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Get ready for Menu of Hope. Your help needed to end world hunger

The fifth annual Menu for Hope food bloggers charity fund raising begins again on Monday 15 December. I’m the host for Asia Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. If you haven’t heard of the event it started five years ago when food blogger Pim Tchamuanvivit was inspired to raise funds to help after the devastating tsunami in Southeast Asia. Menu for Hope was born. The campaign has since become annual and in 2007 raised nearly $100K to help the UN World […]

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Why I don’t review restaurants for social sites

To date I’ve been quite polite to all the people who have approached me to run competitions for bloggers to write review of restaurant review sites. I haven’t run any because I don’t believe bloggers are the people who will mainly review on these sites. The thing about this blog is that it is my copyright content and if I’m going to spend time writing for the web I want more of reward than the slight possibility of winning a […]

Food blogs, Melbourne

Survey results and a winner

F inally we have a winner for the food blog survey sponsored by Kitchenware Direct, picked from the 165 entries. In social media tradition I asked on twitter for a random number. I got three, added them up and divided coming up with Andrew Dean from Windsor who was chuffed to have won the Shun knife set from Kitchenware Direct. I’m going to give a full analysis of the results but here are some quick items I’ve pulled out. The […]

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Enter the food blog/website survey and win three Shun Damascus steel knives

There’s been a lot of agro, some uninformed, on the blogger versus “qualified” journalist debate this year. It’s now time to put some facts behind some of the arguments to see just who read and thinks of what and how often they do it through a survey of food and drink blog and website readers. Enter my survey here of Australian and New Zealand readers between now and the end of August. Please pass it on to your friends as […]

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Bloggers meet without meat

Just a reminder for this Saturday. We can’t book a table during the day so we’ll have to take pot luck on a table. Where: Lentil as Anything, Abbotsford Convent. Later: Handsome Steve’s House of Refreshment When: Saturday 26th July from 12.30pm Who: Looks like a dozen or so of us. All comers welcome bloggers and/or readers. Why: Why not? Bring: Just yourself. Perhaps a camera. See you there. Text me on 0425 736 993 if you are not sure […]

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Blog third birthday celebrations, prizes and my favourite pole dancer

Officially it’s this blog’s third birthday on Friday 11th, the start of a week of celebrations with a top prize for readers. I’m going to map the current food and drink blogscape and conduct and Aussie version of Leena’s survey of blog readers. Tonight to celebrate I eat and drink at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld on my way to catch up with my favourite pole dancer in the Coonawarra. My first post on 11 July 2005 intended to […]

Food blogs, Ingredients & produce, Wine

Contribute to the open source restaurant

Jeff Jarvis (via NYT) is twittering and blogging about an open source restaurant: “I twittered that I was having fun writing the chapter in my book about what a restaurant run on Googlethink might look like (besides being decorated in gaudy primary colors)… …I have lots of ideas about an open and transparent restaurant operation, experience, and community. If you have any ideas you’d like to share, please join in.” I reckon we’ve had open source and transparent wine lists […]

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Web tips for restaurants

It is quite bizarre how many restaurant websites use flash technology. It was quite clear at Restaurant08 during my panel session on the internet with chef Raymond Capaldi, Mark Armstrong from Google, Julia Topliss from Web Prophets that none of us like it (and Google has trouble finding sites with it). And we’re not the only ones. Social media commentator Laurel Papworth hates it too and finds this quote: “Flash-based web sites are quite possibly one of the most useful […]

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Danger blogging, Fawlty Towers and Restaurant 08

I can’t believe myself yesterday on the restaurant reviewing panel at Restaurant08 downplaying the influence of blogging. Of course, what I was doing was downplaying the influence of blogs versus a newspaper such as the Herald Sun which has around 1.8 million readers a day. I’m lucky if I break 1,000 unique visitors a day and for most food bloggers in Australia a few hundred a day is considered quite respectable. For restaurants or cafes blogs are influential because many […]

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Bloggers indulge in subculture dining?

Dissident Chef wrote:Where are you Tomato? Are you flying the flag yet? DC He means: I am running an underground restaurant? Regulars will remember last winter and spring the hype over an alleged Melbourne underground restaurant. While a software updated meant the content of the post was lost, the short of it is that Zingara Cucina was somewhere between a hoax and an an experiment in viral marketing. For a moment I was sucked in as was The Age and […]