Goodbye, Ube Cheesecake

It’s time to have something spicy for dessert.

New look catch you by surprise? Believe it or not, it’s been almost three years since DCF’s last facelift. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve revised the look of my website but I’m calling DCF’s new look, version 7.0 because yes, we’re celebrating our 7th anniversary in May!

As with each reinvention of DCF, the changes are stark and sudden but always for the better. I’ve re-designed the site for easier navigation and streamlined the content so that you can get the information you need, quickly.

Take some time getting used to DCF’s new look and features, you’re bound to be surprised and delighted. Here are some of the highlights the new look emphasizes:

1. Notice the chopping board? It’s center stage for the latest post.

2. DCF version 7.0 is highly content-driven. Thus, witness the slider right smack in the center spotlighting the most recent posts from each category.

3. Categories. Now here’s something that I’ve worked very hard on the past few months. You can view each category through the slider but if you scroll down to the Categories heading, you’ll see them in list form. The most significant changes are to the Home Bakers and Restaurants category. If you hover over these two, a drop-down menu will appear. For Home Bakers, they’re now arranged according to their location for product pick-ups. People often order from home bakers in locations that are most convenient to them so this is the rationale behind the idea. For Restaurants, they’re now arranged by cuisine type so you can read about them and call for a reservation depending on what you feel like eating. I’ve also pored over 800+ posts and updated each restaurant I’ve written about. Sadly, a number of them have closed or changed their info and this is noted in each post accordingly.
On the header above, you’ll see META, and this is where you can stay connected to DCF through RSS, our email newsletter (highly recommended), and of course, on Facebook and Twitter.

4. The About page has also been revised slightly, so have a look at it too.

5. You’ll also notice the Photos widget on the upper right corner and subsequently, its sister on the navbar, Favorite Food Photos. Clicking on either will get you to the same place: a Gallery of my Favorite Food Photos taken from my posts. This gallery is still a work in progress as I’m still incorporating many of my images into the database so come back every so often and see what’s new.

Lastly, you’ve noticed the new logo of Dessert Comes First. The ube cheesecake has been replaced by (an about to be) chocolate-covered chili pepper; notice the fork and how it edges out into a pencil at the tip. The entire concept is clever, and if you’ve been reading my writing for some time, appropriately cheeky. It’s the brainchild of Natz Mendoza, a graphic designer I’m thrilled to have met. She exhibited unflagging creativity and energy when we collaborated on this new logo and I must say that I’m psyched with the results.

The biggest props go to DCF’s webmaster, OB Agustin, whom I called up on stage at the Anniversary Party last year. There are webmasters and then there’s OB, the webmaster of them all. He’s been with DCF and me since the very beginning, all the way back to 2005. He has the patience of a saint (I can be unbelievably fastidious when it comes to DCF), an unrivaled knowledge of technology and CSS (what that?), and best of all, he laughs at my jokes. In short, OB is my tech god and without him, DCF would cease to exist. OB, thanks, man!

Dessert Comes First turns 7 on May 2. How far we’ve come! Thank you for coming along on my food journey.


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