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.

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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.

swfr

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.





Vacation!

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.





Changes

19 11 2011

Hi Blog. How are you? Have you been well? Good. … Oh, sorry, I’ve been, um, really busy at work and stuff. And there’s been some personal crap going on, so, sorry I haven’t been hanging out lately. … Well, I guess I don’t really want to talk about it. But thanks for being here for me. … Yeah, I agree. Let’s get back to it.

After a bout of radio silence (read: neglect), I’m back. And I’d like to start with some changes. Personal shit aside, this blog will be experiencing the following:

  1. I am not doing ratings any more for restaurant reviews. All I do is get crap about it, I don’t think it’s super helpful, and it makes my RSS look like poo. Done.
  2. I may post more about random crap and less about straight restaurant reviews. You know you want to read my inane rantings.
  3. A new theme? A certain friend has promised to show me how to upgrade my blog and make it look more awesome. I will hold him to this. And probably will buy him a cookie in return.
  4. I may cuss more, sorry kids. I’ve tried to keep everything pretty G rated thus far, but I think it’s time to bring in some tastefully hilarious cursing.
  5. Numbered lists will continue to be prominently featured, do not fear.

Additionally, a fine piece of electronics has recently come into my life: the mighty Canon S100. With this, I no longer have to dread toting around my beloved yet wholly cumbersome XSi and can conveniently store $500 worth of image-capturing goodness into the bottom of my shoulder bag. A call to all: please help me not leave my bag at restaurants and bars. I will be very upset if I lose this camera.

Ok, so that’s it. Back to your regularly scheduled programming.

 

 





Hello Mrs. Knott’s Class!

5 05 2011

No, that’s not the name of a restaurant (though maybe it should be); I’m speaking at my cousin’s 4th grade class today about blogging! First I’ll be doing a short talk about being an engineer (career day, woot!) but then I’ll be hanging out with Mrs. Knott proper and discussing my love of blogging with her awesome kiddos.

A short list of why I love blogging:

  1. It’s an informal way to practice writing, which is important in all walks of life (even as an engineer!).
  2. It’s fun to write about something you love! (I <3 food)
  3. It connects you to other people who love the same thing. If your blog gathers a following, the folks reading are probably a lot like you which is awesome — instant friends!
  4. It’s a great hobby. What else are you going to do with your spare time? May as well use your brain a bit and write!

I’m looking forward to meeting everyone; wish me luck and thanks for having me, Mrs. Knott!! :)

P.S.: Mrs. Knott’s class collects box tops for education and hopes to win a quarterly competition within the school for collecting the most! If you see a box top, please save it and send it to me! Email me for more info: brocandchoc@gmail.com.

Collect your box tops for Mrs. Knott's class!





broccoliandchocolate.com

15 03 2011

Finally! I bought broccoliandchocolate.com. No more wordpress in my URL, thank you very much. Exciting!

Additionally, I wanted to point out that you can receive an email when I post a review by subscribing to this blog! Type your email address into the field below the big Foodbuzz advertisement on the right and push the “Sign me up!” button. It’s an easy way to never miss a post and it makes me happy to have a tiny list of people who care! Yeay!

Lastly, B&C is now on Twitter!!! I think it’s a great way to network and pretty much just one more way I can type for the whole internet to see… find me at @brocandchoc!





B&C Map Update!

14 02 2011

Hello dear readers (ok fine, hi mom), I just wanted to call attention to the fact that The Boyfriend has graciously updated my B&C map link and I now have over 60 restaurants shown in a wholly cartographic* format! Yeay for websites that can augment the content and capacity of my website with little or no technical knowledge on my part!

No, really though, do enjoy the map if you are so inclined. (Printscreen below — I’m not a total computer dud, I do know how to use Paint.)

Map!

*In other words, I’m showing a bunch of markers on a map. But big words are so much more fun than small ones!!








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