Friday, September 17, 2010

Next Food Blog Star - Ready, Set, Blog!

Are you a member of the clean plate club?  I am...but I wasn't always.

When I was a little girl I was very petite and tiny for my age.  I was downright scrawny.  And like good Portuguese grandmothers, mine were horrified.  They were concerned that my growth was stunted, or that something was wrong with me.  And like most first time parents faced with the thought that something was wrong with their child, mine panicked.

They begged me to eat.

They told me I couldn't leave the table until I had finished.

Nothing worked.

So they instituted a rule at dinnertime: If you clean your plate, you get a dollar.  

Normally, I didn't make that kind of money unless the tooth fairy made a visit.  It was a pretty good deal, and I started to enjoy dinnertime a little more.  I still didn't finish my dinner all the time, but I certainly began to stick around the table a little longer.

I'm so glad I did.

Family time was built around that kitchen table.  We shared dinner, we shared our days, and we shared our struggles at work and school.  When mom or dad worked late, when I had sports practice or dance class, we still ate together.

My food blog has become the catalyst to extend this experience for me.  Now mealtimes bring me together with others, whether I'm eating alone at my apartment, dining with friends, or meeting new people through blogger events.  The comments on my blog give me the same sense of connection of sharing a meal across a table.  I want my blog to be part of the conversation, and part of the experience of enjoying food.

I think I should be the next food blog star because I enjoy and value mealtime as an experience.  I believe that it is an experience that should be relished and enjoyed and I love to share my restaurant reviews and recipes with readers.  No matter what I write, the focus is on food.

Whether part of a 10 course degustation menu with wine pairings, a sausage and pepper sandwich outside the ballpark or mom's lasagna - it is all important because it brings us all together.



  1. I am rooting for you! And can I just say those pictures are adorable!

  2. OMG, i agree with Megan.. cutest pictures ever!! I've already voted for you, let me know what else i can do! (do you want me to stand on the street corner with a sign? done and done)

  3. Thanks guys - I can't take all the credit though...My mom is my original stylist!

    Sign would be great!! vote often - polls open on Monday - expect some tweets from me!

  4. How cute were you! Best of luck!

  5. OMG, those photos are ADORABLE!!!! Good luck with PFB!

  6. I love those pictures from your childhood - so fun!

  7. I love these pictures of you, Alicia. Let's hope we all make to round 2 (baby steps!). Have a good week! :)

  8. Those are absolutely adorable! Awww! I'm adding a vote for you. :) good luck to us!

  9. Awww, what cute pictures - just voted :) Hope you're having a fabulous trip!

  10. Holy cow, you were the cutest child EVER!!

  11. I discovered your blog recently... and tonight a random thing happened. Josh Firger, who is a good friend of my husband's, was in town and over for dinnner... and we were talking about food blogging and he mentioned yours -- and I was like, I know that blog! Small world. I think we may have even crossed paths years ago at the Public House but I'm not 100% sure. Anyway, great to have some context and your blog is great (I also agree that you were a really adorable kid!). Looking forward to reading more! Emily

  12. Thank you so much for all the comments everyone! I didn't make it to the next round, but I really loved writing this post, so its OK by me!

    Emily - great to 'meet' you! Such a small world. I love Josh, he's a great guy and quite a foodie himself. He and Rafe went to High school together.

    Hope we run into each other again soon!