Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2013!  Hope everyone had a great New Year’s Eve — I’d been working nonstop, but got a major project finished the evening of the 31st, and was able to relax with friends for a few hours.  2012 was the blog’s first full year, and it was a great one, featuring one of the earliest reviews of a new restaurant, and a trip to a unique “restaurant within a restaurant“.  I went back to one of my favorite spots, which disappointed slightly, and I went to a place that fell short in the past, but struck a perfect chord this time around.  I went to a one-Michelin-star restaurant that I think is grossly underrated.  And of course, there were a range of other places, from vegetarian fast food in Williamsburg to haute cuisine in Hawaii to Taco Bell.  I finally launched “Frugal Fridays“, with a nice little lineup of less-expensive spots.

One of the great things about blogging is being able to share my thoughts on some fantastic restaurants and great food.  One of the challenges is that, once you write something, it’s out there.  With a view to keeping myself honest, here’s a look back at what I promised for 2012:

–Guest reviews from other cities (if you’re interested, drop a line to withoutbacon@gmail.com)  [VERDICT: FAIL.  No guest posts in 2012, though I have to say this was primarily because people who said they’d send in guest posts never did.  The offer is still open for anyone who’s interested, though!]

–”Frugal Fridays”:  occasional reviews of less-pricey restaurants.  (Going to Eleven Madison Park every day would be fun, but also bankrupting!) [VERDICT: SUCCESS!  Frugal Fridays has launched successfully.]

–”Steakhouse Roundup”:  what can you get when your carnivorous friends make you go to a steakhouse?  Look here to find out. [VERDICT: EPIC FAIL.  Nothing even close to this in 2012.  I wrote this because I had been to a steakhouse in late 2011, and I thought I could review the famous Hillstone veggie burger.  But I still haven’t been to Hillstone, and the post about the Union Trust steakhouse in Philly never came…] 

–”Home cooking”:  Some interesting vegetarian recipes that you can try out at home.  [VERDICT: EPIC FAIL.  I haven’t managed to post a single recipe!  Maybe in 2013…]

I don’t want to find myself writing “EPIC FAIL” at this point in 2014, so I won’t make specific promises about content this year.  But I will say that I was inspired by a friend’s New Year’s Resolution of posting on his blog at least once per week.  I’ve always aimed for a post a week, but I’m usually a bit off from that mark.  So for 2013, I’ll aim for 52 new reviews… (I can’t promise they’ll come exactly one per week, but an average of one per week seems pretty reasonable.)

And as always, stay connected to Without Bacon — sign up for new posts (on the right side), follow me on twitter, or drop a line to withoutbacon@gmail.com.  I’m always happy to hear your comments/criticism/ideas/random thoughts.  Happy new year!

 

What are your thoughts?