Sunday, November 04, 2007

Food Fantasies

I am pretending, for the moment, that I do not have a million papers to grade, a lecture to write (on a book I haven't read) and a dissertation to research. I am pretending, just for a moment, that I haven't been horribly neglectful of this blog and my small and much-loved handful of readers and that I don't have a half dozen half-drafted blog posts on other subjects waiting for completion. I indulge, momentarily, in this fantasy in order to share with you my latest web obsession: tastespotting.com. It's like a compendium of all the best posts about food, restaurants, and recipes on the web. It's gorgeous and delicious and addictive.

I do love recipe blogs and food porn. I spend a fair amount of time baking and cooking and planning to bake and cook. I have a long-nurtured love of reading menus, and can follow a link to a restaurant website right down the rabbit hole into a world where I'm choosing appetizers and googling ingredients and trying to develop recipes for the things that look like they would be just perfect if only I swapped out this ingredient (usually olives) for something else. Thus, tastespotting.com is like the best thing I've ever seen.

It's also possibly the worst thing that could happen to my career as a graduate student. At tastespotting. com, anyone who is registered can add pictures and links to the food-centered things they find inspiring. (The gorgeous picture of the espresso caramels (that's right, I said espresso caramels) up top, from Culinary in the Country was linked to there.) As a result, it's updated practically minute by minute. Ok, maybe not that often. Maybe more like hour by hour. In other words: there is new material all. the. time. It's fantastic. It's new things to read and links to follow and foods to crave every minute. Much, much better than grading these papers. Much, much better.

So in a year or two when I'm made absolutely no progress on my dissertation, and I'm in here moaning and bitching and asking "What happened?" I'd like you all to comment, one after another, "tastespotting.com." Because this cannot end well.

4 Comments:

Blogger Christian Student Scientist said...

Yay, you are back! Thanks for sharing your latest addiction. No. wait. I mean, what have you done to me? How am I supposed to do my dissertation now? :)
I hope you'll find time to finish those half-posts you got in drafts soon.

5:36 AM  
Blogger Acre said...

Ha! Yes, well, if time to degree suddenly drops in PhD programs across the nation, we'll know what's to blame.

And yes, more very soon! (And thanks for checking in and commenting so loyally!)

11:47 AM  
Blogger Tom Bozzo said...

I like to say that RSS turns the infrequently updated blogs one follows from minor annoyances into little presents periodically dropped into one's reader (see also: Xtinpore).

I'm glad I was in grad school back when Teh Intarwebs were in their relative infancy, as who knows where I'd be with the current thousands of unread blog posts in my feed reader. Having Civilization II in the house was bad enough...

7:03 PM  
Blogger Nicola O. said...

Umm. Did you say Espresso Caramels?? {swoon}

7:20 PM  

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