Finding the words when I have none

posted on June 25, 2009 at 1:15 pm

I’ve been noticeably absent and feel guilty as hell. But four years of taking photographs, eating, writing, eating, coding, eating, spending and eating for this blog can really take it out of a girl. I’m spread way too thin and there just aren’t enough hours in the day.

For me, the lulls between posts are especially deafening because I wouldn’t be so busy if I hadn’t started the blog in the first place. The Blissful Glutton granted me the opportunity to write about food for various publications and I’ve even had my pictures in magazines like Bon Appetit. And though writing doesn’t pay anything close to the salary I made in my former life as a PR gal at a Fortune 500 company, I’ll take the life of a culinary tourist over a cubicle any day.

There is, however, a downside to the “glamourous” life of a food writer. I go out to eat around eight times for my weekly assignments, which leaves little time for extra dining out since I love to cook as much—maybe more—as I love eating. There isn’t enough time, but I am working on a balance.

In the meantime, all I ask is that you cut me a little slack–especially since I have been working out like a mad woman and (grumble) cleaning up my diet. Yes, that does mean this burger (and those nutty pancakes) from Holeman’s brunch last Sunday will most likely be my last for a short while. Goodbye, my love.


Believe me, I hate it more than you do. But the upside is that I’ll be eating at home much more, which means you’ll probably be seeing more cooking related posts. The produce at Morningside Farmers’ Market is absolutely inspiring right now.

I will still be eating out—just not as much. And when I do, it will be dishes such as Dynamic Dish’s oh-so fabulous Tofu, avocado, tomato and celery & walnut pesto slathered on to some amazing nutty bread with a crackly crust. It was weirdly the most satisfying sandwich this meat-lover has had in a long time. dynamicdish

Don’t fret. It won’t all be cooking posts and vegetarian outings. My Abattoir, Livingston and Shoya Izakaya reviews should be up in the next couple of weeks. And I just did a piece on meat farmers for the upcoming “Local Issue” of Atlanta Magazine, which profiles Riverview Farms and the coolest man in Georgia, Will Harris, who owns and runs White Oaks Pastures (pictured below during our lunch at Blakely Chicken, a fried bird spot he’s been a regular at since he was a kid).
Will Harris

And there is one more thing in the pipeline worth mentioning; my kitchen is done! Well, it has been, but the wedding plans have taken over our lives. I’ll be following up my initial teaser about the renovation with how it went down and some pictures very soon.

Until then…happy eating and thanks for reading.


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  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: northside food · June 25, 2009  5:53 PM

    I've been in the same boat myself lately. We're cutting back on going out and when do go out, we want something we know we'll enjoy. We're less adventurous than we used to be. So my blog is more recipes and "look what i got at the Farmers Market this week!" than it was originally. I don't feel too guilty over it though. Mine is a hobby blog and I think more people are interested in cooking at home now.

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: Sean · June 25, 2009  7:26 PM

    I've been keeping up w/ this blog for quite some time now and I can't thank you enough for the work you do.

    I know it must be hard to manage the blog, assignments and your personal life all at the same time.

    Take a breather! I'm glad to have wonderful people like you and Gene around Atlanta!

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: Katharine · June 25, 2009  8:49 PM

    It is absolutely okay to slow it down! Consume life at your own pace, rather than 'net speed. We'll all still be here.

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: MrOrph · June 26, 2009  3:43 AM

    Looking forward to that piece on Will. I had the pleasure of cooking steak with him at Whole Foods in Alpharetta last summer. He is a great guy.

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: Anonymous · June 26, 2009  3:51 AM

    The work you do is greatly appreciated. More posts about healthy food around town is only a good thing. Thank you.

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: Julia · June 26, 2009  5:07 AM

    I LOVE your blog, but your health and body always come first! You can do it, Jennifer! Losing weight is ALMOST as awesome as eating good food. 😉 Can I recommend this site to you for fitness? I have nothing to do with it, I'm just a huge fan. It will change your life!

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: Dan Ra · June 26, 2009  5:42 AM

    Ms. Zyman. Anytime I see a new post from your blog, I get excited. But alas, you need your time as well. Have a great marriage and enjoy the new kitchen.

    Your fans eagerly await any new post from you.

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: Anonymous · June 26, 2009  7:57 AM

    Healthier food? Have you thought about taking about distance running?

    Kidding, sure your new angle will be great!

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: frankie · June 26, 2009  10:10 AM

    what issue of bon appetit where your photos in?

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: shbarthelemy · June 26, 2009  10:44 AM

    Rooting for you on your fitness trek – many of us girls can sympathize with the "i gotta fit into that dress" exercise and diet mania! No need to feel guilty, but I know you do because you care about your body of work and the many, many fans you have 🙂 We'll be here. From your fellow former PR gal.

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: The Blissful Glutton · June 26, 2009  10:47 AM

    Thank you for all the support, guys!

    Frankie, it was the March 2008 issue.

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: SG · June 26, 2009  1:00 PM

    Don't feel guilty about needing to have a life….knowing that your readers want more of your thoughts than you have the time to put onto paper is an indication of how great you really are at what you do.

    Also, know that discovering your blog has set me on the path of finding a way out of my cubical so that I can join the ranks as a food writer…It is something I have always wanted to do, and your blog was the first step to getting over that fear.

    You, and your blog, kick ass.

    P.S. I can't wait to hear your full review on Abattoir…I ate there last friday and it was fantastic…

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: Marie Gess · June 30, 2009  6:00 AM

    I agree that Will Harris is the coolest guy in Georgia. I met him while doing a story for Atlanta Cuisine and we have become friends. He even gave me one of his Australian Cattle Dogs. She's gorgeous and herds me all over the house!

    The way Will talks about his herd and the gentle ways he employs to turn them from cows to steaks is breathtaking. He spent a fortune on the ramps to the slaughterhouse so that they never have a chance to get frightened, did you know that? Marie Gess, a big fan of yours (and Wills)

  • Re: Finding the words when I have none
    posted by: korshmar · July 7, 2009  4:06 AM

    As you have helped us find great restaurants, now help us buy food to cook ourselves. I myself need help buying at the amazing fish markets available at our Asian markets. First, please just let folks know about these markets- many still do not. Second, how do you know what is fresh? Any "best day" to buy? Any less than popular fish to try? Another question re those markets: I just bought a beef tenderloin at H&H for $4.99 per lb. No info re "choice" or other grade, but it tasted great to us! So there's another topic re buying at these large Asian markets. And the variety of produce. You can be a great help to us shoppers!

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