To date, one of the most rewarding, yet challenging duties of managing Food Bloggers of Canada has been the agonizing decision of who the Friday Featured Blogger should be. Every one of our almost 300 (and counting) blogs are completely deserving. Hopefully, in time, we’ll be around long enough that everyone will be featured! However, in the meantime, with 2011 winding down, we thought it would be a perfect opportunity to look back. With that, here are first half of the Featured Bloggers, with the other half being saved for next Friday.
We started off with Paula of Vanilla Bean Baker from Ontario, who constantly offers up the most wonderful cookies and heartfelt comments.
Thankfully, some of our decisions were easier than others when it came to selecting a blogger. Stephanie (and her assistant Wellington) from Alberta of Clockwork Lemon was our 100th member, but that doesn’t mean she was any less deserving! If you don’t believe us, check out her “Sites We Love” feature in a little site called Saveur!
We went east for our next blogger and found Tim Pratt in Nova Scotia who writes Real, Creative Eats. We were impressed with Tim’s commitment to buying local and going as far as to include the names of the various farmers and mongers that make up the components of his meals.
With the motto “eat locally, blog globally”, we decided to feature Sarah of Toronto Tasting Notes who at the time back in October had just published a new book called We Sure Can! As the name implies, the book examines (with 100 recipes) the wonderful “Canvolution” we’re witnessing these days.
It was time to tackle the west coast and so we decided Mary from Vancouver Bits and Bites would be a perfect place to begin. As the blog name implies, Mary is on a constant search to find everything from ghetto to fancy that Vancouver and beyond have to offer.
Renée from Sweet Sugar Bean is a chef during the day, but her passion for cooking continues to bubble into the evening in her own kitchen. From Saskatchewan, Renée is never at a loss for fresh ingredients whether it’s from her sister’s garden or the local market. With a background in Fine Arts, it’s no wonder her dishes are a masterpiece.
We met Mayssam in Montreal over at Will Travel for Food and boy, does she live by that name. With her bags always ready for a new adventure, Mayssam is always on the lookout for a new cuisine to test out. But when she’s at home, she’s creating beautiful dishes.
That's the first half of our talented bloggers from 2011. Next Friday, we'll recap the rest of them!