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Austin Chronicle Best of Austin 2010!

2 September 2010 3,143 views 27 Comments

I am so thankful to you for reading Tasty Touring, sharing your favorite spots in Austin, and  joining me for Tasty Tours (I promise to plan another soon). To my friends (new and old) who took the time to vote for Tasty Touring in the Austin Chronicle‘s Best of Austin 2010 reader’s poll, I’m honored and touched. It happened, you guys!

Best Local Food Blog: Tasty Touring

photo by Todd V. Wolfson

We love to dial up this popular food blog on Tasty Tuesdays, a weekly feature showcasing local favorites which lately has kept us in the burgeoning loop of food-trailer mania. You’ll also find Jodi Bart’s charming anecdotal “Tasty Bits” posts, recipes, and restaurant reviews, so you won’t have to dread the dinnertime question, “What do you want?”www.tastytouring.com

I started Tasty Touring (at the time it was called Food Touring) a little over two years ago with the encouragement of my friend and colleague Lindsay, who began writing  the adorable and mouth-watering Apron Adventures just a day before. When Emily started Cooking Inside the Lines, sharing recipes from her favorite magazines, websites, and TV shows, our office food blogger trinity was complete.

I started to blog as a non-professional outlet for writing and photography. I never would have guessed that this blog would enhance my life in so many surprising and positive ways. Most importantly, by introducing me to other local food blogging colleagues, many of whom have become friends and mentors. There is an active community in Austin of food bloggers that uniquely support each other in a way that I don’t believe exists anywhere else. For an idea of the sheer number, check out the sidebar of Addie Broyles’ Relish Austin.

Best of Austin 2010

Austin Chronicle Best of Austin 2010

If you’re new to Austin and/or to the blog-reading scene, here are some more of my favorites (in alpha order):

  • Appetite: Penny de los Santos is a photographer for Saveur and other national publications. She specializes in travel, food and people.
  • Austin Farm to Table: Kristi celebrates local farms and food artisans, mostly in Central Texas, but also in the places she travels.
  • Austin Urban Gardens: Carla chronicles her year of no grocery stores, her adventures in home gardening, and her favorite local farmers and artisan products.
  • Austin Food Journal: Christian’s quirky and beautifully photographed blog is filled with home cooking, local restaurant news, pizza workshops, and a great happy hour calendar.
  • Boots in the Oven: Gorgeous photos and engagingly written posts by Mr. and Mrs. Boots (aka Logan and Rachel) about their adventures in food and travel.
  • The Cosmic Cowgirl: Stephanie shares her favorite recipes — many of which are jams and preserves from her recently launched business, Confituras.
  • Dining in Austin: Check out Mariah and Laura’s top recommendations on the sidebar. They post regular updates on the Austin dining scene as well as the foodie photo of the day regular feature.
  • Eat My Words: Texas Monthly‘s Pat Sharpe and team cover the state of Texas in this great food blog that also includes a series on the burgeoning Texas wine industry.
  • The Feminist Kitchen: The Statesman‘s Addie Broyles personal blog about women and food from the perspective of a feminist who embraces both the term and the domestic tasks that for many years were considered anti-feminist.
  • Fete & Feast: Natanya is a busy executive, dedicated wife and mother, and active participant in the local food blogger community who shares her best recipes, tips and tricks, links to great resources, and weekly foodie bits listing of events in an attractive and informative format.
  • Foodie is the New Forty: Michelle’s tagline is “seeking out the delicious side of life” and that is exactly what she does — sharing reviews of local restaurants, recipes, and her optimistic personality with readers.
  • Forklore: Statesman restaurant reviewer Mike Sutter on some of Austin’s best eats.
  • The Hungry Engineer: April writes, Sean takes the pictures, and the result is a well-written and engaging blog about April’s adventures in the kitchen, local food events and restaurants, and food-related book reviews.
  • Stetted: Megan is a young mother who focuses on cooking good food that is healthy, unprocessed, and doesn’t take a lot of time.
  • The Tasting Buds: Join Peter (the photographer, and most regular poster of the group) and the buds as they explore the food scene in Austin and beyond. Amazing photography, great interviews.
  • Year of the Pizza: Seth chronicles his (now second) free year of Home Slice pizza, and the friends, acquaintances, and strangers he enjoys those pizzas with.

Other recommended reading includes Austinist, Austin Eavesdropper, Rebeccamendations, Republic of Austin, and StephanieKlein.com.

I’d like to congratulate some my friends (and friend crushes) for winning Best of Austin awards as well. This includes Chris Apollo Lynn (best blogger AND best blog) and team at Republic of Austin; Allen Chen and team from Austinist; the staff of the Four Seasons Hotel; Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please; Ellen Jefferson and her team of volunteers (especially spokeswoman extraordinaire Laura Stromberg) of Austin Pets Alive; Matt Curtis and Amy Everhart in Mayor Lee Leffingwell’s office; Blair Smith and team at Dirty Dog, Pam and The Tigress; David Alan and the Tipsy Tech 12-week course on the history and practice of cocktail mixology; Marla, Jenna, Lindsay, and all the talented contributors to Edible Austin magazine, and more.

Finally, I’d like to thank Todd V. Wolfson for making me feel beautiful during our photo session at the Tigress. Also, thank you Pam for letting me stand in the walk-in to cool down from the 100 degree heat that day.

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  • Hoke

    Congratulations on a much-deserved accolade!

  • Hoke

    Congratulations on a much-deserved accolade!

  • http://thatslondon.wordpress.com/ Laura

    Woohoo! Way to go girl!

  • Carla

    Congratuations Jody and thanks for the shout out!

  • Jeni

    Congratulations, Jodi!!

  • http://www.stetted.com Megan

    Congrats Jodi! Very well-deserved. And thanks for the shoutout (and thanks for making me sound so young, lol)!

  • Andybart99

    Jodila, Congratulations. Really proud of you. Great picture of a pretty person. Love You. Dad

  • Osh

    CONGRATULATIONS JODILLA!!!!!!!!! So proud of you! well deserved and great photo – so beautiful!

  • Lindajbart

    Honey, I am so excited for you. This is your passion and your love and you do it so well. You are beautiful inside and out. I love you!

  • Lindajbart

    Honey, I am so excited for you. This is your passion and your love and you do it so well. You are beautiful inside and out. I love you!

  • jodibart

    Thank you so much, guys! Love y'all.

  • jodibart

    Thank you so much, guys! Love y'all.

  • Paula Holzband

    Congratulations Jodi on winning the Austin Chronicle’s Best of Austin 2010 “best food blog!!”

  • http://twitter.com/foodiethenew40 Michelle Cheng

    Huge congrats to you on this very well-deserved recognition! And thanks for the shout out, too!

  • http://twitter.com/foodiethenew40 Michelle Cheng

    Huge congrats to you on this very well-deserved recognition! And thanks for the shout out, too!

  • http://www.fabulousdrinksaustin.com Nicole

    Jodi,

    Congratulations on a well deserved award. You're a rockstaress!

  • April

    Congrats, you!

  • linda

    KUDOS jodi!!
    very well deserved…
    your passion & enthusiasm certainly comes through in your posts…
    wonderful photo of a beautiful person inside & out!
    xo

  • linda

    KUDOS jodi!!
    very well deserved…
    your passion & enthusiasm certainly comes through in your posts…
    wonderful photo of a beautiful person inside & out!
    xo

  • jodibart

    Thank you Michelle, Nicole and April! xo

  • jodibart

    Thank you (and Larry) for voting for me, Linda! I really appreciate your support and comments. You are the best!

  • April

    Congrats, you!

  • linda

    KUDOS jodi!!
    very well deserved…
    your passion & enthusiasm certainly comes through in your posts…
    wonderful photo of a beautiful person inside & out!
    xo

  • jodibart

    Thank you Michelle, Nicole and April! xo

  • jodibart

    Thank you (and Larry) for voting for me, Linda! I really appreciate your support and comments. You are the best!

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