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Eat, Read, Look: Food Websites Worth Your Time

Eat, Read, Look: Food Websites Worth Your Time

| January 18, 2010 | 2 Comments

On one of the morning talk shows last week, a woman was discussing a New Years resolution to streamline her online life. She lamented how it’d taken over her “real life,” and had calculated how many hours she wastes on twitter and facebook alone. I’m sure we’ve all felt similarly at one time or another, although maybe you’re still guilty of whiling away an hour online on the office clock and spending more time catching up with your Google Reader than your significant other. So this week I thought I’d put together a post for you highlighting a few food MVP’s–online sites (many of which are local) where each moment you spend drooling, ogling, and researching will be time well spent. I promise.

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StarChefs Rising Stars Napa Sonoma

StarChefs Rising Stars Napa Sonoma

| June 20, 2009 | 0 Comments

At gala events you expect to see top chefs preparing bite-sized nibbles for guests. But at StarChefs events working chefs are not just preparing the food, they are the ones being celebrated. StarChefs is all about the chefs of today, and the rising star events are a great way to get a taste of the future.

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Wine: Shopping Online & Tasting Notes

Wine: Shopping Online & Tasting Notes

| May 16, 2009 | 0 Comments

In my last post I wrote about the Bay Area’s diverse selection of brick and mortar wine shops. This time, I’m covering online retailers. I’ve also been building up a surplus of tasting notes since I last posted. I will share the most interesting set which comes from a recent tasting I did with Napa Valley’s Tom Eddy.

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Eat Me, David, and Ezra: Web Crushes

Eat Me, David, and Ezra: Web Crushes

| March 27, 2009 | 2 Comments

I spend entirely too much time on the Internet. Sometimes I’m working, sometimes I go into a Facebook Scramble trance, and other times, I am taking a look at what other food bloggers are doing.

There are, for better or for worse, a dizzying amount of food blogs out there. And most of them are, frankly, crap unappetizing. The sinister flash photography, the “look-what-I-had-for-dinner” sharing, the heavy reliance on the exclamation point, the word “yummy” or the suffix “-icious.” It’s enough make me show you what-I-had-for-dinner. After I have eaten it.

And don’t get me started on the number of cupcake blogs out there or I shall cry.

Fortunately, there are a few places of refuge: sites that sparkle like the Emerald City set against the background of a sky blackened by millions of flying, food blogging monkeys.

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Foodoro v. Foodzie: Online Marketplaces for Foodies

Foodoro v. Foodzie: Online Marketplaces for Foodies

| March 16, 2009 | 6 Comments

Over the past three months, two companies have emerged on the foodie/techie scene, making it possible for consumers to access artisanal and gourmet goods at the click of a button.
Foodzie, a TechStars startup with a seed round of $1 million raised from noted investor Jeff Clavier of SoftTech VC, First Round Capital, Tim Ferriss, and a number of angel investors, launched in December 2008. Foodoro, a Y Combinator startup, just launched last week. Both companies are based in San Francisco, and both sites offer a variety of specialty food items from producers across the country.

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Restaurant Websites: The Great and the Terrible.

Restaurant Websites: The Great and the Terrible.

| February 26, 2008 | 21 Comments

I admit to being a bit of a design snob. I initially judge blogs on the way that they look or their terrible photos rather than the quality of their writing. And I often want to avoid restaurants whose websites have irritated me in one way or another. Of course, once I look further into […]

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