Because I'm getting to be an oldster, I'm still not as hip to newer sites like Pinterest and Tumblr as I once would have been to, say, Blogger or Wordpress. Tumblr sites in particular sort of confuse me -- aren't they just blogs? With more pictures and less writing? And no vicious comment sections? (I seem to be in the middle of convincing myself that Tumblrs are pretty great all of a sudden.)
Web squareness aside, I've found a few Tumblrs (tumblelogs?) that I've really enjoyed following -- My Daguerreotype Boyfriend and Fuck Yeah History Crushes. And now, thanks to some eagle-eyed friends, I've found a new favorite: Fat City.
Fat City: Eating H-Town is a well-written, thoughtful account of the adventures of a woman who's nobly working her way through every entry on our 100 Favorite Dishes list. I am super excited about this for two reasons: One, I just get giddy any time I see someone trying something or someplace new.
Two, I'm glad to see the list being held accountable by external sources. For all the eating that I have to do in the course of my job, I don't get a chance to check back up on places as often as I'd like. So when I read an account like Fat City's of a miserable visit to Friends Pizzeria, alarm bells go off in my head: I need to visit Friends again and see what the hell is going on.
"The place was eerily quiet and cold to the point of discomfort," readS the Fat City recap of Friends Pizzeria. "The crust was dry and bland, and each tasted dangerously similar, despite the enticing descriptions and expansive menu."
On the other hand, Fat City's experiences at Radical Eats and Conscious Cafe show the No. 98 and No. 97 entries on the list still holding up admirably.
By the time Fat City reaches the end of last year's 100 Favorite Dishes, I'll likely have started up the 2012 edition. I hope she's ready to put some extra notches in her belt, because I sure have; Houston has already dished up some amazing meals so far this year.