New blog look, New projects, Same Us

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Wow, how fast have things changed since we started blogging over a year and a half ago. When we stumbled onto blogging, we never expected to find so much companionship, support, opportunities and inspiration from all of you. Every day is a new learning experience and each passing day is not only a lesson in blogging, but friendship, patience, caution and education in every facet imaginable.

Thank you to for being such an integral part of our blogging world and teaching us how to become better people.

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So  now that we’ve launched a new snappy look for the site, we suppose it is about time to take this blogging seriously. But weren’t we serious about blogging before? Sure, we were. However there was something missing. We always felt like there was a lost link to our blog. So how are things going to be different? It’s not just going to be about the food, the garden, the recipes nor the trips. This blog is going to be about all of you.

It’s unbelievable to think about all of the amazing people we’ve been able to meet over the last year and a half. Bloggers, Chefs, Farmers, Artisans, Journalists, Poets, Moms, Dads, Sons, Daughters, Gardeners…basically, incredible people have made tremendous impacts to our blog lives. They are the ones that helped us connect the human experience through food and culture.

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We NEED to share more about the people that directly impact how we grow, cook, eat, photograph and think. Here are some new projects we’re working on:

  • Portrait of a Gourmand - A gourmand is simply, someone who takes pleasure in food and eating.  We’re lucky enough to meet gourmands everyday and some are just too nice and some seem too good to be true. We love them and hope that you would too. So we’re going to be doing a series of food blogger, cook , farmer and food personality photo essays and interviews. Accompanying each interview will be some fun and artistic portraits of them in real person and in character. What do we mean by that? Oh, you’ll just have to wait and see. To give you a little hint. we’ve been discussing it over Twitter and other fellow bloggers have given us suggestions on our blogger photo shoot ideas. Here’s an example from “@haleysuzanne Ha! Food porn gets re-envisioned. Somebody needs to be a pinup with a coupla melons and a lettuce leaf.” Oh yes, what a fabulous idea! Who will that blogger be?
  • The Hungry Travelers – We’re producing our own internet “webisodes” called The Hungry Travelers: Searching for Food from the Source, which will launch sometime in July. Every day we meet amazing local home cooks, farmers, ranchers, professional cooks, and food artisans who inspire us on every level of the food chain. The Hungry Travelers internet show’s purpose will be about Real People & Real Food and highlights the culture of food. These amazing individuals bring us  (Todd and Diane) our food, teach us about food and help us make wiser, more conscious decisions about eating and cooking. The show isn’t about White On Rice Couple, but rather, it’s about all these other wonderful people and their messages, connecting their experiences to their foods. This documentary style show will focus on their voices, visions, challenges and triumphs. We’re just there to guide it along smoothly.

There they are, our new projects that will hopefully show how much we are inspired and who they are that are molding us to be whom we are today. This new blog will take a few more weeks to get all the technical kinks worked out before we launch more of the new stuff, but we’re hoping you’ll still stand by with us until these happen.

Just remember that yes, although there’s a new blog look and new projects coming along, we’re still the same Todd and Diane. This blog is still, and always remain, the same Us.

(Oh, btw- our garden was highlighted in the Home & Garden section of the Orange County Register. You can read it here.)

{ 57 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Tea

    Am I the only one who is stunned you’ve only be at it a year and a half? You guys are superstars! Here’s to great things to come (of this I have no doubt:-)

  2. glutenfreeforgood

    I keep waiting for you two to feature your new veggie ranch in Colorado! Your remodeled look is great. And I can still feel the good energy seeping from your writing and photographs. Yeah! Funny how I reconnected with your blog, it was beet ice cream.
    :-)
    Melissa

  3. Pat

    Your new site is gorgeous! Congrats!

  4. flfarmgirl

    Outstanding additions and look. Still my favorite combos: food, garden, flowers, and pooches—–announced in no particular order! Great work guys!

  5. joey

    Congratulations! The new look is fantastic…looking forward to your upcoming projects! :)

  6. dhanggit

    congratulations to my favorite cookign couple!! i’m so excited to hear about your upcoming projects!!

  7. Cynthia

    I’m excited for both of you and look forward to these exciting projects! Much success!

    Enjoyed the article.

  8. carol, La Buena Vida!

    I read your blog all the time. Your new site is fantastic! Fresh and crisp with gorgeous photos. Looks like you have more room to spread out your wings even more.

    La Buena Vida from Santa Fe, NM!

  9. Maya

    Looking forward to it!

  10. desiree

    Congratulations on the new look, the new projects and the wonderful article on your garden! If Lookiloos ever makes it down to Costa Mesa we want to do a story on your home and garden or your ranch!

  11. Tartelette-Helen

    When you buy that ranch in CO and become Jen’s neighbors I might just think about selling that kidney to move up there too :)
    Not stalking just super appreciative of what you do for and how you feel about the food community.
    I just can’t wait for Asheville!

  12. Heidi Robb

    Oooh, exciting – change is good! Love the new look and the sound of the new projects.

  13. Rita

    You guys are on fire! Congratulations, I look forward to reading the new stories and seeing more and more of your beautiful pics.

  14. foodwoolf

    You two are such busy beavers. I’m so proud of your beautiful new site and crisp, clean look. It certainly showcases the glory that is YOU! Congrats. I know this site redesign has taken UNCOUNTABLE hours and dedication. I am fully in awe of you.

    Congrats and I can’t wait to see all the new features of the re-designed WORC. But, as always, you both are just as lovely, funny, talented and charming as ever.

  15. Bren

    much love to you guys and all the new beautiful things you are doing! much and well deserved. you sweet things, you! i’m still looking forward to the day we get to break bread together!

    xo
    B-

  16. DishinAndDishes

    Love the new look…can’t wait to see more!

  17. Chiot's Run

    Love the new look! Conrats!

  18. Andrea Nguyen

    Amazing, fabulous work!! Love the OC Register coverage. If only you would sprinkle some of your magic dust around and transform my sites . . .

  19. pixen

    Congratulations to both you on your new home – I love the overall new look and the header particularly and love the reportarge in OCR. It’s going to be incredible journey for both you. I’m looking forward with anticipation of your new adventures! Both of you are inspiration to me. Cheers!

  20. veron

    Congrats on the new look! Can’t wait for all the good things to come! :)

  21. Alta

    Congrats! Gorgeous site, nice and clean! And your projects? How incredible. To think you have only been blogging for a year and a half? Amazing. Keep up the good work!

  22. pam

    Congrats on your new look and new focus!

  23. Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy

    Love the new look! It’s so clean and fresh, just like your food! Your new projects sound really exciting. I can’t wait to see what’s next!

  24. Toni

    Gorgeous site! It’s so beautiful, and I love the way you’ve taken your ideas and expanded them – I’m looking forward to reading more – and more wowwy-zowwy photos!

  25. Nan

    Love the new look! It’s so….crisp! I’ve had a great time catching up – you two have been BUSY! Thanks for the great read! xo, Nan

  26. Haley J.

    I think this is a great idea! And your new site design is super-awesome. I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with. Food bloggers wrapped up in rice paper, cinnamon twigs and berries – you’ve got a great medium to work with!

  27. Allen

    I love following what the two of you (and the pups) are up to — look forward to seeing the webisodes! And, thanks for the advice on Thesis, I ended up moving to it as well :-)

  28. Heather

    what exciting new projects!! i can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!! you’re the total dynamic duo :)

  29. Carol, Simply...Gluten-free

    You guys have been busy. The new site looks great and I am excited to see what comes next. So cool about your garden. I don’t know any other two people who work so hard, who are so generous or who deserve all the great things life has to offer than the two of you!
    xo,
    carol

  30. Lyrical Lemongrass

    Congratulations, guys! Love the new look and new direction. Have always been, and will always be, a big fan. :-)

  31. Chez US

    Congrats! Cannot wait to check it all out ….

  32. Paula Maack

    Diane, I just saw your Club Med video for the first time. Great job!!!

    You did a nice job narrating, too! Loved it!!

    Cheers,

    ~ Paula

  33. Phoo-D

    Congratulations! Love the snazzy new look and am happy you kept your clean lines which highlight the gorgeous photos.

  34. Marvin

    I’m very excited for the both of you. I’m sure that with all the passion and hard work you two put in, everything you do will be a success!

    And very cool story in the OC register too!

  35. The Italian Dish

    I love your new look and I look forward to all the new projects, especially the webisodes! (Just for the record, no, I won’t do the melons and lettuce leaf. Hee hee).

  36. Hélène

    Love everything you do, all of your ideas. I’ve been a regular followers and will continue to be for many years. xx

  37. The Duo Dishes

    So awesome to see how people in the blogosphere keep things fresh. We look forward to the new additions.

  38. Manggy

    I’m really looking forward to all these things you have to offer, guys :) I can’t believe I was one of those people you met along the way! And for that I’m really grateful! :)

  39. Kate @ Savour Fare

    Congrats on taking it to the next level!

  40. Paula pereira

    Wow, congratulations and you both deserve it for all of the heart you are putting into everything you do!!! You guys are such an inspiration, thank you!

    Paula
    http://www.thepassionatecaterer.blogspot.com

  41. Gastronomer

    Lookin’ good, Todd and Diane! What’s the new font you’re sporting?

  42. Jen Yu

    Hurraaaaaay! Congratulations on so many new opportunities. You deserve them all and I hope more continue to pour in. When you’ve struck it big time, I hope you’ll buy that ranch in CO and come be my neighbors. Just move that whole garden out here too :) Big hugs, big congrats. Pats and butt scratches for the poochies. xxoo

  43. Sara

    Congrats! The new look is crisp and clean. I’m so excited to see the Gourmand portraits. Great concept!

  44. krysta

    saw the new look on the last post and explored your site all over again. i am excited about all the new stuff you are doing.

    as for the photos…can’t wait to see what you come up with. is anybody going to be covered in chocolate?

    same old todd and diane? yup. two of the nicest people on the planet. and that will come through on the webisodes.

  45. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Congrats on all of the good news & happenings. So happy for ya! Can’t wait to see The Hungry Travelers!

  46. RavenousCouple

    Great navigation tabs! Can’t wait to read about those new projects…melons and lettuce leaves on a pinup? interesting…

  47. TheKitchenWitch

    I love the new look! The changes you are making sound both exciting and fascinating! I will be following with interest!

  48. Maria

    Love the new look! Congrats!!

  49. MsGourmet

    Food is integral to life, but food has to be presented in the context of life. What a wonderful move & such a natural progressive shift for the two of you!

  50. maybelles mom

    Congrats on your new ventures. Like the new look.

  51. Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas

    How wonderful. Lovin’ the changes, and excited to read/see more!

  52. Victoria

    Great new look. Clean and beautiful.

    Sounds like you’re up to some good stuff!

    Can’t wait.

  53. yaelian

    Wow, your new look is awesome, not that the old one wasn’t but I am excited to wait for your new stuff!

  54. Eddie

    You just get better and better. Congratulations! Keep up the great work!

  55. Peter

    Congrats, best wishes on the new approaches…just keep on feeding us!

  56. Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary

    Wow you guys….just wow!

    I knew you were destined for greatness.

    Can’t wait for all the “new stuff”.

  57. Nate

    How exciting! Congratulations on the move to Thesis. I like the new look – you can really feature more of yourselves and your content.

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