My 7 Links

I was recently nominated by my friend and fellow blogger Laissez Faire to participate in an interesting web project called My 7 Links organized by Tripbase. The goal is “to unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.” The rules can be found here.

I’ve been blogging for almost three years now, most of which have been on the Typepad interface. Since March, I have been working via Word Press, with a different look compared to my original blog. It is difficult to go back and sift through all the different posts (784 published so far), but I have done the best that I could. Please let me know what you think I should have chosen for the various categories. Here I go!

My Most Beautiful Post: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I think my most beautiful posts are the ones that tend to get the least attention – My Sunday Photo posts. There are many fantastic photographers out there, that blow my work to shreds, but every now and again, I think I come up with a decent photo. Often it is food related, sometimes travel and sometimes something completely different. If I had to pick one, I would choose the one that wound up on my masthead.

Romanesco – 11/27/2010

My Most Popular Post: It is no surprise that the posts that have generated the most traffic for me over time have been the ones that have featured Feran Adria, Rene Redzepi and Grant Achatz, three of the most well known and respected chefs in the world. It is difficult for me to compare the popularity of posts from before and after my switch to Word Press, so I will have to go with the most popular since I changed hosts. That honor goes to Ferran and my photos from our lunch at elBulli this past August. Runner-up is my post on Next: Paris 1906.

elBulli 2011 – The Courses – 6/1/2011

No. 29: octopus shabu-shabu

My Most Controversial Post: How could Thai food be sensational in Copenhagen? I don’t know how, but the Michelin starred restaurant Kiin Kiin was. I was taken to task by a well known Thai-born food blogger on facebook for even suggesting it. My knowledge and taste were called into question for it. Now I have yet to visit Thailand and I don’t consider myself an expert on Thai food, like this blogger, but I have had plenty of great food and think I can discern it when I have it. Kiin Kiin was great food and though my Thai experience had theretofore been limited to some of the most highly reputed Thai restaurants in the U.S. only, it is still the most beautiful and most delicious “Thai” food I have ever eaten.

Kiin Kiin Can… and Does – 9/3/2010

My Most Helpful Post: While I do post occasional recipes, most of my posts are observational, offering opinion or offering images for viewing and (hopefully) pleasure. However, I do have one post that stands above the rest for being helpful. In the winter of 2010 a fire tore through the world famous restaurant Mugaritz just outside san Sebastien, Spain. Amongst other treasures lost were the knives of a few of the restaurants stagieres. Most stagieres are unpaid and not well-off. They work for the experience and their knives are amongst their most valuable and important possessions. Without them it is impossible for them to work. With the help of Aidan Brooks of Aidan Brooks: Trainee Chef and his father, Mike Green, I set up a fund to collect money to replace the knives that were lost by those dedicated stagieres. We succeeded and one of those stagieres, Greg Kuzia-Carmel is now the intermediary for Thomas Keller between his restaurants The French Laundry and Per Se.

Mugaritz Fire – Stagieres Knives Appeal – 2/22/2010

A Post Whose Success Surprised Me: It doesn’t surprise me that the post was popular, but I am surprised by how popular it has been compared to some of the big name international restaurants I have written about. Nevertheless, it is a restaurant that deserves more international attention, so I am pleased it has been one of my most looked at posts.

No Beef with Joe Beef – 8/2/2011

Chef David McMillan

A Post I Feel Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved: Above, I mentioned that just about any post of mine involving the Adrias have been amongst my most viewed and that is true. Even so, while it has received a respectable viewing, I’m surprised my post on Albert and Ferran’s newest ventures, Tickets and 41°, adjacent to each other in Barcelona, hasn’t been at the very top of my page view numbers. It is truly amazing and now with elBulli gone forever, it represents the closest thing one can get to the spirit of that restaurant.

Tickets – A Traveler’s Dream – 5/12/2011

Another post that IMO deserved more attention, because the chef and the restaurant deserve more attention, is the one I did on The Oval Room in Washington, D.C. Chef Tony Conte can cook with the best of them. His food is creative, beautiful and sublimely delicious, yet he gets little to no press.

Hail to the Oval Room – 10/25/2010

The Post that I am Most Proud of: If only because I finally got my shy wife to write something, however reluctantly. The rest of the family was easy.

A Family Affair at elBulli – 5/31/2011

Here, in no particular order are my nominees for this project:

Trine from Very Good Food

David from Food for Thought – a Miami Food Blog

Matthew from Kayahara

Gerry from Gerry Dawes’ Spain

Judith from Aroma Cucina

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