Damn, I just discovered this blog. Don't live in the area any more and it was a nice read from time to time.
Will miss your wit and unique take on food.
There is a real need for hack, semi literate food writing. I look forward to your posts and will really miss them. Quirky in the best sense of it.I'm a summer resident of the Sacandaga and have also been known to spend way too much time in the kitchen.All the best.
Nooo! We'll miss you, Dave, and all your porky adventures.
oh no, say it aint so. I find your blog both entertaining and informative. Im so sick of the self appointed food snobs and the bloggers who have no business blogging but have somehow pushed themselves into the mainstream and actually think they're relevant.I will miss your blog greatly, the local blog scene won't be the same without your voice. I hope all is well with you, I wish you all the best and I thank you for the entertainment and knowledge.From an anonymous follower.
I hope this is just an early April fools joke. Best of luck and hope to see you back one day if it's real.
We've done this dance once or twice before. You sir are a writer and writers write. You'll enjoy the peace and quiet at first. It will be exhilarating to eat without the nagging need to snap pictures first and chew later.But then there will be the creeping emptiness. The twinge of something spotted on the shelf at P-Chops or a sign at Stewart's that you know others will enjoy but most likely will never see.There will be guilt. There may even be regret.The one thing I'm sure about is that you will return. Someday, somewhere, when we least expect it. Perhaps it will even be a newfangled parenting blog where you impart life lessons to your children as the three of you make sausage. Thanks for not taking down the archive this time. It's a treasure trove, and it would be a shame to lose it... again.
Bummer - I always enjoy your posts & pass them along to many Upstate Expats.
Sad, this was my favorite food blog. I enjoy learning the processes and not so much the recipes that most food blogs are posting.
We all can feel burnt out. I hope you leave the blog up at least. And hope you decide to return sharing your food encounters eventually. As you can see you have a lot of fans.
Don't do anything rash. You've got a lot of readers for a reason! I hope you reconsider.
Wait! This blog is something your kids will proud of keep it going for their sake! They will be honored to know that you provided a great service to the community, my San Francisco self will miss reading all about your Food adventures and hearing about the niblits and all the other names you have for your kids.
Noooooo! I love love love your blog and have recommended it to many people. As a fellow denizen of upstate NY, I have often imagined that it would be great fun to meet up with you some day, perhaps to share a beer or a meal. If you ever take up writing elsewhere, please find a way to let us know. You'll be missed. And if you ever find yourself in Oneonta and are looking for some good eats, feel free to give me a holler - oakgrovealums at gmail dot com.
Well, I did just buy a house which has pretty much been consuming my whole life. Maybe this experience will spawn some sort of lame, cliche, "I just bought a house" project. You know, with bad instagram photos of birds and snowflakes and all of that shit. You never know... But for now I really think I am done. When I started writing this blog, I felt like I was filling a void on the local internets. Now, I see a plethora of younger, more talented people out there writing who are interested in celebrating all of the glorious things about our area. I will say, as I look back on the past several abrupt, sudden, dramatic blog ending events in the past, I have noticed that they have mostly taken place in February. Maybe I have some sort of seasonal thing... If this is true, maybe I will return with the solstice.
I would disagree with your "Younger, more talented" comment - younger maybe.
Well, I certainly hope that you'll pick it back up in the future. Maybe once you're settled, you'll have a sausage inspiration, as I *haven't* found *anyone* like you out there, Mr Dave. And if you don't pick it back up, I wish you and yours ALL the best! Thank you for all your efforts.
Oh man! I'm gonna miss you Mr. Dave!
A wise man once told me to never make major decisions before March -- it's just too dark. Thank you for all you've written, and I look forward to seeing pics of squirrels at the bird feeder on your new deck :)
You gave me some hearty laughs. I thank you for that. Good luck buddy.
Your three part molestation of duck was one of the finest, most instructive pieces of food writing I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Houses are necessary objects, and I share your pain which I went through around two years ago. Do reconsider continuing this blog (or some antecedent) at some point in the future. Cheers!
This is gonna be temporary like last time, right? because yours is the best hack, micro-regional, semi-literate food blog. Like a particularly pungent fart, I'll be sad when it fades away.
Please don't go, and don't leave us with Daniel B. and Steve Barnes as the Cap Region's only significant food ambassadors...you are actually cool
Mr. Dave - truly sorry to see you "taking a break". I enjoy your wit and your writing talent so much that you are the first thing I check online each day. I'm at the other end of life's journey from you - at 54, my boys are grown. Life will lighten up for you - kids keep you so busy! But my oldest learned to love to cook from me and he follows you too! Our best wishes to you!
Say it aint so. Long-time reader, first-time commenter. With due respect to the other area food bloggers, you cover an otherwise neglected cut of the pig. Without you, all we get is pub fries, pizza rankings, and Times Union nonsense.
I'm sad to hear it Mr. Dave! I'm not from your area, although I have spent some time there. I don't really read the blog as informational about the reqion so much as for your really funny writing style and great recipes. I hope you'll reconsider and at least post occasionally if the mood strikes you. This is my favorite food blog.
I have read this blog for a long time. I have used it for unique food ideas and because it reminds me of family in the region.I wish you well, but I will miss it if you don't come back!
Please reconsider! Your blog is one of my favorite foodie blogs because you blog about foods that nobody else touches - and you do it with great humor!
Mr. Dave, you've got to stop doing this to me. As soon as I feel comforted with your meaty presence, you leave. At the very least, let's discuss this over a liter or two of beer at Wolff's - I'm buyin'.
Mr. Dave,Thank you for the posts. As a member of the vast 518 diaspora, I've always enjoyed how your blog reminds me of home and Stewart's...especially Stewart's. Wishing you the best of luck with the little ones and the house.
Thank you for your service. You remind me of all the good things I left back in Albany.
Also a current Oregonian who spent the better part of the 2000s in the capital region. Really enjoyed your blog. Don't go!
Ah come on......... Hopefully this will only be temporarily. Enjoy your new house. MiMi
I just finally had a NEBA, and now you're gone? NOOOOOO!
Hate to see you go. Good luck!
BOOOOOOO!You know Mr. Dave, I've been reading your blog for a few years, and despite never visiting your neck of the woods, it did inspire me to write my own completely unrelated blog. Despite checking "Serious Eats" on a regular basis, I normally prefer the Ridiculous Food Society...Happy Trails Mr Dave, as a former home owner, I know how it can eat up any available time, let alone taking care of your growing family!
Good luck on all your future endeavors. I always enjoyed reading about your weird and wonderful and interesting food adventures. No one will be able to fill your shoes.
"(hangs up porky spurs, walks into the distance.)"Come back, Shane... er... Dave!
I was glad to see you give this piece of crap up--and now I'm sorry you've returned!