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I’m Not Dead But Close
Aug 1st, 2013 by donuts4dinner

It’s been a couple of months since I reviewed something I crammed in my maw, and I guess I should explain what’s going on with me. Because I think we both know that I didn’t stop eating and taking pictures of it. You know my boyfriend, sometimes known as The Boyfriend, once known as Dr. Boyfriend until someone called me pretentious for it? Well, he broke up with me after six years of dating to move back to his homeland and be with his family. I wrote about it on my personal blog

here,
here,
here,
here,
here,
here,
and here.
So far.

And then, just a couple of weeks ago, I also lost my job of even more years, which I blogged about here.

Sooooo . . . things are kind of weird right now. I still mostly feel like I’m full of rainbows and butterflies, but my photo-editing situation has changed, and I’m not yet used to reviewing, like, the gochujang wings at Distilled versus a 20-course tasting menu. (I realize this is not a real-life problem.) But I’m working on it.

In the meantime, I want to say thank you to Kamran for teaching me EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD I know about food, forcing me to love seafood after 25 years of not being able to get past the fact that fish swim in their own excrement, and basically making this entire blog a possibility.

That said, I’m now accepting applications for new foodie boyfriends. Although thinking the word foodie is gross is kind of a prerequisite for dating me, so.

Avert Your Eyes
Jul 5th, 2011 by plumpdumpling

It’s no secret that I kind of like taking pictures and actually even like a few of my food photographs. I’m no Daniel Krieger nor Ex-Flexitarian nor Donny Tsang, but I’m also no [insert name of any of the numbers of inexplicably popular food blogs with dark, undetailed, totally-non-helpful photos].

So recently, my boyfriend gifted me with a new Nikon D5100 to support me in my longing to learn manual functions like a big girl. I’ve messed around with it on manual at home a little and used it on automatic on a vacation to Cape Cod, but our dinner at Asiate this weekend was the first time I used it to shoot food.

And I think I failed! My point-and-shoot was no joke, but I still just shoved it right up into the food and focused on what I wanted to highlight. Now, I guess I have to lean back, telescope my lens to focus in on what I want to, and trust that my lens is good enough to still keep the picture nice and crisp?

I’m hoping I’ll get the hang of it pretty quick-like, because right now, I’m dealing with Asiate photos that look like this:

THE HORROR. Someone teach me how to use this thing!

Exciting New Ratings System
Mar 14th, 2011 by plumpdumpling

After an excellent lunch at goodburger last weekend (review forthcoming!), my boyfriend and I left talking about the rating I’d give it, and we ran into a problem. Up to this point, I’ve been using the same ratings scale for everything from super-fine dining to interesting supermarket finds, which is of course this:

Rating One StarOne-Half Star

When we started talking about goodburger’s rating, though, we realized that comparing a burger to a nine-course tasting menu with wine pairings is a little ridiculous. So I made up a lovely little donut hole graphic to be used in rating cheaper restaurants.

I thought it was sooooooo clever. But most of my friends agreed it looked like a turd. So I took my boyfriend’s suggestion and decided to use the fancy pink donut for the expensive restaurants and a plain glazed donut for the cheap eats:

Rating One StarOne-Half Star

And so the new donuts4dinner ratings system was realized. Look for it in new reviews coming soon! (And maybe some old ones, if I’m not too lazy.)

Stir It 28: Stirring Up Relief for Haiti
Feb 18th, 2010 by plumpdumpling

This Sunday, February 21st, food bloggers in several cities will be coming together to raise money for Yéle and Share Our Strength to provide help in Haiti.

Here are the details for NYC:

What:
door prizes, drinks, music, giveaways, and most importantly, a meal cooked by some of NYC’s up-and-coming chefs

Where:
NYU’s Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health
35 W. 4th Street, 10th floor
New York, NY, 10012

When:
Sunday, February 21st
4 – 7 p.m.

Cost:
a $30 donation ($20 for students)

Check out Food GPS and The Duo Dishes for more information and to buy tickets.

This is Why the American People Shouldn’t Be Allowed to Choose Their Own President
Feb 15th, 2010 by plumpdumpling

In case you’re dying to know the results of my 21 Club survey, here’s a handy little pie chart:

Kamran vs 21 Club

Thanks to those of you who responded, and shame on the 187 of you who looked at the survey but didn’t answer. I’ll assume you were concerned about what I’d do to you if you went for the negative choice.

But All of Those Uncool Websites Still Better Watch Themselves
Oct 1st, 2009 by plumpdumpling

Hooray! It’s the first (known) case of Internet theft involving one of my blogs! One of my photos is currently on the front page of the website for the magazine mental_floss to illustrate an article about brain freeze.

(It was at the top of the page yesterday and this morning but has since been moved down. Hmph.)

At first, I was like, “Photo courtesy of donuts4dinner?! It’s not courtesy of if you steal it!” But after considering it for a millisecond, I’ve decided that I’m actually pleased as punch to see my hand featured on such an interesting website.

You’re lucky I like you, mental_floss.

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