Tweet, tweet, tweet

It all started with an innocent question. From me to Ted and Matt Lee, cookbook authors and writers in residence for the recent Association of Food Journalists’ conference in Charleston, S.C. They had just finished talking about good writing and the need to manage one’s presence in the Twittersphere so it does not overwhelm. My question: What about @RuthBourdain, the fake combo of Ruth Reichl and Anthony Bourdain which has become the darling of the online food world? Why work so hard to be a good humor writer if someone who blurts out 140-character tweets can be named the best in humor journalism by the James Beard Awards, which bills itself as the Oscars of the food world? Their answer was that humor is different, someone mentioned Dorothy Parker, blah blah, nothing much except that Matt Lee said that RuBo is “so 2010.”

I decided it was time to let it go, get off the bitter bus about this. But, oh, it was just the beginning.

AFJ member Lee Svitak Dean of the Minneapolis Star Tribune tweeted that she knew who RuBo was and was sitting near him: Robert Sietsema of the Village Voice. By the end of the day, the news had spread to the New York Times and the Washington Post, where AFJ member Joe Yonan wrote that Dean was wrong in her estimation of the proximity of the RuBo tweets and Sietsema’s meaning they are the same person.

Now, the inevitable evolution in the Twitter world: @RuthSietsema, a parody of a parody.

With #AFJ you can follow it all.

Tasty Tweetup

The Triangle Foodie Tweetup on Sunday sold out almost as fast as a tweet circulates the Web – five hours. Six Plates in Durham, N.C. served creative noshes that fueled good conversation. The blinis with smoked salmon were one of my favorites. And I wish I’d gotten the name of the dry, crisp sparkling cider they served. It was something French.

Andrea Weigl, food writer for The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., started the tweetups for those who follow her on Twitter. I’ve gotten into it, too, and it’s fun to meet people that you otherwise would only know through the electronic ether of the Internet. Andrea and I will tweet when the next one comes up.

Liliana Valle of Durham offered samples of small filled shortbread cookies she calls Alfies. She said she adpated them from alfajors, traditional cookies in her native Latin America.  About the size of small buttons, they come in pecan, chocolate chunk, chocolate dulce de leche and triple chocolate. If you like a not-too-sweet cookie, they’re for you. Find out more at the web site here or look for them at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill.

Ain’t she tweet

I wasn’t exactly sure why I should be on Twitter. Do people really want to know that I had Cinnamon Chex for breakfast? But I’ve joined the flocks and am having a pretty good time, although I’m appalled at Al Gore’s spelling. And if someone is boring, at least they’re boring for only 140 characters.

And I’m already part of a Tweetup! The Triangle Foodie Tweetup will be held at the new beer garden at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, N.C. on May 19, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visit here for details and to sign up. Andrea Weigl at The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C. got the whole thing started. Come on down, have great beer and food, meet foodies and maybe win a prize. I will also be signing my four cookbooks.

If you really want to know my cereal habits, I’m @DebbieMoose on Twitter.