Well, well, well.
It is good to know that after five years we are still at it – sharing our food adventures and part of our lives with every one. It had been a really long journey to say the least from the first very simple blog post I wrote (Hello World) back on January 5th, 2006.
2010 had been another year of growth for chowtimes. Having written one post after another almost everyday, it is kind of hard to pinpoint that one thing that contributes to the increase in readership. With 2.7 million pageviews in 2010 alone, we are just glad that there are more than a few people who finds the stories on chowtimes interesting enough to return to check what Suanne, Nanzaro, Arkensen and Ben had been up to. I keep telling people that chowtimes readers are following a soup opera. LOL!
Thanks a lot for the support and encouragement everyone!
It is these things that we find that extra ounce of energy to write another post when the mind and body just yearns to be “normal”. You know …
like being a coach potato or take up a hobby like kayaking. Something you normal people does.
Looking back, the previous year had been a year of crazy ideas and putting these ideas into being. Yeah, the biggest thing we had ever done was the 8GTCC (Eight Great Tradition of Chinese Cuisine) series of dinners. It was well received and the response was beyond our wildest initial expectations. I used the word “our” because while chowtimes was the name used to organize the dinners, it was the collective talent of the 8GTCC team that made it happen.
We managed to organize dinners for three (Hunan, Jiangsu and Cantonese) of the eight tradition Chinese cuisines until life took over and I did not have the time to continue with the rest. It was all my fault really. The 8GTCC team was eager but I was too worn out to do anything … and the team was too polite to prod me. LOL!
I hope I had not dampened the enthusiasms of the 8GTCC team but yeah, I will get cracking on the next in the series, real soon. I started it, I got to end it correctly.
But I want to thank fmed, Dylan, LotusRapper, Joe, Keev, Grayelf, JS and TS for all the work done do far.
Last year, Suanne published her cookbook. It is called Diversely Delicious with the recipes that were posted on chowtimes in 2009. A great majority of the recipes were from the Richmond Community Kitchens with contributions from Minoo, Charlene, Karen, Suanne and the members of the community kitchens.
The Richmond Community Kitchens had been a source of great recipes for chowtimes for which we are grateful for. These recipes contribute a lot more to the richness of topics we have on the site, not to mention is where we get a lot of learnings about the finer points of food.
We are just amazed with the great work done by the Richmond Community Kitchens led by Minoo with a host of dedicated volunteers behind her. Amazing work.
Our 15 minutes of fame. LOL! Vancouver Sun published a write up on chowtimes. That was in November, not too long ago. The exposure from the article resulted in quite a bit of increase in the number of visitors. We hit over 12,500 pageviews on that day it was published. Yeah, that subheading of 8500 hits per day was instantly out dated the day the news article were published. Thanks a lot, Mia, for the shout out.
Coincidentally today, on chowtimes’ 5th birthday, the site will be featured on TV. LOL! If all things goes well, it will be on Fairchild’s Timeline Magazine. It is a Chinese program but we spoke in English. So you can follow that show a bit.
So yeah … it had been an eventful past year for chowtimes. And we know all these happened because of your support and encouragement … and more importantly your friendship and connecting with us. Thanks again from the bottom of our hearts!
For this year, I have a few big thing up my sleeve. It will be some earth moving stuff and will make some of your jaws drop. LOL! I don’t want to tell you what now because I want to surprise you all.
Anyway, here are some interesting statistics that I want to share with you:
Most Read Posts (Q4 2010)
- How to Cook Basmati Brown Rice
- Penang Delight Cafe on Rupert and 22nd Avenue, Vancouver
- Whipped Shortbread Cookies
- Steamed Banana Cake
- Fresh Fruit Cake
- Beef Stroganoff
- Moist Chocolate Cake
- Cassava Cake (Kuih Ubi Kayu)
- Mui Ngo Gai Vietnamese Restaurant on Nanaimo and Broadway, Vancouver
- Steamed Rice Cakes (Pak Thong Koh)
- YY Village on Anderson Road, Richmond
- Yaohan Center Food Court — Go After 6PM
- Fraser Park Restaurant — Hard to Find in Burnaby
- Delicious Chinese Cuisine on Kingsway, Between Victoria and Knight, Vancouver
- The Best Chinese Dishes in Vancouver
- Vancouver Tibet Kitchen on Fraser and 50th
Top Commenters (All Time)
- LotusRapper (885)
- Chubbypanda (325)
- Crispy Lechon (317)
- fmed (300)
- Buddha Girl (230)
- grayelf (178)
- etranger (161)
- Jessica (160)
- Marike (152)
- eatingclubvancouver_js (143)
- Elaine (128)
- Jonnek (123)
- HM (111)
- RobynT (109)
- Chris (107)
- Windy (96)
- Jennifer (88)
- kevin (85)
- Eat. Travel. Eat! (85)
- Pinoy Gourmet (146)
- timetochow (76)
- Michelle (75)
- eric (75)
- sally (73)
- Winnie (73)
- Lissa (67)
50 Most Commented Posts (All Time):
- Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremony Rehearsal — Free Tickets – 308 comments
- Moist Chocolate Cake – 131 comments
- Penang Delight Cafe on Rupert and 22nd Avenue, Vancouver – 130 comments
- Steamed Banana Cake – 92 comments
- Fraser Park Restaurant — Hard to Find in Burnaby – 81 comments
- Steamed Rice Cakes (Pak Thong Koh) – 74 comments
- Looking at Richmond’s Food Courts in a Different Light — The Parker Place Food Court – 70 comments
- Mui Ngo Gai Vietnamese Restaurant on Nanaimo and Broadway, Vancouver – 70 comments
- Sweet Soy Pudding (Tou Foo Fa) – 68 comments
- Blogroll of Vancouver Food Blogs – 60 comments
- Pacific Plaza Food Court, Richmond – 59 comments
- Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodle in Aberdeen Centre, Richmond – 56 comments
- [CRA 2010 Signature Dish] Xiao Long Bao 小籠飽 from Wang’s Shanghai Cuisine – 55 comments
- Chinese Sponge Cake – 54 comments
- Tiem Banh Dong Khanh (a.k.a. Tung Hing Bakery) on Kingsway, Vancouver – 54 comments
- Zen Fine Chinese Cuisine on No 1 Road and Moncton, Richmond – 53 comments
- How Much Do You Tip? – 52 comments
- Yaohan Center Food Court — Go After 6PM – 52 comments
- Tri-Pot Taiwanese Street Snack on Alderbridge Way, Richmond – 51 comments
- Help Us Make Up a Dinner Table: Luda on East Hastings and Slocan – 51 comments
- Sunlock Garden Restaurant on Fraser and East 27th Ave, Vancouver – 49 comments
- Fresh Fruit Cake – 48 comments
- Chow Times on The Vancouver Sun – 47 comments
- Weekend Musings (July 17th, 2010) – 46 comments
- Golden Phoenix Seafood Restaurant on Nanaimo and Broadway, Vancouver – 46 comments
- Any Tips For Vacation To Seattle? – 45 comments
- Weekend Musings (03-Apr-2010) – 45 comments
- “Wind Sand” Chicken Wings from Parker Place Food Court – 45 comments
- Shawarma from Abdul’s on Kingsway – 43 comments
- 12B Underground Kitchen – 43 comments
- Hot Luck on Kingsway Near Willingdon, Burnaby – 43 comments
- Beijing Cuisine on Cambie and Sexsmith, Richmond – 43 comments
- Wilton Cake Decorating Level 1 – 42 comments
- Alaskan King Crab from Kirin Mandarin Restaurant in Downtown Vancouver – 42 comments
- Dim Sum 101 in South Ocean Seafood Restaurant on Garden City and Alexandra, Richmond – 42 comments
- Shoryumen and Fumisen and Bakudanyaki Food Trucks in Richmond – 41 comments
- T-Hut Cafe Chinese Restaurant on Fraser and 48th Ave, Vancouver – 41 comments
- Nine Dishes on 960 Kingsway, Vancouver – 41 comments
- Good Choice Restaurant on Fraser and 44th, Vancouver – 41 comments
- Dinner at Top Gun J&C on McKim Way and Garden City, Richmond – 41 comments
- Ho Yuen Restaurant on Hazelbridge Way and Capstan Way, Richmond – 40 comments
- Peaceful Restaurant on West Broadway at Cambie, Vancouver – 40 comments
- Ba Le Deli and Bakery on Kingsway and Fraser, Vancouver – 40 comments
- Green Lemongrass Vietnamese Cuisine on Kingsway, Vancouver – 40 comments
- [CRA 2010 Signature Dish] Braised Lobster and Taro Noodle Hotpot 龍蝦芋絲煲 and
Baked Live Pink Scallops 葡汁焗游水帶子 from Ken’s Chinese Restaurant on Kingsway, Vancouver – 40 comments
- Steamed Rice Cake – 39 comments
- Japadog in Downtown Vancouver – 39 comments
- Friendly Banners Restaurant in Broadmoor, Richmond – 39 comments
- Sun Yee Cafe on East Hastings and Lakewood Drive, Vancouver – 39 comments
- Shredded Dried Pork (a.k.a. Meat Floss) – 38 comments