It’s time for an update here… I started this blog in August 2014, just a few months after meeting my now husband, Jason. It started out, selfishly, as a way to memorialize and document my own life; think of it as an ongoing digital scrapbook. I knew Jason was special and I didn’t want to forget a single date (almost always a great meal) with him. It grew into something more pretty organically. I learned a lot about myself during the life of this website, so far. I realized that I enjoy photography (albeit only using an iPhone) – while I’m still not very good. I realized I truly enjoy learning about food, cocktails, restaurants, and chefs. I’ve met some amazing people. One in particular, Chef Jacques Larson, stands out as one of the most passionate and kind people I’ve had the privilege of talking to. While 99% of people ignore my emails reaching out introducing myself and website, Chef Jacques warmly invited myself and my husband to his amazing restaurant (The Obstinate Daughter), and sat with us for a long time, talking about food and beer and his career. He shared recommendations for other places to eat, even specific dishes to try. I realize most restaurant managers, owners, and chefs assume when I reach out that I’m just looking for something free, but I’m not even a tiny bit. I’m looking for passion like Chef Jacques’ – an excitement to talk about food or drinks to anyone who appreciates it – even a lowly blogger with miserable statistics like myself. It took me a long time to establish a confidence in myself when talking about my website instead of immediately trying to hide the fact that probably two people read it a month; if I enjoy creating it, it doesn’t really matter to me how many people read it. I realized that it’s a huge amount of work to create and maintain a website: I am NOT tech savvy at all, so each and every post takes me hours to put together, between naming/uploading photos, writing content, and editing. Learning about SEO optimization and coding is all still completely overwhelming and mind boggling to me; maybe someday I can hire someone to clean it all up, but for now it’ll do. While I’ve obviously taken a big break from the “blogging” component of Baconboozer, I keep the website up and running and still enjoy posting on Instagram. My hope is that, as life opens new doors, I can come back to writing more again someday.
Personally, Jason and I have a great life. We both have satisfying and fulfilling full time jobs. We own a beautiful home in Staten Island that we’re constantly creating projects for – this month we’re focused on the backyard, next would be the sunroom, and maybe someday a bathroom renovation. We thoroughly enjoy our city. We have a perfect baby girl, Emily, and are pregnant now with baby number two, both of whom we were given through the miracle of IVF. Without going too much into it, IVF was both the scariest and most amazing process in the world and if anyone reading this is fearing or facing it themselves, please feel free to reach out to me about it. I consider getting through IVF to be a greater (and far more rewarding) accomplishment than anything else I’ve done and will ever do in this life, and am proud to be able to share any information about it; I believe in removing any stigma or anxiety that many people (women especially) face in talking openly about the process.
I consider myself extremely lucky to live the lifestyle that I do, and am here to share my experiences and opinions with you. I do not claim to be an expert on any of the topics I cover – I am no New York Times writer, and while I deeply admire their publication, I could never describe food or restaurants in such a fancy and eloquent way. But I have been told that I present a very real and down to earth perspective on things, and that’s what most people want.
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