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A Post About Why I Haven't Been Posting Much (Not Food-Related)

This post isn't food-related at all. It's some personal junk I haven't talked about before. If you want some food stuff, feel free to check out my archives!

I know I haven't been posting much lately. The shame—oh, the shame. I'm not incapacitated in any way, nor...[pokes self] I dead. My life is dandy, I still constantly shoot mundane things with my camera, and my Internet addiction continues to burn with the energy of a thousand partying demons. But I think I've got a pretty good explanation.

If you've been reading my blog since the beginning (i.e., 2004), you may have noticed the lack of a significant other. The explanation for that is simple: I've never had a boyfriend. The very, veeerrrry few times I tried dating someone, the relationships either didn't go anywhere, or they had some sort of drama attached that I didn't want to ever relive. Eheheheuh let's leave the past behind.

While it's no big deal for a 25-year-old [points to self] to have never had a boyfriend, I'm pretty sure it's an above average age to start. (I'm basing this on experience and whatever pop culture has rammed into my head over the past quarter-century, not hard scientific data. You don't come here for science, right? Good.) It's not like I spent my life up to this point thinking, "BOYS ARE STUPID AND THEY SMELL FUNNY, GET 'EM AWAY FROM MEEE," just that the chances of finding someone I liked a crapload and who would reciprocate those feelings seemed less likely than me getting killed by way of a goat falling on my head—i.e., it seemed impossible. I'm not the kind of girl who attracts other guys. Or girls. Or anything. I think some animals steer clear of me as well. Fear oozes out of my pores—they can smell it. It smells funny.

So. As I loathed dating, had plenty of awesome friends, and lived a life mostly devoid of suitors, it seemed like a waste of time to look for something more when I already had so much. I knew the only way I could find a boyfriend-worthy person was if that person was already a good friend and if I didn't expect that friend to like me. (Making things complicated for myself. Aw yeah.) Otherwise, I couldn't truly be myself around that person, and that was one of the most important criteria.

It wasn't until the end of 2009 that I really let go of the idea, though. At that point some tiny part of my brain snapped and I became more at peace with the idea of growing up to be a solitary cat lady. Which would've been fine if I hadn't recently found out that I'm allergic to cats.

Moving on. 2010 ended up being the best year of my life, not so much because awesome stuff happened (although plenty of awesome stuff did happen), but because nothing bad happened. And while it wasn't just because I embraced the cat-lady idea, I'm partially attributing it to that.

And then last October something reeeaaaally good happened. Even better than eating shave ice and malasadas for the first time. Even better than a surprise birthday party at Shake Shack. Even better than finishing all the photos for the Serious Eats book. (By the way, those were all really excellent, memorable things; I don't mean to downplay them. It's more to emphasize how awesome this next thing is.) The nearly impossible happened. And not the death-by-goat thing. I found out this dude liked me:

Happy Kåre
"What do I do with all these hot dogs...what...WHAT."

It's Kåre, my friend from Norway. You may remember him from my trip to Norway in 2006, or my trip to Italy in 2007, or his trip to New York City in 2008, or his second trip to New York City in 2010 when he visited with Morten and Behnaz. I'll admit that I've had a lil' crush on him for a few years, but it was an easy crush to quell since 1) he lives 3,500 miles away and 2) I didn't think he was interested in me and 3) I'm jaded. It wasn't until a month after his last visit that he emailed me about his crush. On retrospect, I must be one of the most oblivious people ever, considering that since I've met him he's visited New York City twice and stayed with me both times, and he was part of the Great Birthday Rickroll of 2008. Sure, that doesn't automatically mean, "I HAZ CRUSH ON U," but it's a safe distance away from, "I wish death upon you by way of 50 rusty daggers piercing through your flesh."

So, back to why I haven't been blogging much. Last week I was on a vacation in Bergen to visit Kåre, and the week before that I was preparing for my trip. Since I've already visited Bergen and done most of the tourist-y things, I spent most of the week hanging out with Kåre and his friends and family. It was fantastic, to put it lightly; I'll expound upon it after I edit all my photos (which are slowly trickling onto Flickr) and can get started blogging.

I know in the great scheme of things it's not a big deal to have a boyfriend. It's not like I'm getting married or popping out babies or anything. But this small's sort of a big deal for me. I wouldn't be surprised if some of my good friends thought I was asexual up until this point. And this isn't just any boyfriend—this is Kåre! This guy is awesome! Awesome like you would not beliiieeeve! [Right now I feel compelled to virtually grab your shoulders and shake you to get my point across. I...I can't help it. What's wrong with me.] Why is he awesome? I can just quote what I said in 2007 after our trip to Italy:

And it wasn't until later that the importance of Kåre presence really set in. That his good spirits and glowing happiness kept me much more sane than if he hadn't been there. Morten later described him as "a human buffer vs. insanity and sadness," a description that I reworded as, "He's an emotional pillow/sponge!" I don't mean to say that he's the only person I know with such qualities--strangely I think I know a lot of people like this, who I can count on as being much less insane than I am (like Diana and Morten!)--but I don't usually spend days on end with any of these people. Or watch excessive amounts of Italian TV with them.

I'm not going to go into lovey dovey mode or anything—that's not really my style—but obviously I like him a lot or else I wouldn't be writing a post announcing all this [extends arm out straight, cuts the air horizontally in a slow and dramatic fashion] in Internet semi-permanence. I will say that my heart goes all mushy for the man who totally gets me when I say, "IT'S NOT MAD JUICE, IT'S SAD JUICE," or "LET'S GO EAT CINNAMON BUN." (If you don't know what I'm talking about, you don't watch enough Adventure Time. For shame.)

How are we going to make this super long distance relationship work? Um. Well. We'll figure that out later. But for now, we'll enjoy each others commitment, even if it's mostly through the Internet.

I can't write a post about Kåre without giving props to the friend I met him through: MORTEN! One of the best friends I've ever made on the Internet. The first time I visited Bergen was to visit Morten. I regret that I didn't spend more time with him last week, especially since he was on vacation as well, but...I think he understands. ;_; Just another reason why I hope to go back to Bergen soon.

Addendum (2/27/11): Because one of you asked, some happy couple photos! (Sorry if it's sooomuushyyyy, but I guess that's what this post is for. Heh.)

Squee smooch


ansi / February 22, 2011 10:45 PM

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you Robyn :) Nothing as amazing as people who understand Adventure Time and who make your heart go mushy...

christina / February 22, 2011 11:02 PM

Awesome! I've been reading your blog since 2006 at least (though I never comment) and I'm super happy for you! :)

sammy / February 22, 2011 11:08 PM

So, this is probably a little weird because I have been reading your blog SINCE FOREVER and have never ever commented, but I am so happy for you! Congrats!

heedee / February 22, 2011 11:23 PM

aww, this is the cutest loveliest thing i've ever read this year, by far. so happy for you guys and kare seems like a really warm, genuine fellow. good luck and have loads of foodie fun.

a big fan

Carrie Dahlby / February 22, 2011 11:29 PM

OMG!!! It's so nice to read such a warm fuzzy feel good happy wonderful entry (and on my birthday, no less). Congratz!!!!! Having a boyfriend is a huge deal (especially since you're 25... AND he's more or less your first boyfriend... AND he's a smokin' hottie!) :D :D :D

Susan / February 22, 2011 11:48 PM

Yay! Long time reader (more of a lurker), and you helped me with important tonkatsu matters before, and I'm really happy for you! He always sounded awesome from your posts and weegie lovin' sounds pretty cool.

sabrina / February 22, 2011 11:54 PM

this is the most amazing post!!!!!!!!!!!! and you first blogged about going to norway to visit friends i was thinking 'wait, who randomly visits friends in norway? boy friends?????? this girl .. but yeah, this just made my night. i wish my life was this great.

Hammama / February 23, 2011 12:39 AM

This is the *best* post- I love that Kare is holding a bunch of dogs in his hands (sort of makes the post food related).
For a second I thought you were going to say that it was Greg though...?!
So happy for you :)

Ezra / February 23, 2011 1:01 AM

Hurray! Adorable!

I still have very fond memories of hanging out with you and Kåre when I stayed at your apartment that week in Fall 2008.

p.s. when are you coming back to portland? I went to Pok Pok again yesterday, it was wonderful.

Nicholas / February 23, 2011 1:08 AM

pfft, this just sounds like a long excuse as to why you're not keeping on top of your blogging duties.

Nah, jk... this is super kyooooot, and the sweetest thing I've read in a while (that doesn't involve saving puppies from flooding). CONGRATS ROBYN.

Caroline / February 23, 2011 1:15 AM

Wow, nice! I am really happy for you! I always thought that Kåre was adorable and that you would make a cute couple :)

roboppy / February 23, 2011 1:43 AM

Damn, this is how I get comments..TALK ABOUT BOYZ! Duly noted. :)

ansi: Thanks! Mutual Adventure Time obsession = IT MUST BE LOVE.

Christina: Holy moly, thanks for reading for so long! 'TIS THE TIME FOR DELURKING. :)

Sammy: Another delurker, yaay! Thanks for reading and for the happies!


VeggieGirl: Thanks!

heedee: Thanks! (And I didn't even show you the cute couples photos!...yeeh not everyone needs to see those, heh.) Kåre is off-the-charts warm and genuine!


Carrie: HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I GIVE YOU BIRTHDAY MANATEES! I wasn't going to call him a "smokin' hottie," but..yes, I totes agree with that. :)

Susan: Thanks for reading and for the happies! I like the sound of "important tonkatsu matters." (This reminds me, I haven't had tonkatsu in ages. This is so wrong.)

Sabrina: HAHA, I have to admit I was wondering how many people would find that funny...that I'd be going to Norway so soon after my Norwegian friends were here. I mean, I would've had a fantastic time if I had just visited to hang out with my friends,, spending time with Kåre was the real reason. Almost felt like I was lying telling people, "I'M JUST VISITING FRIENDS, DOOBEEDOO."

Hammama: Ah yes, totally food related! Hot dogs are afoot. :) As for Greg, ahahaha, that made me chuckle a bit, but it's not beyond reason. Greg is one of my best friends (we're almost too comfortable around each other, and then our conversation turns to complete nonsense) and certainly a great catch. But we're not each others type, hooooyeah.

Manda: Thanks for the drawn out "aw" and "yay!" And for unlurking!

Ezra: SUCH GOOD MEMORIES THOSE WERE! I would love to make more in many things I didn't get to eat last time. :( Dunno when I can actually head back, but I totes wannaaaa.

Nicholas: Thanks! Aw yeah, this was totes an excuse. BUT A GOOD ONE, not just me being super lazy!...I mean I still am.

Caroline: Thanks! Kåre is most excellent at bringing in the adorableness.

francesbean / February 23, 2011 1:53 AM

i, too, have been following your blog since forever even if i don't comment. i've seen kare's name in some of your posts so it sounds familiar. happy for you Robyn! :D

jane / February 23, 2011 1:56 AM

omgahh Robyn, this... this is making me turn all shades of happy TT___TT)b

I send to you the VIBES of gyrating congratulatory... things that congratulate.

Like many who commented, this is my first time popping my head out of the sea of lurking, and saying hi. This post has the power to do that to lurky people. 'Tis the power of love. TT__TT so beautiful *sniff*

Katherine / February 23, 2011 1:57 AM

I've been reading your blog from the beginning, maybe in the back of my mind noticed there wasn't a significant other, but didn't give it much thought until now. That said, this post made me happy! Happy in that giddy way you get when something great happens to your close friend, and it's kinda weird that I can feel like that for someone I've never met. I'm just so unbelievably happy for you two. Wishing you two lots of happiness (and stuffed manatees!).

Denise / February 23, 2011 2:26 AM

This is probably one of the best posts from you so far and its not even food related! I feel the exact same way, I AM SERIOUSLY ASEXUAL. but i guess it is true that when you don't go looking for something, it comes to you.

Sad note: flushing mall is closing...??!

sophia / February 23, 2011 3:01 AM

Wow. Your story sounds a lot like mine...except for the happy ending part. Some friends probably think I'm asexual too, as I'm very much "meh" towards boyfriends..and I must admit, a lot of it is from my own lack of self-confidence, jadedness, etc...

And honestly, I'm surprised you don't think you're attractive. Of course I'm female so I can't say much about what a man may find as "hot"...but I always found you witty and incredibly smart and adorable in your own unique way.

Sorry if I sound creepy, lol. Just letting you know that you were WRONG!!! Hahaha!!! And what a great way to prove you wrong!

Best of luck to you both! :D

bg18200 / February 23, 2011 3:10 AM

I too must confess that I've been reading your blog for a while now and never made a comment.But today I wanted to tell you how happy I am for you! I didn't have a boyfriend until I was 27! So you're good. :)

cee / February 23, 2011 4:28 AM

ok, well this is my THIRD comment in the 4+ years i've been keeping up with your blog. but yeah! this was awesome. :D :D :D :D

Lea (Yeebot) / February 23, 2011 4:46 AM

Been a bit out of touch with your blog for a while but how nice is it to pop by and see this post?! Awww... really sweet! Congrats Robyn, I'm very happy for you. :)

Morten / February 23, 2011 4:52 AM

Of course I understand. I expected it :) I hope the two of you figure out the logistics, but enjoy everything along the way:)

Nina / February 23, 2011 5:10 AM

Congratulations! I covet your blog all the way from Sydney and your posts always cheer me up. You're a lovely person and I'm glad you've found someone! It's one of my future plans to eat my way through New York, as much as possible, following your blog.

Your experience is really similar to mine and has a potentially happy end (yeah, you can enjoy that awful pun).

Keep eating and talking about and photographing delicious foods! You're very good at it :D

Lizzi / February 23, 2011 5:45 AM

This makes me feel ridiculously warm and fuzzy and fluffy in my belly. Like I'm about to poop out clouds and marshmallows!

... that's a good thing, for the record.

HIP-HIP-HOORAY! :) very happy for you both.

michelle / February 23, 2011 6:16 AM


I started lurking around your blog when I first left home for Uni in Melbourne Aussie in 2005, stalked you right through graduation, returning home for work, THEN coming back to Melb for Grad school - it's been about 6 years!

Loved everything you've eaten and written, but this piece is just a different kind of awesome! Totally stoked for you, Robyn, you deserve every bit of happiness. (:

Karla / February 23, 2011 6:36 AM

This made my heart melt!!! So thrilled for you both.

I've been lurking around your blog since 2004 and your posts are probably half the reason I'm going to go halfway around the world to NY. Keep up the good work!

Angie / February 23, 2011 7:33 AM

Add me to the long list of lurkers coming out of the shadows to say "WAHHHHHH HOOOOOOOOO" :) You are one of *the* nicest people I've ever "internetknown" and for you to be this happy is fantabulous :) To be this happy with one of your Weegies makes it all the better!

rkm / February 23, 2011 7:51 AM

What a sweet post. Although it's funny - when you were in Norway last week I knew it was because you were visiting your boyfriend, although I guess you hadn't announced it to us just yet :) I think many of us are oblivious to attraction when it's happening to ourselves, even though everyone else sees it! Hooray for you, Robyn :)

annix / February 23, 2011 8:12 AM

Another silent, long-time reader here :)
Just wanted to tell you how happy I felt reading this post. I truly wish you both all the best

kim / February 23, 2011 8:14 AM

reading this post early in the morning made me all tinkling inside. :)

You guys look adorable together. I wish you all the best! Looking forward to read some heart-warming posts.

PS I don't think it's ever too late to have a 'first' bf. I'm in the same boat as you, :P

cc / February 23, 2011 9:07 AM

Yay! While it's sad not to see as many food postings from you, at least it's for a good, happy reason!

Joyce / February 23, 2011 9:14 AM

Yay! Woo! Boys! Boy holding hot dog! I think what I mean to say is that, this is so sweet and awesome, and even awesomer because he seems like an awesome guy. Awesome!

Adrien / February 23, 2011 9:33 AM

YAY! I was actually getting a little worried because it had been so long since you posted. Congratulations! You guys are both freaking adorable. Together!

Didi Paterno / February 23, 2011 9:37 AM

congratulations!!! Yey! so happy for you :) glad that your guy loves to eat too :)

I know you can survive the long distance :) all thanks to the internet. I've been in a long distance relationship for 3 years now and I must say it's done wonders :) Thank the Tech Gods there is such as thing as the internet! Check out my long distance relationship blog too if you have time :)

daphne / February 23, 2011 9:42 AM

I´m really really happy for you Robyn! (and think you make a really nice couple and must share lots of things! Love from argentina


Angela / February 23, 2011 9:53 AM

i'm sooooo happy for you, robyn! i've been reading your blog for years (thanks for all of the laughs!) but this is my first post. i literally clapped my hands in front of my computer when i read this. you deserve all of the happiness in the world!

Julie / February 23, 2011 9:59 AM

Ahhhhh, yayyyyyyzzzzz, for reals!!! I'm so happy for you, Robyn! *happy office chair dance of joy*! Robert and I (who you met during your last Phoenix visit) were long distance for 2 years (granted, just 1,000 miles, but not exactly across town) before he moved out here, and while the distance was hard, it's not so hard (and oh so worth it) when it's the right person! Thank goodness technology makes it easier to communicate regularly and economically! Yayyyyyy!

Mila / February 23, 2011 10:22 AM

This post makes me happy and makes me smile. I wish you both a lot of joy (yes, that makes it sound like you're getting hitched or something, but joy in a new relationship is just as exciting). And I hope you both can travel together soon, eat and explore the world!

Su-Lin / February 23, 2011 11:04 AM

But wait!!! I came here for the science! Huh.

Anyway, I'm so happy for you!! You're an awesome person, Robyn - don't sell yourself short! Hooray for you and Kare!

Alexa / February 23, 2011 11:04 AM

I too, am one of those readers following you forever, but never commenting. That changes today! I am very happy for you, and wish you both much happiness and joy.

maja / February 23, 2011 11:09 AM

Aaw this makes me happy for many reasons, but especially since I've always seen myself in you the times you've mentioned how you haven't been dating. I'm the same way, ok i used to be the same way when i first started reading your blog, now I'm all "i date people but it never ever turns in to anything serious". But appearantly there's hope for our kind as well :]

eatyourheartout / February 23, 2011 11:30 AM

A long absence, this post was well worth the wait and read ;)

I was HOPING the special number 25 would mean something. I mean, c'mon, Quarter Life! Good or bad.

I concur with Mørten. Enjoy it while you can. (I don't mean to sound foreboding there neither.)

esther / February 23, 2011 12:02 PM

LOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL to this: "I wouldn't be surprised if some of my good friends thought I was asexual up until this point."

I'm very excited and happy for u!!! whee!!!! :D

Daisy / February 23, 2011 12:13 PM

Doubt you'd remember me, but years and years ago (five? six?), I got your permission to use one of your macaron photos to design a blog. I often visited and commented AND admired your practically bottomless stomach until my need to actually study for college overpowered the desire to aimlessly browse the internet.

I'm out of college and in the working world now (my work involves cooking a lot, yay!) & thought to catch up on about three years worth of blog posts. :D Just wanted to say HOORAY! The end of your asexuality couldn't have turned out better if anyone had planned it. You guys seem to suit each other really well and you guys already looked adorable in the photos you guys had together in the past. In short, I hope it'll just keep getting better from here! Keep eating and having fun!

Melkorka / February 23, 2011 12:53 PM

This post made my day! So happy for you! long distance romances are kind of crazy romantic if you are really into each other :) (I speak from experience)

egeria / February 23, 2011 1:06 PM

Oh you are sooo in lovey-dovey mode! But that's not a bad place to be in! I'm really happy for you! Thank you for sharing and spreading some joy :D


Marsha Calhoun / February 23, 2011 1:25 PM

I remember when you first convinced your mum that you wouldn't be sold into slavery if you visited internet friends in Norway (her concerns were not trivial, and you allayed them admirably). I am deeply pleased to read of the eventual consequences, and happy on your behalf (and Kåre's).

Sarah in Cali / February 23, 2011 1:37 PM

AaahhhH!!!!! i have been reading your blog since 2004 and I couldn't be happier for you!!!!! This is exciting news indeed :D :D :D

James / February 23, 2011 1:37 PM

Yes! Now you two can make the world's best kare-raisu! The secret ingredient is love! The other secret ingredient is Kare!

katrina / February 23, 2011 3:32 PM

Aw, congratulations! I'm yet another of apparently many who have been quietly reading your blog forever...and I always thought the weegies, especially Kåre, were TOTALLY ADORABLE.

Don't even worry about posting frequently if you're off doing things that are so romantic and cute :)

Danny / February 23, 2011 4:33 PM

Wow, good for you Robyn! and skype is awesome. haha. Get a fast internet connection and a computer that can process video. Don't use a netbook, haha, i know from experience.

Shane / February 23, 2011 4:42 PM

Hi Robyn,

Congrats! This was a very sweet post. I started out going out with my first boyfriend about 2 weeks before my 25th birthday, so you're certainly not alone in the 25 club. I also just realized that I've been reading TGWAE continuously longer than any other blogs I read (and I read way to much online).

tristan / February 23, 2011 4:43 PM


just kidding. i thought you guys would be a good couple from that time long ago when kare (and ezra! hi ezra!) stayed at our place... i'm glad things worked out :) you deserve this happiness more than almost anyone i know.

all my love, buddy!!!!!

Dina / February 23, 2011 4:49 PM

I'm a long time lurker like the 95 other people who posted above.

So amazing you found happiness with someone. Long distance is hard but I'm sure you two will prevail and have a wonderful relationship!

boy / February 23, 2011 5:09 PM


i haz crush on you... : (

oh well. i guess i better find a new food bloggerette to dream about.

Lor / February 23, 2011 5:19 PM

Excuse me while I make strange, high pitched, squeeing sounds in the corner.


Robyn, this post made my heart swell like an over-inflated balloon. The fluffy feelings, they are overwhelming

As one of your friendly blog-lurkers, it's been awesome reading about your adventures. I remember your earlier posts where you would be so nervous to meet up with people and you'd wonder if you smelled funny, and now this! I'm so thrilled and happy for you!

Katie / February 23, 2011 6:13 PM

I was actually afraid you were going to say you were deathly ill or something...I should really try to be more positive. :P

Maria / February 23, 2011 6:28 PM

Yet ANOTHER long-time lurker, I just wanted to echo everyone else here and wish you both the very best. I am very happy for you, but not TOO happy because this means less blogs for me. ;)

Katie / February 23, 2011 6:49 PM

LOVE LOVE LOVE. Kare is adorable, and you are adorable, therefore it's clear that you two will be totally adorable together! :D

Lila / February 23, 2011 7:37 PM

(I'm going to be creepy again, somehow I always end up being creepy when I post comments here!)

Obviously this Kare fellow knows a great thing when he sees one. An intelligent and wise man to snap Robyn up while he can! I'd do my darndest if I was a lady who liked ladies. =P Props and many happy things to you both!

P.S. Might I suggest for flights?

dee / February 23, 2011 7:58 PM

I've been reading your blog forever, and holy mother I honestly cannot stop smiling! y'all are the CUTEST

Newton / February 23, 2011 8:13 PM

GUESS WHAT. I'm an American studying abroad in Scandinavia. I WANT A WEEGIE BF TOOOOOO. I feel really sad right now because it's not possible for me. BUT HAPPY FOR YOU.


roboppy / February 23, 2011 9:31 PM

Guys, to saw I'm blown away by your comments is an understatement. I am your comments...wait that doesn't really work. I'm thinking EXTREME. It makes me think I should've written something more heart felt, but it seemed like my post got the point across well enough.

I'm really touched that so many of you have come out of the virtual ether for the first time to leave me a comment. I SHALL REPLY TO EVERY ONE. Or die trying. Here I go.

francesbean: Thanks for following since forever! And for the happies.

jane: Heehee, I like your emoticon very muchly. Thank you for the vibes and for delurking!

Katherine: Thanks! I'm glad you can share the happiness. About 4 years ago I met one of my blog readers in real life and she asked me if I had a boyfriend or was a lesbian or just keeping something secret....haha. What a boring answer I had for her! Now I finally have a more exciting answer. Just 4 years later.

Denise: I should write these lovey dovey posts more often, haha!...nah, I wont. :) As for the Flushing Mall, ARGH, I don't need a stinkin' parking garage or whatever. Whoever's idea that was is a ..megapoop...who doesn't like food...or something. :( I am sad.

sophia: Oh yes, I lack self confidence too. ;_; And I'm quite shy. Sort of a miracle I got anywhere! And..weeellll, I know I'm not ugly, but I'm not a looker either. And I'm alright with that! I'm happy enough with my appearance. Not being hot = I don't attract attention, which is how I like it. Thank you for your compliments though (not creepy at all!)...sometimes I do amp up my adorable-ness.

bg18200: Thanks for reading for so long! I expected to wait until after I was like 30 to have a boyfriend, haha...yay low expectations. :)

cee: Thanks! Yay comment number 3!

Lea: Thank you! Kåre's sister lives in London, btw...really hope there's a trip to London in our future. Bwaaahahaa.

Morten: Thanks, I AM ENJOYING IT TONS!

Nina: Thank you! I hope you get to visit NYC soon and gorge yourself!

Lizzi: Thanks! Who wouldn't wanna poop out clouds and marshmallows? It's a good poop.

michelle: Thank you for reading for so long, and everything else!

Karla: Thank you! I feel like I should be giving out awards for such longtime readership, man.

Angie; Thanks! Weegie happiness is one of the best happinesses.

rkm: Thanks! You say right through meeee. Hehehe. Ahhh.

Belinda: Thank you!

annix: Thanks! Glad my sharing happies = delurking, bwaha!

kim: Thanks! WE SHARED THE SAME BOAT! I'm going to leave behind some macarons and ice cream fried chicken so everyone else in the boat can can have a good time. (I..I guess that's my idea of party food. Hm.)

cc: Thanks! I hope this happiness makes up for the saaaad.

Olivia: HAHA, thanks! I miss you, Olivia. I didn't know we had crazy vibes. :) I'm hoping that Kåre and I can visit DC one weekend when he's here, will let you know if we do!

Joyce: Yes, you got it! Awesome hot dog boy. :) Thanks!

Terry: Thank youus!

Adrien: Thanks! I just didn't want anyone to think I was dead. No death! Not yet.

Didi: Thanks! As far as I can tell, he can eat anything and he has a good appetite. Phewww. I will check out your blog!

daphne: Thank you!

Angela: Thank you! I appreciate the real clap. :)

Julie: Thanks! I love me some technology and office chair joy dance!

Mila: Thanks! I'm looking forward to traveling, yesss. Just wish I had more vacation time!

Mary Sue: Maybe it'd be easier if we were in the same country..doh! Thanks. :) A direct Bergen-to-NYC flight will make things easier, hehe.

Su-Lin: Okay, I'll do some science..FOR YOU!...not now. :) Thanks!


Maja: Thanks! There is some hope for our kind! I AM PROOOOF

D: So glad I didn't have a quarter-life crisis or something. YAY 25 AWESOME. And thanks for being a loyal reader for like 5 bagillion years (I mean, one year in Internet time is way longer than real time, heh).

shauna: Thanks! Yay delurking!

esther: Thank you!

Daisy: Aw, thanks for coming back! For better or worse I haven't blogged a ton in a while, so..maybe it won't take too long to catch up on the past few years, heh. :) Couldn't think of a better way to end the era of asexuality than with Kåre.

bionicgrrrl: Thank you! You gotta meet him next time he's heeere.

Melkorka: Thank you!

egeria: Hehe, thanks! Lovey dovey mode is so distracting, but it feels nice.

Marsha: Thanks! Oh yes, what a fun period that was, trying to convince my mom I wouldn't get screwed over!...nooot. But it'd be amusing to hear how my mom reacted to my news, perhaps: She was somewhat indifferent! It was during Thanksgiving that I told her, "Soo I'm going to Norway to visit Kåre cos I'm dating him" and her response was something like, "Oh, ok. ...So which one is Kåre? The tall one? Ok." She's not very nosy. I guess she trusts me, yay. :)

Sarah: Thanks! And here is a virtual LONGTIME READER PIN [sticks it on your shirt]

James: HAHAHAHhahahahah ahahahahahhh god. Thanks for the pun. :)

Sandy: Thanks! I LIVE FOR IT.

Veronica: Aww yeah, you did. You'll have to meet Kåre more properly next time! Beyond pie shards.

katrina: Thanks! Those weegies are frustratingly adorable.

auntjone: Thank you!

Danny: Thanks! Yeah, I gotta get into the skype. The 6 hour time difference is a bit annoying...I'm thinking "I WANNA TALK NOW oh wait it's like 4am for you nevermind."

Shane: Thank you! What a fun club we are in. We can have a virtual 25 CLUB PARTTYYYYY with chocolate chip cookies.

Tristan: Thanks buuudddddyyy, yeaah you know me better than I know me. :)

Dina: Haha, thanks for delurking! I am determined to PREVAIL..with..HAPPY LOVE STUFF.

boy: Oh shizz! I am flattered. Don't be saaad. There are many good bloggerettes to dream about. And even people who aren't bloggerettes. :] Thanks!

Lor: SQUEEING FOR MEEE? Thank you. :) I mean, I do still get nervous sometimes, and sometimes I do smell funny, but..Ii guess I have more confidence now! Just a smidge.

LaserLiza: Thank you!

Katie: Thanks! Hell yeah, I got a good catch. And I usually think the worst too, haha...I'd like to be positive, but nah, my mind totally goes to death.

Maria: Thank you! I'm comfortable with "very, but not too happy." :) I wanna blog too!

Chris: Thank you!

Katie: Thanks! Together we can have ADORABLE EXPLOSION.

Lila: Aw, thank you! You are not creepy; if you were, you wouldn't worry about it. :) And i haven't checked out before, I'll check it out!

dee: Thank you!

Newton: I though about writing this post as a "GUIDE TO GETTING A WEEGIE BOYFRIEND" or something, but..refrained. Heh. I WANT WEEGIE BFS FOR EVERYONE! So what I did was become obsessed with a Norwegian musician, make a website for the musician, become friends with a Weegie through the site, then become friends with his friends, and then ...a bunch of years later...TADA.

...too much effort, probably. But I hope you meet lots of cool Scandinavians. :)

As for Kåre's name, good question! Because no one can tell from reading it. Unless they speak a Scandinavian language, I suppose. It sounds like "koaw-ruh" with the r slightly rolled.

Claire / February 23, 2011 10:00 PM

Robyn! I think this was the cutest post ever—Adam said, "Robyn has a boyfriend," and the first thing I said was, "Was it one of the dudes who rickrolled her?" And he was like, "Yes! How did you know?"

Never doubt the power of the rickroll.

Adam / February 23, 2011 10:03 PM

Fun post. I had no idea THIS is why you were going to Norway. Nice. FWIW, I didn't get a girlfriend till I was 25. First, I thought no girl would ever like me. Then, when I got over that and realized I WAS AWESOME, I figured I had been without a GF so long that I wouldn't even know how to act around one. I guess you could say I was sort of SCARED OF GIRLS, even though I thought about them all the time. Obsessed about them, even. And then I finally got over THE FEAR b/c I knew I'd be lonely if I didn't just jump in the deep end. Anyway ... BLAH BLAH BLAH, SPLASH!

My advice: MOVE TO NORWAY, ROBYN! Seriously. If you can somehow work it out, you should totally move to Norway.

Tim / February 23, 2011 10:30 PM

Congrats! Here's a fact which may freak you out: I've been reading your blog since before I met THE PERSON WHO IS NOW MY WIFE!

[Lest you forget, we moved to NYC in 2008, ate at Alta with you shortly afterwards, and got married and moved to Chicago last year.]

I discovered so many new foodstuffs vicariously through your blog, and while I hope you continue to post (probably mostly about herrings and such), want to say thanks for the years of enlightenment and entertainment!

Alex / February 23, 2011 11:25 PM

Holy sweet dumpling innards (which I actually like savoury not sweet). Ermmm...

SQUEES x a bajilliontrillion!

I'm de-lurking (I've only done it once before, to comment on Mother's Dumplings when you visited my hometown of Toronto) but this is almost *more* important than commenting on pork and chive dumpliciousness. WHEE! WEEGIE-love!

I'm super pumped. It gives me hope, y'know? Hope that I can find a tri-sausage holding Scandi of my own?

Wow. I'm _exhausted_ and this is threatening to make little sense.

I guess what I'm getting at is: !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Aliiiiiiiiiice / February 23, 2011 11:30 PM

ahahahaha. for some reason this comes off like an I'm-coming-out-of-the-closet kinda post. an ADORABLE one!

reoreoreo / February 23, 2011 11:34 PM

yes, i am another one of those roboppy blog readers who's been reading since 1932 but have never commented... although i have attempted to friend you on fb (still waiting sadly). but wow, it's not like i know you in person, but i am truly happy for you. the internet is such a strange (or amazing) place!!!

chelsea / February 24, 2011 5:11 AM

congrats robin! i myself only got attached for the first time when i was 24 yrs old... and am engaged to be married this october (same guy)!

Sue / February 24, 2011 6:27 AM

Been reading your blog since college and delurked a few times to comment and delurking again to saaay:
SOOOOO AAAAAWESSOMMMEE! (and b/c I can't help but think of Adventure Time now, those CAPS were exclaimed in Jake's voice :D)
Congrats! You two are sooo cuuute!! :D

Melody / February 24, 2011 7:59 AM

Awww, yay!!! This is very happy news indeed, and thank you for sharing it with us! :D :D I'm excited for both you and Kåre! :)

Lea (Yeebot) / February 24, 2011 8:45 AM

Wooo! It would be awesome to meet up again and to meet Kåre should you visit London again. :)

Funny you should mention it... there's a trip to New York in my future... in late April in fact! My first time, so excited! Would be great to meet up if you're around and also hear your food recommendations. Will email you the details!

Zarnyx / February 24, 2011 10:57 AM

Four things:

1. Like many of the lurkers before me in this comment thread, my sister and I are both lurkers too of your very great blog - long time readers,and first time commenters.

2. You can be sure my sister's going to cringe when she sees I commented on your blog without her knowing. Har Har.

3. On "Adventure Time" - Isn't it just sad there are no good toys from this fabulous show?

4. This news made us go "awwwww". This is the cutest thing we've read thus far today. We're very happy for you guys!!!

serena / February 24, 2011 10:58 AM

Any guy that can hold so many well-dressed hot dogs simultaneously is a stand-up guy in my book. Congratulations, Robyn! :)

Hilary / February 24, 2011 12:30 PM

Also de-lurking (I've been reading since way back in 07) to say congratulations! Super happy for you :)

Anna / February 24, 2011 1:09 PM

Another lurker delurking to say congratulations!

As a longtime reader living in Oslo, I've always enjoyed your blog and especially your trips to Norway!

Jeanne / February 24, 2011 2:49 PM

Yay Robyn! Now we can hope for fun Norwegian food posts maybe? ;D Also, your mom sounds awesome.

I have been a horrible commenter (sorry! feed readers are evil like that)...but this was definitely a delurkworthy post!

Stefanie / February 24, 2011 2:58 PM

Like many of the other lurkers here, I have come out of hiding to say that I am soooo happy for you. I was going to write "Congratulations!," but that seemed weird to say.

I once bumped into you at the Chocolate Show years ago. I told you that I read your blog and you told me to comment because you like comments, but I never did before this because, I never know what to say. I remember our conversation ending awkwardly because I didn't know what else to say to you except that I liked your blog.

While I'm happy for you, a selfish part of me is sad at the possibility that your blog might die out the way mine did when I started dating my boyfriend (now husband). He was my first boyfriend (long distance in Toronto, me in New York) at 26 years old. After three years of "dating", we've been married for a little over a year now. =)

If you two can work out the time difference, communicating through skype is a godsend for a long distance relationship.

Hannah / February 24, 2011 3:44 PM

Yaaay!! I'm just one more long-time reader writing a first comment now to tell you how happy I am for you! It only seems fitting that a blog full of so many food adventures would lead you to a love adventure. :)

Mikey / February 24, 2011 3:57 PM

So happy for ya, boppy! I wish you many happy foodmoments together and of course many more regular ones!

Heather / February 24, 2011 3:59 PM

I've loved your blog ever since I discovered it last year and really enjoy your take on food, life and manatees. I'm so happy for you and wish you and Kare all the best!

anna / February 24, 2011 4:14 PM

Congratulations! And may I say that I saw this coming several miles away? When I first started reading your blog, back before I met you and painted you a manatee, I remember seeing posts about Kare and being all "wtf why aren't Kare and Robyn a couple?"

Zarnyx's Sis / February 24, 2011 4:21 PM

Hi! First off, way to go on the cute boyfriend situation and writing about it in a way that did not make me leave your blog forever. Now, if you use the phrase "BF", you might lose me.

Secondly, I see my sister commented up there and I cringed. She made me de-lurk.

Love your blog. You are one of the cutest.

Oh, and if you do not have this:
you might need it. Get your fellow AT lovers to buy them all so that I don't have to buy one for my sister.

Jane C / February 24, 2011 4:27 PM

I'm so happy for you! I was first shown to your blog by a friend and I've been reading your posts for 3 years (although I've since moved to San Francisco, I still miss NY and love to read about your food adventures). I also recently found out we had a brief encounter although my terrible memory refuses to acknowledge it. We once had a group brunch outing at Jane restaurant that was put together by my friend Colin Parent. Not sure if you recall that either but anyway, if you're ever in the SF region, let me know!

Teresa / February 24, 2011 4:31 PM

Very happy for you! :) I've been a long time reader but rarely ever posts. I appreciate you sharing this news with us because sometimes I feel detached with the blog not only because we've never met, but also well, this is really justa blog. But I like reading about other people's business >:), and I am happy as a reader we get a glimpse into your personal life in addition to your great photos and hilarious commentary. Please continue to post about food and don't be shy about sharing a little bit of your personal life with us! ;)

Emily / February 24, 2011 5:02 PM

Yay Robyn!! So happy for you! I've also actually been reading/creeping since the early days, so it's really awesome to hear that you've found someone special after all this time! I feel like this stuff happens when you least expect it, which always makes it even more rewarding?? :D Congrats!

Robin / February 24, 2011 5:04 PM

I'm so happy for you!!! My husband and I met on the Internet while chatting. I was here in Maryland and he was in Korea! We had the long distance relationship for six months and got married. We are married for 12 years now. Good luck!!!

Rob C / February 24, 2011 5:12 PM

I've read your blog for years and the absence of a Significant Other never really stood out.

Congratulations to you both,it must be pretty good news as it's brought dozens of us 'lurkers' out of the woodwork.

Good luck with the long-distance bit, it's just a pity he's not a true European (joke!)

Rob in London

Jane / February 24, 2011 7:52 PM

Like many others, I am a long-time reader though I never comment. And I have to say that this doesn't surprise me at all. After your posts after his last visit I could actually *sense a little something brewing there -- congrats!!!

Amy / February 24, 2011 9:15 PM

Been reading your blog but have never commented until now - this is just so very grand - I have this smile on my face right now like there's hope in mankind and I will believe in world peace and all those things - LOVE is so very inspiring!!

It will work- I met my hubby via ... ICQ (is that even in existence?) when I was in Taipei and he was in LA. We now live in New York and have been married for 8.5 years.

Anna / February 24, 2011 10:26 PM

Your blog always manages to put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing this non-food post. This put a BIG smile on my face.
Sending positive vibes to you :)

carolg / February 24, 2011 10:27 PM

I am SOOOOOOOOOOO happy for you Robyn!
How could I confuse Norway with Finland? Please excuse!! keep having a wonderful time! You deserve it.
All my best wishes,

Hui Wen / February 24, 2011 10:53 PM

Hi Robyn,

I don't know if you remember me, but I'm so happy for you! We met in 2009. You inspired me to apply for the food studies programme. Anyway, I can totally relate to being seen as asexual and the cat-lady resignation. But you found someone! You give me hope for the future. :) This is huge!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Also, long distance can totally work. My brother and his girlfriend have been doing it for more than a year now and they are still going strong. :) And they couldn't be further apart. The plan ride between NY and S'pore is 22hrs if you fly non-stop. I wish you guys all the best!

Grace / February 25, 2011 1:17 AM

Oh my gosh! This is the loveliest post and I'm so thrilled for you! This post is the best reason why there's been an absence of food -related blogs, totally revel in it!

Sher / February 25, 2011 9:13 AM

I have been reading your blog for years from the other side of the world and have never commented much like some others who simply HAD to comment on this one. I read about all your adventures (especially in Paris) with such joy. Your writings prepared me for my first trip to Paris (and boy did you make me anticipate that trip, I'm all about the food can you tell :D) You remind me a lot of my real life best friend & you have a rare ability to connect very well with people through your words.
So anyways, while I do miss your frequent updates, yay for you!!!!! You have no idea how happy I am for you aka a total stranger! Who would've thought this post would unearth so many lurkers!

PS: I met my husband through a friend and our first interactions were on the internet. We were friends for 7 years before he asked me out.

Albany Jane / February 25, 2011 9:20 AM

Dude! Congrats on the awesome new feelings! It totally rocks when you find someone you can be a little more than platonic with, and at the same time, totally be friends. And seriously, now you guys have the most epic "How we started dating" story. There's something awesome retro about it. Like old fashioned courtship.

Lisa S. / February 25, 2011 9:59 AM

Oh my goodness! Good for you, Robyn! He's adorable. You're adorable. It totally works. Even though we're strangers, I'm really happy for you. It gives me some hope that one day I can put aside the cat lady thoughts as well. Good luck and best wishes!

Kermit / February 25, 2011 10:51 AM

Given all the others who have de-lurked, I figured I would take the plunge as well...
I've been reading your blog for at least 4 years, and think it is fantastic. I, too, love food, and love reading about and looking at food photography. Your blog was a great source of info when I made my first trip to NYC a few years ago (we enjoyed delicious gelato in the Chelsea Market - which we LOVED). I plan trips around food, so your posts have been super-helpful!

As to your current post - congrats on the development of something new and exciting :) It doesn't get much better than finding someone who shares some of the things that bring you joy!

mims / February 25, 2011 7:34 PM

first time commenting!
loved your blog but never commented.
let me just say, I had a very international long-distance relationship for about 2 years and just got married to him in october.
it really works if you're both willing to try ('- ^ )d
just trust him and trust yourself!

all the best!

gtrine / February 25, 2011 7:55 PM

Robin, that's such AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME news!!! And I remember how happy you were about your surprise shake shack bday party so I know this is a big deal!!!

Congratulations to you and Kare!

And I know all about long distance relationship and have proof that it can work!!! All the best and happiness to you. You totally deserve it.

The crazy cat lady comment (and allergy comment) totally cracked me up. Funny lady!

Tab / February 25, 2011 9:23 PM

So, I totally stumbled across your page quite by accident and have to say I am so happy I took the time to read your post. What a sweet & beautiful story! I am very happy for you....for me too, it was only after I resigned to the fact I wasn't going to find someone that this amazing man just fell right smack dab in my life. Thank you for sharing your super awesome story! With so much sadness in the world, these simple things really make my day. :)

roboppy / February 25, 2011 10:37 PM

Thanks again for your gabajillion comments! I wouldn't keep going if not for you. I was not expecting to break a hundred. I feel like this is a milestone that requires a celebratory drink that involves loudly popping a cork off a bottle and having the cork break something. Reading about your successful long-distance-relationships is great!

I will respond to everyone! I'm going to give a big combined "thanks" though...methinks you understand. :)

Jamie, Christine, Eliza, Melody, Stella, Kawaii-Ne, Hilary, Ani, Hannah, Mikey, Heather, Winnie, Miriam, Suze, Carol, Grace, Shelley, Diana: Thanks!

Tim: I didn't forget! You've been such a dedicated reader--thanks. :) And exciting to see how much happened in the time you've been reading! I'm sorry we only got to hang out that one time..I remember you inviting me to your place! I didn't know you guys moved to Chicago. Aahh. ;_; Chicago is awesome though. Damn, time flies.

Alex: Thanks for delurking! And for the barrage of exclamation marks! And you've reminded me...those were some good dumplings. And I'm glad I can give hope, cos god knows I was hopeless for many years. ._. Low self esteem, noooo. I would like tri-sausage-holding Scandis for everyone!

Alice: HAHA, I guess that is sort of what I did! Coming out of the lonely hetero closet.

reoreoreo: You get the award for longest reader ever! 79 years and counting! And as soon as I figure out who you are on FB, I'll friend yaaa.

Chelsea: Thanks! And yay, happy wedding for you!

Sue: Aw, thanks! YES, INVOKE JAKE VOICE!

Zarnyx: Thank you for delurking and for giving me a 4-PART COMMENT...sweet. :) As for Adventure Time toys, man, they've got like endless toy ideas in there. Think of the plushies and the action figures and the accessories omg omg. If I were a kid I'd froth at the mouth for all that junk.

serena: Thanks! He is a man of many talents.

Nicholas: Ah yes, the biggest downside of not being alone. I shed a tear!

Anna: Thanks! I hope to visit Oslo someday...I should explore other parts of Norway, eh? Will let you know if I do! :)

Jeanne: Thanks! Weegie food posts coming in the next two weeks, I hope! And yup, my mom is quite awesome.

Stefanie: Thanks! I haven't been to a Chocolate Show in so long; sorry that my memory is hazy.. ;_; Can I blame it on the chocolate? Part of the reason I stopped going (the other part being that it is so freakin' crowded) is because eating too much chocolate makes me feel sick. Or it used to. And if you want your money's worth, you EAT ALL DA CHOCOLATE, right?

And I'm glad to hear about you and your husband! Hope my relationship goes as well. :)

Anna: Thanks! And WHAAT, you did? Aw. :) IT WAS MEANT TO BEEE.

Zarnyx's Sis: Thanks! And I'm glad I didn't turn you off with boy-talk. I wanted to play it on the safe side, although maybe I was too safe. IS MY LOVE SHINING THROUGH? I WANT IT TO SHINE LIKE BLINDING FLAMES.

Oh damn, that hoodie is great. Noodly arms FTW.

Jane: Thanks! And whaaat, I met you at that brunch? My memory is terrible too..I mean, I remember the brunch, but there were a bunch of people. A bunch of people who didn't seem to know each other, heh. Well. Good to know we have graced each others' presences before. If I'm ever in SF I'll let you know!

Teresa: Thanks! My more-than-food personal life is pretty uneventful. I mean, really uneventful. But I finally have something eventful, woo!

Emily: Thanks! It's a damn good reward.

Robin: Thanks! That's a lovely story. :)

Jane: Thanks! Man, the internet can sense things I didn't, ah! Glad I finally caught up.

Amy: Thanks! I used to be on ICQ all the time in middle school in Taiwan, hehe. Oh, the good old days. And now I'm pretty much only on AIM, and only at work so I can talk to my coworkers. Erp. Anyhoo, glad to hear about how you met your husband!

Anna: Thanks! Seems like a lot of people like these non-food posts...well, only if the news is super awesome. When more awesomeness happens, I shall blog about it.

Hui Wen: Thanks! I totally remember you--admittedly, it helps that you have the same name as my mom. :) So glad I can give help from the seemingly-asexual-potential-cat-ladies out there! And damn, NYC to Singapore is nuts. But if Kåre lived in Singapore, I'm like him just as much. And damn, think of all that good food on the other end..

Janet: Thanks! :) I hope you get to meet Kåre next time he's here. GOTTA MAKE IT HAPPENNN.

Sher: Thanks! I had so much fun writing those Paris posts, probably more than anything else, so it makes me especially happy to hear when people enjoy those / find em useful. And wow, friends for 7 years...! Glad to hear that worked out. I'm glad Kåre didn't wait that long, although I think if he didn't say anything I would've had to chime in at some point. :)

Albany Jane: Thanks! It's such a relief to be in the, "We are already friends--boy, it is so easy to transition into something more" situation. If only I had recognized the wooing earlier!

Lisa: Thanks! Maybe the cat lady thoughts will work out well in the end like they did for me, haha. Ahhhhh okay let's not be cat ladies.

Kermit: Thanks! So glad I could help with your NYC eats. That reminds me, I haven't been to L'Arte del Gelato in a long time. Nooo I want mah gelato.

Mims: Thank you! Glad to hear about your success story. We're definitely doing our best right now. :)

qtrine: Thanks! I didn't want the post to be allll mush..needs some laughs too. :)

Tab: Thanks for commenting, just after an accidental virtual stumble! And you said it right; its like after you give up all hope, life decides you are ready to get the thing you...gave up hope about. Or something. THANKS LIFE, good work there. ;)

Zarnyx's Sis / February 26, 2011 12:24 AM

Ha! You did not play it too safe. It was the right amount of mush and the love is definitely shining, blinding without killing. Back to lurking for me. Stay happy.

kaare / February 26, 2011 1:53 AM

These comments are blowing my mind. So many! Thanks for the support, I especially like the stories of successful long distance relationships. For some reason a lot of my friends have been in the same boat, and have pulled it off, so I know it's doable. I'm feel lucky to have found such wonderful woman. The future is an awesome place indeed!

janet / February 26, 2011 1:55 AM

Hi Robin. I'm yet another long time reader who has never commented. I love your posts! And I am sooooooo happy for you! Yay!!! (Jumps up and down)

Lola Pop / February 26, 2011 6:15 AM

hey, i'm one one of the anonymous followers and i'm just here to say I KNEW IT!! :D
well done girl!

Alice / February 26, 2011 10:47 AM

Long time lurker/reader. Just wanted to say I am glad so much happiness has come into the life of someone who has brought so much food porn happiness into mine! And thanks for all the food finds from someone who plans her days around finding the nom nommiest of foods!

Margaret / February 26, 2011 3:19 PM

Hey, I've been reading your blog for like... 6, 8 months now? It's great and I'm going to keep reading it no matter how infrequently you post, so focus on the important things, and by that I mean your personal happiness.
This is so cheesy but I had to break my silence to voice support.

Joanne / February 27, 2011 12:57 AM

AWW!!! I'm so happy for you too!! Can we see an adorable picture of the two of you together?!

Yas (aboutthefood) / February 27, 2011 5:52 AM

Wowzers! It's been said before but congratulations! This post was awesome, thank you for sharing.

As another person who has suffered through long distance more than once, it's do-able and worth it. And it makes for some pretty awesome memories and experiences. I reckon it makes you and your relationship stronger, and that can only be good.

This post caused me to smile a lot, so thank you.

evelyn / February 27, 2011 7:19 AM

Hi Robyn!!! I used to read your blog every day ages and ages ago, and I must admit that I too have been paying less attention to this space since real life (ie Boyfriend!) for me took over... Anyway this development is toooooo coool. If ever you and Kare happen by Singapore let me know, i'll take you out for some great fried Kare ;) It's stuff you will love.

inafryingpan / February 27, 2011 7:40 AM

So, SO happy from across the oceans for ya! :D I was honestly totally surprised to read about it - not because I didn't think you couldn't have a boyfriend (who wouldn't want to be that cool guy to date the girl who ate everything...way fun-ner than dating the skinny carrots and humus girl any day), I just never thought I'd read anything of this (non-foodie) nature on your blog. That takes balls lady, I find it's WAY harder to share inner, sentimental stuff like you have in this post, that too in your naturally honest but hilarious tone, than when talking about fried squid mountains.

Tons of happy, warm and fuzzy wishes from yet another die-hard TGWAE fan.

rhi / February 27, 2011 7:48 AM

wow, this made my day! i'm so happy for you! i've been reading your blog for a couple of years now, and your posts never fail to amuse. just... don't really get the commenting thing? but this post made me so happy i felt like i had to share that somehow, so best wishes for the two of you, and thanks for sharing this awesome news with all of us!

Melissa / February 27, 2011 12:49 PM

Aww too cute! (I'm late... But my heart is still bubbling with joy for you two)

When you told us, it totally clicked. Like a "you are the peanut butter to my jelly" moment. Or ice cream custard to a shake shack burger. Or can fill in other food analogies here. I'm making myself hungry.

So, yay! Boys! Happy Robyn! :)

roboppy / February 27, 2011 8:02 PM

yoko, Janet, Lola Pop, Alice, Margaret, m, Christina, Erica, rhi: Thanks, everyone! You're all too sweet.

Joanne: Thanks! I added some photos to the end of the post. Ehehe hope you like. :)

Yas: Thanks! The distance is poopy, but I think it's making my heart grow fonder. Sniffsniff.

Evelyn: Thanks! Boys take up a lot of time, eh? It's understandable. :) I'd love to go to Singapore! And for you to help feed us!

inafryingpan: Thank you! This topic does go in a...very different direction than most posts, hehe. I'm sooo not used to writing heartfelt personal stuff, although in this case it was more exciting than fried squid mountains (as delicious as those fried squid mountains may be).

Rose / February 28, 2011 1:16 AM


you happy makes me happy. you're both so cute! bring him to Chicago and we can go on a double daatteeee!!!! or just hang out.


Rain / February 28, 2011 1:33 AM

And yet while this was not meant to be a food post I must say this is my favorite post to date.

Always believe in love because it believes in you! Congratulations!

Pat / February 28, 2011 10:59 AM

Awe, I'm so happy for you! Your blog is my favorite thing to read in the morning food related or not when at work, but don't tell my boss!
You send out a very sincere vibe that most peeps are usually missing. And I love the fact that you are not afraid to make fun of yourself.
Keep doing what you do...sista' girl!

I love kung fuuuuuu! To repeat the great kung fu panda!


Foodporncess / February 28, 2011 12:39 PM

This post made me smile from my toes. Congratulations from one late bloomer to another. It's pretty amazing, isn't it? Enjoy every single minute and congratulations to both of you!

Eileen / February 28, 2011 8:15 PM

Am semi de-lurking (I think I may have left a "Hi!" comment once or twice a long time ago, can't even remember, ha) to say YAY and much love to you and Kare, what lovely news! Your blog is one of my favorites, mostly because you are crazy awesome and it comes through in your writing, on top of the gorgeous pics. If you ever visit Toronto, I totally have to meet you in person! Sending many squishy rainbows to you both.

Mahar / March 1, 2011 12:58 AM

Okay. I'm so behind!

Very happy for the both of you. I remember talking to you online about this dude. And I am glad you're together!

Oh the Internet. It makes love happen, people!

luvsocks / March 1, 2011 3:37 PM

What a happy story! Congrats to you and Kare.

Ain't no mountain high enough....ain't no river wide enough...

Matilda / March 1, 2011 3:54 PM

How great is your fan base, Robyn! They all came out to congratulate you--let me add my hurray! to the chorus!

Christiana / March 1, 2011 8:22 PM

I've been reading your blog for years all through college (it helped me through some tedious classes...shhhh!) and MUST delurk to say how happy I am for you! Congrats! :)

roboppy / March 2, 2011 12:03 AM

Rose, Rain, Pat, Foodporncess, Gastronomer, Eileen, Mahar, yuri, wendy, luvsocks, Matilda, Christiana: Thanks for your support, everyone! Some good news I found out today: Kåre is visiting NYC in May! Woo!...I better get all my Norway posts done by then. Haha. Haaa oh man.

Jessica "Su Good Sweets" / March 2, 2011 2:21 AM

Aw, congratulations Robyn! One of my friends also met a guy in Europe, and it's tough with late-night phone calls and constant jet-setting, but they're engaged. So yes, long distance relationships can work.

Stella / March 2, 2011 8:46 PM

Hi! Also long time reader, first time commenter! This story made me smile too! Congratulations, I was in a long distance relationship for 4.5 years crossing from NYC and Italy, then NYC and China.... And well let's just say we are living in Shanghai and getting married this autumn, so it definitely can work!

May / March 2, 2011 9:50 PM

I'm a long-time lurker, but also asked you for advice about what to eat in NYC about a year and a half ago. I am so happy for you two! Only repeating what's already been said a lot, but just felt like sharing in the warmth. Congrats! :D

christine / March 2, 2011 10:02 PM

Another de-lurker (wow, there are a lot of us tonight! We could start a TGWAE fan club!), and a hearty congratulations! That's certainly a very good reason and it's so cute that you have someone to share your adventures with! Now that Kåre has been unveiled ... will he write a guest post? :D

tokyoastrogirl / March 3, 2011 1:37 AM

Robyn- great, awesome post and CONGRATULATIONS! Super happy for you and Kare (I have no idea how to do that little symbol on his name so you'll have to forgive me). Woooooo! Best reason ever to not update a blog, for sure. Don't worry about the long distance- I did it for over a year and well, we've been married for 9 years. Very happy for you!

DelurkingfromEurope / March 3, 2011 2:57 AM

Delurking to say: YAY, HURRAY!!!! Robyn + Kare = what took you guys so long ;-)
Another vote for a guest post from Kåre, possibly the cutest Weegie ever!

Susan in HK / March 3, 2011 10:49 AM

Hi Pesky Little Sister! (remember me?),

I'm getting in on this late, but I'm very happy for you two!

hope to meet you someday.

ila / March 3, 2011 4:38 PM

i pop in to see what's up and its practically a FESTIVAL in here! congrats to you two, and i hope too see some more adventures!

Marney / March 4, 2011 11:39 AM

I've been reading your blog since 2006, so I feel like I know you. Congrats!!!! Really adorable:) Do not stop blogging about food though:) If you are ever in Brussels, drop me a mail. I will be happy to take you around the city:)

Jennifer / March 4, 2011 8:59 PM

I've been a reader for a while but never posted! Congratss! Your pictures are adorable!

roboppy / March 5, 2011 10:34 PM

Jessica: Thanks! Nice to hear a success story. :)

Stella: Thanks! And congratulations!

May: Thanks you!

Christine: Thanks! I think it's more likely that Kåre will pop in with comments every now and then, buuut I have encouraged him to start his own blog. So we can all spy on him. ..Well, I didn't give him that reason, but yeah. :)

tokyoastrogirl: Thanks! I make the symbol by hitting option + a on my Mac, which I found out by accident. :O NICE ACCIDENT. Anyhoo, glad to hear your success story!

DelurkingfromEurope: Yay, thanks! Only took us four-ish years to get here!...better late than never. :)

Susan: Thanks! And hell yes, I remember. I hope to visit HK someday! Orrrr you can just come here, yups.

ila: Thanks! WE ARE PARTYING LIKE NUTS IN HERE! Comment party!

Marney: Thank you! For the long readership and the congrats. :D And I'd love to visit Brussels someday..or properly visit, more like. I took a day trip there once during my semester in Paris, but unfortunately never blogged about it. :( Wasn't really a food trip though, more like a "wandering around Bruges, dunno what I'm doing, okay now I'm in Brussels and I still don't know what I'm doing." It was a weird day. Deserves another visit.

Patrick: Thanks!

Jennifer: Thanks!

plume: Thanks! Kåre is a fine example of the fair haired, blue eyed population. :)

Jennifer / March 6, 2011 4:13 AM

Robyn, I think you're in love.

keke first comment I've ever posted as well, a long reader since 2006..

Jess / March 6, 2011 3:20 PM

Robyn, so pleased that you are so happy with food as well as your life right now!
Thanks for sharing. Your voice shines through your writing. Kare and your friends are fortunate to have you in their lives.
Regards from a longtime lurking reader.

April / March 6, 2011 6:24 PM

This is awesome news! I'm glad you've found your someone special. Life is so much sweeter now, huh? I'm so thrilled for you. I don't know you but I feel like I should, I've been reading your blog for so many years. Best wishes from Honolulu!

LOLwai / March 7, 2011 11:24 AM

I'm going to chime in with the crowd already brimming with support (179 comments? Here's #180!) -- I haven't read this nearly as long as the others (I think I stumbled in first when you'd written about your dinner at Per Se -- made me drool like a Tibetan mastiff, if Tibetan mastiffs drooled.)(They totally do.), but I love reading your witticisms just as much as I love looking at your pictures -- and I'm ever so glad that you shared your joy with the rest of us. More smiles going around! :)

roboppy / March 8, 2011 11:56 AM

Jennifer: Ahhyup, I guess I am. :) Thanks for reading!

Jess: Thank you!

April: Thanks! Life is most definitely sweeter. Would be even better if I lived in Honolulu and could eat shave ice and mochi all the time. :)

LOLwai: Thanks! I just had to look up what a Tibetan mastiff looks like—it looks like a whole lot of serious dog. A dog with lots of drooling capabilities. RIGHT ON.

Liz / March 8, 2011 3:37 PM

Another looong time lurker here, but I feel COMPELLED to comment because your news totally made my day!! I'm so happy for you and Kare!

Alice / March 9, 2011 1:44 AM

Hey i've been reading your blog since about the beginning and maybe had started to see you as some sort of inhumane food-rating-machine.. and admittedly i was sad that there hasn't been as many posts.. but you know what.. this is so great and im so happy for you.. so what if you don't talk about love of dumplings as much.. :).. if anything your lack of blogging has cut down on my food porn consumption which has probably benefited my own relationship.. so thanks.. in a way..

Tamiko / March 10, 2011 12:43 AM

I have been reading you for a few years, and was sort of worried that this was bad news. So happy to find out it is some of the bestest kind of news! Congrats!

Laryssa / March 10, 2011 10:22 PM

Like Tamiko above, when I saw the little blurb in Google Reader, I thought this would be bad news. Jaded much? But your post totally warmed my cold, cold heart. Enjoy every second of it!

roboppy / March 11, 2011 1:44 AM

Liz: Thanks!


Thanks for reading. :) I'm working on my next blog post, I swear!'s about a meal I ate in January. Oops.

Tamiko, Laryssa: Hehe, thanks! I'm BAD NEWS-FREE!

chris / March 15, 2011 4:22 AM

oh, robyn, i'm so happy for you. been reading you since the beginning but have been away for a few months for personal reasons so i was so happy to find you and see this post! i actually searched for you on FB and saw SOMEONE ELSE using this blog name. someone named christy. grrr. so i googled you (new computer so no bookmark yet). you are such a pleasure to read -- so cheerful and fun use of language -- and i even love you so much i recommended my local paper hire you! too bad it's in san francisco, tho. :) wish it were where kare lives coz you can blog from anywhere, right? keep on keeping on, and i'm glad you found love. just keep writing, okay? :)

Petter / March 15, 2011 10:07 AM

Hey :)
I am very happy to see that there are so many people that are happy for you!!! I just have to think about you two and it brings a smile to my face :)
I enjoyed your post a lot. You know I met Kåre through Morten as well :)

Anyway I hope next time you visit Norway I get to spend more time with you guys.

Kate / March 15, 2011 7:54 PM

I am soooo very happy for you. I know this is a bit belated, but I've always liked you, and have been reading your posts for years now, and hope things go fantastically for you.

roboppy / March 17, 2011 12:07 PM

Chris: Thank you! Longtime reader = yay! As for the other Girl Who Ate Everything, ahh...yeah...sort of a bummer that someone else chose the same blog name, but our blogs are so different that I guess it's not too much of a problem. Also, I secured thegirlwhoateeverything as my facebook name, BWAHAHA. Anyhoo. I hope to have some more blog posts soon!

Petter: MORTEN IS BRINGING EVERYONE TOGETHERRRR!!! I'm sooo looking forward to my next trip to Norway. Definitely need more Petter (and Lina) time!

Cindy: Thanks!

Kate: Thanks you! Things are going fantastically right now.

LW / March 17, 2011 8:05 PM

As another girl who didn't have an official boyfriend until she was 25...CHEERS! I met mine at 25, about a year ago, and it's going great. I hope your relationship turns out just as well :)

But, for the record, boys ARE stupid and the DO smell funny!!! j/k :D

Tina / March 19, 2011 5:31 PM

God, I'm so behind lurking around the interwebs (save for the academic databases for grad school. Buh!).

Anyways, I knew there's something between you two when I met Kåre when he visited NYC several years ago. He's a sweet guy. Congrats! :) Sending good vibes and (as several commenters mentioned before), many happy manatees to you.

Hopefully, we can meet up sometime either in SE HQ or over a meal.

Laura / March 24, 2011 2:32 PM

I dated my boyfriend from 6,000 miles away (NYC-->Israel) for 1.5 years (we now live together). You can do it! Long live skype!

roboppy / March 30, 2011 11:40 AM

Oops, sorry it took me a while to reply; comments are dying down, but I appreciate them as always!

LW: YAY HIGH FIVE, quarter-century dating time. ;)

Tina: HOW DID EVERYONE ELSE KNOW SOMETHING WAS GOING ON, HAHAHA just kidding. :) Looking forward to when you're let out of grad school prison! ;_;

Laura: Yay, good news to hear! I wonder where we'll be in 1.5!

Charlene: Thank you!

Helen (grabyourfork) / April 11, 2011 8:40 AM

NAWWWWWW..... I can't believe I only just found this post. Damn you 400+ Google Reader! Argh and sqeee and cor blimey cobber! Teh awesome and it makes perfect sense. I always thought you guys made the cutest couple :)

Aurelia / April 13, 2011 4:18 AM

I literally squished my cheeks together and squealed for all the fangirl's worth that I could wring from my tired student's mind at 4am. You are officially the cutest couple on the planet. :)

Rebecca / April 15, 2011 2:15 AM

Ok, I feel like a terrible person because I am just having the chance to catch up on my blog reading, and I just saw this entry because it was linked to your most recent one about your Norge trip.

YAY. You guys are adorable. I'm so happy for you. :)

I miss you and hope we can chat sometime...!

Kasseopeia / April 18, 2011 7:46 AM

Hello Robyn. (Very) Long time reader, first time commenter. When I read this post, my first thought was "FINALLY!" because whenever I read a post with him on it, I keep thinking how cute you two look together.

I wish you a great century or so together in this life. And a few more eons in the afterlife. Hehe =)

roboppy / April 21, 2011 1:17 AM

Oh man guys, this has reached 200 comments! MILESTONE! Thank you!

Helen: I know what it's like to have a bagillion unread posts (that's why I just don't use RSS readers anymore...uhoh.. sad)--I'm honored you DID find your way to mine! :) Squee! Thanks for your support!

Aurelia: Awww thank you! :) I'm having fun imagining you squishing your cheeks, even though I have no idea what you look like. In my mind, you are a very gleeful cartoon character with very squishy cheeks, and your squish + squeal is so powerful that the combination of the two made you levitate our of your seat. ...This totally makes sense in my head.

Kasseopeia: Thank you for reading for so long! And for thinking we are cute. BECAUSE THAT CUTENESS IS WHAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER, among other things. :)

Peggi / May 9, 2011 8:19 PM

Huzzah! I've been reading your blog since 2004 (not quite at the beginning, but I did go back and read it all!), and I'm tickled you have a guy now :)

roboppy / May 10, 2011 10:38 AM

royalbuff: Thanks!

Peggi: Thank! 2004 is hella long; I'm glad I've been able to keep your attention since then!

Kit / May 13, 2011 10:46 PM

Hey. I've been lurking, following your blog since about 2006, and I think your blog is the reason my girlfriend and I managed to eat so well in New York as we did, one holiday, so thanks for that! But I also wanted to say that this post resonated the genders around a bit and what you just wrote is me.

I met my girfriend over the internet ten years ago and we ended up together (much to my stunned bewilderment!) three years later, before we ever met in person. She's in NC, I'm in Australia. I'd never dated anyone before because dating fills me with dread and horror and various other Touch Me Not forces. But we were friends and somehow it all clicked and she was beautiful and fabuous and, you know what, she still is! We've been together seven years this month, survived many trans atlantic flights, and she's just now starting the immigration paperwork to come here permanently. Email, skype and IM kept us semi-sane.

This is terribly long and rambling, but I just wanted to let you know that VERY long distance is very possible, and that I'm delighted for you both and can only wish you well.

roboppy / May 17, 2011 11:40 PM

Kit: Thanks for reading! AND FOR RELATING TO MY WOEFUL LIFE oops I mean, THE GOOD PART! :) So glad to hear that things are going well for you two, long distance and all! No more "Touch Me Not" forces for us. ;)

Jess / June 3, 2011 10:24 AM

OMGGGG, I've been reading your blog since forEVER, but stopped about a year ago (trying to spend less time on the internetz and moar time irl) and now I come back and see this! CONGRATS!!!! You guys look soooo adorable I just want to eat you. Okay not eat but like, pinch your cheeks or something. But seriously, yaaay!

roboppy / June 16, 2011 1:43 AM

Jess: I don't blame you at all for spending less time on the internet...IT IS ALL I DO! Controls everything! Aahhhhhrerhr fail! I update less than I did a year ago so I don't think you're missing much. :) Thanks for the congrats! And virtual cheeks pinching!

curiouseater / July 7, 2011 4:14 PM

Hello! Long-time luker and very occasional poster (Scott Pilgrim I think). I am very happy for you. I remember reading that post you quoted and thinking at the time, 'she really likes him' and now years later you finally get it together, hurrah! I also find it a bit freaky that someone whom I have never met before can make me smile a huge smile with their happy news!

roboppy / July 10, 2011 10:26 PM

curiouseater: Aw, so glad I could make you smile! Thanks for the comment! I guess my words from years ago had little virtual hearts floating around em. :)

Carol / April 15, 2012 7:53 PM

Hey Robyn...Wow!!! I am so late to this party. I am a long time reader of your blog and I have had a lot of family issues this past year and lets just say that my blog reading and pretty much everything was on hold for a long time! I came to get caught up on life over at TGWAE and was so happy to read this not so new development! He sounds extremely cool and perfect for you and I am so glad you found a person to share your awesome self with. Now back to reading more that I have missed!

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