New blog look, New projects, Same Us

by on June 9, 2009


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.


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.


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 Nate June 9, 2009 at 1:52 am

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


2 Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary June 9, 2009 at 3:29 am

Wow you guys….just wow!

I knew you were destined for greatness.

Can’t wait for all the “new stuff”.


3 Peter June 9, 2009 at 3:49 am

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


4 yaelian June 9, 2009 at 4:25 am

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


5 Eddie June 9, 2009 at 4:25 am

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


6 Victoria June 9, 2009 at 4:32 am

Great new look. Clean and beautiful.

Sounds like you’re up to some good stuff!

Can’t wait.


7 Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas June 9, 2009 at 5:29 am

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


8 maybelles mom June 9, 2009 at 6:10 am

Congrats on your new ventures. Like the new look.


9 MsGourmet June 9, 2009 at 6:28 am

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!


10 Maria June 9, 2009 at 7:26 am

Love the new look! Congrats!!


11 TheKitchenWitch June 9, 2009 at 7:42 am

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


12 RavenousCouple June 9, 2009 at 8:08 am

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


13 Lori @ RecipeGirl June 9, 2009 at 8:56 am

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


14 krysta June 9, 2009 at 9:11 am

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.


15 Sara June 9, 2009 at 9:29 am

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


16 Jen Yu June 9, 2009 at 9:54 am

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


17 Gastronomer June 9, 2009 at 10:16 am

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


18 Paula pereira June 9, 2009 at 11:19 am

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!



19 Kate @ Savour Fare June 9, 2009 at 11:36 am

Congrats on taking it to the next level!


20 Manggy June 9, 2009 at 11:37 am

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! :)


21 The Duo Dishes June 9, 2009 at 11:48 am

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


22 Hélène June 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm

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


23 The Italian Dish June 9, 2009 at 1:04 pm

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).


24 Marvin June 9, 2009 at 2:20 pm

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!


25 Phoo-D June 9, 2009 at 2:51 pm

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


26 Paula Maack June 9, 2009 at 3:55 pm

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

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


~ Paula


27 Chez US June 9, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Congrats! Cannot wait to check it all out ….


28 Lyrical Lemongrass June 9, 2009 at 6:01 pm

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


29 Carol, Simply...Gluten-free June 9, 2009 at 7:03 pm

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!


30 Heather June 9, 2009 at 7:45 pm

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


31 Allen June 9, 2009 at 8:46 pm

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 :-)


32 Haley J. June 9, 2009 at 9:13 pm

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!


33 Nan June 9, 2009 at 10:27 pm

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


34 Toni June 9, 2009 at 10:34 pm

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!


35 Susan at Sticky,Gooey,Creamy,Chewy June 9, 2009 at 10:44 pm

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!


36 pam June 10, 2009 at 3:14 am

Congrats on your new look and new focus!


37 Alta June 10, 2009 at 5:15 am

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!


38 veron June 10, 2009 at 5:54 am

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


39 pixen June 10, 2009 at 10:43 am

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!


40 Andrea Nguyen June 10, 2009 at 2:51 pm

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


41 Chiot's Run June 11, 2009 at 4:31 am

Love the new look! Conrats!


42 DishinAndDishes June 11, 2009 at 2:06 pm

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


43 Bren June 11, 2009 at 2:42 pm

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!



44 foodwoolf June 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm

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.


45 Rita June 11, 2009 at 10:17 pm

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


46 Heidi Robb June 12, 2009 at 6:43 am

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


47 Tartelette-Helen June 12, 2009 at 12:15 pm

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!


48 desiree June 12, 2009 at 6:36 pm

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!


49 Maya June 14, 2009 at 10:15 am

Looking forward to it!


50 carol, La Buena Vida! June 14, 2009 at 11:45 am

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!


51 Cynthia June 15, 2009 at 5:57 pm

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

Enjoyed the article.


52 dhanggit June 16, 2009 at 5:48 am

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


53 joey June 16, 2009 at 7:24 am

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


54 flfarmgirl June 18, 2009 at 6:46 am

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


55 Pat June 18, 2009 at 9:18 am

Your new site is gorgeous! Congrats!


56 glutenfreeforgood June 21, 2009 at 1:47 pm

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.


57 Tea July 11, 2009 at 12:51 pm

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:-)


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