2011 — looking back and moving on

2011 recap

I’m not likely to forget 2011 anytime soon, but I’m glad it’s over. When I first started working on a recap post, I focused just on the food. Then I thought I should focus on the people instead. Then I realized there’s almost no distinguishing between the two, at least not the way my life typically goes. Food brings people together, at least the kind of people I tend to know.

A highlight for me in 2011 had to be the food crawls. There’s the food of course. I also love checking out a neighborhood I don’t get to visit very often (funny since I’m originally from Flushing, Queens, but it’s changed a lot over the years). But I have to say that the right crowd is what makes a foodie meet-up memorable.

2011 recap

I couldn’t write a recap of 2011 without talking about the baking. A lot of baking. And if you know me in real life, maybe you got to sample a few of these treats.

2011 recap

People love talking about the food truck scene, but I’m kind of over it. Don’t get me wrong — I’m more than happy to get my lunch from a truck whenever possible. But what got me excited this year were the food festivals — Hester Street, New Amsterdam Market, and especially Smorgasburg. It would take me ten posts to list all the vendors I loved best, so I shouldn’t even try.

2011 recap

I’ll let the photos do the talking. Now I’m counting the days until the weather warms up  and these markets can all open again.

2011 recap

I attended just a couple of the smaller food blogger conferences this year, and I definitely made the right choice. Those bigger conferences are fine if you’re interested in power networking, but now I know better — you really can’t beat the intimacy at events like these. I’m so honored to have been a part of these events.

2011 recap

The photoshoots I worked on this year were particularly interesting. I can’t say too much about them yet because the cookbooks are still in production, and I don’t want to spoil anything, but I’m really excited about some of these projects.

2011 recap

Most of these moments don’t need much explanation, or if I tried to explain them, it would take quite a while. These photos all have one thing in common — they make me smile. And while 2011 was far from perfect, clearly I have a lot to be happy about.

31 thoughts on “2011 — looking back and moving on

  1. i heart this whole recap, such a lot to fit into one year. and i’m jealous that u got a post out already for the new year. think i need another photoshop tutorial, please….

  2. I love this recap, Justin. And Danny and I are both honored we were such a part of this year. That photo of Lu upside down! I’m with you. Goodbye 2011! 2012 is going to be tremendous.

  3. Meeting you and so many other great people at BSP was one of the highlights of 2011 for me. May it continue! Happy New Year, Justin. I have the feeling 2012 is going to be sensational!

  4. Happy New Year, Justin! Nice recap. ohh, but that second to last pic reminds me that there will be no more Cinnamon Snail…

      1. Ok, I’ll have hope with ya! The policies definitely SUCK. Hoboken has been out to get the trucks from the beginning, and I hate that they’re winning.

  5. It is a regret that I moved away from NY without attending a food crawl or the cookie swap with you in it. I’m glad that you commented on the chaos of those big food blog events, perhaps it will inspire better smaller regional conferences.

    All the best in 2012!

    1. well, maybe you can visit some time when there is a fun event happening, which is pretty often. i think the smaller conferences are going to be popular in the next year or two, because nobody seems to like the bigger conferences very much. best wishes to you too.

  6. Looks like 2011 was a great year for you. I’m glad we ran into each other in person this year – twice. Sorry for being a delinquent about nang myun – we’ll make it happen in 2012. 🙂

    Happy New Year!

  7. What a wonderful recap! Love the photos, especially from the cookbook shoots! You had a delicious 2011, and I’m wishing you an even more delectable 2012!

  8. Ah, fun recap! Perfect blend of food and people and the crazies that happen when they come together. Don’t tell anyone, but meeting you at BPS – and your talk – was a major highlight of the year for me. Gosh dang, it seems like such a long time ago. Hope to connect again soon, at the very least, over roast pig at BSP3.

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