1,000 blogs later…………..

Wichita By E.B.It’s taken me 8½ years and a gazillion calories to reach this point: 1,000 blogs. Over that time period, I’ve been to over 500 different restaurants, ate a lot of great food, had my fair share of bad food, and typed (and misspelled) a ton of words. I know 1,000 blogs may not seem special to some people. But to a guy who is unmarried, doesn’t have kids, somehow graduated college, still hasn’t beat Legend of Zelda on the original NES and only claim to fame is winning the 2nd grade spelling bee, this may be the pinnacle of my life.

I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to this point after losing interest many times early on in blogging. Sometimes it was a struggle to sit in front of a computer and start typing my thoughts out. It certainly makes it harder to do when it’s nearly all on your own dime. I want to thank everyone who has been so supportive of this endeavor. From friends to family to random readers, it’s really been an awesome adventure. It may sound fake but it really does mean so much when I get feedback and comments from people. It kind of pushes me through. It’s like running a race and hearing random people cheer you on.

Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many restaurant and business owners, readers, and chefs. Nearly everyone has been so cool because let’s face it some people don’t like the negative reviews they get. I’ve learned so much about food, social media, the industry and even had the chance to meet Chef Gordon freakin’ Ramsay! I really never thought starting a blog in 2010 would come close to what it’s become.

It’s been a great outlet for me to not just help get more exposure for places in and around town that deserve it but just give another place for people to get an honest opinion of what’s available. To anybody who’s ever joined me for a meal, gained unwanted pounds on my behalf, emailed me, read a blog, liked or shared something on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram or anything to help support this costly and unhealthy endeavor, thank you. Originally I wanted my 1,000th blog to rank my ten favorite blogs I’ve ever done but maybe I’ll save that for another time. Instead, a thank you will do.

Whether it’s been going around town trying 30 different burgers, having friends over to sample hummus from all over town, meeting at a restaurant to try the entire menu, being asked to judge a food event, taking the kids out for dessert, or even currently visiting 30 different restaurants to try pho, it’s been such a thrilling and delicious time that I can’t wait to see where the next 1,000 blogs takes me (hopefully the gym).

Thanks for reading and happy dining,

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2 thoughts on “1,000 blogs later…………..”

  1. Hey E.B.,
    I moved from Denver to Wichita a few years ago. As you can imagine, the food scene in Denver is sophisticated, progressive and very competitive with numerous print and web resources highlighting the latest hot spot (which almost instantly becomes too crowded to visit).

    I jumped at the chance of moving to Wichita for its pace, laid back vibe, and cost of living. But knowing very few people here, I was a little lost on interesting places to eat.

    Then I discovered your blog. I admire it’s look, your clean writing style, and endless curiosity and humor. I am a daily reader and first time comment-er and want you to know I have a blast going to the places you review. I often tell the owners how I found out about them.

    One of my favorites is Pho Thien. I had driven by it many times and never ever noticed it until I saw your review. Last week I took my boss from KC out for a Thursday bowl of the Carne en su Jugo – we were both blown away. I’ve tried a lot of Mexican food across the nation and in Mexico but that soup was completely new to me.

    Keep up the great work. I am not surprised Chef Ramsey’s team chose you to be on the Fetch Bistro show (and your blog entry made me laugh out loud – I would have reacted the same way).

    I look forward to future dining discoveries and thank you for what you do.

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