Welcome to phase 1 of our new creative space

by on January 2, 2011

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 Maria @ Scandifoodie January 2, 2011 at 11:33 pm

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


2 Nate @ House of Annie January 3, 2011 at 2:27 am

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


3 barbara January 3, 2011 at 2:58 am

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


4 Jessica @ How Sweet January 3, 2011 at 3:37 am

The new design looks great, I love it!


5 Blog is the New Black January 3, 2011 at 4:05 am

These design looks great!


6 Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas January 3, 2011 at 4:34 am

A huge congratulations!

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


7 tami January 3, 2011 at 5:30 am

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


8 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) January 3, 2011 at 5:35 am

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


9 Stephanie January 3, 2011 at 5:53 am

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


10 Victoria January 3, 2011 at 6:11 am

The design is almost as beautiful as you are.

Happy New Year!

Thanks for sharing your world.


11 Phoo-d January 3, 2011 at 6:19 am

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


12 TheKitchenWitch January 3, 2011 at 7:15 am

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!


13 Paula - bell'alimento January 3, 2011 at 7:32 am

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


14 Cookin' Canuck January 3, 2011 at 7:47 am

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


15 Lauren at KeepItSweet January 3, 2011 at 8:13 am

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


16 bunkycooks January 3, 2011 at 8:19 am

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


17 Steve-Anna January 3, 2011 at 8:56 am

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


18 Muy Bueno Cookbook January 3, 2011 at 10:34 am

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


19 justcooknyc January 3, 2011 at 10:45 am

looks awesome to me


20 Allison January 3, 2011 at 11:00 am

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.


21 Andrea Meyers January 3, 2011 at 11:01 am

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


22 Rasa Malaysia January 3, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Beautiful, can’t wait to see more!


23 dario @ foodpixels January 3, 2011 at 1:26 pm

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.


24 Gracie January 3, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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


25 Rachael @ Tokyo Terrace January 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm

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


26 marla {family fresh cooking} January 3, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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


27 toni January 3, 2011 at 6:24 pm

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


28 Nick (Macheesmo) January 3, 2011 at 6:49 pm

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


29 Stephanie P @ Living and Loving January 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm

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


30 Dani January 3, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Looks marvelous!


31 corinne January 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm

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 !


32 Sues January 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm

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


33 Mary January 5, 2011 at 6:02 am

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.


34 Susan @ SGCC January 5, 2011 at 7:44 am

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!


35 Helene January 5, 2011 at 9:26 am

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!


36 Rachelle January 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

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


37 Renee January 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm

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


38 Soma January 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm

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


39 Priscilla - She's Cookin' January 6, 2011 at 5:51 pm

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


40 Dinners & Dreams January 6, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Great new look to start the new year!




41 So Very Domestic January 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm

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


42 Lucy Lean January 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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


43 joey January 7, 2011 at 9:46 am

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!


44 Boulder Locavore January 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm

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!


45 Nan January 9, 2011 at 7:48 am

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!


46 Brooke@foodwoolf January 10, 2011 at 1:13 pm

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.


47 kellypea January 10, 2011 at 4:07 pm

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


48 Giselle January 11, 2011 at 2:57 am

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.


49 Carol, Simply...Gluten-free January 12, 2011 at 5:21 am

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


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