Happy New Year

IMG_1923 And what a year it has been…I’m not very good at checking the stats of my blog or trying to analyze the endless analytics that are available.   To make it easier for technophobes like myself WordPress sends out a year end summary and I wanted to share some statistics with you.  22,000 people visited Urbanfoodguy this year which is an average of 1,833 per month.  Out of all these people, only 5, yes 5 people actually comment with any regularity.  Maybe someone could leave me a comment letting me know what I can do to change that!   The most popular post was the Flying Turkish Airways Comfort Class one, in part because Turkish airways saw the tweet about it and retweeted which cause a flurry of activity.  Which probably accounts for why I have 398 readers in Turkey, and oddly 3 in Syria and a whopping 92 in Saudi Arabia, which is most perplexing to me, but I am glad this left-wing homo foodie is being read there. Then there is Germany with 968 visitors, I wonder if that is just my friend Keith and his daily reading of the blog or if there are actually other Germans checking in?  I also wonder if my travels don’t help to increase readership, explain why there were 696 visits this year from people in Greece.IMG_0400

IMG_0404And 125 from Italy…

IMG_1986IMG_1987Where ever you are from I am so appreciative and glad that you have stopped in and maybe checked out a recipe or read a little bit about my travels.  I would love to hear from your, where ever you are, and know what it is you would like to see more of here on Urbanfoodguy.  This blog is something that started as a kind of therapy when my business closed and has become over the years a kind of business of its own (a mostly non-paying business) though lots of good things have come from it, I get media hotel rates, thank you to the Kimpton hotel group for always being so generous, and I will be part of a cook book this year and a few weeks back took part in my first public speaking experience.   One step at a time.IMG_1897I do see very clearly that the posts that are the most viewed are about food….recipes mostly, the politics, street art, market tours of far-off places fair less well.  At the end of the day I am OK with that as I think the diversity of the site is part of what makes it interesting.  Millions of very popular food sites just do food, I set out to write about food in an Urban environment and how our food choices impact the environment and how by supporting farmers, growing some of our own food and generally being conscious of our food choices we can make the world a better place.   Of course that results in me ranting on about GMO’s and Monsanto a lot, but hey knowledge is power, right?

Thanks again for stopping by, it is greatly appreciated, have a happy healthy fun festive food filled New Year and I hope to see you all back in 2014.   Scattered through out this post are some of my favorite food highlights from the year…most of them from Mexico…Bon Appetite!IMG_1988 IMG_1990 IMG_1993IMG_1646 IMG_1644 IMG_1649 IMG_1991 IMG_1992 IMG_1655

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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