1. Twitter saved the day. How would we have gotten the latest updates and information without it? Thanks to @MayorVinceGray, @FEMA, @RedCross, @WhiteHouse, and all of the individuals and entities involved who continued to post the most relevant information to keep everyone smart and up-to-date on the storm.
2. Eating, cooking, and baking were popular activities to help “weather the storm”.
The Washington area worked together to get the hashtag #OpeninDC active on Twitter to denote which local businesses and restaurants were in fact open. Thanks to social media powerhouses such as @DrinkDC, @FloridaGirlinDC, @Frijolita, @GirlMeetsFood, @Eater_DC, and others, hundreds of Tweets were sent using the hashtag which allowed people to follow along and get accurate information about where they could go to satisfy their culinary cravings. It was a great way to see people pull together to get key information out to the public.Finally, what did you cook or bake during Hurricane Sandy? I made orecchiette bolognese thanks to this wonderful recipe from Ina Garten. I also baked crispy chewy chocolate chip cookies from Smitten Kitchen. It was a great excuse to get in the kitchen and try out some new dishes I have had flagged in my cookbooks for months now.
I hope everyone stayed dry and safe throughout the storm, and I again reiterate that we have one of the most cohesive and sophisticated food cities out there. Great to see how Washington came together during Sandy, and how it got us all back in the kitchen!