Happy Birthday & TastingBuds Year In Review

We almost didn’t realize it until someone asked how long the blog has been around, but the TastingBuds Blog is over a year old! To celebrate we’ll recap some of our favorite posts, photos, and favorite moments from the past year!

Thanks to all of our readers for visiting the blog and we’re grateful for the friendships we’ve made on the Internet and in real life as well.

TastingBuds in the News and Around Town

Shout out from @Mamboberry, referring to our Austin Froyo comparison from a year ago. It seems like 20 new Froyo places have opened since we published that comparison!

Out and About mention from Michael Barnes in the Austin-American Statesman (Kris and Peter are in photo #10 in the bottom left corner).

Our Interview with the Daily Texan, featuring Jon (pictured) and Peter (side of head). We talk about how the blog started and the story behind our name change.

Peter appearing on Fox7 next to @baconator and @windaddict during a preview event for the Cupcake Smackdown 1.0. Click through to watch the full video – This picture is from 3:15 or so. Thanks to Jennie Chen (@misohungry) for organizing the Smackdown and we’re looking forward to Cupcake Smackdown 2.0 on August 21st, 2010!

Top Posts:

Jon’s extremely popular post on how to cook a brisket right – we get crazy hits on this from all over the world!

Interview with Christopher Huang, the former Don Juan eating champ at Juan in a Million. This guy ate Adam Richman of Man v Food under the table!

Posts where we got in front of Austin Trends
Austin Cupcake Comparision – there were less than 10 cupcake shops when this article was posted, there are now probably more than 30!

Austin Froyo Comparison – The same goes for Froyo, there were only 5-6 Froyo places in town when this came out, now there are dozens.

We broke the story of Franklin BBQ, a then unknown food trailer with owners dedicated to quality, when we attended their invitation only soft launch. This place now sells out of meat almost every day – get there early!

Celebrity Encounters and More News:

Bill Samuels, president of Makers Mark stopped by town to promote his new whiskey, Makers 46.

Thu Tran from the IFC show Food Party was in town for SXSW! This girl is hilarious and everyone should watch her very artsy, funny, and quirky show!

All four TastingBuds checked out Anthony Bourdain at the Paramount. The man is just as sharp and witty in person as he is on the show.

Finally, some news – there will soon be a 5th Bud – Jon and Sondra are pregnant (well actually, just Sondra is pregnant)! Baby Bud is expected around the end of August.

Thanks for a great year with the TastingBuds and we’re looking forward to many more.

Cheers from All of Us,
The TastingBuds

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