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What I’m Thankful For

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For the last three weeks I’ve rushed around yelling and screaming, panicking and feeling generally stressed out about, well, nothing of much significance other than baking cookies and getting my holiday shopping done. That now seems kind of ridiculous.

When things come to a screeching halt out of nowhere, sometimes the silence afterwards is so loud you can’t ignore it.  The daily shit falls away and you’re left with the little things. The things you can hold onto like smooth pebbles in your hand. The things you can focus on while the landscape crumbles into dust. And the people who step forward out of nowhere with outstretched arms to catch you.

So here’s what I’m thankful for this holiday season.

– A community that loves to eat with me.
– Biteclubbers who have my back.
The Best Banh Mi
The Newcomers
Jackson’s hamburgers
Reggie Bacon and the Gleason Ranch peeps
– The Barbecue Boom here. And here.
– A boss who trusts me to do the right thing.
– Rama The King here.
– Getting spicy here.
Fair Food Scrambles
Cookies. Cookies. Cookies.
–  Children who are glad to see me when I come home every night. Okay, most every night.
People who give a shit.
Locals who take a chance
Chefs who give a shit
– Restaurants that soldier on. And on. And on.
– A little Latin flavor
The amazing food of Sonoma County. And our amazing producers.
– Everyone who helped me with this. Damn you guys rock.
– Stories that are fun to write.
Bacon believers.
Co-workers I’m glad to see every day.
– People who never give up and stand for something even if it isn’t popular.
– A family whose first response to any problem is, “We’ll get through this together.”
Virtual friends who always have a cheerful word to share on Facebook. And here.
– A normal electrocardiogram (whew!)
My rock. Even though he can’t update his Facebook page to save his life.
At least it’s not as bad as this…

There are a million others, but for the sake of brevity, I’ll leave it at that. Thank you to every chef, restaurateur and amazing producer I’ve had the privilege to write about this year. Thanks to Brent and Debbie at KZST. Thanks to all of you. I admire you all and can’t wait for the next chapter.

So, what are you thankful for?

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69 thoughts on “What I’m Thankful For

  1. Merry Christmas Biteclub!

    This blog is so much fun and really interesting to read for those of us who live and dine in Santa Rosa. I do agree that using swear words cheapens your blog but that is not the point.
    Your blog is great and really informative. I hope it continues.

  2. Merry Christmas Biteclub!

    This blog is so much fun and really interesting to read for those of us who live and dine in Santa Rosa. I do agree that using swear words cheapens your blog but that is not the point.
    Your blog is great and really informative. I hope it continues.

  3. Big love to Gleason Ranch and Nancy! I hope that the New Year brings good fortune to her and her family, they more thank deserve it!

  4. Big love to Gleason Ranch and Nancy! I hope that the New Year brings good fortune to her and her family, they more thank deserve it!

  5. Tacky blog…..very cheesy writing…..the list was boring and lame.

    “my rock who can’t update his Facebook” just sounds so stupid and cheesy.

    I understand why the NY times is selling the pd.

    i HOPE WE GET NEW WRITERS WITH THE NEW OWNERS.

  6. Tacky blog…..very cheesy writing…..the list was boring and lame.

    “my rock who can’t update his Facebook” just sounds so stupid and cheesy.

    I understand why the NY times is selling the pd.

    i HOPE WE GET NEW WRITERS WITH THE NEW OWNERS.

  7. Tacky blog…..very cheesy writing…..the list was boring and lame.

    “my rock who can’t update his Facebook” just sounds so stupid and cheesy.

    I understand why the NY times is selling the pd.

    i HOPE WE GET NEW WRITERS WITH THE NEW OWNERS.

  8. My gratitude list is a little lengthy but suffice it to say that YOU ARE ON IT!!

    Someone else said that we readers don’t tell you how much you are appreciated……well, not as much as we might – anyway – and I agree.

    Bite club is a regular reference tool for me and I appreciate all the hard work and savvy writing it takes to craft it.

    Thank you, Heather.

    And Thank You to your boss.

    Hope he/she is influential enough with the new regime to assure that we get to enjoy Bite Club for many years to come…

    1. What Rena sez! I’m also grateful for your thoughtful, witty posts–I eat a lot better thanks to you! Don’t let the trolls and human turkeys get you down. Looking forward to all the great info you’ll be dishing out in 2012. Happy holidays!

  9. My gratitude list is a little lengthy but suffice it to say that YOU ARE ON IT!!

    Someone else said that we readers don’t tell you how much you are appreciated……well, not as much as we might – anyway – and I agree.

    Bite club is a regular reference tool for me and I appreciate all the hard work and savvy writing it takes to craft it.

    Thank you, Heather.

    And Thank You to your boss.

    Hope he/she is influential enough with the new regime to assure that we get to enjoy Bite Club for many years to come…

    1. What Rena sez! I’m also grateful for your thoughtful, witty posts–I eat a lot better thanks to you! Don’t let the trolls and human turkeys get you down. Looking forward to all the great info you’ll be dishing out in 2012. Happy holidays!

  10. I am thankful for…blueberry pomegranate Strauss yogurt at Oliver’s that I topped each time with crunchy granola, Whole Foods in Coddingtown – healthy and fresh salad bar, slice of Mombo’s pizza with ricotta cheese topping (mombo blanco), fave hamburger at Buns and Burger in Larkfield, banh mi sandwiches Noodle Palace, Noodle Bowl, a bowl of pho soup from Pho Vietnam when I’m sick with a bad cold/or flu, superb salad n sandwiches at Chloe’s Bistro, Paella stand at farmer’s market, french baguette at Costeaux, Michoacan ice cream stands, huaraches at Los Hermanos w.hot picosa sauce, My Ha buffet, warm tofu soup from Tov and many bowls of kimchi, Oktoberfest at Resurrection Parish and the taste of homemade/authentic Mexican food stands and best elote corn, $2 pupusa from Salvadorean P, Lola’s Market salsa bar with tons of fruits and yum guacamole salsa, China Room lettuce wraps, mee yok gati delish noodles from Tipp Thai, Wed. Night Market food tasty experience of that big bite of turkey leg from Willie Bird, Sam’s for Play breakfast biscuits so huge!, yummy Ravioli at S.R. Vet Bldg Farmers, walnut prawns at Shanghai Rest. Sonoma, Strudel Guy’s savory strudels, fish taco’s at Lepe’s, Chocolate Amore Trentadue, and most of all Sonoma County Fair Food!

  11. I’m thankful for the great restaurants and food that I never would have known about if not for you! Noodle Bowl, Mamma Pigs’s (while it lasted), and Mei Ibach’s fabulous sauces and chutneys to name just a few! Whatever happens, know that you have the support of many, many fans!

  12. I’m thankful for Sheana Davis’ ginger snap recipe and for Heather for posting it!

    Heather, I suspect I am like many Bite Clubbers who come here daily hoping for a new post and yet don’t let you know often or enough how much we appreciate what you’ve created through this blog.

    So…

    Thanks so much.

  13. I am thankful my my family, my community both near and far, for good health, for having a home, for the chefs, farmers, producers and culinary community that inspire me to be who I am and for true food writers like you who share reality! Have a peaceful holiday.

  14. I am (we are) thankful for so many loyal customers and friends in and around Santa Rosa which have supported us trought out all those Yaers in good and bad times.. I am thankful for professional writters like Heather Irwin, Michele Anna Jordan, Jeff Cox, Nina Laramore and others how keep us daily updated with new trends, recipe ideas, rumors and changes that happen in our Industry.
    I am thankful for all our employees at Cafe Europe how try there best to make your dining pleasant.
    Merry Christmas to all
    Herbert

  15. Having met you when in-n-out 1st opened, I know you are a VERY talented person. Any newspaper would be lucky to have you..
    As they say, one door closes the other opens.

  16. Might I be among many who say “I’m thankful for BiteClub!” Nothing like having the carpet pulled out from under you to realize what really matters. I used to work at State Farm Insurance in Rohnert Park. I know what I talking about. Even if you are not a refugee in the Sudan, just got your house destroyed by fire or a tornado or lost to foreclosure, going thru a change like that at work is pure hell.

    1. I agree. I, too, am thankful for Bite Club. Moved here a few years back from living out of the country and didn’t know much about the area. Bite Club was a huge contributor to making Sonoma County feel like home for me by introducing me to what would become some of my favorite local restaurants.Bargains and splurges, exotic and standard and all served up with some excellent writing and witty comments. I’ve never lived in a city where a newspaper offered anything like this, and I hope it continues to live on.

  17. I am thankful for…blueberry pomegranate Strauss yogurt at Oliver’s that I topped each time with crunchy granola, Whole Foods in Coddingtown – healthy and fresh salad bar, slice of Mombo’s pizza with ricotta cheese topping (mombo blanco), fave hamburger at Buns and Burger in Larkfield, banh mi sandwiches Noodle Palace, Noodle Bowl, a bowl of pho soup from Pho Vietnam when I’m sick with a bad cold/or flu, superb salad n sandwiches at Chloe’s Bistro, Paella stand at farmer’s market, french baguette at Costeaux, Michoacan ice cream stands, huaraches at Los Hermanos w.hot picosa sauce, My Ha buffet, warm tofu soup from Tov and many bowls of kimchi, Oktoberfest at Resurrection Parish and the taste of homemade/authentic Mexican food stands and best elote corn, $2 pupusa from Salvadorean P, Lola’s Market salsa bar with tons of fruits and yum guacamole salsa, China Room lettuce wraps, mee yok gati delish noodles from Tipp Thai, Wed. Night Market food tasty experience of that big bite of turkey leg from Willie Bird, Sam’s for Play breakfast biscuits so huge!, yummy Ravioli at S.R. Vet Bldg Farmers, walnut prawns at Shanghai Rest. Sonoma, Strudel Guy’s savory strudels, fish taco’s at Lepe’s, Chocolate Amore Trentadue, and most of all Sonoma County Fair Food!

  18. I am thankful for…blueberry pomegranate Strauss yogurt at Oliver’s that I topped each time with crunchy granola, Whole Foods in Coddingtown – healthy and fresh salad bar, slice of Mombo’s pizza with ricotta cheese topping (mombo blanco), fave hamburger at Buns and Burger in Larkfield, banh mi sandwiches Noodle Palace, Noodle Bowl, a bowl of pho soup from Pho Vietnam when I’m sick with a bad cold/or flu, superb salad n sandwiches at Chloe’s Bistro, Paella stand at farmer’s market, french baguette at Costeaux, Michoacan ice cream stands, huaraches at Los Hermanos w.hot picosa sauce, My Ha buffet, warm tofu soup from Tov and many bowls of kimchi, Oktoberfest at Resurrection Parish and the taste of homemade/authentic Mexican food stands and best elote corn, $2 pupusa from Salvadorean P, Lola’s Market salsa bar with tons of fruits and yum guacamole salsa, China Room lettuce wraps, mee yok gati delish noodles from Tipp Thai, Wed. Night Market food tasty experience of that big bite of turkey leg from Willie Bird, Sam’s for Play breakfast biscuits so huge!, yummy Ravioli at S.R. Vet Bldg Farmers, walnut prawns at Shanghai Rest. Sonoma, Strudel Guy’s savory strudels, fish taco’s at Lepe’s, Chocolate Amore Trentadue, and most of all Sonoma County Fair Food!

  19. I’m thankful for the great restaurants and food that I never would have known about if not for you! Noodle Bowl, Mamma Pigs’s (while it lasted), and Mei Ibach’s fabulous sauces and chutneys to name just a few! Whatever happens, know that you have the support of many, many fans!

  20. I’m thankful for the great restaurants and food that I never would have known about if not for you! Noodle Bowl, Mamma Pigs’s (while it lasted), and Mei Ibach’s fabulous sauces and chutneys to name just a few! Whatever happens, know that you have the support of many, many fans!

  21. I’m thankful for Sheana Davis’ ginger snap recipe and for Heather for posting it!

    Heather, I suspect I am like many Bite Clubbers who come here daily hoping for a new post and yet don’t let you know often or enough how much we appreciate what you’ve created through this blog.

    So…

    Thanks so much.

  22. I’m thankful for Sheana Davis’ ginger snap recipe and for Heather for posting it!

    Heather, I suspect I am like many Bite Clubbers who come here daily hoping for a new post and yet don’t let you know often or enough how much we appreciate what you’ve created through this blog.

    So…

    Thanks so much.

  23. I am thankful my my family, my community both near and far, for good health, for having a home, for the chefs, farmers, producers and culinary community that inspire me to be who I am and for true food writers like you who share reality! Have a peaceful holiday.

  24. I am thankful my my family, my community both near and far, for good health, for having a home, for the chefs, farmers, producers and culinary community that inspire me to be who I am and for true food writers like you who share reality! Have a peaceful holiday.

  25. I am (we are) thankful for so many loyal customers and friends in and around Santa Rosa which have supported us trought out all those Yaers in good and bad times.. I am thankful for professional writters like Heather Irwin, Michele Anna Jordan, Jeff Cox, Nina Laramore and others how keep us daily updated with new trends, recipe ideas, rumors and changes that happen in our Industry.
    I am thankful for all our employees at Cafe Europe how try there best to make your dining pleasant.
    Merry Christmas to all
    Herbert

  26. I am (we are) thankful for so many loyal customers and friends in and around Santa Rosa which have supported us trought out all those Yaers in good and bad times.. I am thankful for professional writters like Heather Irwin, Michele Anna Jordan, Jeff Cox, Nina Laramore and others how keep us daily updated with new trends, recipe ideas, rumors and changes that happen in our Industry.
    I am thankful for all our employees at Cafe Europe how try there best to make your dining pleasant.
    Merry Christmas to all
    Herbert

  27. Having met you when in-n-out 1st opened, I know you are a VERY talented person. Any newspaper would be lucky to have you..
    As they say, one door closes the other opens.

  28. Having met you when in-n-out 1st opened, I know you are a VERY talented person. Any newspaper would be lucky to have you..
    As they say, one door closes the other opens.

  29. Might I be among many who say “I’m thankful for BiteClub!” Nothing like having the carpet pulled out from under you to realize what really matters. I used to work at State Farm Insurance in Rohnert Park. I know what I talking about. Even if you are not a refugee in the Sudan, just got your house destroyed by fire or a tornado or lost to foreclosure, going thru a change like that at work is pure hell.

    1. I agree. I, too, am thankful for Bite Club. Moved here a few years back from living out of the country and didn’t know much about the area. Bite Club was a huge contributor to making Sonoma County feel like home for me by introducing me to what would become some of my favorite local restaurants.Bargains and splurges, exotic and standard and all served up with some excellent writing and witty comments. I’ve never lived in a city where a newspaper offered anything like this, and I hope it continues to live on.

  30. Might I be among many who say “I’m thankful for BiteClub!” Nothing like having the carpet pulled out from under you to realize what really matters. I used to work at State Farm Insurance in Rohnert Park. I know what I talking about. Even if you are not a refugee in the Sudan, just got your house destroyed by fire or a tornado or lost to foreclosure, going thru a change like that at work is pure hell.

    1. I agree. I, too, am thankful for Bite Club. Moved here a few years back from living out of the country and didn’t know much about the area. Bite Club was a huge contributor to making Sonoma County feel like home for me by introducing me to what would become some of my favorite local restaurants.Bargains and splurges, exotic and standard and all served up with some excellent writing and witty comments. I’ve never lived in a city where a newspaper offered anything like this, and I hope it continues to live on.

  31. The elliptical machines at the YMCA. Otherwise I couldn’t partake in the other things that I’m thankful for consuming.

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