Welcome – eat. live. travel. write. has had a little bit of a face lift, thanks to Fine Lime Designs and the fabulous artwork of Lisa Orgler. It’s been a while coming (Melissa and I started talking about this at the beginning of the summer but the little matter of launching Food Bloggers of Canada kind of threw our timing off a little!) but finally it’s done!
You won’t notice a huge difference but I am hoping that we have optimized the site for ease of use and made it a little cleaner and tidier. Some features:
* Now instead of two full posts on the home page, you’ll see excerpts from the 5 most recent posts with a “read more” option (which hopefully you’ll click!).
* Looking for my archives? They’re all the way down at the bottom of the page along with the categories which will continue to be listed (along with post tags) on each post.
* Looking for my Food Network Canada articles? They have a tab all of their own! (please note that the Food Network Canada website is undergoing a massive transition right now and the links may or may not be stable for the next little while).
* Looking for other places I’ve been featured on the web? Also its own tab 🙂
* Wondering if my recipes have been published anywhere? Check out the “Books” tab.
* Curious about the macaron classes I give at Le Dolci studio in Toronto? Click on the “Classes” tab up there too.
Now, eyes right >>>>> Yep, all the way to the right at the top of the page. Aren’t those liquorice allsort buttons adorable? (Thanks Lisa – also the artist of the gorgeous new header – more on that later). Well right there you can follow me on Twitter and Flickr as well as subscribe to eat. live. travel. write. by email or by RSS feed. Hopefully it’s all clear. I love my new blog buttons 🙂
All this said, there are a number of things that are still “in transition”. Such as, ahem, 300+ posts whose main images have to be reselected so they appear at the top of the post (February 2010 – June 2011. So yeah, I’ll be right on that. Bit by bit.
If you notice anything odd though, email me so I can take a look at or fix.
Speaking of the gorgeous new header – a dozen macarons to whoever can tell me what’s different? Oh, wait, I haven’t got time to make macarons this week so how about I just tell you? eat. live. travel. write. is no longer my “creative refuge from academia” – it’s now chronicling “culinary adventures near and far.” Why the change? Well, those of you who have been reading my blog for a little while might remember the decision I struggled with earlier in the year regarding taking a (prolonged) break from my PhD. A difficult decision but one I have not regretted. So now my blog is no longer my refuge but a big part of my life. That I wouldn’t change for the world.
Many of you have asked me “Why liquorice allsorts?” for my header. I mean, I get it – macarons might have been more appropriate (and, at one point, I did have macarons as my header – you’ll have to have been reading since the very beginning to remember that!) – well originally, my tag line was “A blog about all sorts of things.” Amanda, my blogging instructor, suggested this was not great for SEO. I had no idea what that meant back in May 2009 but nodded and took her suggestion of “My creative refuge from academia” and that’s what it became. It was still a blog about all sorts of things… and still is. But I felt it’s now a “focussed” enough blog to own this new tag line. I hope you agree.
To celebrate this fresh new look, I have a unique giveaway from my blogging friend Renée of Kudos Kitchen. Speaking of gorgeous – did you get a load of the beautiful custom-painted tile Renée sent me a few months ago as I was sharing the plans for my new tagline with her? It’s the most perfect trivet ever – I was going to send it to my mum but it’s so pretty I couldn’t give it away 😉 Renée, apart from blogging, specializes in painting custom tiles and glassware items that are as unique as the people she paint them for. Whatever sparks peoples passions or interests, Renée can help them celebrate their own unique style with a fun and functional brand of painted pieces you won’t find anywhere else. You can check out her Etsy store here.
She paints both ceramic tiles and, since fairly recently, glassware items. You can find her complete glassware portfolio here. All of her items are dishwasher safe and painted with non-toxic enamel paint for durability. Renée loves special orders so whether it’s your blog header or something completely different, all you need do is attach a photo or give an idea of what you have in mind and she’ll be happy to get back to you with your design quote.
Renée has agreed to donate a custom tile or glassware item to one lucky eat. live. travel write. reader (US and Canadian addresses only, sorry international friends) to celebrate my fresh new (out)look. All you have to do is leave me a comment on this post telling me what you’d have painted – glassware or a tile – and what you’d have painted on it.
For an extra entry, you can tweet this message:
Celebrate @eatlivtravwrite ‘s new look by @finelimedesigns + @lisaorgler with a @kudoskitchen giveaway http://bit.ly/szvBHA
Then come back and leave me a comment telling me you did. I can’t think of a better holiday gift for the food enthusiast in your life 🙂
Good luck. Contest closes Tuesday November 22nd at 6pm EST. I will draw the winner using Random.org and announce the winner on Wednesday November 23rd.