Monday, January 18, 2010

Science Online 2010

This weekend, I attended the 4th annual science blogging conference, Science Online 2010.

This year, I won't go into the gory details, but Anton Zuiker and Bora Zivkovic put on yet another fabulous event, with scientists, science bloggers, journalists, educators, students and a lone food blogger converging on Sigma Xi for a weekend of informative sessions, fellowship and food.

For me the highlight of the conference had to have been meeting PZ Myers, author of Pharyngula, and arguably the world's most recognizable atheist. I approached him and introduced myself as a fan, but quickly explained that my Most Faithful Reader was an even bigger fan, so I needed both an autograph and a photograph to prove that I'd actually met him. He graciously complied with both requests.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Taverna Nikos Blogging: Donating 20% to Haiti

Through at least February 28th, Taverna Nikos will be donating 20% of all sales to the Haiti relief effort.

Are any of you aware of any other restaurants contributing in similar ways? If so, please list them in the comments. Thanks!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year 2010!

It's a new year and that can only mean one thing. At least, it usually means one thing on this blog. It's time for New Year's resolutions! This year I'm not going to bore you with aspirations of exercising and whatever else I normally write about this time of year and then conveniently never mention again. No, this year I came up with the ultimate foodie resolution. This year, I'm going to try to go to more restaurants that I've never been to before. Is that great or what? I'm going to enjoy this year more if I keep my resolution. I don't know why I didn't think about this before, although I suppose the year of trying to buy more earrings was along those lines, but that was really an attempt at reverse psychology.

This is not. In fact, this is a very measurable goal, because I am going to attempt to go to the following restaurants this year, in no particular order:

You may be shocked at some of these. Magnolia Grill? It's the most famous restaurant in town and, as a Durham native who writes a food oriented blog, one would think I would have been there by now. No. Pancuito is a mere five minutes away from my door and yet I've never been there either. In fact, I've been meaning to go to all of these restaurants for years, because they've all been recommended by multiple friends, but for various reasons, I've never been. For example, one guy assured me, rather enthusiastically, that he would go with me to Queen of Shebah and then within one week of our conversation he spontaneously packed up all his possessions and moved to New York. Yes, I am serious.

You, my dear readers, are more than welcome to join me at any of these fine eating establishments! Help me fulfill my resolution and celebrate 2010 one fine meal at a time. If I turn down your offer to join me, rest assured that it can only mean that I don't like you.