Top Ten Moments in ES History: Year One


Endless Simmer is one year old today! Can you freaking believe that? It seems like only yesterday we were brainstorming pun names and telling our friends about this hypothetical “blog” thing. It’s been a pretty amazing year, and we really appreciate all our readers coming along for the ride. If you’ll allow us just this one post of self-indulgence, we’d like to take a minute to relive the Best Moments in ES History: Year One. For our long-time fans, enjoy a walk down memory lane, and for newbies, check out some of our all-time fav posts that you may have missed.

10. Gansie gets drunk; invents live blogging Top Chef

During Season 3 of Top Chef, Endless Simmer provided you with next-day recaps, as many other blogs do. But on one Wednesday night this Winter, gansie wandered home from the pub, discovered Top Chef 4 was about to premier, and decided our readers just couldn’t wait until Thursday morning for our must-read insight. Thus a new genre was born: live-blogging pre-recorded episodes of reality television shows. In the beginning, it was just gansie informing a non-existent audience that “Padma’s boots are to die” and “Spike could be hott,” but by the end of the season, we were welcoming huge groups of readers and even saw some celebrity guest lurkers (see moment #3). Stay tuned to ES and who knows what totally unnecessary innovation we’ll come up with next. I think I hear a clamor for Live Blogging Iron Chef America, Live Blogging Sunday Night Dinner Parties, and Live Blogging Repeats of Rachael Ray’s Tasty Travels at 3am

9. JoeHoya’s first comment

On July 6th, 2007, at 12:30 a.m., we were overjoyed to find we had one of our very first comments from a non-friend/family member. It was a classic: “Does it make me just a little bit more of a foodie than you if I know that it’s spelled “bulgur” wheat? And does it make me an ass that I bothered to post that?” In fairness, he concluded the comment “And, now that you hate me, can I also say that this is a great new blog that I’m looking forward to visiting frequently!” He wasn’t kidding. And so an ES star commenter was born. The next year would be filled with friends and family repeatedly asking us: “Who the hell is JoeHoya? And why does he know everything?” Thank you, JoeHoya; no other ES commenter has even come close.

8. “I am going to cut that girl”

Our first brush with stardom came a mere month into our blogging tenure, when the prettier half of our editing team was mysteriously nominated in Fishbowl D.C.’s annual hottest media types contest. Realizing the huge marketing potential of such a moment, we quickly started talking shit about gansie’s competition. In the most dramatic moment of said shit-talking, the frontrunning “hottest media type” got a little angry at our joke that she was clearly cheating, ruminating on her own blog that she was “going to cut that girl who called me a cheater.” Thankfully, no one was cut, and for the record, it turned out she actually was cheating.

7. Padma Lakshmi reads ES every day

OK fine, that might be an exaggeration. Just a little. But it’s kinda-sorta-possibly true. A few months back, a good friend of our contributor britannia ended up interning for a Manhattan publicist that does work for ES Icon Padma Lakshmi. When the publicist asked him to print out blog posts about Padma for the star to read, he of course mentioned that he knew the folks writing Endless Simmer. “Oh yeah, we’ve read them before,” replied Padma’s PR flack. So for all of you who comment not-so-nice things about this extremely talented chef, curb it, OK, because Padma is always watching.

PS – Hi Padma!

6. 80 proof gets a new camera

We were fairly proud of our first five months of blog posts, but 80p def took us to a new, semi-profess level when he started snapping pics with his new Christmas-bestowed camera. Sure we were snarky before, but now we’re artsy too. A blogosphere-world double whammy.

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  • Pinch o Minch June 16, 2008  

    (sniff)…that hot dog sushi was so good….

  • gansie June 16, 2008  

    i was really hoping that baby was your nephew

  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being June 16, 2008  

    Happy First Birthday, ES!!

  • Senorita Mandita June 16, 2008  

    Happy Birthday ES! I can’t wait for more live blogging.

  • Jrod June 16, 2008  

    Seeing the year recapped in bullet points makes me want to pay more attention to this blog from now on. Well done! -from a casual fan.

  • JoeHoya June 16, 2008  

    I’m amazed you guys have let me stick around this long…

    Hard to believe I’ve been reading you for almost a year now!

  • Britannia June 16, 2008  

    Yay, Happy Birthday! No wonder I saw 80p and gansie on the street at 3 in the morning trashed, celebrations started early 🙂

  • Edouble June 16, 2008  

    Wow! A year, indeed. Pretty cool:)

  • Kim O'D June 16, 2008  

    Happy Birthday — now let’s blow out some candles…

  • MissGinsu June 16, 2008  

    A stunning first-year food blog performance, ES… congrats. Here’s to many tasty returns!

  • hickey June 16, 2008  

    I am so proud of my old roommate. You have come a long way since cookie dough freshman year. Congrats!!

  • Eick June 16, 2008  

    Congrats on a full year.

  • MissyB June 18, 2008  

    Fantastic! Just started reading as a tip from a friend and loving it so far!

  • DAD GANSIE June 18, 2008  

    neat stuff guys….( i do say that too much) but it’s true
    thanks 80 p p’s for the great camera. hopefully, many years to come to enjoy everyones blogs….keep up the simmering

  • cara June 19, 2008  

    Hi you all,

    I’m only a recent member, but I do love reading all these stories. Especially about places I know in New York (very few as I am from Holland, but still!) Keep them coming.

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