17 Dec 2012

Six Months of being Deliciously Directionless!

Is 6 months too short a time to look back on what has passed? If yes, then forgive me because I’m going to do just that! So, my blog turns 6 months old today and what started off as a bored-Sunday-morning-nothing-to-do-must-START-writing-soon whim has pointed me in the direction that I want to head in.
Fun with Writing!
First of all, a big thank you to YOU, for being here – reading, commenting, encouraging me along... Those 25,000-odd views couldn’t have happened without you :) Thanks to the 250 fans of the blog on Facebook and the 690+ followers on Twitter! You lot have been quick with feedback, help and encouragement and for that I’m grateful. If you’re not yet connected with me via Facebook/Twitter, the links are here, to the right --->

Through this blog, I have met so many like-minded people, made some lovely friends (yes, in 6 months) and shared numerous meals. And there are so many people who I have yet to meet, but who seem like friends since we interact in the virtual world so often! I hope the New Year brings us together.

Now, for a bit of self-promotion... Who doesn’t like a bit of recognition, eh? So, when Bombay Times featured my reviews and recommendations (THRICE!), I did a little jig!
August 17th, 2012
August 31st, 2012
December 14th, 2012
Not to mention, several mentions in Los Angeles Times Food Blog... From Spaghetti alla Puttanesca to Decadent Chocolate Brownies, from Bruschetta to the Ranikhet Photo Essay, the blog found a place in LA Times about half a dozen times! 

And recently I was invited by UpperCrust Magazine to participate in their Food Quotient Quiz during the recently-concluded 10th annual Food & Wine Show. My fellow blogger Bombay Chowparty and I were pitted against prominent food writers, restaurant owners, home cooks and some socialite types. Three rounds of questions and one taste test later, we (the humble bloggers) had beaten all of them to take first place!
Waiting for the Quiz to begin
With the loot!

With the other contestants and Farzana Contractor the Editor of UpperCrust and Quiz Master Prahlad Kakkar

Last, but not the least, this blog has landed me a freelance writing assignment with none other than National Geographic Traveller! My very first article is in the December issue (on stands now) and the next one is scheduled for January 2013.

In the New Year, you can look forward to some changes in the design of the blog. I also plan to increase the number of vegetarian recipes, since many of you have complained about the paucity of them! I have already introduced a category for ‘Veggie’, so you can browse through the, well 10 recipes that are already posted. More coming soon...

Do write in with your suggestions, feedback, (and complaints) on deliciously.directionless@gmail.com. Until the next post, Bon Appétit!

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