What you have to decide… is how you want your life to be. If your forever was ending tomorrow, would this be how you’d want to have spent it? Listen, the truth is, nothing is guaranteed. You know that more than anybody. So don’t be afraid. Be alive. ~ Sarah Dessen, The Truth About Forever
It is hard for me to believe that Bunkycooks celebrated its third anniversary on November 23, 2012. Last year Mr. B prepared a video recap for the second anniversary of Bunkycooks (2011), so it seemed fitting that we reprise the blogaversary celebration with a 2012 edition. This year we have named the video Oh, the places you’ll go. After many days of creating, editing, formatting, and finalizing the video, I realized just how many places we had traveled to this past year, events we attended, and how many inspiring people we had the pleasure to meet and spend time with.
We have spent the last several years traveling to and writing about farmers, artisans, culinary destinations, and well-known chefs. These adventures have changed our life in more ways than I could explain. We have tried to share, in this space, the stories that we feel are important; whether it is the personal story of the Guenthers, a Mennonite family from the Muddy Pond community in the foothills of Tennessee who operate a sustainable farm and produce sorghum or the time honored method of smoking hams in Friuli, Italy and how the process is being challenged by the European Community.
To bring you these stories, in 2012 we have:
Traveled 25,000 miles by car
Traveled 5,000 nautical miles
Traveled 20,000 miles by plane
Visited 3 continents
Visited 6 countries
Visited 11 states and islands
Attended 3 Wine & Food Festivals
Attended 8 special event dinners
Interviewed 18 chefs
Interviewed 10 artisans and farmers
Participated in two recipe contests
Wrote 90 articles
Spent quite a bit of time in the kitchen cooking and developing recipes
Needless to say, it has been a busy and fulfilling year. We have tried to capture the year’s highlights in this video with some entertaining music. I hope you will take the time to watch. You just might see yourself in one of the clips.
(* This video was recorded in high definition, but requires high speed internet. Set according to your player.)
The highlight of the year was in May when we traveled to New York City where Bunkycooks was a finalist in the James Beard Foundation Awards for Best Individual Blog 2012. It was truly an honor to be recognized by other food writers and industry professionals. While we were in town, I was also invited to meet Lidia Bastianich, which was one of my favorite interviews from this past year.
On a personal note, the beginning of this year (mid-February) was a very difficult time for us as our dog, Beamer, became paralyzed from a rabies booster. We had to delay several trips as we spent many months taking care of Beamer and thankfully, he has almost fully recovered. In April, Mr. B and I celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary and just this month, Mr. B’s last CT scan (on his five year anniversary) was clear, so the eight years of our challenge with cancer has come to a happy end.
I want to thank everyone who reads Bunkycooks for your support over the past three years. If you would like to know more about why I started the blog, read here. It is a strange feeling to start a blog and hope someone will find you, read your words, make your recipes, and appreciate what you do. I know that many of you are loyal readers and we thank you. It is important for us to keep Bunkycooks fresh, inspiring, and exciting. You never know where we will go next!
To the people that we have met along this journey, thank you for sharing. Your passion, inspiration, and friendship are what has kept us going these past several years. It is not always easy to come home and put thoughts to paper, but I hope that we have conveyed the emotion and appropriately captured your stories as they were intended.
So, with that, if you have not already, I hope you will take the time to watch the third year anniversary of Bunkycooks’ video. Many of the people we have met this past year are included in this video.
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