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I can’t exactly say that Apple and I go way back. We met on Facebook last year shortly after Jon Reiner had been at Powell’s. I noticed her making some Portlandy comments on his page and replied in kind. Pretty soon, she was reading my blog and commenting on my Facebook page. Last night, however, I finally had the pleasure of meeting her in person. She had put together a fundraiser for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Of America, so of course I had to attend! It was a silent auction held at Ford Food and Drink, a local neighborhood eatery (review to be posted soon on the Dining Out page). There were all kinds of goodies on the block, especially some beautiful pottery items donated by local artists. Diana and I won a weekend at someone’s house on the Oregon coast! Apple and her husband, Shane, were lovely hosts, and we had a pleasant evening out among some like-minded folks.

As it turned out, Apple was not the only one of my readers that I met last night. I also met Julie and her beautiful family. Julie has been a frequent commenter here on the blog, and was my primary impetus in finally creating my SCD Legal Dining Out page. I’d been considering something along those lines for a while, but she pushed me out the door.

I met other readers as well… What a neat experience! This was the first time I’d met readers in person t hat I didn’t already know from elsewhere, and it was fantastically encouraging to see that there really are people out there benefiting from my work here, and that folks truly value what I’ve got to say. Thank you so much to all of you. I look forward to meeting many more of you in the future!

I’d like to talk a little more about Julie, or rather, something Julie said. She’s strongly encouraging me to write a more comprehensive guide to eating out while remaining SCD-legal, to publish more, and more comprehensive reviews of restaurants, and to use my writing to encourage more restaurants to be more SCD friendly. Of course, if I were to do this, I’d undoubtedly start with the Portland metro area since that’s where I live, but if it went over well enough I could absolutely find ways to travel and do the same for other cities. Is this something that the rest of you would be interested in? If I published something like this as an e-book would you buy it? How much would you be willing to pay for it? I’d be writing it for you, so what would make it irresistibly compelling for you? Please leave me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

In related news, I’m working on a new feature for the blog, so stay tuned! In preparation, think about the foods for which you’ve had the hardest time doing up with SCD-legal variants, or that you miss the most. Be ready to tell me about them.

Thank you again to Apple, Julie, Emily, and all you other readers out there for making this blogging thing forth the effort! I’m so glad I can share my Crohnie misadventures with you.