You are paying me to do this, seriously??

The current issue of Food and Wine magazine features ‘The Go List‘ with a list of 365 hottest restaurants around the world, seven of which are contributed by yours truly.

You might remember that it has been a year since I quit my geeky day job, ostensibly to turn my love of food into something resembling a profession. After so many months of trying my best at being as useless as humanly possible all in the name of a good rest, I finally got my merde together to do something about my dream. And here is a fruit of that labor.

Just between you and me, I get a little giddy seeing my name up there on the list of the plugged-in correspondents -even though they dropped a couple letters off my last name. (I really can do with less anyhow, ha!) I guess I am having a hard time believing that I actually got paid to do something I love this much. Frankly, they really could have just asked nicely…

Besides this piece, there was also a radio piece I did for Living on Earth on NPR (Podcast here), a few more pieces of writing to appear soon in a variety of venues, and a couple more really fun projects brewing -which, of course, I can’t tell
you about just yet. 😉 Soon, I hope. Very soon.

At risk of sounding like a not-so-genuine Thank You Speech at the Oscar, I really must say that none of this could have happened without the vast and ever-improving food blogosphere and you, my wonderful and encouraging readers. Blogging has given me a venue to voice my opinion, and to find an audience who are interested in it even. Without the blog, I’m just some opinionated chick who bored all her friends with her incessant talk of food and all things related. With the blog, I’m an opinionated chick who has made a lot of new friends -in all the right places even- with her incessant talk of food and all things related.

So, blog away, my friends, even if everybody and their mother thinks that it’s all a waste of time. You never know what opportunity will come knocking on your door.

P.S. By the way, no, I didn’t spend two weeks in Bangkok only to come
up with this list of seven recommendations. There are quite a bit more
materials from that trip yet, so there’s more to come. I promise.

P.P.S. Bravo to my blogging friend the pieman Graham Holliday, who was plugged in as well.

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22 Responses to “You are paying me to do this, seriously??

  • Cindy said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 3:04am

    Congrats !

  • Alisa said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 3:51am

    I just listened to your NPR piece – really nice – really really.

  • Bea at La Tartine Gourmande said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 5:37am

    This is the way to go Pim. Congratulations and best wishes for more beautiful projects in the future. I know what you mean about food talk boring people around and the blog being an outlet for it. And quitting day job. Same boat here!
    Keep it up. Love reading your stories.

  • Edward - said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 6:47am

    Great to hear of your successes! It’s important to love what you do and it’s fantastic to see turning what you love into job; especially when it has to do with food! To dust off an oldie, “keep up the good work!”
    Solid list, some interesting choices for Sydney at least. Written a note about the Sydney list, including a mention of and a link back to this post. Here’s the link to mine, as I’ve no idea how to do trackbacks! (Maybe next year…)

  • Salt Chic said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 6:55am

    I was so excited to see that list in F&W as I am going to Thailand in June. (I know, I know, it will be really hot right?) Anyway, if you get the chance to post more Thailand info before I go please know it will go to good use. I always furiously compile food info for a trip and my husband will try anything once. 😉

  • Dianka said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 9:13am

    Congrats Pim!
    I’m so proud of you, what an accomplishment 😉

  • pieman said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 9:44am

    Big shout Pim. Next stop Saveur, BBC Good Food Magazine and a column in the New Yorker 🙂

  • Liza said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 9:45am

    Félicitations ! That’s truly amazing.

  • Mondira said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 1:24pm

    Go Pim. Next stop Food Network!

  • Anne-Hélène said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 1:59pm

    I’m a long time fan but this is my first comment. Félicitations Pim. I’m thinking about starting a blog of my own. Your success is a big inspiration.

  • Nathalie said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 2:14pm

    YOU GO GIRL!!!!

  • sam said:
    April 17th, 2006 at 3:51pm

    I am ashamed. i read part of that article – but only the places I’ve actually been to or am going to next (NYC), I hang my head in shame and will return to read your suggestions and highlight your name in Flourescent pink (or would you prefer blue). Congratulations, really. Please can you tell the Pieman that they renamed the BBC Good Food Magazine. At least someone told me it is called Olive these days. I dunno for sure though.
    Cant wait for your vegas review. Is it on its way. I wanted to go to JR on my recent trip, but somehow talked myself out of it. I want to know what I missed.

  • Pete said:
    April 18th, 2006 at 8:30pm

    Terrific to see your name (or parts thereof) in the magazine. Hope this leads to much, much more Pim in Print. Just don’t tell too many editors you’ll work for free–they’ll take you up on it.

  • Yishay said:
    April 19th, 2006 at 4:43am

    here’s to your anniversary of freedom, health and a decent life style!
    And just to remind you what its like to work for the man –

  • slurp! said:
    April 19th, 2006 at 8:42am

    arghh! miss the Kanom Bueng Thai in your list. i but guess they might not be open during songkran afterall.
    thanying khao chae definitely great, the food presentation & service are also excellent!

  • Ivonne said:
    April 19th, 2006 at 9:57am

    Congratulations! You deserve it … I’m looking forward to picking up that copy of F&W.
    Thanks for the encouraging words!

  • Lil said:
    April 20th, 2006 at 5:50am

    well done pim! it has been a wonderful journey that you had had and it is always a pleasure reading your posts. keep up the good work! 🙂

  • Mike said:
    April 20th, 2006 at 10:18am


  • sarah said:
    April 22nd, 2006 at 10:33am

    congratulations, miss pim! excellent job on the piece and on the step toward…HUGENESS in the food writing world! 🙂

  • pascale said:
    April 22nd, 2006 at 1:22pm

    Congratulations Pim, I must try to find it in Paris. Have a nice week end.

  • Lippy said:
    April 22nd, 2006 at 2:07pm

    No one deserves it more, Pim.

  • Pim said:
    April 24th, 2006 at 2:05am

    Cindy, Alisa, and Bea: Thanks. 🙂
    Ed: Thanks for the link as well.
    Salt Chic: I’m sure there will be more posts on Thailand before you go in June. I’m sure you two will have a grand time there.
    Dianka: Thank you.
    Graham: congrats to you too. I’m sure I’ll run into you at those stops.
    Liza, Mondira, Anne-Hélène: Thanks so much.
    Nathalie: My girl!
    Sam: No need to be ashamed. You didn’t miss much at JR.
    Pete: Thanks. I hope they know I was kidding. 😉
    Yish: Yikes!
    slurp: there’s always a next time, no? 😉
    Mike: Thanks so much!
    Ivonne, Lil, Sarah, Pascale, Lippy: Thanks so much to you too. You are too sweet.

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