Many moons ago, a couple years after Kathy and I started Blog Moxie, we started doing this thing in the (virtual) office where we'd have McDonald's hashbrowns on Friday. I”m not entirely sure why. We like hashbrowns, but our thighs don't, so I guess we relegated Friday to being a day of food freedom, hashbrowns n' all. We started calling it Hasbrown Friday (HBF).
In an attempt to watch our girlish figures, HBF became a day when we'd post something fun on our Moxie blog — something that inspires us or something we saw around the internet — blog posts, photos, recipes, whatever. When Kathy got pregnant, while you'd think there'd be a lot more hashbrowns going on, we both got a lot busier between her two kidlets and our growing business, so HBF somehow fell by the wayside.
It turns out, we missed it! So we want to bring that tradition back — and we'll start today, with this very cool site that 's new to me — They Draw & Cook: Recipe Illustrated by Artists from Around the World.
This site is so cool. The gist is this: artists world wide submit recipes in illustrated form. The end. It sounds simple and like, “yeah, whatever, another recipe site”, but the delivery of the recipes here are not only an eventual feast for your belly, but an immediate feast for your eyes. I am in love with their illustrations. I'd love to work with many of the artists featured on their site.
You can search for recipes, submit a recipe or use their schmancy “Dial-a-Meal” slot-machine-style generator to spit out dishes — for herbivore or omnivore. The illustrations definitely make me want to try the recipes — maybe even moreso than photography. If the passion that goes into the art is anything like the food they're describing, they've got to be good.
I also noticed they have a travel site, too — same type of concept, this time with travel maps. They Draw and Travel: Maps Illustrated by Artists from Around the World. Totally. Awesome. (Hey, Deborah Mori, San Diego is my favorite city, too!)
I could easily blow my Friday just browsing through both of these sites, cooing over the awesome illustrations. But I must get back to work! Hope you take a second to visit They Draw and Travel and They Draw and Cook and enjoy them as much as I did.