Welcome to phase 1 of our new creative space

Welcome, friends , to a more intimate journey into our lives. Our whole personal trek to discover and understand more about the world food, culture, people and the web that connects us all started almost exactly 3 years ago here, on White On Rice Couple.

We started the blog as a creative space, an escape from our hectic lives in the photography profession. Our longtime love of food drew us to the internet to seek out like minded and curious cats. The name White On Rice Couple was chosen as a fun, humorous take because humor and an occasional good belly laugh is what grounds us to be real and honest. It was a random name and not really relating to anything but a chance to make fun of ourselves.

Never, ever in our wildest dreams would be ever have imagined  that this blog would open up our world to something more than food. All of the new friendships and family that we’ve added to our lives make this blog complete.

Thank you to all of you for continually inspiring us to be better people and help us understand your food world on a deeper level.

This project has been a long time in the making. We’ve been building this site ourselves, often times with the occasional crashes. We’re not professional web developers and we would never want to be. Help was needed. Good technical, skills that we didn’t have.

We had ideas for designing our website, lots of them that we couldn’t ever accomplish ourselves on this blog.

Today we’re launching with a new home-page for Phase 1. The next phase of updates will happen soon.

We knew we needed someone skilled, patient and precise to build out this site to our creative specifications and functionality. It took us a while, but we found the expert  and his name is Paul from ZelCreative.

We collaborated with Paul and sent him our requests for functionality and design with specific ideas that were not the easiest to render. Paul did a wonderful job and making sure everything worked smoothly. Thanks Paul for doing such a wonderful job!

This is just Phase 1 launch for the home-page and we’re excited to start Phase 2 of this new website and the launch of our another personal project soon!

-Todd and Diane

{ 49 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Carol, Simply...Gluten-free

    Happy New Year to you both! The new site is gorgeous. We started this blogging thing about the same time and we have all gotten so busy as a result – I miss the time I could spend keeping up with you guys. But I still check back now and again to see what you are up to and as always you are up to fabulous stuff! xo carol

  2. Giselle

    It takes very special people to openly share themselves, by way of the Internet. Sadly I’ve only been able to look in and read, believe some of what I’ve read has at times made me smile, and for thanks. I’m a culinary student so time for me is a luxury. Keep up the wonderful work the site is magic.

  3. kellypea

    It’s beautiful, light, bright…well, perfect actually. I love a nice clean look.

  4. Brooke@foodwoolf

    T&D,
    I didn’t get the chance to tell you both how INCREDIBLE your new look and design is. So clean, beautiful, and inspiring! I love the clean new look! Thank you for the continued innovation and inspiration you bring here and into the world.

  5. Nan

    Love the new look! So classy – so YOU! I’m going to make your Mystery Cookies today – they sound perfect on a cold, slightly snowy morning in Seattle. Congrats on 3 years, too, you’ve only gotten better and I’ve loved tagging along to everywhere you’ve been!

  6. Boulder Locavore

    This is extraordinary and so seemlessly conveys the consistent beauty of all your work. You have such a gift for creating three dimenstional work in such a way that when leaving your words, photographs or website, one feels they’ve visited you for the afternoon. If I were to ever find a house that conveyed the vibe your website does, I’d move in instantly!

  7. joey

    Love the new look…fantastic! Clean, sophisticated, elegant, and inviting! Happy New Year to you both and looking forward to what you have in store for 2011!

  8. Lucy Lean

    Wow! This is incredible – you have bumped it up from something that was already GORGEOUS – you are both so inspiring and I thank you for all your help and friendship. x

  9. So Very Domestic

    How exciting! Looking forward to it! Love your blog. :)

  10. Dinners & Dreams

    Great new look to start the new year!

    Congrats!

    Nisrine

  11. Priscilla - She's Cookin'

    Love the new look – crisp, clean and refreshing! Congrats and I look forward to another year of your beautiful posts. Happy New Year!

  12. Soma

    Looks and feels really good! Happy New Year to you guys.

  13. Renee

    Your site is gorgeous! We love how clean, fresh and inviting it looks. Think Paul is going to be extra busy now! Thanks so much for sharing all of your wonderful knowledge.

    Renee & Ari

  14. Rachelle

    It’s beautiful! Congratulations. :) Here’s to a new year full of the most wonderful things!

  15. Helene

    I’ve been reading your blog since the beginning. What a great new look for 2011. Love it.

    Over the years you have inspired me to try new recipes which are favorites now like your famous Snickerdoodle cookies. You have inspired me to improve my photography skills which still needs some improvement.

    Happy New Year!

  16. Susan @ SGCC

    Congrats on your new makeover. It looks fabulous, just like the two of you are! Can’t wait to see Phase 2. Wishing you continued success and everything wonderful in 2011!

  17. Mary

    Wow. This looks great. Thanks for all your wonderful posts. I really enjoy your website very much. I’ve not commented before, and I know you don’t know me, but I wanted to tell you how much pleasure I get from popping by every so often and seeing your beautiful photographic work and the posts that go with them. Your website always brightens my day. Thank you.

  18. Sues

    It looks beautiful so far! So clean… and the colors pop so nicely. I love it already! Congrats :)

  19. corinne

    bravo !! I’m already happy with wht you offered us up to today…. so it can only great what will come out next :)
    Bonne Annee to you !

  20. Dani

    Looks marvelous!

  21. Stephanie P @ Living and Loving

    I love it! I can’t wait to see what else ya’ll have in store!

  22. Nick (Macheesmo)

    It’s lovely! I love your style and can’t wait to see more. ;)

  23. toni

    I save your posts for late evening when I can savor each recipe/story/photo.
    Whiteonrice…it’s a gem.

  24. marla {family fresh cooking}

    Todd & Diane, phase one is a wonderful surprise. It looks amazing. Great layout, crisp design & easy to navigate. Can’t wait to see all of the fun posts you have in store for us this year :) xo

  25. Rachael @ Tokyo Terrace

    Wow! Just beautiful! Can’t wait for the next stage. Congrats on the new look and Happy New Year!

  26. Gracie

    I am loving this Phase 1. I can’t wait for Phase 2.

  27. dario @ foodpixels

    Happy New Year guys!
    The new blog and homepage look great, very clean and user friendly; love it
    I look forward to read many interesting posts and to interact more with you in 2011.
    Cheers,
    Dario

  28. Rasa Malaysia

    Beautiful, can’t wait to see more!

  29. Andrea Meyers

    Love it, it’s beautiful. Can’t wait to see Phase 2.

  30. Allison

    Me, the second I saw the new design just now: *gasp* “Ooooh, pretty!” ^_^

    In other words, I love it! It’s such a beautiful design – clean, elegant, and it complements your photography perfectly.

  31. justcooknyc

    looks awesome to me

  32. Muy Bueno Cookbook

    Your new look is awe-inspiring…makes me want to cook more. Feliz Ano Nuevo Amigos! Veronica

  33. Steve-Anna

    Love the new look! Very clean – shows off your work. The appetizer is tasty, can’t wait for the entree!

  34. bunkycooks

    I love the new look and can’t wait to see what comes next! :)

  35. Lauren at KeepItSweet

    Congrats, can’t wait to see what you do!

  36. Cookin' Canuck

    Congratulations, you two! Your site is looking fantastic and I’m excited to see Phase 2.

  37. Paula - bell'alimento

    Stunning! But I wouldn’t expect anything less from you two : ) Happy New Year!

  38. TheKitchenWitch

    The home page is almost as gorgeous as you two–and that’s a tall order! I can’t wait to see the new things you have in store for us. Happy New Year!

  39. Phoo-d

    I love the new color scheme. What a gorgeous aesthetic. Congrats on the new design and Happy New Year!

  40. Victoria

    The design is almost as beautiful as you are.

    Happy New Year!

    Thanks for sharing your world.

  41. Stephanie

    great *sigh*. now I want to completely overhaul mine AND have a salad.
    Yeesh.

  42. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    Congratulations on your lovely makeover, and best wishes to you both for a happy and exciting new year.

  43. tami

    Congrats you two – the site looks wonderful. Happy New Year! xo

  44. Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas

    A huge congratulations!

    I am also enjoying the minimalistic, but still lovely, new design.

  45. Blog is the New Black

    These design looks great!

  46. Jessica @ How Sweet

    The new design looks great, I love it!

  47. barbara

    Love the new look. Crisp and clean. Congrats on a great job.

  48. Nate @ House of Annie

    Congrats on the upgrade! It’s always good to see how the boundaries can be pushed to satisfy the needs of the top bloggers.

  49. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    Happy New Year to you both! Looking forward to seeing more!

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