In case you were wondering.
I’m the new food editor at HONOLULU Magazine.
That means most of my food writing — and blogging, too — can be found there.
And not here so much.
It’s not that I won’t be blogging about food anymore. I just can’t compete with myself, if that makes sense. And by blogging on the HONOLULU’s dining platform — called Biting Commentary, a name that my mentor John Heckathorn came up with — I’ll actually grow and expand my audience. That’s always a good thing.
I’m still figuring out how to differentiate this blog from the posts I write for HONOLULU. Some — especially reviews of restaurants — would be too similar to post in both places. But maybe there are other things — essays, Top 5 lists — that I could do here.
I’m still brainstorming that part.
But my lack of food blogging here doesn’t mean I’m not food blogging anywhere. That’s why I’m posting this.
In fact, just today, I ate at Artizen by MW, a new eatery by the husband-and-wife team of Wade Ueoka and Michelle Karr-Ueoka, who run the award-winnning MW Restaurant. It opened today — and I’m blogging about it tomorrow.
I thought about my blog today at lunch, how I would normally rush to post something without having to get my copy edited and reviewed by anyone. (It’s really nice to be edited, to be honest.) I would have written about the surprising lack of a crowd today at Artizen — it was opening day and I, for whatever reason, thought there would be a mad rush to the Hawai‘i State Art Museum — or how Brett Martin, food editor at GQ, was eating with chef Chris Kajioka there or how one entire table was taken over by food bloggers and social media influencers, armed with digital cameras and iPhones.
I would have written about my overexcitement in ordering — I spent $40 on a beef taco, an ‘ahi and basil pesto sandwich, the “mixed plate” sandwich and a fried rice bento — and how relieved I was that my brother showed up with a friend to help us eat. (Of course, he didn’t help by ordering a burger, the mochi-crusted opah and a cup of lobster bisque.)
I would have gushed about the “mixed plate” sandwich, stuffed with everything I love about Korean barbecue takeout in a housemade potato roll.
Instead, I blogged about it like a food blogger should: an objective review — complete with quotes — about a new restaurant opening. And it was reviewed by two vetted, veteran editors. Spelling corrected. Photos edited. Everything in order.
So read my stuff there.
But stay here for everything else. The un-edited stuff.
Check out my latest food-related blog posts on Biting Commentary — and follow me on Instagram (@catherinetoth), Twitter (@thedailydish) and Facebook (/thecatdish). I’m always posting about food!
CAT: Your blog has always had great Fuud Pix. I know you are limited in a magazine. Tenks.
Yeah, but my focus needs to be there (paycheck) than here (free!). But that’s OK. I can always blog about other things here… not always about food! 🙂
Just wait until the State Legislature opens – Artizen is going to be mobbed!
I wonder how many folks showed up at the Honolulu Museum of Art? A lot of people, locals included, get the two museums mixed up.
This is probably true! Better get there while you can!
I’ll always be here checking in.
Now I have a good reason to read Biting Commentary. Read it only once in a while before you.