4th Anniversary Recap and an Announcement

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 “…I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.  I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come.  But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities , and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended.” ~ Nelson Mandela

Yesterday marked a special day with the passing of Nelson Mandela, a man that contributed greatly to human freedom.

Every year Mr. B prepares a video of our travels and experiences over the past twelve months.  He was finishing this when news of Nelson Mandela’s death was announced.  Soon after, the quote above was being posted on many social media outlets and I was moved by the sentiment.

As I was reading this quote from Mandela, I couldn’t help but put it in a personal context. While most people have not had the impact that Nelson Mandela has had, his words ring true that regardless of your journey, it is important to pause and look back and it’s equally as important to move on.

* Be sure to change the video settings to view this in HD (high definition).

Thinking about the past four years, I am always amazed at the people we’ve met during this time, the places we’ve traveled, and the experiences we’ve had.  Creating this video is as much a reflection for us as a way to share the year with our readers and to say thank you to the many people that have allowed us into their lives.

This year has also been exciting as I’ve seen other writers and photographers, who I’ve known since we first started Bunkycooks, begin to forge careers outside of their blogs.  Many have become professional photographers or writers and some have authored cookbooks.  Others have been able to make a full-time career out of their blog.  For us, we’ve been able to combine our love of food, cooking, wine, and travel to create a culinary travel business and bring that to you, the reader.

The past year has been filled with opportunities we didn’t anticipate and our travels provided countless surprises.  Our trip to Arizona was a compete surprise.  Due to changes in other travel plans, this trip came together very quickly.  We knew it would be a unique experience from anything else we’d done so far, but we were truly wowed and fell in love with Southern Arizona, Sedona, and the Grand Canyon.  I am still working on several articles and look forward to sharing them with you in the near future.

On the other hand, sometimes the surprises are not as good and your expectations are left unfulfilled,  and you find yourself without a story.  Or the story you had planned to write was less fulfilling, in which case you walk away and don’t write anything.  Unfortunately, there were some of those.  However, even when we encounter a less than striking story, we have learned that the journey is not always what we plan, but it can be far more rewarding if you listen carefully and stay flexible.  That has been the case many times this year.

In this video, our readers will be reminded of the many places, people, and recipes that we have shared this year through articles, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Many of you will see yourself in the video and pictures.  We will take you on a journey from America’s Southeast and Southwest to New England and across the Atlantic to Switzerland, Germany, and The Netherlands.

Heildrberg, Germany

Heidelberg, Germany

On another exciting note, we are thrilled to announce that we are collaborating on a book with Chef Anthony Lamas of Seviche, A Latin Restaurant in Louisville, KY.  Chef Lamas is a three-time James Beard Award nominee for Best Chef Southeast.  He has appeared on numerous television shows and will be seen on upcoming episodes of Back Home, a series produced by Diego Luna for Fusion Network, Beat Bobby Flay on the Food Network, and Bar Rescue on SPIKE TV.  He travels throughout the United States taking part in many culinary events and has garnered much acclaim for his unique combination of Southern, Latin, and West Coast flavors.  We’re personally looking forward to bringing our travel, photographic, and cooking experiences to the effort and hope to share more information about this project very soon.

In addition, we are also working on an e-Book with another chef which will be announced once the book is released.

So, spend a few minutes with us, but don’t linger because there are many more journeys ahead and our walk has not ended.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!

Bunky & Mr. B

* Food photo from Enchantment Resort is courtesy of Executive Chef David Schmidt.

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22 Responses to “4th Anniversary Recap and an Announcement”

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    Alessio — December 6, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    What a brilliant year of travel and friendship this has been! :D With such memories one can only jump even more willingly into 2014!
    It has been great spending a day with you guys, I hope we will be doing it again very soon. Who knows where though… ;)

    • Gwen replied: — December 6th, 2013 @ 11:56 pm

      Hi Alessio,

      Yes, it was great spending time with you in Koblentz. I appreciate that you took the time to come and meet us for a visit and dinner. It was so much fun to finally meet IRL the man behind Facebook posts and Tweets. :-) Yes, please come to the U.S. You are always welcome to stay with us here.

      xo

      Gwen

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    Kim — December 6, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

    Congrats!!! Can’t wait to see the new book!!! What’s the release date?

    Also, I see Heidelberg in your video. My puppy’s pappa was named after Heidelberg. Look forward to seeing it someday. :)

    Hugs from the west coast,

    [K]

    • Gwen replied: — December 6th, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

      Hi Kim,

      Heidelberg was one of our favorite cities that we visited. The old city is charming with lots of beautiful shops filled with gorgeous pastries and Christmas decorations. Really pretty. I hope you get to visit someday. :-)

      No date set yet for the book, but we will certainly announce it when we know more.

      Happy holidays to all of you and I want to hear updates on Utah! Can we visit you there to write a story someday?! Is the move a go?

      xx

      Gwen

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    Suzanne — December 6, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    Congrats to you both on 4 years, you have done so much in such a short time. Also it will be great to see what your book will be about, good luck with it and have fun!

    • Gwen replied: — December 7th, 2013 @ 12:03 am

      Hi Suzanne,

      I remember when we first connected after starting our blogs. It’s hard to believe that it’s been four years and that so much has happened. Thank you for your comment and yes, the book will be fun to do. We’re really excited about the next year and where it will take us.

      Best of luck to you in the future and have a great holiday season!

      Best,

      Gwen

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    Sheryl Getman — December 6, 2013 @ 6:28 pm

    I am so excited about your upcoming book! Thanks for all of your work and time. Both of you touch many with your enthusiasm and good will. Merry Christmas to you and here is to a great, successful, New Year. Sweets to Beamer. I also want to add: I gained some great kitchen tools this year by using your Bunkycooks Site.

    • Gwen replied: — December 7th, 2013 @ 12:07 am

      Hi Sheryl,

      We are always happy to help with supplying your kitchen. LOL! I hope you saw your gorgeous cherries with that decadent Molten Chocolate Cake. in the video Such a great dessert!

      Thank you for all of your incredible support with Beamer this year. On the flip side of this lighthearted video, as you know, it’s been a really tough year with our pup and we really appreciate all of our TT friends more than you could ever know. I could not have made it through the last few months and really 1 1/2 without your support.

      Love to you and Dan and your gorgeous TT’s and beautiful farm! We hope to see you in FL next week!

      xoxo

      Gwen

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    Monet — December 6, 2013 @ 6:49 pm

    What a wonderful year of adventure this has been. And what a thoughtful and inspiring post. The quote, the video, your words…all of it rings with such beauty and truth! I am so excited to hear about the cookbook too!

    • Gwen replied: — December 7th, 2013 @ 12:10 am

      Hi Monet,

      Thank you for your comment. Yes, it’s been an amazing journey this year and over the last few years, really. It’s always great to look back and remember everything we’ve done. It’s hard to believe how fast four years has gone by.

      I have been keeping up with you and your beautiful little girl on Facebook. She is so precious. I’m really happy for you and Ryan and wish your family a wonderful holiday season.

      Hugs,

      Gwen

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    MyMansBelly — December 6, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    Congratulations on this milestone! I’m proud to say “I knew her way back then….” You two have done some amazing things together (both in the digital and real worlds). I’m raising a glass to both of you for many more great things to come!

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    Gwen — December 7, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    Hi Pamela,

    LOL! Thank you. I still say one of our best moments was late night at BHF Atlanta. ;-) Yack, yack, yack. Anyway, good luck with the big move and maybe we can visit Texas for a culinary adventure in 2014!

    Get that barbecue cranked and the brews ice cold! Hopefully, we’ll see you next year.

    Happy holidays and cheers!

    Gwen

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    Jamie — December 7, 2013 @ 5:47 am

    A huge congratulations on everything… the four years, the culinary travel business (I dream of going on one of your adventures!) and… the book! It is about time! I’ve been wanting you to do something like this for ages so am doubly thrilled. You guys make an amazing team and such great things lie ahead for you both. I am glad to know you and to be, in some small way, a part of it, a part of Bunky Cooks! Now on to watch the video!

    • Gwen replied: — December 16th, 2013 @ 9:47 am

      Hi Jamie,

      Thank you so much. It has been a wild ride with lots more to come. I am also happy to see you moving forward to achieve the things you set out to do with your writing. It should be an interesting 2014 and I hope to see you in person in the New Year!

      xo

      Gwen

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    Lenny Jordan — December 7, 2013 @ 10:03 pm

    GREAT Recap! I just wish we had been on more of your little trips! We have stayed at the Jefferson two more times and always enjoy LeMaire and especially remembering our time in Richmond with you guys. Hope you have a great holiday season and a great 2014. I can see you all exploring Asia in the future!

    • Gwen replied: — December 16th, 2013 @ 9:45 am

      Hi Lenny,

      Thank you for your comment. I hope you all will join us on some more of our adventures and yes, maybe to Asia! We’re so glad that you returned to The Jefferson Hotel a few more times. The hotel is lovely and we really enjoy Chef Bundy’s food at Lemaire.

      Let’s plan a time to get together after the holidays. Best wishes to you and Jean for a wonderful New Year!

      Gwen

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    Joan Nova — December 8, 2013 @ 7:21 am

    Glad to see talent has been rewarded and you’re ‘living the dream’. Congratulations!

    • Gwen replied: — December 16th, 2013 @ 9:41 am

      Thank you, Joan. You were one of the first people that I discovered in this food writing world when I was starting out. I wish you continued success as well.

      Have a great holiday!

      Gwen

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    Suddie — December 8, 2013 @ 10:45 am

    Fantastic News! Congrats. We must have an autographed copy with paw print.

    • Gwen replied: — December 16th, 2013 @ 9:39 am

      Hi Suddie,

      I am sure that we can arrange for an autographed book with Beamer’s paw print. BTW, it was nice to hear from you.

      Happy Holidays!

      Gwen

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    Jen — December 15, 2013 @ 9:04 pm

    Congratulations!! Very well deserved, and I can’t wait to see what comes next.

    • Gwen replied: — December 16th, 2013 @ 9:38 am

      Thank you, Jen. It’s been an exciting four years and we look forward to lots more to come. :-)

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