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New Year’s Eve has passed, the commotion subsided and it’s time for some retrospection. As always, I planned to get more done but was too occupied with school and work. Nonetheless, I am quite pleased with what I did manage to cross off my to do list:
I started to redesign this website last October. After four months of taking one tiny step at a time, I am happy to announce the make over is finally complete. The main changes and new features are:
- New Design and Layout – FOODragon is using a new WordPress theme called BulletPress. It’s cleaner, clearer and user friendlier. Navigation is now easier and content is generally more accessible.
- Social Media – FOODragon is now also on Twitter and Google+. There’s also a dedicated YouTube Channel and feeds from my personal Instagram.
- Glossary – A new feature added during the last summer break and now contains over 40 terms every laowai should know.
Before we begin I have yet another new feature to announce – Blog timeline. Now you can see all posts in a chronological order. And now to the highlights:
- Most Popular Post of the Year – Fruit in China (and by far). This year I promise I will try to write a similar post about vegetables.
- Longest Series of Posts – My Trip to Gui Zhou which had five parts and a round-up.
- Most Popular Street Food Article – Jianbing (not a big surprise there)
- Most Popular Tasteful Expression – Picking Bones inside an Egg
- Outstanding Guest Post – The Indigenous and Infamous Pizza of Yunnan Province
- Restaurant Review of the Year – Dine Like a Khan in Beijing – Mandahai Mongolian Restaurant
- Recipe of the Year – Kungpao Chicken – Subtitled Video Cooking Lesson
FOODragon is now 18 months old, and that is a lot in app years. It can still run on the Newest OS versions of iOS and Android, however the display is not fully compatible, especially with the latest Android smartphones which have extremely high resolution. FOODragon has a fixed size of 960px over 640px and changing that requires more resources than I can spare at the moment. In fact, right now I can’t even keep maintaining two different versions of the app so I had to make some changes. I have some bad news and good news. The bad news is that free version is no longer available. The good news is that the full version now costs only 0.99$ instead of 2.99$ and for that you get 125 dishes + future dish-updates + all features enabled. Pretty sweet, no?
I didn’t write much about dishes this year, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t publish new ones to the app. FOODragon started the year of the snake with 100 dishes and now it has 125 dishes. Some of them did get their very own post in the blog:
- Beijing Style Shredded Pork
- Donkey Meat Sandwich
- Fruit Salad
- Chinese Omelette
- Iron Plate Beef
- Fish in Sour Soup
Out of those which didn’t get a dedicated post, it’s worth mentioning:
- Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry
- Fried Rice
- Fried Rice with Ham
- Beef Fried Rice
- Riverside Eggplants over Rice
- Beef and Potatoes over Rice
- Spicy Broths
- Spicy Fish Broth
- Spicy Meat Broth
- Purple Seaweed Soup
- Wonton Soup
- Spring Onion Tofu
Some of them will appear in future posts but for now here’s a little gallery: