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Goodbye 2012 • Hello 2013

December 5, 2012 by Joan Nova in "Foodie" Activities, Blogging, Holidays, Travel | 28 Comments

2012 was a very good year in the FOODalogue universe. Lots of everything I love — food, wine, travel and, most importantly, they were shared with family and friends. Yes, it was a very good year.

Visitors to FOODalogue trickled in all year, leaving comments and supporting my passion for which I am eternally grateful. It really means the world to me.

In 2012, there was travel …




New York

… and an inaugural cruise to nowhere aboard the brand new Celebrity Reflection.


There were lots of fabulous food, wine and art-related local activities in the foodie world of FlaLaLa …

There was yet another new camera, 2 creative photography courses, endless online sessions relating to photography and photo editing, and street photography expeditions out in the real world to practice …

Wynwood Walls, Miami

Domino Park, Little Havana (Miami)

Lake Worth, FL

And in the world of blogging … 
Earlier this year I joined an online cooking group that takes ingredients to new and creative levels with monthly challenges.

The (reinvented) Green Bean Casserole (with parmesan bechamel + fried spaghetti)

Going forward in 2013, the group has rebranded and will be known as the Creative Cooking Crew and I will be co-hosting our future challenges with Laz of Lazaro Cooks.

I’ve also started 2 new websites devoted to my fledgling photography …

Beyond My Glasses

In closing, here are my wishes for 2013 …

May Republicans and Democrats learn to play nice.
May religion be separated from state.
May there be peace in the Mideast.
May everyone be tolerant of other people’s life choices.
May there be an end to cancer, Aids, hunger, intolerance,
and all the blights of the world.

And if not all of that works,

May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.

Thank you for your visits and comments in 2012!

Best wishes for the holidays and the happiest New Year.


NOTE: Some recipes found on FOODalogue are offered without ingredient quantities. They're meant as a guide to food pairings and techniques to be experimented with … in your own kitchen … to your own spice and taste levels … to your preferred portion sizes … and to however many people you’re cooking for. A perfect meal has multiple levels of flavor and textures, bright colors and tastes, and healthy(ish) choices. It's all about enjoyment. Enjoy the process, the presentation and the just rewards...eating!


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  1. I LOVE this post!! love-love-love!!

  2. Katie says:

    It certainly does sound like 2012 treated you well, Joan. I loved the photo recap–I remember reading almost all of those posts. I wish you and yours all the best this holiday season. Here’s to good things in the New Year!
    Katie recently posted..Funny Argentine Store Names, Salta EditionMy Profile

  3. Maude Eaton says:

    I love it !! happy new year to you. it’s great to have spent 2012 with you And I look forward to a very fun and exciting delicious 2013!!

  4. So many places to go, so much to eat, so little time, but you did use your time wisely. Looking forward to blogging with you in the new year.
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  5. Arlene says:

    I enjoyed your look back at 2012. I should really look into taking a photography class–there’s lots of room for improvement there. I enjoyed your photos immensely. Here’s to a wonderful New Year!
    Arlene recently posted..Chicken Yakitori Rice BowlMy Profile

  6. bellini says:

    You have inspired me Joan. Such an amazing year you have had if it includes plenty of food, friends and adventure.

  7. What a great round-up of your year. You’ve been to some very exciting places. I’ve enjoyed your journeys and look forward to 2013 with you.

    Happy holidays to you as well.
    Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen recently posted..Winter Salad with Roasted Squash, Potatoes, & Pomegranate Seeds over ArugulaMy Profile

  8. Amen to that!

    I loved this post and I had a share in it. Cannot wait for 2013 and see what this year will bring.

  9. liz says:

    I am tired just reading all that you have done. Great roundup and I look forward to your 2013 adventures in the kitchen and around the world.

  10. Robin Sue says:

    Joan, it has indeed been a wonderful year. I enjoy following all your creativity, travel, and writing. Cheers to 2013, and may all your dreams come true!
    Robin Sue recently posted..“Spice Up the Holidays” Week 3: Pumpkin Roll Tiramisu and Party!My Profile

  11. What an exciting year you have had! I love this post. Congrats on the new blogs.

  12. Clearly, 2012 was yet another very good year for Ms Joan Nova! And, tha6 is because you made it happen. That is what you do. You make things happen. Bravo!
    A Canadian Foodie recently posted..Local Cheesepalooza Tasting Three: Smoky Valley Artisan Cheese UnveilsMy Profile

  13. Trix says:

    I second those sentiments, especially people being tolerant of one another and keeping religion out of politics. Here’s to a great 2013!!!
    Trix recently posted..Gourmet Rhubarb and Pepper Jellies from Iceland: A Holiday GiveawayMy Profile

  14. Keep it going Joan, it looks like you are having a ball and the blog is doing great. Best Wishes for the new year.
    Patricia Durr recently posted..Davos UmbrellasMy Profile

  15. Lovely retrospective Joan. Really interested in your 2 new sites especially the glasses one.
    Have a fantastic 2013

  16. Marie says:

    You’ve had quite a year Joan! Many happy memories, special moments, that’s what life is all about!

  17. Ivy says:

    A wonderful year indeed! May all the future years to come be even better than this one.
    Ivy recently posted..What to eat during the Holidays. Smart Economic Ideas.My Profile

  18. What a GREAT and inspiring round-up of the year. I Have a great one Joan and may 2013 bring all that we desire that is best for us. I believe that I am, we are exactly where we should be.

    Stay well
    Kitchen Butterfly recently posted..Malta-Maple Bacon JamMy Profile

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