I finally figured out what to do with this blog… and it was right there in front of me the whole time–FOOD! I had been toying with the idea of completely ripping off the venerable David Hobby of Strobist fame. No, I didn’t want to do yet another photography blog (and I don’t think anyone can improve on what David has done anyway). I was referring instead to Mr. Hobby’s other über-cool blog about the area he lives in, Howard County. That blog is called HoCo360 A visual journal of Howard County. Check it out. Basically it’s a place where DH can do some of what he did back when he was a full-time photojournalist, but now he has complete control over both the assignments and content. I really like the idea and thought this would be a great way for me to explore the area I live in, Scottsdale, Arizona, and to re-live my magazine glory days without all the wild parties and groupies. What? There were groupies. Okay one. Okay it was a guy, but still…
My only problem with producing a blog like HoCo360 is, well… producing a blog like HoCo360. There are a whole host of challenges to generating sufficient content that will keep the posts flowing. Not to mention it would take a good chunk if time out of my Call of Duty: Black Ops schedule. As I pondered the direction of my blog over a ribeye special and large Kirin at Eastwind it came to me–the bill. After paying I realized that I am pretty much always eating, and I like good food (I mean, look at the picture of me in my first post). In fact I like food so much that I have been taking pictures of just about everything I eat with my Droid X cell phone camera since I got it. As I looked back on all the content I already had, and knowing there will be plenty more where that came from, I decided I could bring my two loves together at last–food and photography. This really is a good way for me to write and photograph subject matter that I actually know something about. With any luck there are people out there who will get a kick out of what I plan to do, and maybe find “that place where the locals eat.”
With that I bring you: Phone Phood! This is going to be a blog about real eats ranging from fast food to spendy steak houses–basically whatever I find interesting enough to put in front of me. And by “real eats” I mean a burger and fries, char-grilled chicken with handmade tortillas or a bean rice and cheese burrito with hot sauce. There are a million blogs about mango chutney or cider-braised pheasant with new potatos–I mean, who eats this stuff? Not to say that food like that is bad, it just seems that most cook books, blogs and even TV shows are always trying to make food so different that they forget about the regular stuff people eat every day. Not me, not here.
So please, add me to your favorites and share this with your friends. Check back often as I will be having some fun with both my cell phone camera and my diet. And if you see me in a restaurant somewhere, don’t bother me–I’m eating, sheeesh. Just kidding, feel free to come up and say hi or suggest a place you think I should try!