The Bumpy Road to Here

Over the last months, I have been working (with help from my tech savvy friend Eli) on transferring everything from my old blog at Blogspot to this new site.  It hasn’t been easy nor is it really totally complete, but it is, I feel, complete enough to start using this new address (urbanfoodguy.com) as my home…so welcome and thanks for dropping by!

Over the next couple of weeks a few things will get sorted out, I hope.  In changing over from one format to another the first thing I encountered was that all 2800 posts needed to be re-categorized as every word I ever used to describe a post on blogger, be that lemon pound cake or fecal soda, ended up becoming a “category”  so they all had to be deleted and new, more general categories, had to be created. This was very time-consuming! However, now you will see at the top of the page five Categories: Recipes, TravelNYC, Politics, Other Stuff.   These will allow you to look at any given topic of interest uninterrupted by topics that you don’t care about.  So take for example: recipes,  lots of people just come to food blogs for recipes.  I’ve always resisted this idea, because I feel so strongly that the food we eat and cook should have a context. A lot of people don’t agree with me, so now you can have all recipes all the time if that’s what makes you happy.  Ditto Politics, Travel, NYC or Other Stuff.

It’s going to take some time for me to re-tag and re-categorize all three plus years of posts.  It’s grueling and slow going, so if you go to one of the categories and don’t find some of the older post you can do a search for it and hopefully find what you are looking for.  In the weeks or months to come I will get through each of those 2800 some odd posts and appropriately place them in their rightful place (and edit them and in some instance reformat them too!) – Sorry all this technical stuff is a drag.

WordPress and I are having some issues.  This transition has been very challenging and I think unnecessarily difficult (to say the least).   They make it very hard to do things that on Blogger were easy like: having advertising, or posting segments from the Daily Show or Colbert.  I’m hoping in the long run these problems will fade away and the benefits will out weigh the problems.  Change may be necessary, but it is, apparently, never easy!

Each of these discoveries has been a hurdle and required adjustment.  Some I have found solutions for (thanks again to Eli) others still remain a mystery.  If you come across a problem please let me know and I will try and get it fixed ASAP.

Deep breath.

In the mean time here we are!  Thanks for visiting come back soon!

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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6 Responses to The Bumpy Road to Here

  1. Chris says:

    CONGRATULATIONS U.F. GUY! Your new digs are beautiful, befitting your great content—everything looks so clean and smart on WHITE–and easy to read. Like the new bells & whistles. Got you subscribed, Liked, and new tag on Bookmarks Bar.

    You’ll eventually learn to love WordPress. A lot of the extra steps end up giving you more power and presence. Formatting posts probably are more exacting and tedious than Blogspot, but it’s mindless by the time you hit the 10-post-mark, Mark.

  2. thereelcharlie says:

    loving it, Mark! Congrats. It’s gorgeous!

  3. Leslie-Anne says:

    Mark,
    I want to let you know that I really like the new site. I’ve always loved the content but now I love the look, too.
    Leslie-Anne

    • urbanfoodguy says:

      Thanks Leslie-Anne so nice to hear from you! Funny too because these week Jodie “friended” me on Facebook! After all these years it really is nice to be back in touch! I think you should all plan a trip to NYC and we should celebrate!

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