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It’s unbelievable to me that another six years have passed since that blowout bash I had to celebrate DCF’s 6th anniversary way back in 2011. The blogosphere has changed dramatically since then, and 2013 was even dubbed “the year the blog died” when social media truly and totally transformed the online landscape.
Of course I too, am not the same; having cancer guaranteed that I’d never go back to the way I was – physically and figuratively. After treatment, I had to learn how to live again and I seriously considered pulling the plug permanently on DCF, I didn’t see the point in continuing it. But Mark Floro, one of my photography mentors, reminded me, “The blog is part of who you are,” and he’s right. At my core, I create: I create art through words and pictures, and if there’s an audience who appreciates it, then I’m grateful, but even if there isn’t, what matters most to me is “doing my creative soul work,” as another artist-friend so eloquently put it.
DCF is slicker and sharper now because of its new webmaster and you’ve noticed that we now have a team of contributors. The site is evolving to include more people to encompass a wider range of interests. Together, we harness our abilities to cover food topics of interest, especially since the diverse culinary landscape is too broad for one person to handle. There’s Kirt, our resident coffee guru; Dude Food, a column for men who want to cook, which is a surprisingly large demographic of DCF, written by Chef Ed; Spanky is our intrepid guy-about-town; musician Richie is our prolific restaurant reviewer; and Sweden-based Therese gives us a local’s view about her adopted country’s fascinating food scene. These are just a handful of DCF’s stellar contributors and should you want to join our team, email us.
The blog has always been a mirror of what I am and what I’ve become: what’s most important for me now is creating meaningfully. I’ve been working very hard at my photography because the best way for me to share my stories and healthy recipes is to not just tell you but also to show you.
I also remain super enthusiastic about featuring home bakers, as seen in the photos here. I’ve featured 100+ of these people since DCF began and I still believe that they make the BEST desserts in Manila. Naysayers be damned, but cancer didn’t kill my sweet tooth, it’s still there and as strong as ever. Dessert Comes First was built to celebrate exceptional home bakers, and 12 years later, I am still here championing them. So go on and send me your desserts, people, I’m ready for them again!
Several readers have dropped off from DCF never to be seen again but I know that some of you are still here, growing along with the site and emailing me privately, telling me what you like and don’t like. Thank you for being there for me when I was sick and THANK YOU even more now for still hanging around, eager to come along on my journey, still as obsessive about food and dessert as I’ve ever been.
Here’s to more edible adventures for all of us!