or even attempt to) do what you do. heck, if i were in front of all those gastronomic delights, i won’t take another minute to shoot it. i’d just dig right in! so i want to say how grateful i am for sharing your labor of love. the last thing i would like to happen is for writing to be chore for you. we know we are mere listeners to the things you have to tell us. anticipate we will, but demand we won’t. all the best to you and your family!

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  • Your posts are a joy to read whether it be once or seven days a week. It is more important for us, your readers, to know that you are sharing thoughts and experiences when you are ready to do so.
    The quality of a blog does not depend on the number of posts that come out during the week.
    Don’t worry about having to come out with so many posts, Ms. Lori. I’d rather read posts with much soul and inspiration than something that is made half-heartedly.
    I wish you all the best in all your endeavors this year. I look forward to your wonderful posts, no matter how far between they may be.

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  • I love your blog – the pictures, your thoughts, and even the littlest comments of your readers ( I followed the caramel apples thread to sawa).
    I check your blog everyday and don’t mind it when you don’t have anything new. The last couple of weeks when dcf was “closed for maintenance”, I contented myself by going through some of your older posts.
    Keep writing and know that there are regular dcf fans who will keep going back even if your posts are, as you said, “irregular”.

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  • I appreciate you sharing your knowledge & expertise! I will continue to stop by your blog & savor the delicious bites along the way!

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  • Take your sweet time Lori. No need to pressure yourself, we DCF followers would never compromise the quality of what you churn out against keeping up with routine exercise. :-)

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  • I am standing by DCF at all times… 2 posts a week, a post every week, or whenever you feel like posting Ms. Lori… =D

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  • DCF’s part of my weekly guilty pleasures. We’re just glad we get a free glimpse of the food scene out there. More power Lori!

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  • thanks fo the ride lori, ill always be a passenger:)

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  • Dear Lori,

    Just got hooked on your blog a few months ago… L-O-V-E I T!!!! Am a baker and a foodie, i truly love your inputs, photos and all! We are based in the province so it gives us a glimpse of what’s going on in Manila and other parts of the world. A sourse of inspiration for us. Am too am a mom and when i read your latest post, we have the same sentiments about things as I too have to juggle between work, family and other commitments. Family is first above anything else! Most of the time easier said than done…. We really appreciate the “EFFORT” you put in. It is touching our lives and am sure others too! Take it easy….

    donna

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  • Dear Lori,

    Thanks so much for sharing your postings/stories. Been a reader of your site for quite a time now. Love your presentations… your food/dessert finds. Here’s sharing you a blog i think might arouse your curiosity in your spare time: http://parisbreakfasts.blogspot.com/
    Like your other readers i will wait til next post! Best regards.

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  • It’s obvious that a lot of thought and effort goes into every single post that you publish. But life is always there to keep us busy … in any case, I always look forward to new posts from you, in whatever frequency they come out. =)

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  • Hey Lori! No matter what the frequency I always enjoy your posts :) I understand that life has so many other parts to keep one busy and our blogs should be just another aspect of our lives…one that should enhance our lives and make us happy :) Your dedication to your readers has always been commendable! You have always given us your best…thank you! :)

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  • Happy New Year, Lori-san!

    Any post from you is a breath of fresh air (food) in our humdrum life. :D

    Keep on plugging away.

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  • Lori,

    You don’t owe us an explanation. We understand.

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  • Hi Lori! I’m hooked here in your blog and i always enjoy your posts :) your passion and dedication makes the us the readers so happy! :)

    thanks Lori for inspiring me and the others :)

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  • The fact that you take time to think about your post and the effort to photograph well is what makes your blog stand out. And that’s why we keep coming back! Happy New Year Lori!

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  • thanks for the ride, i will always be a passenger

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  • It’s quality, baby, not quantity. And quality we do get here that’s why I always come back. I can completely relate about not having enough time to blog because of everything else that consumed our lives outside of the net. You’re a mom and wife first and foremost and we can all see how wonderfully you take on those roles. :) I don’t like my friends who have moved abroad and whom I don’t hear from as frequently as those who still live here, but that doesn’t mean I like them any less. In fact, each time they come home or I visit, those moments are all the more memorable and treasured. So just keep on trucking, Lor. Savor life, and savor slowly. :)

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  • “I don’t like my friends who have moved abroad and whom I don’t hear from as frequently as those who still live here, but that doesn’t mean I like them any less.” That came out wrong, basically I meant I don’t like them any less than I do my friends who live here just because I’m not in touch with them as often, and hear from them less frequently. :)

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  • I do understand what you’re pointing at.. and i am one of the few who regularly check the site for new posts yet we don’t need to bug you with newer posts.. hello!! Life in existence! i really enjoy your posts.. i am looking forward to hopefully be part of your EB’s in the future, if there would be one.. regards to your family! enjoy what you do best, and that is simply enjoying food! like me! hehehe! TC!

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  • dont get me wrong, DCF is one of the best (if not the best blog/website!), but i think the note on the irregularity of post is quite “mayabang” and “nakakasagasa”.

    im sure most bloggers “strive/aspire” to be as good as DCF in terms of its pictures and how it is written. unfortunately, not everyone measures up. but i dont think they should be faulted. their desire to share is enough for me.

    allow me to express my own humble opinion that “real” fans of DCF dont need to be “reminded”(for the lack of a better term) on why posts are irregular. we know, well, i know!

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  • Hi Lori, you’re a fabulous food writer and I consider your blog a great source of knowledge and inspiration for us, who love food as much as you. Regardless of how frequent your postings come by, I always appreciate the heart and soul of each one and your magical ability to take us with you for the ride to some of the most exciting food adventures ever written.
    I have lived in the States (now residing in Washington, D.C.) where I work as a military chef for almost 19 years. Last Christmas(2007), I had the wonderful opportunity to come home again, exactly 10 years after my last visit. A major part of my vacation was spent looking for the restaurants and food items that you featured on your blog. I had so much fun and I even dubbed this homecoming my “gourmet expedition”. Thanks to you, I had melt in your mouth Eggs Benedict at Bizu, refreshing Vietnamese food at Zao, had roti buns for the first time, wandered like a kid at Sonja’s and so on and so forth. I would not have known where to go for the best culinary treats that I know we have in the Philippines had I not come accross this wonderful blog a year ago.
    You are a gem and I hope that you keep exploring and writing so we can continue to enjoy all your great adventures. I for one will wait (and not complain) for anything that comes my way. Good Luck and Cheers to you and your family!
    Thanks!

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  • your food blog rocks! keep on blogging =)

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  • Nice Site! Thanks!
    Very Nice! Thanks!
    Nice! Thanks!

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  • lori,

    matagal na akong naka-hitch sa ride mo. :-)

    breathtaking! marvelous! eye-opening! exciting! so enjoyable!

    keep on writing! pero wag kang ma-pressure to do what others might think you should. whatever rocks your boat, whenever the spirit moves you.

    all the best to you and your family.

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  • hello, found the link of your website in the art community called deviantart.com..

    and i was really happy, excited and inspired at the same time when i read all your recent articles tab per tab. hahaha!

    especially the article about machiavelli chocolatier. i adore how he went back to the country to share his knowledge of european chocolates to pinoys.

    i cant wait for more updates! just looking at the photographs makes me daydream of things to do in the future…thank you! :)

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