Weekend Musings (16-Jan-2010)

What a week!

It had been a really hectic week for me. Sometimes I feel that running this blog is like a second job. I really do. And I think it will only get bigger. He he he … I wish I can do blogging full time because I enjoy it so much. But it is not going to bring the bacon to the table. Wishful thinking.

There are a number of things that I wanted to let you all know. I don’t want to post a lot of non-food information and announcements every other day. I think it will be confusing to you all. So, going forward I am going to post Weekend Musings. This is for me to just let out what is on my mind.


Give me a moment while I get on my soapbox …

The Past Week

Suanne and I enjoyed all the comments made particularly on Ho Yuen. There are a total of 27 comments made, mostly against … the new owner, “Dr” Jaime. We did not know this but our readers pointed out that “Dr” Jaime is such a character that no one can stand him. Go read the comments on “Dr” Jaime here.

Not that you care but we are extremely pleased with the readership on this blog. It looks like we are on track to hit 190,000 pageviews this month, another record. We just can’t figure out why especially we don’t get much traffic from stumbleupon, foodgawker or foodspotting. Oh well, we are happy. 🙂

Oh yeah. I had also created a Site Map which you can get to from the navigation bar at the top of every chowtimes page. This was my very first programmed page and for a non-programmer I am quite pleased with it. Anyway, with the Site Map, you not only have an entire list of ALL chowtimes posts but it also helps you differentiate the posts that you had read vs those not read yet.

Disclosure Statements

Alright, we had finally went through all 1,539 posts on chowtimes and tag all of the posts where we had freebies and such. That was a LOT of work but all thanks to Suanne who went through everything with a fine tooth comb we now have a list of such posts that you can very easily find. We had also updated all of such “freebie” posts with a very clearly marked Disclosure Statement right at the top of the post (see example below).


It’s not that most of you would care, we know … but we want to do this all the same. The complete list of all “freebie” posts are found on this link (http://chowtimes.wordpress.com/tag/disclosures/).


Diversely-Delicious-2-150x150The Diversely Delicious cookbook is now off our hands and in the hands of the reviewers. We had initially optimistically intended to have the cookbook published 15-Jan-2010. That is now not going to happen until sometime in February. There appears to be a lot more work required on the review and approval side. The book is done but it is necessary to dot the i’s and cross the t’s.

We will let you know once it is ready to be published. Suanne wants to thank everyone who had expressed support for her project. She is grateful but at the same time wants to set expectation that while it is beautifully done, it is not like Martha Stewart’s or Rachel Ray’s cookbooks. LOL!

8GTCC – The Eight Great Traditions of Chinese Cuisine


Song_Dynasty_Elegant_Party-150x150The response is overwhelming to the suggestion I made in this post. I had initially thought we will have one table, maybe two. But I have already 20 parties who had indicated their interests. One of them is from the US and another from Kamloops. Now, I got a problem on my hands!

Good thing is I had been getting quite a bit of offer in helping plan and research this project. Together with a few fellow foodies, we will figure something out. It is not going to be easy but it will be fun.

Yeah … that’s it for this week. Back to regular programming after this …

[Ben getting off the soapbox …]

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  1. LotusRapper

    Ben said: “She is grateful but at the same time wants to set expectation that while it is beautifully done, it is not like Martha Stewart’s or Rachel Ray’s cookbooks. LOL!”

    THANK GOD it won’t be. MS (and RR) are more marketing faces than anything else. They may not necessarily have cooked, or even know, all the dishes in their own cookbooks and media material. MS is “infamous” for ripping off other people’s recipes and making them her own. RR is not trained in the culinary arts herself.

    Suanne’s (and the RCK)’s efforts and its product (the book) are roll-up-yer-sleeves genuine. It would be an honour to have such publication in my own cookbooks collection.

  2. brownsugar

    Hi Ben and Suanne,

    What can I say. I love you both. You guys show not only tremendous enthusiasm, but also dedication and responsibility as blogger.
    I read your blog almost everyday. I appreciate you share both your passion and your life with us. You also inspired me to cook and try new recipes.

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.I’ll be the first one to buy your book.

    1. Monkeysmile

      Hi Suanne and Ben:

      I reaffirm Brownsugar’s comments about you two. I really enjoy your blog; your commitment and passion for your work clearly shows in the fruits of your labour. I, too, enjoy reading your blog, for the restaurant reviews, thorough recipes, great pictures, and your views, which are always inflected with your own style and humour. Love you guys and keep up the great work!

      1. Jo

        Dear Ben and Suanne,

        Chiming in as well to say “Thanks,” to the both of you for keeping the blog up to date with reviews and recipes. I really enjoy this site and appreciate the effort you’ve put into it.

  3. Eat. Travel. Eat!

    What a week here too! I’m also on track to get the highest pageloads that I have ever gotten. The Ho Yuen post was really funny and interesting, especially with the “cool boy/girl” thing :). I’ve never called anyone that but several have called me that. Chuckle!

  4. Canto Curious

    Hi, I stumbled onto your site while Googling for info on MRE’s, the Haiti earthquake spooked me into “preparing” once again for the big one to hit us in the Lower Mainland. Then saw your reviews of the local restaurants and how interesting the info was, thank you. Which leads me to ask if you know a crock pot recipe for Curry Beef Brisket, the authentic kind they serve at Mui Gardens, or the curry stall at Yaohan. God, I live for that! Could eat that forever. I’m a noncooker, so if I could mass produce that curry at home it would be great! Authentic meaning using ingredients like lemongrass and fishsauce? Not just buying a curry paste, unless somebody figured out how reverse engineer the recipe. Many thanks if you could find a recipe. Go Canucks

  5. Crispy Lechon

    Hi Ben, there seems to be a problem with the site map. Here’s the error msg I’m getting:

    Server error.

    The website encountered an error while retrieving http://chowtimes.com/site/. It may be down for maintenance or configured incorrectly.

    1. Ben

      Thanks Crispy for letting me know. I’ll try to look into this over the next weekend. I can fix that temporarily by disabling the cache but I think I am better off leaving this till next weekend to dive into this deeper. Ben

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