7 Links

This 7 Links post have been going around the blogosphere and I thought I’d play along.

I don’t hide my love for making lists (check out my Favorite Food Books and last year’s Top 10 Favorite Posts) so I had fun coming up with my seven links. I hope you read (or re-read) my posts below and let me know what you think.

Enjoy, and devour.

Most Beautiful Post: Kesong Puti: A Cheese I’ve Loved My Whole Life

kesong puti means white cheese

I love this post not just because it is a tribute to my mom but also a story about the unbreakable bond between the two of us, symbolized by a plain white log of cheese.


Most Popular Post: Nutella Cake Balls

Yellow cake. Nutella. Chocolate.

It’s no surprise to me that this dessert made it as the most-viewed post on my blog*. It’s easy and it’s fun. And it has Nutella.

(*okay so in terms of blog traffic, this is actually the second most popular post, but you’ll see shortly what the top one is…)

In general, my recipes with Nutella – like my Nutella Banana Pudding, Fudge with Espresso Salt, and Mini Blackberry Fudge Squares – are a lot more popular than my other posts. So I know that you guys love Nutella as much as I do! This last couple of weeks though, another recipe soared to the top: Creamy Lemon Squares. This post was featured on the home page of Boston.com for about a week and it generated a lot of traffic. But before Boston.com, Lemon Squares were no match for Nutella Cake Balls.


Most Controversial Post: Fantasy Tea at L’Espalier

I still think about the lobster salad on a mini pretzel roll

Why is this post controversial? Is it because I admitted that I sometimes never suffer from hang-overs? Or that I’m (not really) the type who eats dainty tea sandwiches? Someone who saunters over to the Mandarin hotel for a little afternoon snack? No, this post is controversial because this is where I admitted that I was actually a big fan of… the World Wrestling Federation, now called the WWE.


Most Helpful Post: How to Survive and Love Hot Yoga

that's me interviewing my favorite instructor at the Bikram yoga studio in Harvard Square (photo by Jeffrey Pike)

This is really the all-time most popular post on my blog. I’m very happy about this because I put a lot of work into this article and I originally wanted to pitch it to some magazines, but decided on a whim to just post it on my blog instead. Bikram yoga has done a lot for me and it is a big part of my life. I’m glad that in my own little way, I can help other people enjoy it and hopefully love it as much as I do.

I also wrote a companion article about Bikram yoga in Harvard Square.


Post Whose Success Surprised You: Oatmeal 7 Ways

double chocolate almond oatmeal

I get the most comments about this post outside of my blog, from friends who remember reading it and from those who actually bookmarked it. I eat oatmeal pretty regularly (during the colder season and when I was training for my half marathon, I think I ate oatmeal almost every day) and I wrote this post because I wanted to prove that oatmeal doesn’t necessarily have to be boring or plain. I am pleased to no end when friends comment on this post and still talk about it even months after, and when people tell me that they were inspired to try eating oatmeal in different ways too.


Post You Feel Didn’t Get the Attention It Deserved: Nose to Tail Eating: A Long Hard Look at the Food Trend Sweeping the U.S.

bone marrow from Craigie on Main

This is my longest blog post ever, and also included the most research. I originally wrote it for one of my grad classes at Harvard and figured that it was a perfect fit for my blog. I am still enthralled by nose to tail eating, and I wish more people would read this! I think maybe it is too long for some people, but I hope you all find it worth your time.


Post You’re Most Proud Of: Pasta Dinner… and My First Half Marathon!

pasta before a big race

A year ago, running a 5K was a struggle for me. This year, I am very proud that I was able to run my first ever half-marathon! So many people write all these inspiring stories about running, and I didn’t really get it until I actually became a runner and it all just clicked. I never really admitted this before, but last year I ran as an escape. I went through a difficult break-up and my grandfather passed away, so I told myself that every time I feel sad, I’ll just run. So running became very cathartic for me. But soon, running gave me a different sense of joy and accomplishment. It stopped being an escape, and became something about goals and perseverance and hope. Running became part of me, and it’s a part that I really, really love :)


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21 Responses to “7 Links”

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    Daisy posted August 10, 2011 at 8:14 am

    I remember most all of these posts and they were all fantastic. that one about your mom was beautifully written and your recipes are mouth watering! I was tagged to write a post like this but never got around too it. maybe one of these days!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 10, 2011 at 1:21 pm

      Thank you Daisy :) Yeah you should do it!

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    Blog is the New BLack posted August 10, 2011 at 8:49 am

    How did I miss the Nutella cake balls? WANT!

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    Sue/the view from great island posted August 10, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Since I’m fairly new to your blog, I missed many of these great posts…shame on me for not scrolling down far enough! This was a fun way to discover the depth and breadth of your blog. I really enjoyed all the posts.
    I’m having a giveaway this week, stop over to enter!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

      Hi Sue, thank you! I already entered – I hope I win, I love Barefoot Contessa!!

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    Heather posted August 10, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I think I may do this 7 links, I’m really enjoying reading everyone’s and I want to do it too!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      Hey Heather, yup it is fun to read other people’s 7 Links and also fun to do!

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    Meri posted August 10, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    This 7 links post is the most diverse in topic I’ve seen, I think ever. I’m pretty intrigued by the nutella cake balls, the hot yoga piece, and the nose to tail eating! Thanks for narrowing it down a bit for us new readers!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 11, 2011 at 11:39 am

      Thanks Meri, I hope you and all the other new readers stay :)

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    Tracey posted August 10, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    I love this idea. I am not sure I come close to being as fabulous as you but I may give it a go on my Blog soon :). Thank you for doing this!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

      Tracey, you ARE fabulous girl!!

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    Simply Life posted August 10, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE that old photo! We definitely need to hang out – you know so many fun places in Boston!

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    Maris (In Good Taste) posted August 10, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Fun post! Love that portrait!

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    Lizzy posted August 10, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    I tagged Daisy and I’m still waiting… hehe

    I love this Bianca! I remember so many of these posts and I’ve loved them all. I’m going back now to read the yoga one!

    Glad you are so proud of the half marathon- you totally should be!!!

    Hope to see oyu soon!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 11, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Thank you Lizzy aka running coach!! I think I will run another half in November, can’t wait!

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    Meghan@travelwinedine posted August 11, 2011 at 8:13 am

    This is such a fun post. I love seeing some of the highlights of your beautiful blog!

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    Michelle posted August 11, 2011 at 9:00 am

    I remember every single one of these blog posts! It has been a pleasure reading your blog and getting to know you in the “real world”!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 11, 2011 at 11:49 am

      Aww thanks Michelle, right back at ya.

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    Mal @ The Chic Geek posted August 11, 2011 at 9:44 am

    Nutella cake balls? Wow! I need those right now

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    Clarkie @ Beloved Green posted August 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Nice round up, and thank you for digging up the Nutella Cake Balls, because those look like pure heaven!

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    Megan posted August 11, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    I LOVE this post! There are a few posts in here I hadn’t seen before–like your bone marrow one! I hope now it gets the attention it deserves ;)

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