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…plus c’est la même chose – Two Years in the heart of food

The Sydney food & lifestyle blog the heart of food has just entered its third year, publishing its first post a little over two years ago. To commemorate this milestone, the blog has undergone a long overdue transformation of its layout and design.

There’s been a fair amount of progression since the first post was published on this humble blog, which originally began its life on Blogger. However, despite the new coat of paint, little has changed with regards to the core principle that serve as the foundation of this blog – an honest and uncompromising view on what there is to love, and occasionally dislike, about food and food culture in Sydney and abroad.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. The more things change, the more they stay the same. 

2010 has been the strangest of years for me, simultaneously encompassing some of the highest highs and fair degree of the lowest lows in my life to date. It was the sort of year that has led to a fair amount of introspection; a re-evaluation of direction, friendships and values.

It was with this mindset, having previously spent over a month designing and developing a different blog layout that would ultimately lead to failure, that had led to the current design. Homage is paid to the clean layout of the first blog design whilst incorporating elements and the colour scheme from the second.

There will be a number of changes that will be incorporated over the next month or so, to get this new layout exactly where I want it to be. However, one thing to note in the meantime is the intent to publish more recipe posts on a regular basis and get back into the Daring Baker’s Challenge. Hopefully, it’ll give me the opportunity to publish some of my mother’s crowd favourite Korean dishes.

There will be a recipe post going up tomorrow, so make sure to keep an eye out for that!

To close this post, I’d like to show my appreciation to a few food bloggers that have served as an inspiration to this blog, helped guide its development, and have gotten me involved within the food blogging community.

So, a special thanks to Helen and Suze, the mother and eldest sister of my blog, whom between the two of them I’m sure have inspired half of the Sydney bloggers to publish their first post. Thanks also to Billy and his inspirational photography, whose introductory photography class is worthwhile, especially for those of you new to photography. Finally, Richard for inviting me to his birthday well over a year ago and getting me involved socially with the food blogging community for the first time.

Last but not least, a thanks to my fellow food bloggers and all the regular readers of my blog, even the lurky ones that don’t leave comments. Say hi sometime, ok? :)

Here’s to another year, from the heart of food!

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  • Trisha February 10, 2011, 6:35 am

    Congratulations Simon and happy birthday The Heart of Food!!! It has indeed been a past year of highs and firsts and the foodblogging community has grown exponentially – it’s so exciting! Here’s to more years!!

  • Cate February 10, 2011, 7:21 am

    Happy Birthday Heart of Food!!! Look forward to the next year!
    Cate recently posted..Spicy Fish with Avocado and Lime Salsa

  • Betty @ The Hungry Girl February 10, 2011, 7:42 am

    Happy 3rd Birthday! Love the swish new layout :) Here’s to many more delicious years ahead!
    Betty @ The Hungry Girl recently posted..Soffritto Restaurant- Newtown

  • Chris February 10, 2011, 8:09 am

    Happy birthday <3 of food! And my, what a gorgeous clean look you have ;)
    Chris recently posted..Wharf Teppanyaki – King St Wharf- Sydney

  • thang@noodlies February 10, 2011, 9:22 am

    Good one Simon, I’ve always loved the clean style of this blog and glad that remains with the new wordpress design.

    And thanks for all your help and advice with noodlies on everything from seo, photography and even to blogger, stay or go!

    Happy birthday heartoffood!
    thang@noodlies recently posted..Crazy Wings- Haymarket- Sydney

  • Phuoc'n Delicious February 10, 2011, 9:30 am

    Hey! Happy bloggerversary! May there be more fantastic years to come!
    Phuoc’n Delicious recently posted..Bistro Ortolan- Leichhardt

  • Gaby February 10, 2011, 9:32 am

    Happy birthday! Wish you many more years of great blogging!
    Gaby recently posted..Review- Bank Hotel

  • angie February 10, 2011, 10:03 am

    Aww happy blog birthday! =) Here’s to many more mouth watering blog posts to come =D
    angie recently posted..Gruyere &amp Smoked Salmon Gougeres – Christmas Baking Project 4

  • chocolatesuze February 10, 2011, 10:44 am

    happy blogiversary little bro heh
    chocolatesuze recently posted..Desserts at Eathouse Diner- Redfern 23

  • joey@FoodiePop February 10, 2011, 10:51 am

    Happy blog birthday Simon! I can’t wait to see some of your mum’s Korean recipes kiss arse! Love the new layout too.

  • OohLookBel February 10, 2011, 11:24 am

    Congratulations on your blog birthday. The new look is lovely. It feels like you’ve been around longer than 2 years =D
    OohLookBel recently posted..Spotted cow baked vanilla cheesecake

    • Simon February 10, 2011, 10:04 pm

      Well it is technically 2 years and 1 day… :P

  • Melissa February 10, 2011, 12:00 pm

    happy birthday! looking forward to reading more posts in the future!
    Melissa recently posted..CNY Eve Dinner

  • Sara @ Belly Rumbles February 10, 2011, 12:48 pm

    Simon, happy blogiversary and looking forward to seeing what is install in year 3. Love the new layout.
    Sara @ Belly Rumbles recently posted..The Teahouse – Camellia Gardens

  • Julie February 10, 2011, 12:53 pm

    YAY happy birthday to the heart of food <3 *throws cake*
    Julie recently posted..Omerta

    • Simon February 10, 2011, 10:07 pm

      I’m going to have to remember this if I ever invite you to my birthday… :P

  • Karen | C&C February 10, 2011, 1:46 pm

    Yay to new clean blog design! Yay to bloggy birthdays! And yay to more recipe posts! Looking forward to it :)

  • penny aka jeroxie February 10, 2011, 4:11 pm

    Happy bloggy birthday and happy to know that there will be more recipe posts coming up. I enjoy reading your blog and drooling at the photos!
    penny aka jeroxie recently posted..LuxBite- South Yarra

  • mademoiselle délicieuse February 10, 2011, 6:43 pm

    Happy blog birthday, Simon! Amongst other things, I’m thankful to have have got to know you a little over the past year =)

    PS. More than a soft and sentimental spot for strawberries, so I’m liking the new banner!
    mademoiselle délicieuse recently posted..Chinese New Year 2011

    • Simon February 10, 2011, 10:08 pm

      The feeling is mutual, on both counts :)

  • Simon February 10, 2011, 10:08 pm

    Hi all!

    Thanks for the well wishes. I intend for this to be the biggest year yet for the heart of food. Stay tuned :)

  • MelbaTaoast February 11, 2011, 10:28 am

    Happy birthday & cograts! Love your new layout & your photos are just lovely. Looking forward to learning more about Korean food from you – I think we’re off to Lidcombe soon for a little Korean adventure thanks to you.
    MelbaTaoast recently posted..Sushi Bay- Parramatta

  • Heather February 11, 2011, 12:04 pm

    Simon, so glad you tweeted about being in Marrickville and that we met up for the first of several meals together :-) Looking forward to following your foodie adventures no matter where in the world I may be — and hopefully for another meetup or two before I leave Australia.

    • Simon February 12, 2011, 1:51 am

      It’s funny how things workout sometimes, huh? :)

      I’ll see you when I see you :)

  • Jacq February 11, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Happy bloggiversary Simon! Loving the new layout – keep up the awesome work!
    Jacq recently posted..The Rice Den- Chatswood

  • Forager @ The Gourmet Forager February 12, 2011, 1:52 am

    Loving the new look and happy bloggerversary! Hoping this year brings you more highs and banishes those lows!
    Forager @ The Gourmet Forager recently posted..Chinese New Year – blending old and new traditions

  • Helen (grabyourfork) February 14, 2011, 1:17 am

    Happy Bloggiversary Simon. Liking the new clean look and hello About Page!
    Helen (grabyourfork) recently posted..Freebie Friday- Win VIP tickets to Taste of Sydney 2011

    • Simon February 18, 2011, 11:38 pm

      Yeah, finally. After how long…? :)

  • Gianna@TheEmptyFridge February 15, 2011, 5:22 pm

    Hi Simon, first things first – happy blogiversery! Congratulations to you :)
    I do love the new layout also, very shiny and new :) Heres to many more food adventures for you and thank you for being one of those awesome people I have met through the wonders of blogging!

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