Life’s Little Victories

by Bri on January 2, 2008

Since Marc keeps up with design sites, he’s the one who originally found NotCot‘s food porn aggregator TasteSpotting. It’s been up about a year, and I didn’t fully appreciate how great it was until I started Figs with Bri. If you don’t know about it already, food bloggers from around the world submit photos of delicious or exotic looking food, and if TasteSpotting accepts it, the photo goes on their site with the link to that blog post.

At first, I wasn’t sure whether you submitted your own stuff, or what the criteria were. But last summer I took a picture of some gorgeous red velvet okra I had bought at my local farmers market and submitted it. The photo was accepted and I was ecstatic. For a while there I was batting a thousand (and getting a little cocky) with each of my submissions going up on the site. Well, they do have specific things they are looking for (I still don’t quite understand what), and not everything of mine has been accepted. They just did a roundup though, of their top 100 most popular posts, and guess what?!?!

Four of mine are in there!

How cool is that?! Marc took and doctored two of them, and did an illustration for the fourth, so as with everything on this site, it really is a team effort, and we are pretty thrilled. Oh! And if I did the math right, their roundup is the top 100 out of 6840 posts. What a great way to start off the new year.

So, the four posts were:

Polenta Medallions with Tomato Sauce
Polenta Medallions

Egg Salad in Whole Wheat Pitas
Egg Salad Diagram

Red Velvet Okra Summer Meal
Red Velvet Okra

Quick and Delicious Vegetarian Pizza


{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Brie January 2, 2008 at 1:04 pm

I am so chuffed for you !!!!! Well done!!!! I like everything you make but the pizza looks extra yummy . The illustration made me laugh out loud.

lucy January 2, 2008 at 2:03 pm

i love love love tastespotting–i’m almost positive that’s how i came upon your blog in the first place. congrats on being super awesome with 4/100 top posts!

Graeme January 2, 2008 at 1:42 pm

One of mine was there too, but 4!?

Good on you!

JEP January 2, 2008 at 4:26 pm

Congratualations & well deserved!! I go to Tastespotting daily & found lots of interesting sites. btw—as a vegetarian, I really appreciate your blog—thanks!

Bri January 2, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Brie – I had to look up “chuffed” to know that…yes, I am delighted too! Thanks! Glad you liked Marc’s illustration too. Thanks for stopping by!

Graeme – All you Brits and your British English…”Good on you” is an expression I know and like. I thought it was just an Aussie one though. Ooo, so which one is yours in the tastespotting roundup?

Lucy – Thanks for your comment. Wow, yesterday I was called a goddess in the kitchen and now I’m super awesome. Life is good 😉

JEP – Great to see you! Thanks for stopping by. One vegetarian to another, glad you enjoy my blog. 🙂

gigi January 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm

congratulations bri!!! that’s awesome!!! you know i rvae about the photos you put up with your posts, but i really love that physics lesson illustration Marc made for the egg salad. 😀

i can’t wait to see your many posts that will be the most popular of 2008!

gigi January 2, 2008 at 8:36 pm

rave! :O

Bri January 2, 2008 at 8:39 pm

Gigi – You are such a sweetie! Thanks for your encouragement. I love Marc’s illustration too. Egg salad is only tasty if it ends up in your mouth, not in your lap, right? So, pita to the rescue! Funny, I read “rave” the way you intended, and it actually took me a beat to figure out why you wrote it again. We were just on the same wavelength, I guess. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!

manggy January 2, 2008 at 9:28 pm

Not a “little” victory at all! Especially for a very young blog! Congratulations!

Bri January 2, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Manggy – Thanks! I know, I’ve only been doing this for five months and I’m totally addicted. How do bloggers get anything else done?!

Mansi January 3, 2008 at 1:54 pm

yeah, that’s great! Congrats girl! I saw the roundup, but its doing funny things to my senses at lunch time:)

Bri January 3, 2008 at 2:24 pm

Mansi – Thanks! Probably not the best idea to spend too much time looking at the roundup with an empty tummy. Thank you for your comment 🙂

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