2006 was an interesting time - still the peak of the bull market and the burgeoning real estate market. Times were pretty good, people were rolling in dough, and the food bloggers rolled out en masse to prowl the city of Angels with their digital cameras. Food in LA would never be the same. I remember reading these blogs when I first delved headfirst into food around early 2006. I actually hadn't read Daily Gluttony, but my girlfriend Christine has been reading her site for years (I don't know if I'm supposed to say that...) I've read Dylan's EatDrink&BeMerry, Jeni's OishiiEats and many more.
Pam from (formerly Daily Gluttony now) Rants & Craves chronicles it this way: "2006 was also the year that was, in my mind, the Golden Age of So-Cal Food Blogging. Not because the food blogs at that time were any better than the ones that have sprung up since then--that's not what I'm saying. It was, rather, a time when there weren't as many of us around, and a time when food blogs were just starting to get noticed by the general public. It was still a novelty for restaurants to see diners pull out their cameras and take photos of what would in a few minutes be digested. "
While the line can get blurry, around late 2007, a new crop of food bloggers starting typing and snapping away after the old guard wrote less frequently, got married, had kids, settled down, etc. The rhythms of life never change and I would say that in large part the mantle has been given to a younger, more journalist style food blog that's more opinionated, matter of fact, or to-the-point. Long personal stories aren't usually part of the mix. Still the people behind these new LA food blogs are passionate eaters. While there are definitely some blurry lines between them, here's my set of old school and new school food bloggers that are worth reading (or keeping in your RSS reader or blogroll).
In your opinion, who's in the old school and who's in the new school?