Friday, July 18, 2008

This and That and Two Awards

Here are a couple of pictures from our camping trip at the most amazing beach in Ontario: Sandbanks Provincial Park on Lake Ontario. We had a great time building sand castles, jumping waves, getting grimy, eating s'mores, and even enjoying some leftover Le Cordon Bleu Creamed Leek and Potato Soup as an appetizer. But it's good to be home again and not have to worry about rain, critters, and poison ivy!

Ever since I joined the "food blogosphere" not so long ago, I've been amazed at the warmth, community, and friendliness of all the fellow foodies I've met.

Awhile ago, Clara from I Heart Food4Thought gave me “The Arte y Pico” award which translates to “Peak of Art”. I found this quote from the originator of this award:

"What is the meaning of the expression: Arte y Pico ironically, it translates into a wonderful phrase in Mexico, “lo maximo.” LOL! It will never find its counterpart in English, but if it HAD to, it would be something like, Wow. The Best Art. Over the top."
I'm so flattered and honored! Thanks, Clara. You're a sweetie. Check out Clara's blog. She has creative and amazing ideas, always rates the recipes she's tried with her husband, makes me smile everytime I read her posts, and even has another blog dedicated to cupcakes! Very ambitious!

Here are the rules for the award:
1. I have to pick five blogs who deserve this award because the content of their blog is creative, interesting, and they inspire the blogging community.
2. Each recipient has to have their name and link back to their blog.
3. The recipient must display the award and link back to the blog that awarded them the award.
4. The recipient must also show the link back to Arte y Pico blog so everyone knows the origin of the award.

The hard part is in picking since I read so many creative, interesting, and inspiring blogs. Here are my picks, in no particular order:

1. La casserole carree - Even though I can't read (or for that matter speak) French, I love looking at the beautiful food Vibi creates and shows on her food blog. Inspiring and stunning!

2. Technicolor Kitchen - English version - Patricia has amazing photos that make me want to head to the kitchen immediately. She's another ambitious blogger who maintains a Portugese version of her blog as well!

3. Almond Corner - Chriesi has amazing photos and a busy food blog that's always inspiring.

4. Bonbini - Thip shares her pastry art with us and truly inspires and wows me.

5. m's project journal - Missy's photography and food styling is always so beautiful and creative. I'm in awe of how she can make the simplest thing look so amazing (like a spoonful of yeast!).

Recently, two foodie friends and fellow TWD-ers (Mary Ann from Meet Me in the Kitchen and Natashya from Living in the Kitchen with Puppies) gave me the Yum Yum Blog Award. {Update: Noor from Ya Salam Cooking created the Yum-Yum blog award to pass over to some of the fabulous blogs out there.} Mary Ann's blog has so many great food ideas and lots of kid-friendly ones that I'd love to try. Natashya is one busy foodie who participates in so many different food blogging events and isn't phased by it at all. In fact, her blog is continually changing as she shows us her latest delicious experiments in the kitchen. Thanks, guys!

I love being able to pass on these warm and fuzzy feelings to more food bloggers! I am to pass it to 5 deserving candidates with the intention that they post it on their site and confer the honour to 5 other delicious food bloggers.

1. Redacted Recipes - Ann and Jack put together amazing food and photos on their blog. Plus, they've decided to join Whisk Wednesdays, so what's not to love about that!

2. The Sugar Bar - Diva takes amazing food photos and inspires me to try different food and recipes.

3. wrightfood - Matt's photos are crisp, clean, and delicious. He even has a cookbook ready for downloading.

4. Farida’s Azerbaijani Cookbook - Farida's writing about the food of her home country, Azerbaijan. How exotic is that!

5. Tony Tahhan - It's worth a visit to Tony's blog just to admire his pictures of the ingredients! Very yum yum.

Thanks for making my week extra special!


Anonymous said...

shari! congratulations on all the awards. that's awesome. and yes, i can never get over how no one is ever arsey but in fact, just so loving and friendly and helpful in this food blogosphere. love it. thanks for the award. i'll be sure to write abt it asap and link it all delighted.

cheers my friend. keep bloggin! xx

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the award! I'm afraid Redacted Recipes is one of the places tags and awards go to die, but I'll try to remember to pass it on one of these days! :-)

Patricia Scarpin said...

Dear Shari, thank you so much for the award! You are so, so kind.


Antonio Tahhan said...

Shari, first, congratulations on receiving those awards!! Thanks so much for passing one along to me. I look forward to reading more of your blog!

Anonymous said...

Shari, congrats on all your well deserved award! So happy for you!

Thanks for passing on one of my favorites to me:) You are very sweet:)

chriesi said...

First of all congratulations! What a nice surprise that you awarded me! Thanks a lot!

Anonymous said...

congrats, shari, on your awards, and thank you so much for thinking of me! the award is such an honor and i feel so are beyond sweet! wishing you a wonderful week! :) thank you again!

Heather said...

congratulations on your awards! what a beautiful website!

Noor said...

I made the yum yum blog award just a few months to see where all she would end up and you would not believe the amazing food blogs she has ended up on. I have had so much fun seeing all of this and learning about more blogs and recipes along the way.

You deserve it!

Noor from Ya Salam Cooking

vibi said...

WOW! Shari... and to say I left for Europe without knowing you had nominated me for this award!
I'm totally flattered!
I'm not sure I deserve it... but I know you do: your blog is simply beautiful, the pictures, the recipes... everything reaks perfection!
Bravo to you and again...
(I'm blushing!) Thank you so much!