B&C turns 5!!!

13 11 2014

Everyone says how kids grow up so fast. No one says this about blogs. Blogs usually sputter and fade over the months and years, unlike a growing human who, at five years old, would be wholeheartedly (or halfheartedly) attending soccer practice when she’s not at kindergarten or hanging out with Amy, her first BFF. (Although, seriously, Amy can be kinda bratty sometimes and WILL NOT share her Legos, and, honestly, her Elsa costume this year was just ew.*)

courtesy of librarything.com

Yes, this is a round of cheese with candles, courtesy of librarything.com

Anyway, odd tangential commentary aside, Broccoli and Chocolate celebrates its fifth year this November, and these are the things I have to say about it:

  1. Food is still awesome.
  2. I love writing things, even if my mom is the only person who reads them.
  3. I have 84 followers as of this moment; it’s really nice of my mom to open so many email accounts just for me.
  4. This post will be my 215th. That’s an average of one post published every 8.5 days over the last five years.
  5. I currently have 63,558 page views. That’s an average of 34.8 views per day over the last five years.

So, moving forward to year six, here are my hopes and dreams:

  1. Launch my new and improved site that’s been in the works for the last few months… yeay!
  2. Post more food news, events, and giveaways, in addition to restaurant reviews.
  3. Perhaps branch out to interviews or more exclusive coverage of food-related stuffs? I’m kinda spitballing at this point.
  4. Any suggestions, readers (mom)?

Thanks for the past five years; I look forward to year six!

*Apparently this 5 year old has a highly developed bitchiary gland.


broccoli and chocolate turns 4

30 11 2013

Wow, they sure do grow fast, don’t they? People say this to my sister all the time. Her daughter is four, turning five in February. It seems like only yesterday she was just a wittow baybee! Now she’s so big! That’s how I feel about my blog. Except that it is ok when I neglect my blog for weeks on end; my sister has no such luxury.

Taylor in 2010 when my blog was just a baaaaybeeee.

Taylor in 2010 when my blog was just a baaaaybeeee.

But similarly, my blog has gone through phases, made changes, and ultimately grown, if not in size, at least in tone, content, and influence. And if none of those are true, there are at least a whole bunch more words that I’ve typed and are posted on the internet. Undeniable facts are often the most effective.

Taylor in 2013 (she was a princess/fairy/witch for Halloween because why not?)

Taylor in 2013 (she was a princess/fairy/witch for Halloween because why not?)

What have I to say after four years of blogging (besides “holy crap, I’ve been blogging for four years”)? I dunno. Not much I guess. Just that I’m gonna keep on doin’ it. And hopefully, someday, that I’ll actually do the big overhaul to the site that I’ve been wanting to for so long. Then you’ll be all like, “wow, this blog is getting cool”. And by “you”, I mean my mom, obviously, as my one faithful reader. Love you, mom.

So cheers to four years of b+c; thanks for reading, and here’s a picture of some really pretty clam chowder. Happy eating.


swf refrigerator

10 03 2013

Shameless plug for my new tumblr: swf refrigerator.

Is it a philosophical commentary on a person’s state of mind through the eyes of their refrigerator? Is it a realization of the social implications of gender roles and family values in the current state of our society? Is it an intermittent and admittedly poor advertising campaign for Trader Joe’s? I dunno, it’s my fridge. And it makes me laugh.


I will be updating sporadically and accepting submissions from other swf’s (and sf’s of any ethnicity, really). Mom, will you do me the honor?

2012 in review

30 12 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 15,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Something Shiny

18 09 2012

Or tasty. Hi. I went to Spain. I’ve been stumbling over life trying to catch up with writing and other things I love. But I haven’t had time to sort my pictures, collect my thoughts, etc. So here — something shiny for you to look at in the meantime. I’ll be back soon… :)

French toast from Park Tavern’s brunch, North Beach.


9 05 2012

While I imagined furiously preparing multiple posts to go up while I’m away in China, I was not actually able to make this happen (surprise). Therefore, B&C will be taking a short hiatus while I’m eating food in China. I did not get my Hep A shot; please do think a happy thought to the food gods for me. :)

And, feel free to stalk me while I (hopefully) post via email from China: http://angiesommer.blogspot.com/

Happy eating!

2011 in review

31 12 2011

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.


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