Oh sweet Friday! I have been waiting for you since. . . last Friday. Another trying week but one with a little light at the end of the tunnel, the Newport Mansions Food and Wine Festival. I went to this fabulous Newport event last year, and of all of the wine and food events I have attended over the year, it is hands down my favorite. The food is great which isn’t always the case at wine events, the wines poured are diverse and wonderful, the tent is not that crowded, and it is at a beautiful Newport Mansion overlooking the ocean. And the crowd last year was polite and seemed to be experienced wine tasters who understood the whole personal space and stepping out of the way thing. It can’t be beat.
I also plan on doing some major relaxing this weekend, might sneak in a trip to the new Bliss spa in Boston, will do some volunteer dog walking, and will hopefully end the weekend with the final Boston Wine Week event at Bin 26 Enoteca. Interested? You can sign up here: http://redwhitebostonbin26.eventbrite.com/
Today’s Friday Foodie Feature is Emily from A Cambridge Story. I love reading Emily’s blog, which I found when she commented on mine. I am glad she did because she has some great photos and food adventures. Since she lives in nearby Cambridge, we have a lot in common and both love to explore our area. Whether you live in the Boston area or not, her blog is a delightful read, and you will definitely enjoy it.
And if you are a blogger who hasn’t commented, I want to read your blog, so say hi!
How long have you been blogging?
I started a blog last summer, but a year later, I changed the entire thing, adopting a new layout, a new URL and a new focus – FOOD. A Cambridge Story is relatively new, but I am hooked! The other bloggers that I interact with on a daily basis assure me that this is definitely the right blog for my personality, skills and interests. So far, I am having a great time doing it!
What is your favorite thing about blogging?
Preparing a meal (and eating it!) is immensely satisfying. Because my blog focuses greatly on food – in and around the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts – I not only get to enjoy trying new recipes (and reinventing old ones), but I also have the opportunity to tell a story through words and photos. There’s nothing better than a great meal followed by a blog post that successfully captures its essence and allows others to experience the same joy in the kitchen!
It sounds silly, but blogging can be a lot of work! Bloggers never seem to tire, and it can feel tough to “keep up.” I try to remind myself that it’s ok to be too busy – or lazy – to cook after work or photograph the scone you had one morning. Not every meal can be a masterpiece and you have to blog at a pace that works for you and your life!
What has been your most fun blog post to write?
It’s hard to choose just one but, if I *had* to decide, it would be Adventures in Pasta Making. One Sunday night, my husband and I dusted off the KitchenAid and accompanying pasta extension and made a great fettuccine and bolognese sauce. It was definitely a multi-hour project but eating an entirely home made pasta dish was soooo rewarding!
Where do you see your blog this time next year?
I hope to be writing just as frequently and discovering new culinary and photography skills. I also hope to become more comfortable with - and good at – baking. With cooking, I can add a little of this and a little of that, and it will still turn out just fine… but the precision to baking is something I strive to master. Maybe next year!
Is there anything else about your blogging experience you would like to share?
Blogging has been such a great creative outlet for me, and I can only hope that my recipes and stories have the ability to pass along the fun that I experience in the kitchen to other readers. I love to hear from other cooks and photographers. You make blogging feel REAL, and I hope to see some old and new “faces” at a A Cambridge Story soon!
Thanks so much Emily! I hope to meet you soon, and I look forward to continuing to follow your blog.
If you are a blogger, what has been your favorite post to write? Feel free to share a link, and give us all some fun blog-reading to do this weekend!