Cook the Blog Returns

March 16, 2014. That was my last blog post. It has been awhile. After almost a year and a half, Cook the Blog emerges from the shadows reinvigorated and ready to discuss food, restaurants, recipes, travel, and life. But why now? And what took so long? Did I get lazy?

In short, yes, yes I did. But there’s much more to it than that. As with most things in life, my time off from the blog was not due to a black or white reason. It was due to many grey, green, blue, black, white, and purple reasons. Not to mention all of the red reasons – way too many red reasons.

When I look back at my original blog entries, they seem kind of sterile. With this second go around at the blog, I hope to fix the tone. I want to inject this blog with personality. Make it feel like my food blog, rather than a generic food blog. With that in mind, please allow me to explain my absence.

The last time I was constantly, actively writing on this blog was mid-2013, right before I got married. In July of 2013 I married my high school sweetheart (and the love of my life). At that point, we had already been together for 8 years. I really didn’t expect anything to be different, partially because we had lived together for years before getting married. What I have learned from the experience thus far is that no matter how well you know a person, no matter how long you have been with them, you never truly begin to build a life with someone until you get married. It takes effort, energy, and hard work to build that life and honor that commitment. It took me longer than it should have to figure this out. Now that I have, I work every day to ensure I am the best husband I can be.

Wedding Photo

After a quick honeymoon, we were off for adventure.  Continue reading

Possible Beer and Dinner Event

A buddy mine (member if the North Florida Brewers League ) is a very active brewery in Tallahassee named Grasslands Brewery. I have sampled a few different beers he has made, and they are all great. He does a lot for the community as well, such as partcipating in pints for paws. Anyway, we were recently discussing the different kinds of foods I make that could pair with his beers and what foods I could make using his beer as an ingredient.

We got the idea that we should hold an event for an away FSU football game in Tallahassee. I’d call it an away game tailgate. At then event, we would watch the game, drink his beer, and eat my food. We were considering making it open to the public. The details are scare at the moment, but would anyone be interested in this? Leave me a comment or send me an email if you are.

Editorial: Customer Service and Restaurants

The importance of great customer service in a restaurant is obvious. One bad experience can cause the customer to not return and create bad word of mouth. I remember in high school going to a Denny’s with my girlfriend. We waited for 3 hours for our food. A table of 8 sat down after us and they got their food before us. We were offered little more than an apology. Needless to say, we never went back.
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Restaurant Review: Bella Bella

Bella BellaLocation: 123 East 5th Avenue Tallahassee, Florida 32301
Phone: (850)412-1114
Website: http://www.bellabellatallahassee.com/
Dinner Prices: Starters – $2.00 to $8.00
Meals – $13.00 to $18.00
Current Special:
Changes daily

Bella Bella is a locally owned Italian restaurant in Tallahassee. It has been opened for about 10 years. Lunch at Bella Bella has a menu of Italian sandwiches while Dinner is dominated by classics and pastas. The restaurant does offer an extensive wine menu.

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