Foodiva's Kitchen: Awards and Giveaway Winner!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Awards and Giveaway Winner!

In a perfect world, there would be a recipe accompanying this post (preferably a dessert). However, in an imperfect world such as mine was today, recipes do sometimes rebel and refuse to align with the imagination. After three attempts at trying to produce what I saw in my mind as a delightfully whimsical dessert and failing, I conceded defeat, ripped my apron off and stormed out of the kitchen... imaginary smoke coming out of my ears and the top of my head (if I was a character in a comic strip, this is what I would look like all frustrated!).

So here I am, well away from the crime scene, typing up this post without anything delicious to offer you. Don't leave yet, for I'd still like to share with you two things - awards I've received in 2011, and the winner of my cookbook giveaway.
AWARDS 


This week, I had two awards - One Lovely Blog Award and the Versatile Blogger Award - presented to me by Nancy of the ubercool Spicie Foodie blog. I'm so honored to have made it onto Nancy's list of awardees (all awesome bloggers, by the way), more so because when I grow up I want to be just like her... figuratively speaking of course, as I'm probably older than her in terms of age!

Nancy constantly comes up with the most delicious, spice-laden dishes, is a whiz at food styling and photography, has her own cookbook, hosts the monthly Your Best Recipe event and gives tutorials on the technical aspects of blogging for the benefit of other bloggers. To top it off, she's really nice, and if you haven't landed on her site yet (which planet are you from, man?!), please do check it out. Many thanks again for the awards, Nancy!

Of course, I too would like to pass an award on to other bloggers whom I admire. Through Foodbuzz, Twitter and just surfing around, I've come across many talented bloggers who are great cooks, wonderful parents, brilliant writers, thoroughly funny and they don't look half bad either! Instead of forwarding the same awards above though, I would like to present two different ones, the Fabulous Blog Award and the 360° Foodie Award to some of my favorite bloggers, below.



A few of these blogs I've newly stumbled upon and immediately fell in love with, some are sites that have been around for a while and I'm regularly drawn to because they're so fabulous, and some of these bloggers have actually found ME and become my regular visitors (and vice-versa). Please lavish them with some love by paying them a visit!

Victoria, Mission Food
Jenny, Vintage Sugarcube
Arthur, Michelangelo in the Kitchen

GIVEAWAY WINNER
How I picked the winner: I assigned each commenter a number in the order they wrote in, then ran all the numbers through a True Random Number Generator. By the (dis)order of random.org, I am pleased to announce that the winner of my first ever giveaway is Trix of Tasty Trix! Lucky girl, she gets to thumb through the Tropical Asian Cooking book, containing exotic and beautifully presented recipes from my part of the world!

Thanks to everyone else who participated in the giveaway. Don't worry, if you didn't win this time, I have two more fab giveaways coming up soon. Look out for those....

29 comments:

Trix said...

Get OUT!! I win?? Awesomeness! And an award to boot ... this is turning out to be a fabulous day indeed! I can't wait to make stuff from the book. Yay yay yay!! Seriously, I am super excited. Thank you SO much!!! And by the way - I can TOTALLY relate to that feeling when something doesn't work out in the kitchen - that sort of thing can ruin my day or night ... try not to stress and go make something foolproof so you feel better. xoxo

Carolyn said...

You're such a doll, Maya! I love the new awards, thanks for thinking of me!

Foodiva said...

Yesssss... You won! Hahaha, that must be the best reaction ever, Trix! It's lovely to see you so happy and excited about it. As for the recipe failure incident, I've gotten over it but tomorrow I'll try it one more time, with some modifications and by golly, I'm going to make it work! It's just too beautiful a picture in my head...

Many congrats once again!

Jennifurla said...

Congrats to your wins, and the winner.

Foodiva said...

Carolyn, I'm sorry but I have to give you yet another award. I can't help it, I think you deserve another 16 this winter and spring! ;-)

Foodiva said...

Thanks Jennifer! Look out for my next two giveaways, I'm so excited about them!

Roxan said...

Aw, thanks for the award! :)
And I totally missed out on that contest! I would have love to joined, but I was out of town and missed a lot of great posts. That book looks like a good one.
Anyways, have a great weekend Maya! I saw your comment, and thank you for the wishes on safe travels. I'll be going to Manila, Laoag, and BORACAY!

Sandra said...

Thank you so much for thinking of me and my blog!
You are fabulous, and I enjoy your posts, recipes, photos and your writing!
Thanks Again!!!:D

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Maya Diva, Thank you for this truly special award and congratulations to you for your Lovely and Versatile awards!!!! Both well deserving I must say! I award you too with these thoughts. You're the Tiramisu, the cheer me up of the food bloggers! The salt of the Earth!

Foodiva said...

Roxan... Boracay is another heaven on earth! It's so beautiful there, the sea is crystal blue and it's really close to where I live. Sadly, not too close to swim over...haha. I know you're going to have so much fun out there!

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness...I was just checking your site to check for new posts and I saw this! First of all, congratulations on your awards! Second of all, thank you SO much, Maya! I feel so honored and you've made my day (again)!
I will definitely have to check out the other blogs as well :)

Foodiva said...

Sandra, thanks so much. You so totally deserve the awards, your posts are always full of heart!

Arthur, I like being called Tiramisu.... Sweet, soft and creamy! I must think of a lovely food name for you too, you create the most amazing masterpieces out of food!

Foodiva said...

Nourhan, your humor and talent in the kitchen wow me every time! I hope many other people will discover this when they visit your blog. Just don't forget me when you're famous, will you? ;-)

Victoria said...

Awww, thank you so much Maya for sharing those awards with me!! I feel so loved :) And PS you can totally be my honorary sister!! Come to NY anytime and we'll rock this city, haha! There's just too much good food to eat it all alone ;-)

Foodiva said...

Ahhhh, yes... NYC, the city of my youth! Next time you and I go and dine in Le Bernardin, we have to make sure Eric Ripert signs his book in front of us!

penny aka jeroxie said...

Gosh... since you,myself and Trix has the book... let's try and cook something from it and post?

Foodiva said...

Penny, what a great idea! Yes, let's do that but first let me get the book to Trix!

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

Thank you so much for thinking of me, I've been an award passing on slacker, I'm going to remedy that this week. Hope Trix enjoys the book, it sounds great. Have a great weekend.
-Gina-

Foodiva said...

Haha, an award passing on slacker? Gina, you may have invented a new term there! I've been guilty of this syndrome too at some point, so don't feel like like you're the only one. ;-)

Torviewtoronto said...

Happy new year
congrats on the award and to the winner

lena said...

hi, love your blog, there are so many lovely recipes and beautiful pictures..following you.

Foodiva said...

Happy New Year to you too, Akheela!

Lena, thanks for following. Come back often!

Spicie Foodie said...

Great mental picture,hehe. I've had those episodes but my comic would have to have a bunch of symbols to hide the (ahem) words coming out of my mouth. Maya, you are such a sweetie! You've made me blush and gave me a big smile :) Thank you!

Magic of Spice said...

Hi Maya, sorry about your dessert frustration...
Congratulations on your awards...sooo well deserved :) Also to all of your recipients, a few I am not familiar with so I will stop over :)
Nancy is also one of my favorite people and I agree with your wonderful comments :)
And a big congratulations to Trix, very cook giveaway!
Last but by no means least...I am so honored to be on your list. Today is Sunday (my day off) and you just made it a very happy day :) Thank you so much for thinking of me :)
I hope you are having an amazing weekend!

Anca@Bistro Gerard said...

Congratulations on your well deserved awards, Maya, and also to the giveaway winner!

thelonelyradish.com said...

What a wonderous surprise, and to top it off some of my favorite people are in the mix. Thanks for grouping me with some wonderful people I love and respect. Lots of love lady!

Foodiva said...

Nancy, I can't ever imagine a naughty bunch of symbols coming out of your mouth...but then, we're all humans, right? Thanks soooo much for my first awards of the year!

Foodiva said...

Alisha, you know I adore you, and the rest of your team too!

Foodiva said...

Anca, thank you for swinging by. Kisses to Chef Gerald!

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