Community, not Competition

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As part of the Foodbuzz Featured Publisher program, I have been entered for the chance to win a trip to Greece courtesy of FAGE–the company behind the yummy Greek yogurt that graces so many of our tables. In exchange for entry into this contest, FAGE has asked me to submit posts on food and “good living.” While my mind wandered to thoughts of good olive oil and baklava, in the end I decided to write about our foodie community. On the eve of Thanksgiving, it just seemed so fitting.

Not too long ago, I remember reading on a fellow foodie’s blog about her shock that her fellow food bloggers were more focused on community, than competition. Her post was in response to some sad events that she was experiencing and her gratitude that the foodie community jumped in with all of the positive energy they could send virtually. That, my friends, is good living.

Fast forward to yesterday. Scurrying around trying to make my flight (that ended up being delayed, mind you), I glanced at my email. I had a message from a foodie friend thanking me for words that encouraged her to pursue her dreams in a graduate program. I was stunned, shocked, and down right touched. Had I really had that much influence on someone miles and miles away who I’ve never met before? The answer is yes. And the fact is that something akin to this happens each and every time we leave comments on each others’ blogs, root for each other on Facebook and Twitter, and congratulate each other on making Foodbuzz’s Top 9. This, my foodie friends, is good living.

United through food. In Australia, Europe, California, South Africa, South America, DC Metro, and points in between, we stand in solidarity over the food that keeps us healthy and nourishes our souls. And through food we laugh with each other, share in each others’ excitement, root for each others’ health, encourage each other, and when the situation poses itself, we sympathize with each other … all because of this thing called food. This, my foodie friends, is good living.

So on the eve of my favorite commercial holiday (:))–a day of thanks–I contemplate all of the things I have to be grateful for in my life right now–not a day, a month, a year, ten years from now. But right at this moment. And you, foodie community and the “good living” you bring, not just to other food bloggers, but to the world, are a part of that equation!

I wish you all wonderful, safe, HAPPY Thanksgivings, positive vibes, and contemplations of all that you have to be grateful food in your lives. And if, you too would like to enter to win one of three trips to Greece, head to the FAGE Plain Extraordinary Greek Getaway page here: to enter!

p.s… I couldn’t post a musing without a picture of food, so the lead picture is of my Nutella Rice Krispies treats. The recipe will be posted on Como Water soooooon ;).


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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!


  1. Thank you for those words. They echo true in my soul. I wish you and yours a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving celebration.

  2. In the spirit of community… if you win, can I come with you? 😉

    Seriously, the community has been the most surprising and rewarding aspect of blogging. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend!

  3. I love the food blog community! Everyone is so sweet and wonderful and encouraging. Have a lovely Thanksgiving 🙂

  4. Lovely sharing and I have to agree with you that via blogging and sharing recipes, I have some great friends from all over. We don’t much on thanksgiving over here but my wishes to you and have a great one.

  5. This is definitely a wonderful community and I am very happy to be a part of it! I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving.

  6. You are 100% spot on with this post, Tiffany! The food blogging community is truly amazing!

  7. You are so right about our community. I had no idea there even was a “food community”, before I started blogging. The community is wonderful and so supportive.

  8. Tiffany….you should not be surprised that you touch people in ways you may never imagine. You are such a special person and someone who has always set the special tone of this wonderful community! I entered this blogging world for the purpose of sharing and was amazed to find such a wonderful, like minded group of people. It has never been a competition for me. And it never will be! I hope you win the trip to Greece! That would be so awesome! In the meantime….have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving. Safe journey. And post that recipe soon!!! (just kidding). Have a great time with those you love! : )

  9. Here’s to an awesome community, and good living! Happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Hi Tiffany,

    I visited and admired your beautiful blog for weeks before I ventured to leave a comment. I was surprised that you responded to my comment and even more surprised when you left a comment on my blog and we began following each other on Twitter. I’ve had the same experiences with a few other bloggers I admire. You are so right that blogging, particularly food blogging, is a community–and, as far as I can see, a closely knit community. I’m so glad to be a part of it.

    Happy Thanksgiving, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you win that trip.


  11. What a lovely and inspiring post 😉 Have a great holiday , enjoy and take care !!!! Oh , I hope you’ll win that competition ;D

  12. Great post Tiff, especially around Thanksgiving. So thankful to be a part of this foodie community! (Even though I feel like I’ve been MIA the past months) Have a great holiday!

  13. Just stopped by dear friend to wish you beautiful, calm and amazing Thanksgiving!!!
    By the way”wish you luck for Greece, and that cake is so yummy looking!!!:)))

  14. What a lovely post! You’ve said what many of us feel and you said it so well. This foodie community is one of the most supportive and positive places that I’ve ever been lucky enough to be a part of. Thank you for such a beautiful post!
    A Happy Thanksgiving to you, it’s my favorite holiday as well. My husband is sadly spending it on the road, sad for him and for us. But we will be having another Thanksgiving on Sunday! We are thankful for his job and will celebrate when we are together.
    LOVE the Nutella Treats!!!!

  15. Its all about community and I really feel sorry for anyone who blogs just for their own self interest. They are missing so much!
    Thanks for a very timely post and have a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving my friend!

  16. Tiffany, I agree the food community can be so awesome and it amazes me everyday the generosity and kindness I see. I want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving and congratulate you on making Top 9 today!! Have a wonderful time!! ~ Ramona

  17. I’ll raise a glass to your toast on good foodie friends and good living, Tiffany. Cheers to you and enjoy a fabulous Thanksgiving. Just seen the previous comment from Ramona – you made Top9? Fantastic. Cheers Jxo

  18. I love my fellow bloggers and my only regret is that I can’t always find the time to comment and support every single one of them. If I did, I’d never get around to any cooking or baking or writing! There are a handful out there that are super competitive and in my mind, I just write them off. I don’t need that. I just love all the peeps that take the time to cheer each other on.
    There’s really no reason to be competitive. When people love food, they love to read more and more recipes. There are enough readers for all of us!

  19. Thank you for this beautiful message! Happy Thanksgiving!

  20. The perfect post for today! Happy Thanksgiving to everyone down south, from a Canadian food blogger whose Thanksgiving has already past, but who has just as many reasons to be thankful for this wonderful community as everyone else! Theresa

  21. Your so good with words Tiff you brought a tear to my eye! Hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving and Thank You for being an outstanding foodie friend, you’re one of the best and lets hope that one day we can all meet up for lunch somewhere, that would be so cool and a very long lunch I think!! xxx

  22. Hope you win! Happy Thanksgiving, Tiffany. 🙂

  23. Tiff. I hope you win that trip. You sooo deserve it girl.. Happy Holidays to you. Love all your recipes. 🙂

  24. Beautiful post! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

  25. I certainly know MY life is a much better place now that its got empamosas in it 🙂

    Hope you win!

  26. I love this community. Your story is great too!

  27. Wonderful post! I hope you had a happy thanksgiving and you are right, this community is certainly one to be thankful for this year. I cannot WAIT for your nutella rice crispy bars!!!!!! Almost not fair to post such a mouth watering picture without the recipe too 🙂

  28. I love love love this article! And it’s oh so true too! I love being a part of this food blogging community because the majority of us are all here to be part of something. Something bigger than ourselves – and I love that so much!

  29. Your blog is very good! Thanks for giving us the link to the Fage Giveaway trip.

  30. I dont know if we qualify for that contest but certainly wish you all the best! Yes the food blogging community is very supportive, I have a theory that it is because for the most part, food attracts good people and good vibes. But hey, you forgot us in Dubai… 🙂 We are loving you and spreading the good life in vibrations from all the way in the Middle East! By the way, as far as sincerity and support go, you are as good as it gets chica! Muah!

  31. Very nice post,Have a great Thanksgiving!

  32. Beautiful. I heart you 🙂

  33. Very well put, my dear! I too originally thought it would be about competition. Can you imagine my horror when someone suggested I comment on other food bloggers blogs? I’m so glad I grew up and learned that without community, it’s not really all that worth having a blog. I’ve learned priceless amounts, made friends and enjoyed every bit of it!

  34. Tiffany this is such a beautiful post. The food blogging community is such a wonderful group. I really did not understand that I was joining a community when I started blogging, but it has been the best part!
    Best of luck on winning the trip!

  35. Hi Tiffany, I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving holiday with your family. What a great teaser, I thought I was going to see more pictures of your nutella rice crispy bars!!!!!! Alright I’ll come back for more photos and recipe of the bars. 😉

  36. Well said Tiff and I hope you know you admired and inspirational you are. Belated Congrats on your muffins making Top 9 recently! Hope your holiday was great.

  37. You put that so well. I am so happy to be a member of such a community as this.

  38. What a beautiful post Tiffany! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are enjoying the Season 🙂

  39. I love this post…it gave me goosebumps and filled me with so much love for this community. Thank you!!

  40. you are so right about the foodie community, a more supportive group I have never met, I love all the people I have met through my foodie adventures and don’t know what I would do without them in my life.


  41. LOVED this post. Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  42. Very nice post, Tiffany. The online foodie community is a great one to be a part of. I am often in awe and humbled at how genuine and truly lovely many readers are.

    Hope you’re enjoying the holiday season! 😉