Sure, it's been a busy week. So you may have missed some of the great stories put out by The Daily Meal's talented editors and their fantastic special contributors. But you wouldn't want to head into the weekend having missed some of the best food stories on the Web. So here's a second serving of some of the great food and drink stories that you definitely shouldn't have missed.
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Servers: Keep Your Insults to Yourself The recent spate of insulting nicknames on receipts has us scratching (and shaking) our heads.
Holiday Food Basket Gift Guide: 8 Great Mail-Order Edibles What to buy for the food lover in your life.
8 Awesome Après Ski Spots Sometimes the best part of a ski vacation is what you do off the slopes.
10 Best Christmas Markets in Europe These 10 magical markets are brimming with old-fashioned festival fun.
The Foundations of Provençal Cuisine A lesson in cannelloni rolling sheds some light on the basics of Provençal cuisine.
Eat Healthy by Adding a Daily Dose of Color to Your Diet A paint-by-numbers approach to eating healthy on a daily basis.
Chocolate Crema Catalana Recipe A classic Spanish dessert similar to the French crème brûlée.
Shabu-Shabu Recipe One of Japan's most popular hot pot dishes.
The Daily Meal’s Guide to Gift Baskets and Boxes Find the perfect gift in our go-to guide.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Please Welcome the New Entertain Channel Have you noticed we got a makeover?
Kim Severson and Julia Moskin on 'Cook Fight' The New York Times authors discuss their new cookbook.
Saber Substitutes: What Else Opens Champagne? Hervé Rousseau of New York City's Flûte helps us discover which household items can be used instead of a saber.
22 Ways to Drink Your Dessert Cocktail and drink recipes so sweet, you'll forget all about the dessert table.
The Physics of Coffee and Cream The Modernist Cuisine team explains why you should add cream to your coffee right this instant.
FROM THE DAILY MEAL'S CULINARY CONTENT NETWORK
Olives for Dinner brings us a recipe for "Vegan Palak Paneer."
Kitten With a Whisk whips up some "Grilled Balsamic Chicken Bruschetta."
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As a long-time web consultant and food writer, I'm exposed to all aspects of the food blogging world. I was around at the advent of food blogging (when dinosaurs roamed MovableType) and I'll likely be picking away at some form of the socially driven media universe until they bury me with a circa-2052 Apple device embedded in my right frontal lobe. As someone so ensconced in the food media world, I get a lot of the same questions over and over again: How come people don't read my blog? How do I get more subscribers? Why have I not won the web equivalent of the Oscars after my lo-three weeks of blogging? And the best question of all, which always seems to come up at social engagements after a few drinks: Why don't you read my food blog?
So to prevent any future awkward in-person conversations, here are the top ten reasons why I don't read your g-d d-mn food blog:
Stephanie Stiavetti is a food writer and cookbook author living in San Francisco. Her food blog, The Culinary Life, is a repository for all things comfort food related, from savory dinners to transcendental desserts. You can also follow her on Facebook. Her monthly culinary newsletter is full of stories, review, and helpful tips.