WE’RE MOVING!

I’VE NEVER BEEN GOOD AT SAYING GOODBYE and, once, I even left a magazine internship without letting most of the staff know it was my last day. Well, I wasn’t very close with them, admittedly, so to save my acquaintances from having to feign interest in what I’d be doing next, I didn’t announce my leaving. Did they really care that I was moving to London for six months to find my life calling? Probably not. Besides, within a month of my leaving, the magazine shut down, anyway. These people had bigger fish to fry.

A few years have passed since then and, with age, I’ve become slightly less neurotic about farewells. I say them, for one. But while I don’t like goodbyes, I’ve always embraced change. Guess I just don’t like telling people about it. But here we are and I’m nearly twenty-seven. If I can’t tell you now that I’m combining my WordPress and Tumblr blogs, then there’s a chance I never will.

But, there. I said it. I’m moving to Tumblr and I will show you soon why I’m doing this. You don’t have to update your bookmarks as this site will automatically redirect to the new one. I thought I’d give you a heads-up anyway, because leaving home is hard and I just want you to know: It’s gonna be even better in the new place, I promise, especially after we decorate! amy • january 29, 2010
Photo: View out of my living room window earlier this week during the snowstorm.

January 29, 2011. Tags: , . random. 5 comments.

The Only Thing Better Than A Warm Pumpkin Scone

Alice's Tea Cup pumpkin scone with cream and jam…is to have someone to share it with. What would a food blog be without readers who also love to eat? That said, thank you for following, for reading, for watching. Who knows where the road will go? Not me. But wherever it ends, I hope there’s a table laden with all our favorite foods surrounded by friends and family. Happy New Year, Everybody ♥ amy • december 31, 2010

Photo taken at Alice’s Tea Cup, 156 East 64th Street, NYC. (212) 486-9200

December 31, 2010. Tags: , , , , , . Holiday, random. 5 comments.

THE PERFECT AGE For Cupcakes

Ciao For Now carrot cake cupcakeDEEP DOWN IN THEIR HEARTS, BLOGS ARE PUBLIC DIARIES. Some blogs convey what’s coming, others inform the present, yet others chronicle the past. But, collectively, all blogs provide snapshots of the way we were in retrospect. My blog didn’t know what the hell it was until a year ago when Jason suggested I make Stupidly Simple Snacks. I figured the videos would be helpful at best and unwatchable at worst. If the latter turned out true, then I’d just stop making them.

I was updating my YouTube channel the other day when I noticed I launched it on August 31, 2009. It’s been nearly 365 days since I shared the first Stupidly Simple Snacks video in which I bumbled through banana shakes.

It’s weird to read old posts and remember sitting on a park bench considering a cupcake a year before today. And I’m sure, in another twelve months, the photo on the left which I took at Ciao For Now in the West Village on Saturday will resonate and I’ll recall taking a chance on a surprisingly moist carrot cupcake crowned with cold frosting. But the best recollection of all will probably be of the chatty little girl and her pug-shaped piggy bank. While her dad paid for a chocolate cupcake, the girl introduced me to her amazing multitasking pup, which had tape wrapped around its neck like a collar on a pet with a real chance of running away.

I started Amy Blogs Chow as a way to get to know – and remember – those who love food and what’s on our plates. Funny thing is I’m just realizing now that “foodies” are as young as eight. amy • august 30, 2010

August 30, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , . cupcakes, random, West Village. Leave a comment.

ABC on CNN • Turning Lemons Into Lemonade

Green Pirate Juice Truck owner Deborah Smith and lemonade
“ALL YOU NEED IS A GIMMICK IN THIS WORLD,” I heard a security guard say rather cynically in Times Square the other day. He was commenting on Matt, a self-described 32-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut, who had been invited to perform his signature dance move in Times Square to launch YourSingapore.com‘s new tourism campaign. Don’t know Matt? He’s a YouTube sensation. You know, that guy who gets paid to travel the world and dance ridiculously.

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Yesterday, CNN featured Amy Blogs Chow in an article called Food 101: Seeking Clues In The Kitchen, to remark on the alarming prevalence of 20- and 30-somethings who don’t know how to cook.

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With the flood of attention food bloggers have garnered lately, I find that some themes repeat. First, as far as your mom’s concerned, the blood of Gourmet will forever be on our hands. And, to many above the age of 40, we’re raging exhibitionists who are incurably narcissistic. New York Times recently examined the amateur food photography phenomena in First Camera, Then Fork, which made an example of bloggers, like Nora Sherman, who compulsively point-and-shoot their meal before eating it. Whichever way it’s sliced, food bloggers’ desire to break bread virtually has emerged in the mainstream, but not always in a positive light. After all, I didn’t set out to be known for what I can’t do, like cook.

But what the likes of food blogs, cooking shows, Jamie Oliver, Michelle Obama, Amy Blogs Chow and Stupidly Simple Snacks try to show is you can turn lemons into lemonade. Food bloggers make celebratory meals out of breakfast! Whether we’re newsworthy, however, depends on the writers who report on us. I can empathize with experts who bemoan the rising popularity of amateurs. For those who went to lemonade making school or own industrial juicers, my creations might be too pulpy, too sour, too sweet. They’re not perfect, but I’m learning. amy may 11, 2010

Photo: Green Pirate Juice Truck owner Deborah Smith photographing the lemonade she just made for our GP lemonade snack video.


May 11, 2010. Tags: , , . random. 1 comment.

HAVING BIRTHDAY CAKE & EATING IT TOO

Spitzers Corner friesJava Girl MacarOn Cafe smallAndrea mouth openBilly's Bakery cupcake in Madison Square ParkLily LisbonDeep-FriedJenna the fish CristoA+ Pad ThaiJason Rockefeller CenterNicole at SounioView of Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn Bridge 7.3.09Torrisi sandwich rainbow cookiesClare Dia BeaconGreg and me Greek SaladTODAY IS MY BIRTHDAY and to celebrate the first day of my 26th year, I am sharing a photomontage of my favorite things in the world. Some of these, of course, are food – I made a whole Sweet & Salty Cake by Baked last night! – but many are friends who liked me even before I made funny snack videos. After all, what’s the point of mealtime if not for the people who we share it with?

Digging through old photos makes me so happy. That, and making Stupidly Simple Snacks, of course. My next one will be with celebrated pastry chef Pichet Ong, who I recently helped to launch a blog: Confessions of a Sugarholic!

Due to new work projects for the likes of Midtown Lunch, VendrTV, photographer Chia Messina and other excellent people/compaJackie wrinkle in nosenies, I haven’t had the chance to update Amy Blogs Chow as often as I’d like. While I realize you guys are super understanding, I want to thank you for returning each time I resurface. We don’t see each other often so I cherish every time that we do. I hope to meet many more of you this year and to see some old best friends again. Tall order? Perhaps. But they wouldn’t call it a birthday wish if it didn’t come true! amy march 22, 2010

Note: Click on food photos for more info.

March 22, 2010. Tags: , , , , . event, random, Travel. 4 comments.

PLEASE VOTE • Why You Should Tweet & Believe

IT’S TRUE. I’M RUNNING A TWITTER RACE in the food lane. Why? Well, if there’s a tool I use more than any other to meet, greet, share, amuse, chat about chow, and generally make a buffoon of myself, it’s Twitter.

On Sunday, I skimmed the food category of the Shorty Awards a.k.a. “Twitter Oscars”  and noticed the Disney Food Blog was sitting comfortably in 20th place with 32 votes. How did a Twitter account with only 32 votes reach 20th place in an international social media contest? So I gave myself a small goal, asked my Twitter followers to vote, and, that same night, pulled ahead of the Disney food blog with 50 votes.

I started campaigning three days ago because not many other Twitter users seemed to be. After two days of messaging Twitter friends, I inched into the top ten. Today is Wednesday; I’m in the seventh spot.

Voting ends on Friday and I’m struggling to squeak past Chef John who is currently in fifth place. The top five continue to Round 2 where their “twittering” is monitored and voted on by a panel of judges and anyone who uses Twitter to determine who makes the most of 140 characters. I won’t win a popularity contest against Food Network star Tyler Florence, but to get that chance to “compete” with a man and his PR team will be one step forward for all unskilled but passionate food enthusiasts IN THE WORLD or, at least, on Twitter.

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Last week, I found crème brûlée in the fridge. It took a year of wishful thinking, but Jason was bored one night and did that “Surprise! I made crème brûlée!” thing boyfriends sometimes do in the first month of a relationship. (We’re way past that month.)

To friends who use Twitter, please vote and tell your friends! Making friends is free and Twitter makes it easy to connect with individuals who you’ll come to cherish even if you may never meet. Your network is there when you can’t tell the difference between tomato and pizza sauce, when you need a restaurant recommendation and when you want to learn more about urban farms in the Bronx (@ashleywillhite). You’d be surprised what a tweet – and positive thoughts – can do. VOTE HERE. Thank you!


January 26, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Blogs, random, twitter. Leave a comment.