For a while now (not sure how long exactly... after a certain amount of wine those sort of details get fuzzy...), I've been part of an on-line community called Foodbuzz.
I'm what they call a featured publisher, and to be honest I'm not sure exactly what that means, except that I was kindly invited into the community at the ground level to help them seed the wine-related side of their foodie content (as well as Philly-area food content) in preparation for their official launch.
Full disclosure: I'm also an affiliate with Foodbuzz, which means that once every blue moon I get a $4 PayPal payment from clickthrus, but I hope you will believe me when I say that this isn't exactly buying them coverage with this post - I just wanted to mention them because their site looks like a very cool spot for foodies to hang out and connect. At times I've found the website a bit sluggish, and the tabs and menus can be difficult to navigate (for me, anyway), but otherwise it's top-notch.
Foodbuzz has been on my ever-growing list of social networking sites that I need to spend more time on, sadly a list that has been expanding exponentially since the birth of my baby daughter.
But... if I was going to jump into a foodie network ASAP, then Foodbuzz would be the place.
Not only do they now have 1000+ bloggers from nearly 50 countries providing interesting (not to mention mouthwatering) foodie content, they are also one of the nicest group of affiliates that I've ever been involved with, on-line or off.
The reason I'm mentioning this is that Foodbuzz has officially launched its online publisher community - you can check out the details here - which means that you can join up.
I've just this week finally met up with the local Foodbuzz featured publisher crew for dinner and drinks - always a tasty proposition in the Philly corner of the world - at Fork in Old City Philadelphia, which has a very interesting wine list, by the way, and great eats. Following is a list of the other Philly-area Foodbuzz Featured Publishers that attended - click away and check out their way cool foodie blogs:
|The Real Potato|
|Trav's Gone Gluten-Free|
|I'll Eat You|
|When words Fail|
|Five Spice Duck|
|John and Lisa are Eating in South Jersey|
These are all talented writers and passionate foodie peeps - so go check them and Foodbuzz out (and pay Foodbuzz more attention than I have lately!). If you join up at Foodbuzz, feel free to friend me up while you're there.
(image: flickr.com - snddsn)