Archive for July, 2012

Recent restaurants

July 31st, 2012

In my previous entry, I mentioned how my husband and I have been trying a new restaurant every weekend, and a few of you suggested posting photos. So, here are some recent ones!

Easy Tiger (bakery, sandwiches, sausage)
Is one of our new favorites. Their bakery items, especially danishes, are so good and so are their giant pretzels. Our favorite is their pastrami sandwich!

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52 in 52

July 22nd, 2012

I’ve been seeing a lot of people start a “101 things in 1001 days” list, and I’ve thought about starting one too. However, there are 2 problems. 1) I can’t think of 101 things. 2) 1001 days is too long for me to get motivated. I prefer shorter “deadlines”.

And so, I started a 52 things in 52 weeks instead. Sad thing is, I can’t even think of 52 things XD;; I think I’ll eventually get up to 52, but you can see what I have so far on this page (page removed). A few I wanted to point out…

Try 40 new restaurants
A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided to try a new restaurant every weekend. (Not new as in recent, but one we’ve never been to before.) The idea came about when I wanted to take another foodie trip to Las Vegas. I don’t care about gambling or the shows, but omg… there are so many good restaurants there! That’s when my husband pointed out that there are tons of good restaurants we still haven’t tried in our own city. If all goes to plan, we should hit this goal in 40 weeks (or earlier)!

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Blogging meme

July 18th, 2012

Work has been super busy for me lately, so I haven’t been in the blogging mood. So… let’s do a meme! I stole this from Liza (originally from here) :)

How often do you try to blog and how often do you actually blog?

I try to blog once a week, but that doesn’t always happen. I don’t let my blog go inactive for over a month though. I have a lot of article ideas, but I also want to have a good mix of personal entries too. When my life is boring, I don’t have much to write about XD;;

Do you have a stat tracker on your site? Which one? What does it track?

I use Google Analytics, which tracks… well, pretty much everything – unique visits, page views, most visited pages, search keywords, referrers, location, browsers, OS, etc. I can even set up custom events and flows. I feel like it’s best used for viewing trends rather than overall though. By default, it shows stats from the past month, rather than of all time. It makes sense though. Really old data is often not as useful anymore.

How often do you change the layout of your site and how important is a good layout to you?

Gone are the days when I was obsessive about changing my layouts every few months. I change it maybe once a year now (and this blog is definitely due for a new one). A good layout is pretty important to me. I want my content to be easy to read after all.

How often to you check your blog for comments?

I get an email every time a comment comes in, so… how ever often that is.

How did you decide on a proper organization for your posts (categories, tags, etc.)?

I just picked some broad categories when I first started this blog, and I haven’t changed it much since. I just try to keep it simple, and I don’t really make use of tags (which I probably should).

Is your blog secret or open to people you know offline?

Sort of both. If someone offline finds it, then oh well, but I prefer that they don’t. I don’t link it in many places. For example, I avoid linking to it on my social profiles like Twitter and Facebook. However, it’s also not hard to find if you actually try. Most people I know just don’t try or don’t care to. I mean, I do link to my main domain, which has all of my sites linked on it.

/end meme

As mentioned, I have a lot of article ideas, mostly about photography and some about food. I just don’t want to post a bunch of them in a row, since I’d still like this to be a personal blog :) Here are some that I have planned:

– Lens review: Canon 35mm f/2, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6, Canon 85mm f/1.8, Sigma 50mm f/1.4
– Equipment: lens filters (specifically UV and Polarizing)
– Techniques: simple flash set-up, basic composition

– Equipment: my favorite kitchen tools
– Demos: fondant, gumpaste, recipes