There is no getting around it; I’ve really neglected this site in the past few months. As I have a gap between projects, I figure today is as good as any to share what I’ve been up to and what I have planned for the rest of the year.
At the peak of this summer’s heat I shaved my beard, to lackluster reviews from friends, my son and my wife. Therefore this summer I grew a beard, providing comfort and solace to all who know me. My apologies to those who were taken aback by my shaven visage, rest assured I didn’t want you to see my gobbler - heretofore known as my “second” and “third” chin – I was honestly tired of sweating and looking to do something about it. Hopefully we can forget this happened until next summer, when I decide to shave it off again.
My son recently turned two and is justifiably taking up more of my personal time. While I am a dad and a blogger, this is not a “daddy blog” so when I’m busy with my son, I’m usually not creating content for this site.
My wife has been busy running her interior design business, and besides being supportive of her, I’m exceedingly proud. This summer she completed one space, is putting the finishing touches on two kitchens and was rehired by an existing client to redesign their living room, bedrooms and bathrooms. She also spent two months designing the space and hand-made all the decorations for this year’s Art of Food, a yearly fundraiser for our chapter of Slow Food. Personally I thought the space looked as great as the food and I’m really happy we got the chance to participate.
Lastly, with it being fall, I’m back to my regular job helping to organize the Tour de Moose, a biking pub crawl in its seventh year. It goes without saying that if you are in St. Louis; I think you should register to ride in it.
Along with my co-hosts, we’ve completed seven episodes of StewedSTL, a podcast we started to document the food and drink scene in St. Louis. Truth be told, it is so much easier to talk for 90 minutes than write, so much of my blogging energy finds its way on the show. Hopefully you have gotten a chance to check Stewed out. Past episodes included interviews with Evan Benn of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Adam Tilford of Milagro Modern Mexican, Eric Scholle from Farmhaus and Ian Froeb from the Riverfront Times. With respect to each of our guests, each show we’ve done has been great, but the show with Ian has been my personal favorite to date. Please check it out if you are looking for someplace to start listening.
What I've Been Up To:
The Church of Burger project opened the door to multiple writing opportunities that I’m still working though and on. This fall I’ll be on assignment (and traveling) for St. Louis Magazine’s on-line blog Relish and I’ll have two pieces in an upcoming issue of Feast Magazine. Also, I was asked to judge a hot wing competion, which was an awesome (and hot) experience. Lastly I’ve got a few more projects in the planning stage that I’m pretty excited about as well. Details hopefully to follow.
So What About This Blog?
True, my posts have become less frequent; however I have no intention of abandoning this site. I will readily admit that I’m having trouble figuring out how to make it fit into all the things I have going on – without it becoming a collection of links to work I’m doing in other places.
I spent 2010 writing about restaurants – mostly burgers – and I wanted to roll that momentum into a new topic, pizza. The idea didn’t work the way I envisioned and I ended up wandering away from project. At the same time I found myself writing more about cooking, which is where this blog started back in 2008.
While I’m sure I’ll continue to write about the food that I make at home, I don’t want to have a blog dedicated to it. My goal is to rehab what this site “is” and how I’ll use it to complement all the other things I have going on, with content that is strong enough to stand on its own. After all, without trying to do good work here, in my own space, I’d never have had the chance to do good work for others.
And there friends, is the rub. I know I have to do something; I’m just not sure what that something is. I do know that the day I feel like I’m tossing a bunch of shit up here for the sake of posting something is the day I should probably shut it down.
Thankfully, this is not that day. More to follow, I hope you check back in.