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Readers: My Inbox is Fixed — Send in Your Travel Food Stories!

June 18th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Dear Readers:

Most of you know this site is evolving, sometimes faster than I can keep up. Well, often, in fact. In a move to fix the program that allows you to comment without logging in, there was a glitch somewhere else in the system.

If only...

If only...

The result was I missed a couple months’ of emails forwarded to me through the Contact button at the top of the home page. Last night, this was fixed, and I was flooded with hundreds of emails — a happy situation! I’m delighted so many of you are reading me out there from near and far (hello, my Greek and Danish friends!), and enjoying interacting with me and my other readers.

A chock-full inbox

Bottom line: That part of the site is fixed (thanks to webmeister and now experienced backyard gardener Matt Steinhoff) and I’m back in business and able to receive your personal notes. I also get to see who’s been signing up and commenting on all the old posts, along with much more.

I apprecate all your feedback and look forward to hearing from you — whether it’s to tell me about a spelling error, invite me to dinner, or share a recipe or new restaurant opening with me to inform my readers.

Because it’s summer and you’re traveling, do me a favor and drop me a virtual postcard about the food where you land. (If you want to drop an actual postcard, send it to: Jan Norris, P.O. Box 531342, Lake Park, FL – 33403.) I’ll share your travel-food stories with my readers here. (I’ll take your photos of your foods or places, too!)

To inspire you, check out these two barbecue posts –a review of Wib’s Drive-In BBQ in Jackson, Mo., by Ken Steinhoff (yes, Matt’s dad); the other a review of Sweatman’s BBQ in Eutawville, S.C. from friend and a native South Carolinian Charles Keefer. (Officially on the web it’s in Holly Hill, but a native would know best.)

Something to brag about

Matt and I work hard to make this a user-friendly site — but all suggestions and critiques are welcome. I have a couple columnists to add to my stable, and a new restaurant listing feature upcoming, so stay tuned.

And just a little pat on the back: JanNorris.com has been nominated as Best Food Blog by the Association of Food Journalists in the first year of that category in their contest. I won for Best Food Section when I worked as Food Editor at The Palm Beach Post — so I’m honored to now be recognized by my peers for my work in the new digital world. One of my columnists, Debbie Moose, (Moose on Fire) also was nominated for Best Column for her “Sunday Dinner” column in the Raleigh News and Observer.

It’s pretty cool stuff all around!

Write soon,

– Jancropjanoffice_edited-1

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 ksteinhoff // Jun 18, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Congrats on the Best Blog recognition. It’s good to see the Dead Trees folks recognize the new world.

    Glad you liked the Wib’s piece. Next time I’m there, I’ll fax you a sandwich.

    Fax is better than FedEx: it’s cheaper, faster and I can eat the sandwich after I’ve faxed it.

  • 2 Bill Statler // Feb 28, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Re: Wibs article

    I “car hopped” at Wibs when it was still owned by Wib so that would have been around 1950. Also some during the Jack and “Sweetie” realm.
    I recall one Saturday afternoon when the parking lot all of a sudden filled up with an eclectic collection of vans, trucks, trailers etc… The Gypsies had stopped for lunch. They “ate in” so I didn’t have to haul trays out to the caravan. They absolutely filled the place. Jack asked me to keep an eye to see if any “Twinkies” were being lifted from the counter tops and sure enough there were. When I let him know what was going on he just said OK… he’d take care of it. Later, I asked him what he did. “When I was adding up the tab I just threw in 50 cents or so every other stool.” he said. I took that as a lesson as how to keep being taken advantage of without making a scene. I’ve never forgotten that.

  • 3 ksteinhoff // Feb 28, 2010 at 9:50 am


    Good to meet another Wibite. (Wibatonian?)

    I’m headed back to Cape in a few days. I’ll eat a brown hot in your memory.

    If you’re from the Cape area, you might like a new blog I started up:

  • 4 ksteinhoff // Feb 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Miz Norris, Mam,

    I wish to note the comment above by another Wibitonian. We Wibites are a loyal bunch who range far and wide to spread our love of brown hots from that smoking (literally) institution known as Wib’s BBQ in Jackson, Mo.

    For all of Keefer’s braggadocio about some obscure BBQ joint in South Carolina, no aficionado of Sweatman’s has appeared to similarly laud their establishment.

    They all must be hiking the Appalachian Trail with their governor

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