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What I Ate or Photo of the Day?

Posted 5 January, 2009 at 1:12am by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Orthogonal Thought)

I'm beginning to realize that I might not be able to do both What I Ate and Photo of the Day. I'm not sure which you guys (my readers) would like to see more - pictures and descriptions of the food that I'm eating or a photo that I like picked out from my library. Last year, I did about 90 to 100 entries of each of these (What I Ate at the beginning of the year; Photo of the Day at the end of the year) and I don't know which you'd like to see going forward. Leave a comment so I know which you'd like for me to keep going.

29 comments to What I Ate or Photo of the Day?

kat, January 5th, 2009 at 3:45 am:

  • I vote for photo of the day. The other is interesting, but your photos are so amazing.

Robert Konigsberg, January 5th, 2009 at 8:05 am:

  • Photo of the day

Corinne, January 5th, 2009 at 8:15 am:

  • I vote for both!

jane george, January 5th, 2009 at 9:36 am:

  • I really like what I ate today.

roo, January 5th, 2009 at 2:48 pm:

  • I like What I Ate as well. Looks like you've got fans on both sides!

Michael Chu, January 5th, 2009 at 5:17 pm:

  • Hmmm… you guys aren't making this easy.

Robert, January 5th, 2009 at 6:27 pm:

  • _truly_ what I'd love is to see more recipes on Cooking for Engineers. I've used your recipes several times, and I'm someone who doesn't often use recipes, so that's a real compliment.

    But if I had to choose between the two options presented, I'm sticking with Photo of the day.

Michael Chu, January 5th, 2009 at 7:54 pm:

  • Ah, and we come to the REAL problem… I would love to provide more recipes on Cooking For Engineers but they take a long time for me to write. Never fear, there are a few in the works… I just need the time to sit down and write.

Null, January 5th, 2009 at 10:34 pm:

  • I like both as well.
    Why not do a photo of the day that happens to frequently be what you ate?

scotchgrrl, January 6th, 2009 at 1:26 pm:

  • I like both, too, so why not surprise us. Do whichever you feel like alternating when you want.

erin, January 6th, 2009 at 2:51 pm:

  • i like "what i ate" but both are interesting. i think alternating is a good option.

Don, January 6th, 2009 at 3:48 pm:

  • I vote for What I Ate today. It's interesting and inspiring. It makes me want to learn more about a restaurant or recipe.

Eldridge Hwang, January 8th, 2009 at 3:46 am:

  • "What I Ate" is so awesome! My vote definitely goes for it! I don't check it every day and the reason for that is that I like to save them up so I can view a progression of what you ate.

    Keep up the great work, I've been using your techniques and recipes from CFE since 2005!

Kate, January 12th, 2009 at 1:51 pm:

  • If I must choose, Photo of the Day is my pick, though I like both.

Nici, January 14th, 2009 at 3:43 pm:

  • Both!

Paul, January 14th, 2009 at 6:22 pm:

  • Both and please show us your waist line while you are at it Mike!

Matt Z., January 16th, 2009 at 7:31 am:

  • I really dig reading "What I Ate Today"…

Will, January 17th, 2009 at 3:23 am:

  • I'm glad to see that you're doing "What I Ate" again. I come for the food porn.

ellie, January 18th, 2009 at 2:38 am:

  • i vote piccies of food and recipes as seen by engineers. i may be a creative type, but i do have an engineering background. and i do have stage 4 - so i'm pulling the cancer card! (i, actually, shouldn't be laughing - but what else am i going to do - cry over it?)


Michael Chu, January 21st, 2009 at 2:08 am:

  • I received a lot of feedback to keep both Photo of the Day and What I Ate going, but I just can't do both. So, I decided to try this - I'll keep the What I Ate going and scale back the Photo of the Day to twice a week - there will be a Wednesday Photo and a Photo of the Week (on Sundays).

Cocoanut Palm, January 22nd, 2009 at 2:11 pm:

  • I vote for phots of what I am going to make in the kitchen. Although, I must say your photography is as wonderful as your recipes. The chicken potpie tonight.. the marsala on the weekend. Thanks for a great website!

Susanne, January 23rd, 2009 at 3:04 am:

  • What I Ate!!….very inspiriational and I am as nosy as hell what other people eat :-))


laketahoehelen, January 31st, 2009 at 1:16 pm:

  • Michael, you do in person what so many can only dream of doing; ergo, they do it online through your eyes, words and photos. My mother used to say, "Bring me your love and I'll revere it more than if it were a boquet of roses." Thank you for all the roses!

Michael Chu, January 31st, 2009 at 1:19 pm:

  • So, was that a vote for What I Ate or Photo of the Day?

Jon, February 5th, 2009 at 10:07 am:

  • I vote for both! I love the pics of the meals. My friend and I used that trick to order food in Japan.

neeki, February 14th, 2009 at 12:58 am:

  • what i ate!

George, February 14th, 2009 at 7:53 am:

  • Hi Michael, I've been a fan of CFE for some time now. My father-in-law was a civil engineer who took Chinese cooking lessons and my son just finished a mechanical engineering technology degree and also enjoys cooking. One thing I've learned about engineers is that they're always right! I told that to an engineer once and she promptly replied "No we're not!"… Anyway, the CFE is great, What I Ate is great and Photo of the Day is great. So I vote for you continuing to do as much as you can without getting burned out and wanting to quit.


Kathleen, February 24th, 2009 at 10:50 am:

  • It's like asking which child should I keep, the girl or the boy?

Nancy, March 18th, 2009 at 10:32 am:

  • If you had to choose, you could alternate between the two categories. Great website!