Cool. Marketmanila and Pinoy Cook from the Philippines make it to the list of 55! I am giddy with excitement. Ever since James Oseland took over the reins at Saveur and it went truly global, including a noticeable emphasis on Southeast Asian cuisine, destinations and ingredients, it has become my favorite food magazine. So every time they mention a pinoy dish or ingredient, sinigang and adobo to name a few, and a multi-page spread on Christmas food traditions by Robyn of Eating Asia, I am thrilled to bits. Despite my recent faux pas of submitting a roasted pork belly sandwich (that got the most reader votes btw) for a contest that turns out only took entries from U.S. residents/citizens, the editors mention the blog in their article, here.
This seems an appropriate post to mention that marketmanila.com is now officially 7 years old, give or take a few weeks, and the birthday came and went without much fanfare. With over 3,200 posts over the past seven years, I am amazed that it has lasted that long in an era with such limited attention spans and evolving technologies. That so many of you around the world continue to return to the blog is wonderful, and I thank you for your visits and comments.
Finally, one last bit of horn-tooting. A reader has also brought my attention to “Blogrank” that seems to keep track of blogs and their popularity… According to the website, marketmanila.com ranks a surprising 11th out of the Asian food blogs, and even more surprisingly, 19th globally. Of course I think a real caveat is that maybe not all food blogs are included in that ranking… But it’s a thrill nonetheless, and just look at the other blogs on the list, many of them are blogs I consider a stratosphere above marketmanila.com!
I am also proud to note that of the 19 top blogs globally, marketmanila.com appears to be one of only five blogs that do not have ANY ADVERTISING or SPONSORED ads. :)
Recently, I have been extremely busy with the opening of the restaurants (with an expansion of one and a third restaurant in the works!), that I have been feeling a bit “burned out”. My posts have been less frequent and less about pinoy food. But I feel energized by the mention in Saveur, and promise to divert some focus back to the blog in the weeks ahead. Stay tuned. And to those of you who have stuck around through thick and thin, thank you. :)
Weng, thanks for the heads up re: Saveur. friedneurons, thanks for the email letting me know the same thing. :)