Re-Visioning Hella Delicious

Long, long ago I had a dream to have a magazine with all my friends and family contributing and sharing their experiences as third culture kids (or not) so that others going through the same sorts of things will have something to relate to. Over the past nine months Hella Delicious has evolved to encompass many more facets of the DIY real-food-lovin’ culture, demonstrating that something much better than what we are generally led to imagine, already has an extensive network of roots and is now shooting up all over our world. In fact, it is well on it’s way to blossoming and bearing fruit.

Hella Delicious has been getting more authors and people who would like to contribute so we have a new design in the works, which we hope to have coming on-line in August. We had a lot of travels and whatnot at the beginning of the year, which has helped to clarify the idea of where Hella Delicious is going, having a chance to hang out with some old friends and family helped with hashing certain aspects out. Other good news is that Hella Delicious was recently ranked 36th in America’s top local food websites for 2010! We are pretty pleased.

One of Hella Delicious’ facets is the desire to have global connection, while supporting the local movement. I like the local movement as it obviously is sensible and better for the environment as well as your economy, but honestly I doubt I could ever do a fully local diet. I love spices too much and think they are probably best grown in places like Indonesia, where many of them originally came from. To be honest a world where the currency is black peppercorns doesn’t seem that aweful to me, better than digging huge holes in the ground for sparkly gold or diamonds while killing the natives, right?

All that aside, we really need some help with posting, twittering, articles and photos. I would also love to get a collection of photos and videos of farmers markets around the world, I recently found a really nice one of the Mt. Hagen market. I would like also to look more deeply into other areas of the DIY culture, for example–I was researching community currencies at some point last year and have heard that they have been really taking off recently so I would like to focus the month of August on cleaning up and updating the website as well as looking around the globe at how different groups are creating their own rules for currencies. If anyone would like to do an article about their region I would love it!

Also if anyone has any other suggestions about what they would like to see on the website or design type changes or if you would like to advertise, please let us know. We will also do profiles for contributors and update the photo galleries (finally) and (hopefully) make the site easier to find your way around. A lot of information really gets lost!

Oh also, if anyone is interested in advertising, please let us know, we prefer to advertise within the Hella Delicious community as we don’t really want to advertise to you but it would be nice to make a bit of money with all the work we put into www.helladelicious.com. Hopefully spending the month of August looking into community currencies will give us some ideas for how to monetize the site a little. I have started using flattr which is a micro-finance type arrangement that might be useful but is still in it’s early stages.

Can’t wait to hear your feedback :).

P.S. I am currently working on a grain-free cherry pie recipe. The cherries have been fantastic in BC this year. In fact, I have probably eaten more cherries in the last month than I have in my entire life previously. So fantastic! I am going to go attempt a almond torte with cherry filling now. – yum

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