Tea is celebrating her 1-year blog anniversary. And we’re glad she’s a part of the community!

365 days later it still is sheer delight, though I sometimes struggle to find the time I want for it. This is the most enjoyable writing I do, by a long shot, and the impact this blog has had on my life continues to astound me. It is definitely one of the best things of the past year for me.

Anita looks back on her 2006 resolutions and evaluates whether she kept them. She was successful with her vow to eat more food that is traceable to its source:

I spent as many Saturday mornings as logistically possible at various farmers markets, and I can honestly say that I could count all of our 2006 trips to Safeway on one hand. We turned to Whole Foods and Tower Market for any needs that couldn’t be managed at the Ferry Building.

The experience was, frankly, eye-opening: We’ve developed relationships with farmers, gotten a much better feel for the rhythm of seasonal crops, and enjoyed observing that — although better food does, often, cost more — we’re more satisfied with a smaller quantity of good things as we used to be with an abundance of mediocre stuff.

Sam gives us her favorites of the year, along with an entertaining montage of her worst food photos of 2006.

Joy gives us a rundown of restaurants where she ate this year and review thoroughly.

Amy is in Vietnam and posted her first report from Saigon yesterday.

I’m sure the folks there thought I was crazy for taking pictures of bowls of rice but there they were like bulk bins at a supermarket but all rice, maybe 15 different kinds of white rice. It is truly a different and fascinating world.

The Ethicurean Team makes some predictions about food-related trends for 2007

Artisan and local offerings. Interest will continue to grow in farmers markets, locally sourced food, grass-fed beef, as well as artisan offerings. Farmers’ markets will expand to fill the desire for fresh foods. Artisanal offerings will boom among specialty-food fans, but some offerings may be too niche-y to thrive, and some fields too crowded — cheeses for example — for their own good, in the event of another economic downturn.

Links Around the Bay 2 January,2007Jennifer Maiser


Jennifer Maiser

“My passion for food began young.”

I am the editor of the influential website www.EatLocalChallenge.com which encourages readers to support local farmers and producers.

I began my personal website, Life Begins at 30, in 2003.

I have been published in Edible San Francisco and Fine Cooking, write regularly for Bay Area Bites, Serious Eats, and have been quoted in many nationwide publications. Photography is a passion, and I have had photos printed in National Geographic Traveler and Travel + Leisure.

I contributed to a Williams-Sonoma cookbook: Cooking from the Farmers’ Market, which was released in February 2010.

I live in San Francisco, California and can often be found at local farmers markets seeking out the best of what’s in season and chatting with farmers.

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