First, I want to THANK YOU. It’s never easy to maintain a blog. The fact that I’m still here after three years and still chugging along is because of you.
I made cupcakes to mark DCF’s past two birthdays, so I decided change was in order. This year, I’m celebrating with homemade kaya jam paired with brioche that I’d made the day before. The celebration is complete with strong coffee and softly-boiled eggs.
A Round-Up Of The Year That Was…
I find myself in a pensive, reflective mood today, my website’s third year. The past year was extremely mellow for DCF — “scaled down and slowed down” to put it another way. This was the year I grew weary of food blogging, something I never thought I’d go through considering how frenzied my first two years were.
The year that was was also a time for me to take a stand on what Dessert Comes First is all about. After I came out with that post, some readers felt I was defensive; others asked me if something “had happened” that made me come out with such an article. I was honest and answered that the article was something I wrote to remind people and (myself!) that I can’t be as prolific as I wish I could be ”“ life happens. On this website, it’s about quality never quantity.
My Canon Powershot G2 also gave up on me after two years of dedicated service, and after some mourning on my part, I replaced it with its younger sister, a G7. All my travel shots this past year to Jakarta, Indonesia, Vancouver, Canada, Seattle, Washington, and Japan were taken with my G7. We’re getting along fabulously. Of course I still have my Canon EOS 400 D SLR.
After eating my way through almost all the desserts in Manila, I came out with a tongue-in-cheek post on the desserts I don’t like. I can’t even begin to tell you how many people were in disbelief about my not liking tiramisu and fruit salad. “How can anyone not like fruit salad???” They’d ask. I’d reply, “How can anyone like it?”
When it comes to coffee, I’m quite the late bloomer . I only came to appreciate this beverage when I was 33, and now a year later, I look forward to greeting each morning by choosing from the 11 kinds of whole beans I have, choosing my brewing method, and grinding the beans accordingly. It’s a daily ritual I cherish. Note however, that instant coffee will always have a place in my heart. And pantry. You never forget where you come from, after all.
Cupcakes by Sonja: 1 Year Later is a definitive post for me. It expresses my choice to write increasingly more substantive food articles, with subject matters readers can really sink their teeth into. It’s a given that I’ll always feature restaurants and new places on DCF, but posts on food issues with more depth will appear more often. I feel that it’s part of my growth as a food writer.
It was thrilling to be part of Preview’s Creative “It” List last October. Receiving recognition for this website is truly frosting on my cake. While ”taray” was a word I heard often to describe my expression in the photo, I was happy with how the feature it turned out. The reason for my expression in the photo? I didn’t feel like smiling that day.
Seems that there are two words that, when talked about on this website, will incite rage and unmitigated candor: caramel apples. My post on San Fo Treats is the champion with 124 comments. But while my post on Czarina’s Gourmet Apples has only half the number of comments (51), the discussion thread is definitely more vitriolic. Even I had no idea where such heated loyalties stemmed from.