lohudfood.com: A guide to our new site

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Our new food web site, lohudfood.com, is here! I couldn’t be more excited to share with you the stories and guides we’ve been working on for many months (truth be told, years).

The site gathers the information we’ve been presenting to you on the pages of The Journal News and lohud.com (plus lots more), and archives and organizes it so you can access it any time you’re in the mood to eat, drink and shop for food in the region.

Here are a few tips for making the most of it.

First thing: You’ve probably noticed the name of this blog has changed to better align with the name of the site. It’s now called the lohudfood blog. In the coming weeks, we’ll be launching a redesign for this blog, too.

But don’t worry, all your favorite features and columns will still be here. (You can always access them under the “Features” tab on the menu above.)

Next: Follow us on social! We’ve changed our handles to lohudfood, but our accounts are still filled with all the photos, news and observations you’ve come to depend on us for. Here are the links:

We’re on SnapChat, too, at lohudfood.

Now, on to lohudfood.com.

Access everything you need through our nav bar at the top of the site.

Collections

Create an account. That way, once you’ve found a story or a recipe you like, you can save it to a collection by clicking the “Add” button (with the plus-sign inside a heart).

Make those collections public and anyone can see them and share them. We’ve made a few here to show you: Bistros We Love. Make-Ahead Recipes. Favorite Soups.

Our wine and beer directories are easy to browse, but if you’re up for a little fun, you can use our interactive “Pour It” feature. Tilt your phone or tablet, and lohudfood.com will select a drink for you to try!

Each guide — farmers markets, breweries and restaurants — has a map (plan your tasting trip!), and each listing has links to a map you can use to get directions.

My favorite feature of the new site is the ability to sort restaurants by the kind of experience you’d like to have. Touch the “I’m craving” button, and you can select among things like “Wine List,” “Date Night,” “Girls’ Night Out” or “Going Out on Mondays.” These are flexible, so let us know what else you’d like to see!

And let us know any kinks you find, too, please, at ewjohnson@lohud.com.

lohudfood.com is in its beta version, and we’ll be making changes as we see what isn’t working. We need your help.

Create accounts. Play. Have fun. And most of all: eat, drink and enjoy all the food our region has to offer!

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About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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