Introducing theravenouscouple.com

Dear Readers,

Our 2 year anniversary is this week and we’re so excited to embark on a new beginning by introducing a new blog design, domain name, and videos!

First, the new blog and domain name: theravenouscouple.com —We think the new design is fresh, vibrant, and most importantly easy to navigate.  We wanted more control and ultimately a better reading experience for you, hence we decided to make the change after 2 years, nearly 200 posts, 4000 comments, and over 3.2 million page hits later.  Since we were not able to purchase ravenouscouple.com, please remember it’s “theravenouscouple.com” when you type in our web address.

We hope that you stay with us during this transition and that we don’t lose you as a reader. If you are a subscriber by email or RSS, you should still receive our feeds without doing a thing. All your favorite bookmarked recipes and links to the old blog should be redirected to the new site, although you may wish to update those if you like. If you’re a fellow blogger and have us linked on your page, please take a momment to update the link to theravenouscouple.com. We are still updating several items on the blog and hope you stay patient if there are any kinks.

Second—videos!!   Many of you have asked for it and now we finally have our first video after much scrimping and saving (not to mention countless takes). Videos will be embedded into appropriate posts and can be played in HD and also be accessed from the top menu.  Most videos will be techniques and may not be the entire recipe.  Also not every post will have videos, but we’ll try to incorporate videos where we think it will be most helpful.  We may also go back to popular recipes and make videos for those.   Our videos will also be hosted on our YouTube channel so subscribe there to get a sneak peek of what we’re cooking. Hopefully we’re going to have a lot of fun making videos and likewise, you watching them.

Here’s our first video, how to roll nem nuong cuon:

It’s been an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G ride for the past two years.  The best part has meeting new friends and connecting with readers in so many different ways, via blog comments, personal emails, or comments on our Facebook page.

Here are just are a few of our favorites:

“Thank you, thank you, and thank you for this wonderful recipe. My mom makes this thit kho when I was small and has always been a comfort food. I am married now and trying to duplicate what she made, but like most asian mothers, she doesn’t measure her ingredients. I have tried for years unsuccessfully to make this taste like home and now I can! This recipe is almost like hers but easier [emphasis ours].  My mom doesn’t use coco juice but water. Coconut juice is the key ingredient here I think. I love your blog!! Keep those vietnamese cuisine coming.” —Anonymous

“This [Ca Kho To] was my favorite dish made by Vietnamese ex-mother-in-law, so after the divorce I thought I would never taste its deliciousness again. After following your recipe myself, I just wanted to say “THANK YOU!” The only thing I added was that she always served it topped with hanh phi (fried shallots), which added a nice lite crunch. Dare I say this one’s better than hers? Yes, yes I think I will…” —KRon

“I just wanted to thank you for the great Vietnamese recipes. I am half Vietnamese and grew up eating my grandmother’s dishes every Saturday. I was so excited when I found your blog the first time, I was on it all night looking at the recipes, my husband basically had to pry me from the computer. I don’t speak Vietnamese so it was hard to remember all the dishes that I grew up eating, but there they were on your blog, I was hooked, I could have cried!”—Myra

With 3.2 million page hits, we received about 4 thousand comments,  or 0.12% of visits resulted in a reader a comment.  However as we all know it’s not the quantity, but the quality that matters and it’s feedback like these that make blogging so enjoyable.  Although we both have busy day jobs and feel the pressure of daily life (like planning our wedding in 2 months!), we remain committed to the mission of theravenouscouple.com and invite you to join us in our kitchen on our journey of cooking life together for many years to come.

We’ll love to hear your thoughts and comments on the changes.

ăn ngon — eat well,

Kim and Hong

 

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29 Responses to “Introducing theravenouscouple.com”

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    skip to malou — April 25, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Congratulations to the both of you.. for the new site, new domain name and for the 2nd year anniversary! You two are awesome. More power!

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    The Ravenous Couple — April 25, 2011 @ 12:23 pm

    thank you so much for all the support, malou!

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    TripleScoop — April 25, 2011 @ 12:54 pm

    Great New Site guys it looks awesome! I’ve updated my blogroll with the new links too!

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    yvonne huynh — April 25, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    congrats on your success. I love your blog and the photos you take of the food is beautifully taken! I definitely like this new look a lot better! :D

    XOXO
    Yvonne

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    JulieD — April 25, 2011 @ 1:06 pm

    Congratulations on the new design, the 2 year anniversary and your upcoming wedding. I’m so excited for you guys (squee!) and love the new look. And I’m so honored to be in your blogroll. :D

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    The Ravenous Couple — April 25, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

    @triplescoop thank you so much!
    @yvonne we know you’re an amazing designer so glad to have your approval!!
    @julie: we couldn’t have done it without you!

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    Jun Belen — April 25, 2011 @ 1:42 pm

    Beautiful design! Congratulations, Kim and Hong! Looking forward to your videos and posts!

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    Pinoy Panda — April 25, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    The site looks great Kim and Hong. I love the video feature. Can’t wait for more of them. Congratulations!!

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    Phuoc'n Delicious — April 25, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

    Congrats on the 2 year milestone guys! Here’s to more deliciousness. Well done on the new layout too! Keep up the good work!

    • The Ravenous Couple replied: — April 25th, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

      @phuocndelicious thank you so much!
      @pinoypanda thank you! we can’t wait to make more videos too..if only the wedding wasn’t so much work. haha.
      @jun thank you! coming from you that means a lot!

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    Liren — April 25, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

    Love the new design, Kim and Hong! Congrats, and looking forward to more videos!!

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    Taste Tests — April 25, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    LOVE the new layout, guys! :)

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    Kung Food Panda — April 26, 2011 @ 1:03 am

    Love the new site you guys! It’s clean and refreshing. I think it’s making me want to re-do my own site :)

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    pickyin @ LifeIsGreat — April 26, 2011 @ 1:59 am

    Congratulations! I found this out by accident as my RSS reader didn’t pick up this latest post, all fixed now.

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    The Ravenous Couple — April 26, 2011 @ 7:32 am

    @liren thank you so much, video def. takes longer then photos, but it’s also more fun
    @taste tests thank you!
    @KFP well, we know a great designer if you need one
    @pickyin thank you for staying with us!

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    Sabrina — April 26, 2011 @ 8:19 am

    Congrats on the 2 year…i love your website! Congrats on getting married soon!

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    CA — April 26, 2011 @ 11:55 am

    I love the new look, I’m always checking for your updates! Looking forward to more!

    Thanks!

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    Nam @ The Culinary Chronicles — April 26, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    Gorgeous new look, you two!!! And much congrats on the anniversary!!! Here’s to many more years and yummy eats! Cheers :)

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    Viet P. — April 26, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    New site is great. So much easier to scroll through the yummy blog posts. Keep it up!

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    mycookinghut — April 27, 2011 @ 12:17 pm

    Lovely! Congrats on the new layout! Beautiful! Keep on bloggin! Need to update my RSS!

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    Chris and Amy — April 28, 2011 @ 9:07 am

    It’s beautiful! Congratulations on your second year! Happy cooking.

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    kimberlea — April 28, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

    I love your new site! I’ve been a follower for a while, but have never left a comment. Just wanted to say that I love your blog and all of your recipes. I’ve been burned by a lot of vietnamese recipes found online, but every one of yours that I have tried have always turned out to be wonderful! Keep up the great work!

    • The Ravenous Couple replied: — April 28th, 2011 @ 12:09 pm

      Thank you so much for the feedback!

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    The Ravenous Couple — April 28, 2011 @ 12:10 pm

    thank you all so much!

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    Connie — April 28, 2011 @ 12:25 pm

    Congrats on the new site, it looks fabulous! Love the video, the angle is perfect to see the technique. Can’t wait to see more!

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    Ninette — April 28, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

    Congrats on your new site. I have to admit I miss your old site, and most importantly, miss seeing you both — you’re such a good looking couple!

    • The Ravenous Couple replied: — April 28th, 2011 @ 3:33 pm

      we still have plenty of fun photos in the about section :)

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    krissy @ thefoodaddicts.com — April 29, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    i finally got a chance to watch your first video! great job. i didn’t know about doing the half-roll and adding in the meat afterwards.. will try that next time. look forward to watching more videos… and who knows, maybe you guys will land your own show soon!!!!!

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    Jen @Tiny Urban Kitchen — April 30, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

    I LOVE the new site! It’s clean, modern, and very inviting. Super congrats on two years! I’ve always loved your site – the incredible photography, wonderful recipes, and the unique Southeast Asian spin.

    Looking foward to seeing what you have next to offer!

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