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Before I was blogging

(Did you know??? ELTW is a finalist in the “Best New Blog” category at the Foodbuzz Food Blogger Awards. Click here to vote for me!)

Long before I was blogging, I was travelling and taking pictures of my food. I know I still have a very long way to go in terms of my photography but I thought it was interesting to compare photos from 2005 (when I first got a digital camera) to now. You can see the interests are still the same, hopefully you can see some progression in the photos I am posting these days.

Summer 2005 – Umbria and Tuscany


(that was one special pizza…)



(you know, a typical evening’s apéritif)


(always willing to “take one for the blog” even before there WAS a blog!)

Summer 2006 Paris




(that was a tough summer – very very hot and very difficult demanding MA courses – had to treat myself…)


(err… that would be a Neil meal…)

Christmas 2006 Guatemala, Belize and Mexico


(pumpkin pie for Christmas dinner at La Casa del Mundo)


(checking out some real tacos in Panajachel)


(pláto típico at Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua, Guatemala)


(the best chocolate cake in Belize. Served with “panty ripper” drinks…)


(last night in Cancún. Not all those were for us.)


(can I just say, gotta love Neil for always posing in my pics!!!)


(an interesting plate arrangement in Caye Caulker)

Summer 2007 England, Paris and Cassis



(those would be “train food” shots)



(more supermarket shots)


(well, we were in the region!)


(oh, look – another crème brûlée!)


(and another…)


(and look, that would be a trio de crèmes brûlées…)









(clearly there was a bit of a salad thing going on that summer!)


(that would be a Neil meal…)

And oooh, the desserts:





So yeah, same content, hopefully better execution these days. Still on a steep learning curve, but I HAVE only been blogging since the end of May….

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20 Responses to Before I was blogging

  1. Conor @ HoldtheBeef October 16, 2009 at 11:44 #

    There are too many comments to make about all the food so I'll just say 'mmmmmmmmm'. My sister would be drooling over the Leffe, but I must say I'm strangely enticed to test the panty rippers :D

    I've been meaning to go through all my old photos all pull out some 'pre-blog' foodie shots too.. you've inspired me to get cracking now!

  2. Cheap Ethnic Eatz October 16, 2009 at 14:07 #

    Are you trying to kill me? That was the most cruel delicious torture looking at all those pics.

  3. Neil C. Phillips October 16, 2009 at 14:18 #

    Conor, your sister and I share a passion (Leffe). And I gotta say, those Panty Rippers hit the spot in Belize…I seem to remember settling the bill (the restaurant was attached to our guest house) after two nights and it said something like "16 Panty Rippers". Though ordering them by name from a 12-year-old was a tad cringe-worthy.

    And, FOR THE RECORD, I think at least one of those salads was a Mr. Neil meal. :-)

  4. 5 Star Foodie October 16, 2009 at 17:16 #

    How fun to look at your collection of travel & food pictures! So many delicious eats!

  5. Jhonny walker October 16, 2009 at 19:38 #

    The progression is awesome…much like me :)

  6. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 16, 2009 at 19:43 #

    Conor – you would love them – rum and fruit juice, basically with a splash of grenadine!

    Cheap Ethnic Eatz – sorry!

    Neil – I believe most of those drinks were yours!

    5 Star – thanks!

  7. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 16, 2009 at 19:43 #

    Jhonny – thanks!

  8. penny aka jeroxie October 16, 2009 at 20:54 #

    You were destined to be a food blogger! All those food and places. I must go dig out my old photos as well! Can you imagine if we travelled together?

  9. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 16, 2009 at 20:55 #

    Penny – that would be "danger Will Robinson" if we travelled together!!! But so fun!

  10. Fresh Local and Best October 16, 2009 at 21:23 #

    I can't believe you've only been blogging since the end of May – you're so good at it! Probably because you lead such an interesting life and you're generous enough to share it with us!

  11. Miranda October 16, 2009 at 23:36 #

    Great pics. I love the second or third one. The one set for dinner on the porch. Beautiful and lovely set up.

  12. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 16, 2009 at 23:39 #

    Fresh Local – thanks! Sometimes it feels like I have been blogging forever! And interesting life? Well I have my job as a teacher to thank for my long vacations!

    Miranda – thanks – that was a lovely trip!

  13. high low October 17, 2009 at 03:39 #

    Fun photos! Taking photos of all of our meals is probably one of the reason why we started a blog as well!

  14. Cocina Savant October 17, 2009 at 04:06 #

    Congrats on the nomination; and I can definitely say that I am envious of the array of creme brulees.

    Daniel

  15. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 17, 2009 at 11:54 #

    High/Low – once you start doing it, it's hard to stop!!

    Daniel – thanks and ahem – it's a little embarrassing how many pictures I have of the crèmes!!!

  16. Lori Lynn October 17, 2009 at 22:26 #

    I've been to Caye Caulker. Love the manatees.

    This was a fun post.
    LL

  17. Divina Pe October 18, 2009 at 00:56 #

    Awesome photos of food. Keep them coming. :)

  18. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 18, 2009 at 21:06 #

    Lori – Caye Caulker was great – loved it!

    Divina – Thanks!

  19. Sarah October 20, 2009 at 23:31 #

    I wish now that I had taken photos of more food during all my past travels! Well done you! Congrats on the nomination :)

  20. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 21, 2009 at 01:14 #

    Sarah – you can always start now! And thanks!

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