On The Hunt

September 16, 2010

Finally back at home after an afternoon of Great Harvest work. Still location hunting – it’s tough! We spent the day with our real estate broker and ended on a social note – dinner and a drink.

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Lucky for us, he treated us to dinner out!! (WHEEE!) Thanks M! And lucky for me, I thought to pack my point and shoot camera.

We were planning to have lunch at Revolutionary Soup today but missed out. But lucky again, we made it there for dinner. The food tasted SO GOOD. I must have been hungry :)

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I ordered a cup of the Spicy Peanut Tofu Soup, which was thick and awesome.

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Plus the Spinach Salad with Raspberries (oh my word I wish these weren’t so expensive in real life), goat cheese and toasted almonds.

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I was pleased with the good-sized salad – and that it came with a roll! (Er, maybe that came with the soup!?)

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After our early dinner we treated for a drink and some live bluegrass

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Glad of vino for me

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Dessert was a pinch-the-butt hunk of GH Warrenton’s Caraway Rye from the car. YOM!

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Feeling sick because now I might upgrade my blog to a dedicated server. Moving. AGAIN. And that always means trouble. I hate this scary web stuff so much! I just want to pay lots of money to have great service and security! You’d think a company would take me up on that offer. If you are a host and you want my money in exchange for a GREAT server that I will never (EVER) have to think about, please let me know!

Tomorrow, we travel.

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1 laurie September 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm

Kath, I love your blog and have followed you from day 1. Just moved from spending 3 years in Taiwan and want you to know that I think you do an amazing job of living a healthy, happy and balanced life. Thank you for sharing it all with us!


2 Kath September 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Thank you Lauri!


3 Tracy September 16, 2010 at 7:49 pm

Haha hi Kath, I started reading your blog from your very first post about 3 weeks ago and I’ve only just gotten to December 08! I panicked because I realized you were updating almost as fast as I was reading and that I would never catch up … then I realized I could just read your most recent posts while whittling away at the archives. Twice as much Kath! :)

Keep up the excellent work!! See you in two years??


4 Kath September 16, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Ha – this made me laugh out loud!! Glad you’re catching up :) Wish I could read all of my old posts too!


5 Mary @ Bites and Bliss September 16, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Good luck moving your blog, Kath!!


6 Kristen @ Kristen, Sweetly September 16, 2010 at 7:57 pm

I’m overwhelmed that their customer service is that out of control. I hope it works out well for you! I’m sure you will figure it out. Nerd KERF teaches us all so many things! If not you, than I just don’t know.


7 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) September 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm

No worries, Kath, I’ll help you get through this blog business! :) Hang in there.



8 Kathy W. September 16, 2010 at 7:59 pm

My husband swears by Pair.com. A hosting service critiquing layout/content is just crazy!


9 Camille September 16, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Oh man, so much delicious looking bread!
No matter where you blog from, you have a lot of loyal readers!


10 barefootgirl (our first CSA) September 16, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I’m SO naive on the internet crap (despite the fact that my hubby is on a conference call with Tokyo at this very moment)


if you were talking about the berries being pricey in real life.. I buy Trader Joe’s frozen organic raspberries and they are pretty gosh darn good…… IMOHO

I need to sneak by Tokyo to get my jammies..

night!… and good luck tomorow


11 holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 16, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I like how you take great shots even with a point and shoot camera :) You have a good eye

I wish I was a host and could take your money!


12 Shannon September 16, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Nothing like some live music to set the mood :) And I’m a huge fan of your new layout btw. Super chic, easy to navigate and appealing to the eye.


13 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm

I always wonder about self-hosting and then read stories like yours (saw your tweets too) and think about how blogs like Orangette and Gluten-Free Girl still have blogspot as part of their names and get tons of readers and don’t self-host – I am sort of in-between – bought my domain name through blogger (so no blogspot in my blog name) but they host. Moving hosts really scares me. I remember Smitten Kitchen had a similar problem last year.


14 Maissa (Run, Rant, Realize) September 16, 2010 at 8:24 pm

You’d think that a company that sells itself on reliable web hosting would be… well, reliable.

I’m sorry that you’re struggling with your web-hosting.

If you want I’ll write them an email and tell them that I need my daily KERF-fix or else. :)

I hope it all works out and that you guys find a bakery location soon!


15 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 16, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Sorry – I hit submit too fast. I wish you the best of luck in getting a new host and thank you for being so open about your experiences – it helps all of us with blogs :)


16 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) September 16, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Well, even if you are still on the hunt…looks like today ended well! At least you like looking at places, right? I hear ya on the web stuff…it is always scary and no perfect answer!


17 Christine September 16, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Good luck with whatever happens regarding hosting. This could be a problem on my end, but your new posts aren’t showing in my reader….has anyone else experienced this?

Anyway, foods looks great, and hopefully you’ll get a location soon!


18 Lauren at KeepItSweet September 17, 2010 at 5:31 am

I am also having trouble with that!


19 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats September 17, 2010 at 6:05 am

Same with me


20 Nikki September 16, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Your posts also stopped showing up in my reader. It includes your midday post and this one.

I can’t believe their customer service. They need to take a lesson from Zappos.


21 Amanda September 16, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Oh, so sorry about the hosting problems! That is quite frustrating. I hope you can sort it all out soon.

I’m actually curious if you have any recommended tofu recipes? I hadn’t thought of making a tofu SOUP like above, and I see you had some in the previous post as well. I bought some at my local farmer’s market, but now I’m not sure what to do with it!


22 Stacey September 16, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Woohoo 😀 I love bluegrass. My family and I are attending a bluegrass festival next weekend in the mountains of N.C.! I think the love of bluegrass runs in my fam 😉 Happy traveling, AND happy Friday!


23 stacey-healthylife September 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Good service, so hard to find. Love the salad, it’s a good size with yummy toppings.


24 Megan September 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Kath!! Pumking is not available in TX!! I have been craving it since last night….could I pay you to ship me some??!! :-) Is that even legal?….


25 Kath September 17, 2010 at 8:02 am

I hear Libby’s debuted this week in Northern Va – perhaps you will get it soon!? I am on the waiting list for Amazon’s Libby’s stock :) That said, you could pay me to ship you some if you are that hungry for pumpkin!


26 Megan September 17, 2010 at 11:25 am

No, Pumking, the “butterbeer”!! Ha! I can get Libby’s pumpkin…..I went to the liquor store last night like a madwoman, looking for that and the owner said it is not distributed to TX :-(


27 Kath September 17, 2010 at 10:13 pm

AHAHAHHA!! Oops – Libby’s on the brain!! I suppose I could mail you some, but it would be pretty costly shipping. I will if you really want though :)


28 Alicia September 16, 2010 at 8:58 pm

If you find that host, please let us all know! I have been thinking about making a blurb book out of my blog in case something terrible happened and everything was lost.
Soon your blog AND bakery problems will be solved!


29 Heather (Heather's Dish) September 16, 2010 at 9:06 pm

good luck with the move! it’s definitely hard dealing with web stuff…it’s totally a foreign language to me!


30 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm

One day servers will never crash and we can upload as many darn bowls as we want. Humph.

See ya tomorrow!!


31 Laura @ Blogging Over Thyme September 16, 2010 at 9:12 pm

That’s scary about the server, I hope it ends up ok, or someone answers your prayers! I hate all the web coding server stuff–way too complicated for my liking.


32 Sarah September 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I don’t understand why your host shuts your blog down. Doesn’t it give them good exposure to keep you up? I guess I don’t understand the internet the way I thought I did.


33 Kath September 17, 2010 at 8:03 am

Yes, isn’t that stupid reasoning? Let’s make our website owners mad.


34 Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] September 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm

What’s a ‘dedicated server’? Which do you use now? Why must you change again? =/ No stressin’, lady.


35 Caitlin (EatFeats) September 16, 2010 at 9:49 pm

It’s okay, you can do it!!! The heel of the bread is the best part!


36 Sheri September 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm

My husband owns his own web hosting company. We are located in Canada. My blog runs from this dedicated server. However, nothing is fail safe unfortuntley but we might be able to help you out. Drop me an email if you are interested.


37 Cara Craves... September 16, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I would like an order of the spicy peanut tofu soup, please!


38 lynn (The Actors Diet) September 16, 2010 at 10:13 pm

ugh, blog headaches! i am glad mine is small so i don’t have to deal with it!


39 Natalie September 16, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I love raspberries on salad…it may be one of my favorite things!


40 ilana September 16, 2010 at 10:43 pm

So sorry about the the web aggrevation! Wish I had some words of wisdom for you. But I trust in your research abilities, and that you will find the best option. :) A few random asides– Revolutionary Soup was there when my sister lived in Cville, over 10 years ago, and my favorite thing was the Peanut soup! I smiled when I read this. And, I got Pumking today! Can’t wait to try it.


41 Nicole @ yuppie yogini September 16, 2010 at 11:27 pm

I love when someone pays for my dinner….makes it taste that much better! I told my boyfriend (a web developer) about your hosting company issue today. He wondered if you had considered moving to a private server so you don’t run into the same issue. I’m sure you’ve already worked all this out, but if not, that may be useful advice.


42 Katherine September 17, 2010 at 12:14 am

Looks like a great night out and that bread looks so delicious.


43 cindy September 17, 2010 at 12:18 am

Since you like glee you most go here…You must watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWvUFCF0yVg


44 Kath September 17, 2010 at 8:04 am

How did someone manage to get a video of me like that!?


45 Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 17, 2010 at 2:15 am

This post didn’t show up in my google reader – was there some massive problem with the internet or something last night!? I was just reading twitter….!?


46 Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear September 17, 2010 at 4:40 am

What an awesome salad!


47 kelly September 17, 2010 at 5:41 am

Have you checked out Squarespace (http://www.squarespace.com/) I hear they are very very good.


48 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) September 17, 2010 at 6:14 am

Ugh…computers, hosting, and other such things drive me absolutely crazy. I hope you can find a host site that takes all that unnecessary stress away, Kath!


49 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is September 17, 2010 at 6:44 am

I am in the process of having to move to a dedicated server right now and I am SCARED TO DEATH! I hope things go smoothly for you Kath.


50 CaSaundra September 17, 2010 at 6:52 am

I love the looks of that meal–especially the roll!! :-)


51 Jillian@ Reshape Your Life September 17, 2010 at 7:02 am

I saw this guy (ReviveMyBlog.com) on Meals and Miles he might be able to help you.

I’m thinking about using him because I have NO idea what I’m doing with all this hosting business.


52 Becca @Start Over From Scratch September 17, 2010 at 7:04 am

You and Matt look like you’re having so much fun up in Charlottesville! I’m glad you’re enjoying life so much. Good luck finding a location and server!


53 whitney September 17, 2010 at 7:15 am

revolutionary soup does look so good. I always want to go there when I go visit my friend Whitney but it’s always on our way to arches haha


54 Paige @Running Around Normal September 17, 2010 at 7:17 am

That soup looks tremendous!
Hang in there, Kath! I’m sure your readers will be patient if need be :)


55 Melissa @ HerGreenLife September 17, 2010 at 9:13 am

The solution to the cost of the raspberries is to grow your own. Once you’re somewhere kind of long-term, get some vines established and you’ll be enjoying them for free. Right now, we’re lucky enough to get some of the harvest from my MIL’s vines since we’re renting :)


56 Natalia @asideofsimple September 17, 2010 at 9:23 am

That lamp is so neat! It looks like some DIY straight out of Real Simple.


57 Gena September 17, 2010 at 10:07 am

I feel you, sista. I’m still on Bluehost and it was down last night.


58 Amber K September 17, 2010 at 10:58 am

I see that honest tea in the background. My husband is obsessed with that stuff! :)


59 Zach Katagiri September 17, 2010 at 11:03 am

Hi Kath! A friend of mine, who is an avid reader of your blog forwarded on this post to me because I run a boutique hosting company (we’re hosting her foodblog, and I think she’s emailed you before: http://shiseating.com). Anyway, our mission is to provide extra secure, reliable hosting affordably — and if you’re still looking, I’d be happy to talk to you about moving your blog (I’ve helped a variety of people move their blogs, so I’m somewhat used to the ins and outs of that). It’s not always seamless, but I’ll work hard to minimize any effort on your part and hopefully make it a painless process. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]. Best wishes — Zach


60 Kath September 17, 2010 at 10:11 pm

Hey Zach! I’ll plan to email you when I get back :)


61 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 17, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Yikes! Too much moving on your plate right now!! On the web, in real life (job and home!!)


62 Dee September 17, 2010 at 12:27 pm

I really do think the internet went down yesterday. :( LOL!

GL in finding a reliable host/server.


63 Carter September 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm

I have to recommend Rackspace for your server needs. Their tagline is “fanatical support” and everything I’ve heard about them and their work is great. Really, google them. They’re based in San Antonio where we used to live, so let me know if you want me to put you in touch with some of my friends who work there.

Loooove your blog and love the recipe ideas.

-Carter Judkins Greendyke (Davidson ’05 :) )


64 Kath September 17, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Hey Carter!! I will check them out when I get back from this weekend :)


65 Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies September 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm

Good luck with the move and that hunk of rye looks…just awesome. haha


66 Meagan September 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Blog issues are never fun – I hope you can figure it out :) That salad looks delish!


67 Mary Lou Baker September 17, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Hi Kath!

I love your website and have gained so many good food ideas from it!

On another note, my dh is a work at home graphic/web designer and would love to offer you hosting. He’s never had any problems with hosting his clients’ websites. Feel free to check out his website at http://www.jamesbakerdesign.com. Hope he can help!

Mary Lou


68 Kath September 17, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Will check it out when I get home!


69 Lauren @ Healthy Delicious September 17, 2010 at 5:13 pm

I don’t have personal experience with them, but LiquidWeb was VERY highly recommended to me by several people (all independent of each other) when I was asking around.


70 Monica September 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm

Rev Soup! Love that place dearly :)


71 Hannah September 17, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Ugh, I’m with you on the server thing. I just switched to my own domain and it was so hard, because I don’t understand ANYTHING about computers/css/html. Good luck with your next move!


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