Seek Satiation – 2018 Recap!

Happy New Year, y’all!

Things have been busy for Seek Satiation in 2018, despite the relative quietness over on this site.

Lemme break it DOWN.

Seek Satiation Flip Sigi
Enjoying a 3-person helping of food at Flip Sigi all by myself.

1.) I’ll say this much: This Seek Satiation website is getting a bit of a revamp! I’m working with a talented group of people – I may be biased, haha – towards a sleeker version, as this current version, well, was never the intended final version. Ha! Be on the lookout for that sooner than later!

2.) I’ll admit: My recipe development for this site has gone down a tad. Could you tell? Haaa. Conversely, I’ve been making more recipes for other sites, such as Yoga By Candace. Check out my Pear, Persimmon, & Pepita Baked Oatmeal HERE. I’ll continue to do fewer recipes here while I create for other sites, and I am, frankly, very content in doing that! I know I’ve said this before – broken record, right here – but when I first started this site, I wanted to post at least three recipes a week like other food bloggers, but a full-time job and limited natural light really put the kibosh on that. I’ve learned that I am happy making fewer recipes that are excellent quality than pumping out mediocre ones to try and keep up with the imaginary blogger race in my head. More recipes will be coming in 2019, but only when I know they are good enough to share.

STATS! I’m actually fairly impressed: Despite only posting 18 times in 2018 vs. 44 in 2017, my views and visitors were still higher than 2016 when I posted 65 times! In 2018, I gathered 12,056 unique visitors and 16,521 views. In 2017, for comparison, I had 17,410 unique visitors and 22,392 views. My dear single-serve shakshuka recipe got 8,011 views. (Skip down to #5, which definitely gave the ol’ gal a boost.) I guess that goes to show that I have many recipes that still drive a fair amount of traffic to my site…and I might have pulled in numbers equal or higher to 2017 if I had posted even more! *shrug* I’m rather pleased with my 2018 stats, when all is said and done.

3.) Instagram has really been in the driver’s seat this year, something I am not upset about, either. Everything evolves, and despite the damn algorithm, my Instagram feed for Seek Satiation is where I get the most engagement! I look forward to continuing to produce quality and thoughtful content for that feed. I’ve certainly made a lot of connections and friends via Instagram, and for that I am thankful!

4.) I’ve made my first sponsored posts this year! Cide Road Switchel and I ended up falling in love with each other, and I could not be happier to promote a small brand of delicious switchel that I truly enjoy. Check out one of my Instagram posts HERE! True Story: I’ve been offered sponsorships with larger nationally-known brands for a few hundred bucks a pop. I’ve turned them down. Most people would think I’m nuts, but why would I promote a well-known beer company on my website or social media if I litearlly can not drink beer due to my brewer’s yeast allergy? YAHHHH NOOOO.

5.) I finally had a recipe appear in a Buzzfeed article! Good ol’ single-serve shakshuka, is there anything you CAN’T do?

My cash cow. HA!

I’m feeling good about Seek Satiation in 2019. Honestly, the pressure is off. Now that I’ve embraced a “I’ll do what makes me happy!” attitude about it, it’s made running it much more enjoyable. I’m excited to see what I’ll end up eating, crafting, and photographing as we move along!


– Allison


Two Excellent Rice Dishes for Yoga by Candace & September Updates!

For those that feverishly follow along on my Instagram – namely my IG Stories – y’all know that I just moved out of my Inwood apartment at the end of August and am temporarily (likely for the next 6 – 7 months) living in the Upper West Side. Between August 17th – August 31st, I spent at LEAST 4 hours a day – sometimes up to 8! – packing, moving, and cleaning. And I’m that nice person that actually cleans old condiment jars clean instead of throwing them into a recycling bin half-full of mayonnaise, so it took me longer to clean than a less-considerate person. HA! 😆

Still, even in the eye of the storm, I was able to make two recipes that appeared on Yoga by Candace! Both were a part of her YBC Ingredient Challenge; she sent me nine items earlier this summer, and I did not look at what she sent me until I picked them, at random, from the box. (Visit my Honey Chai Nice Cream recipe from a few months back!)

For July’s recipe, I ended up picking rice, seasoning, and black garlic. I created a wonderful Black Garlic Congee recipe! This was my absolute favorite recipe to make out of this entire challenge. 😁


For August’s recipe, I picked peanut butter, nori sheets, and coconut flour. THOSE ingredients definitely left me feeling rather stumped – hence the “challenge”! – but I fell back on the rice I had from my last recipe – the bag was HUGE, haha – and created Seaweed Rice Cakes with Peanut Sauce! There are many hidden flavors in this recipe – there is a slight subtle flavor from the coconut flour in the cakes, and I mixed fresh ginger into both the cakes AND the peanut sauce – and this recipe was also a winner…even if I DID use rice twice in a row. Haaaa.

Now that I’m in a new apartment, I am ITCHING to make some new recipes! Recently, I have received / will be receiving new products to try from Runamok Maple (perhaps you remember my last collaboration with them with my affogato recipe?) and Lucky Jack’s Coffee, so I’m looking to make some awesome new treats to share with y’all!

Stay hungry, my friends. ✌️ I have a good feeling about the rest of 2018. #goodvibesonly

A Lovely April Update!

I feel like a change is a’comin’.

I think it’ll be a good one!

Though my background in project management is limited, I know that projects have scopes, and, on occasion, those scopes can change during its course.

My original scope of Seek Satiation – both the blog and my Instagram feed – was to be strictly recipes I created. For the blog, that has been pretty consistent. For the Instagram, that has absolutely morphed. It has become an amalgamation of photos of my own recipes, recipes I’ve made for other outlets – heyyyy, Candace! – and photography of food PR events I’ve become involved with over the past few years.

Any blog owner wants their audience to continue to remain engaged. Though my single-serve shakshuka recipe still keeps my traffic consistent – bless that recipe, HA! – I still want interesting content for both my regular readers and people that stumble across this lil’ thing. One thing that shocks me is how often a friend will mention that they do like *insert recipe here* from this blog, or how they can’t wait for a new recipe to be posted! It’s humbling, but almost puts a modicum of pressure upon me to log onto WordPress with some fresh stuff! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: It is not easy to run a food blog on the side if you have a full-time 9 – 5 job like I do, and though some people can pay the bills with their food blogging, that ain’t happening with me. (Well, at least until food blogging can provide me with comprehensive health insurance, a 401k, and pension, AND a living wage! 😆) Instagram is seemingly easier to update with new non-recipe-related content…so…

I’m going to take a stab at adding occasional restaurant and product reviews here!

Astako Makaronada

Because I’m all about that Astako Makaronada from Voula NYC.

I took a poll on Instagram Stories – because I like to keep things as statistically correct as possible, clearly – and it seems like most of y’all would be amenable to this new content! YAY! 85% said “YASSS!” to new non-recipe content, and 69% said that restaurant content would be preferred over product content. I’d likely do both, but it’s good to know where the consensus lies.

Nothing I plan to post will be too outside of my own personal scope of what I do and don’t like – if Frito-Lay offered to pay off my student loans to review their newest type of Doritos, I’d sadly decline, though later kick myself for it – but I’m excited to see what new content I can share will y’all.

Boba Guys

And I also love a good bubble tea from Boba Guys!

I just hope you like it, and feedback is always welcomed!

Stay hungry!

Happy Thursday!

– Al


A Lovely March Update!

Well, hello, hello, fellow Satiation Seekers!

I always like to do a mini-update when I haven’t posted a recipe for a while, though those of you that follow me on social media know that I’ve been anything but idle!

Right now:

1.) I am starting a volunteer role with Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, located in Chelsea in Manhattan, to promote and raise funds for their 6th Annual #FarmToTray Event on May 17th! Being able to use my social media presence to promote such a worthy cause makes me feel overjoyed, and in addition to this, I hope that I can continue to use my that presence to promote other worthwhile causes in the future. It’s a true honor to be on their Media Committee. Be sure you’re following me on Instagram – @seeksatiation – for content regarding that in the next few weeks!

2.) As always, I’m making recipes for Yoga By Candace. I always find joy and growth writing for other audiences that aren’t my own, and I love how she challenges me to think outside of the box a bit. “Can you make healthy donuts?” Girl, let me know you what I can do. Ha! 😂 Continue to visit her site and check out some of my recipes there!

FYI: I made a really tasty Ground Beef & Kale Stew for her a few weeks ago, perfect for a late winter snowy day!

3.) On Instagram, you can see I’ve been checking out a lot of new spots over the course of the winter – from biang biang inside of comforting Taiwanese Beef Soup to damn delicious biscuits and butters courtesy of The Bronx Public and my good friend Em, I continue to support all of the wonderful culinary folks doing their damn thing in this wonderful city of ours.

So I’ll see y’all soon! I’m going to have some time to craft some Seek Satiation-specific recipes in the end of March, so keep those eyes peeled!

Peace, loves.

– Allison

husk cherry scones

Seek Satiation – 2017 in Review!


Political turmoil aside in our good ol’ U.S. of A – haaaa – I’d like to think that this has been a positive year for Seek Satiation in terms of both the blog AND my Instagram feed. This past year, I have increased both my views and visitors again!

  • In 2015, I had 5,673 views and 3,925 visitors.
  • In 2016, I had 12,578 views and 8,250 visitors.
  • In 2017, I had 22,932 views and 17,410 visitors!

Not too shabby for a little po’dunk food blog amongst millions of others!

I must say, my little single-serve Shakshuka recipe is what keeps bringing all of the boys to the yard. Since I posted it on March 5th, 2016, it has amassed 12,052 views – 10,250 in 2017 alone – with an average of 28 visits to that recipe per day. This recipe has been featured on Greatist and PureWow, both of which filled me with a lot of pride! Who woulda thought…

I have had companies reach out to me to do collaborations, which has been very exciting. I have learned about and used products from Tossware, Runamok Maple, Fix Hot Sauce, Kiss Me Organics, and other awesome companies that I have loved and continue to use and promote!

I took an amazing photography class on flatlay design this past autumn, hosted by some NYC-based experts in the field. Rosanna – NYC Food Muse and Karina Munoz taught us students valuable food styling and design skills that definitely left me feeling more confident and creatively inspired.

My biggest struggle – at least in my mind – when it comes to Seek Satiation’s Instagram feed is the cooking aspect vs. the dining out aspect. I am a girl that LOVES to eat out when she can! Honestly, being a member of the Yelp Elite Squad for years is what made me some of my friends here in NYC. When developing the aesthetic of my Instagram, I wasn’t sure if I wanted it to be strictly recipe-related or if I wanted it to be all-encompassing of my foodie journey. After being noticed by some local PR agencies from the city and joining the ranks of food influencers via Palate Connect, I did change the tag line in my IG’s bio to this truth: Thoughtfully curating culinary love. Truly, no matter the platform, that’s my MO.

As always, I am thankful to Candace for taking me under her wing and allowing me to stretch and grow when it comes to recipe development, food photography, and food writing for Yoga By Candace! I can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring regarding that! In turn, I might need to practice my best poses; I can barely do Downward-Facing Dog. Ha!

Goals for 2018:

  • A long overdue site redesign! Looking for a splash page and gallery instead of just landing on my homemade and scrolling down to see five entries. Truth be told, when I first threw this site together in 2015, I said, “I’ll change this in a few weeks!” A few weeks ended up being about 150 weeks, give or take. Haaa.
  • UTILIZE PINTEREST! OH, sweet baby Jesus, I NEED to utilize Pinterest! My reasoning for not doing it more often is simple: sheer laziness. Ha! I need to get off of my lazy ass and just do it. A lot of my recipes (such as the shakshuka!) that I did put on Pinterest do draw traffic…sooooo…do it, girl! Do it!
  • More features on both my blog and IG of NYC-based food bloggers and influencers, showcasing collaborative cooking and photography.
  • Post 2 – 3 recipes per month on here. I am now hip to the fact that, as a person that has a full-time job that is not food blogging – dammit – I don’t need to feel pressured to produce multiple posts per week. As long as I stay consistent and the quality is good, that’s all that matters.
  • Learn how to use my new Sony a6000 camera and not feel bad for cheating on Canon. Ha!

As always, thanks for coming along on this journey with me. I am always surprised, humbled, and inspired by what food blogging has done for my life over the past few years, and I hope it continues, if I can be mushy AF for a minute…and I will be. Haaa.

Oh, and here is a junky Instagram photo of me eating Ns4 at Xi’an Famous Foods for lunch today, because New Year’s Day. Ha!


Peace. ✌️

-Allison 💞