A James Beard New York City trip diary

It took a massive logistical childcare effort AND a make-me-cry-it-was-so-amazing community airplane ticket fundraising campaign, but I got to New York City last week for the James Beard Awards.

Good news, page views and thank yous!

I’m really excited to announce that my site, which launched at the end of November, has now been viewed 100,000 times! Thanks, friends, for supporting my experiment!

Hi guys, I missed you.

The moment it occurred to me I had to quit my job at the Anchorage Daily News, I was sitting in my kitchen, chewing on a chicken breast dish I’d boiled to death in the crock pot. My wife was sitting across from me. She was eight months pregnant. We were staring at our phones, not talking. My son was watching cartoons on an iPad.