Ooh…I was so excited to get a ‘chocoholic’ award from Gloria at Cookbook Cuisine. It’s a cute little teddy (it is a teddy, isn’t it?) that gets passed around among food bloggers to show appreciation for their mutual effort. Besides being personally validating for me as a new blogger, it comes at a perfect time when I have been struggling to add a “favorite foodies” list to my blog. Try as I might…and I’ve tried countless times, I can’t seem to get the damn gadget to work. I’m guessing it’s not blogger.com’s fault since so many of you have successfully added this feature. So it’s either some glitch in my template or some glitch in my capability.
Getting this award gives me a perfect opportunity to give ‘props’ to some of the blogs I’ve become acquainted with in the past couple of months…and maybe to introduce you to other newbies, like me, who might need a little TLC and some new friends. Don’t forget, if you’ve been tapped, pay it forward.
Chocoholic Award to:
We Are Never Full: because they are the first blog I started following. Pithy dialogue, NY sense of humor and our similar palates keep me looking forward to their posts. Thanks to Amy who early on advised me to add the RSS feature to my blog as that was the preference of most bloggers. I did that — and then started RSS-subscribing myself. I now have about 50 blogs (and counting!) that I’m looking at.
Spanish Recipes: Nuria’s blog takes me back to my Spanish roots but also engages and entertains me. I’m sorry I didn’t know her when I visited Barcelona in June. Most of all, she has been very generous with information that has helped guide me through the blogosphere.
La Cocina Nathan: He is a non-stop cooking machine and I love his enthusiasm for his Latin heritage.
Bren’s FlaNboyant Eats: I could say the same thing about Bren as Nathan. Hmm…maybe these 2 should meet. Sounds like a match made in Heaven (or the kitchen).
Kalofagas: To Peter…every time I look at your blog, I am transported back to Greece. The wonderful posts about the cuisine and culture make me long to visit again. And, thanks for your supportive comments on my blog.
The Leftover Queen: To Queen Jenn for taking on uniting the food blogger community and for the daily introduction to new sites via the blogroll. Can’t wait to see foodalogue listed. Hint, hint.
Food Fight: A little nepotism here. This is my son’s photolog which records our family food fights. It’s worth a visit, really!
And, thanks to foodbuzz who keeps us all buzzing and for the fun surprise I received in the mail today.
My Foodie Blogroll
Of course, all those mentioned above…and a big shout out to:
Fiordizucca – don’t always understand it, but a picture is worth a 1000 words, right?
SPECIAL THANKS also:
• to those of you who have stopped by FOODalogue and left a comment; and
• to those of you who come up with contests and awards which keep us challenged and in the discovery of each other.
P.S. BTW, while I don’t have a conventional sweet tooth, in keeping with the propaganda that a little chocolate each day is good for you, I’ve taken to a nightly square of very dark chocolate (my favorite is infused with orange) or a couple of chocolate-covered expresso beans. When I’m being really good, it’s a 40-calorie Fudgsicle.
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