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A Happy Blog Birthday

Feast
Colin and I ventured off to the deepest, brightest corner of London for a party in honor of the second anniversary of two food blogs: The Passionate Cook and Cook Sister. A dozen-or-so of us gathered around the table in The Passionate Cook's garden, snacking on elegantly plated canapés and sipping pink cava all the sunny afternoon long. (There were fine fruit pressés as an alternative - the elderflower one was particularly fine.) Given so many of us were strangers to each other, we had a great deal in common. After all - we all love our food. We talked of the myriad uses for clotted cream, about getting press passes to food events as bloggers, about how guanabana grows, good Asian supermarkets in London, and all sorts of other things.

Highlights of the numerous nibbles included prosciutto-wrapped figs, with a smooth, dry cheese tucked in for extra bite; a cool gazpacho tasting of summer-ripeness; soft salmon rolls, tidy and perfect in their spiraling; skewers of cheese cubes, half-olives, melon, and fresh mint; and the finale, a chocolate fountain, the waterfall composed of pleasantly dark chocolate, with luciously ripe pineapple, bananas, kiwi, mango, and scone pieces for dipping. The full glory of all we ate will soon be available in full color in posts from some of the other bloggers in attendance, ones more devoted their photos.

Pille of Nami Nami came the furthest today for the party, all the way from Edinburgh, but Amy of Cooking with Amy came the furthest this month - all the way from her home base in San Francisco. June of Bread, Water, Salt, Oil lives in the best location for local quality ingredients. Anna, of Baking for Britain, has been exploring scones lately, a subject near-and-dear to my heart from my afternoon tea tour of Toronto. Christina has particularly fine taste in blogging topics: in The Thorngrove Table, she explores food both medieval and modern. Andrew of Spittoon focuses especially on wine in his weblog, although not to the exclusion of other food-related topics. Update: Xochitl Cooks also joined us - and since I omitted her blog details when I initially posted this, in this edit I can add that she too had a good time at the Taste of London the following day.

Today's small world moment: On the train back from the event, we realized that we'd met one of the other attendees a year ago! irisbleu introduced us while she and I were coincidentally in London at the same time before I moved here. When I say "we", I give full credit to the other blogger for recognizing me. I don't do well recognizing people so thoroughly-of-context!

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intertext
Jun. 18th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
If you ever give up being a medievalist you should become a food writer! You were making my mouth water just then :) (maybe become a food writer anyway - think of the press passes!)
owlfish
Jun. 19th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I've regularly considered starting an additional all-food blog. I even have a premise which would allow it to complement the sorts of things I'm already writing here, without taking away from the sorts of content I have here.
gleodream
Jun. 18th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
Colin has some lovely photographs on his blog!
The food also sounds wonderful.
darktouch
Jun. 18th, 2006 01:44 pm (UTC)
They have parties to celebrate blogs?

Sounds vaguely like a party to celebrate a hammer.
owlfish
Jun. 19th, 2006 04:34 pm (UTC)
If there are songs in honor of hammers, why not parties in honor of blogs?
(Anonymous)
Jun. 22nd, 2006 09:21 am (UTC)
... and from even further afield...
... came Amy of "Cooking with Amy" - flying in from San Franciscio.
What a great day, if was lovely to meet you and Colin and all the other "new" kids on the blog ;-) johanna (thepassionatecook)
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