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Parting Notes…Stats…and the Round-Up.

What a trip! I’m breathless. I’m exhilarated. And, yes, I’m ready to move on. With twice-a-week posts to support this event, I haven’t had the time to enter some of your challenges and, except for a few random posts, do much else here. My draft folder is full and begging to be published. 

However, the response was so favorable and many of you expressed sadness at the end of the event so we may do this again. Next time, we’ll take a different route and perhaps change it up some…but not right now. Not for a while.

Meantime, thank you, merci, grazie, gracias, danke, dzieki, etc. to all of you who kept me company along the way — especially to those of you who participated in the round-ups and helped make this such a successful event. Thanks also to my arm-chair readers and commentators. All of you played a valuable role as well and I’m grateful. This was a real community event. I hope besides entertaining and informing, it benefited the BloggerAid organization. When we started the tour, they had about 100 members. Today, 3 months later, they have 230. I am in NO WAY taking credit for that increase — the administrators and many of the members have been working tirelessly to bring awareness to the effort — but I do hope A Culinary Tour Around the World helped in some small measure. 

A few statistics about the event:
• We visited 13 countries.
• We presented about 130 recipes.
• My most constant travelmate was Cindystar. One entry separated her and Brii. You gotta love those Lake Garda gals…I do!
• Russia garnered the most comments.
• France, Portugal and Russia tied for the most blogger entries.
• FOODalogue received about 450 comments!

And, now, the round-up for the Deep South.

Abigail from Mamatouille in Japan joined us at a few stops. For The Deep South, she offers up her “Georgia Peach” 91-year-old grandmother’s recipe for black eyed peas. She serves this with corn bread and turnip greens.

Val of More Than Burnt Toast
 in British Columbia, Canada entertained us at many stops on the tour with her imaginative virtual adventures. This time it was New Orleans where she got the inspiration for “Low Country Crab Cakes” served with corn maque choux and remoulade sauce. She also made a Red Velvet cake, but she didn’t send us a piece.

Brii, in Lake Garda, Italy, chose to go the ‘creole’ route for this destination and prepared an interesting roast lamb with black beans. She also made cornbread. Brii says her family is going to miss her once-a-week culinary experiments…and FOODalogue is going to miss Brii!

Rachel, our Crispy Cook in Schuylerville, NY, made a gluten-free sweet potato pudding. It had all the goodness and concentration of the potato without the distraction from a crust. And it apparently was appealing to more than the family.

Holly of El Hajii in Honolulu did a Southern barbecue smoking up various cuts of pork, prime ribs and salmon, all of which were rubbed down with a beautiful looking spice mix before hitting the heat. You’ve got to check out the process on her blog. Presented here is a pulled pork sandwich.

And, last but not least, my constant travel companion, Cindystar of Lake Garda, Italy. Cindy helps end this tour with these beautiful Mint Julep cocktails made with champagne…so cleverly presented in front of an Uncle Sam hat.

I take a glass and toast all of you!

Over and out.

17 Comments, RSS

  • Maryann

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    April 8, 2009 at 10:12 am

    It’s hard for me to read the post because I keep looking at your pictures in the sidebar! LOL So funny 🙂

  • Karen

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    April 8, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    What a great tour, Joan! Even though I only managed to cook when I met you in Portugal, I thoroughly enjoyed each stop on the tour and being able to see what the world-wide chefs had made. This was a very creative, informative and educational effort and all for a very good cause. Thank you!

  • Holly

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    April 8, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for all your work. Look forward to the next one. You will have to make a stop in Hawaii!

  • giz

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    April 8, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    A great roundup and a fabulous job on the whole tour. You must be exhausted by now

  • Ivy

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    April 8, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    We had a lovely time traveling with you Joan and sorry I missed some of the events but the past month was quite stressful. I am looking forward to your future travels and thanks again for linking it with BloggerAid which helped significantly.

  • Robin Sue

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    April 9, 2009 at 5:45 am

    This is a great finale! You have outdone yourself on this endeavor. I have enjoyed watching and participating in this tour and I think everyone loved it too. I have met some great bloggers along the way. Thank you!

  • tony4run@aol.com

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    April 9, 2009 at 6:21 am

    What a great job you did covering the world. Photography was terrific too. Bravo!

  • brii

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    April 9, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    dear joan..
    for my it was a real heartly pleasure to participate..
    I’ve learned so many things..
    and I do want to try some mongolian goat recipe in the future :)))

    I have been such a great host..given us so much interesting and useful information a long the way.

    a big kiss to you..and also to all your fantastic family!

    ps. and don’t think you’ll get rid of my so easily…will keep in touch! 😉

  • Ari (Baking and Books)

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    April 9, 2009 at 3:42 pm

    Wow! Looks like this was quite an event. I’m off to browse through your archives. 🙂

  • Bellini Valli

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    April 10, 2009 at 4:09 am

    I have always looked forward to our armchair travelling. We learned something valuable at each destination and had a great deal of fun as well!!Thank you, thank you, thank you for raising awareness to stamp out hunger in the world.

  • Lori Lynn

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    April 10, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Kudos to you Joan for hosting such a successful event. I really enjoyed it, and appreciate all the time and energy you put into it.

  • Elra

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    April 10, 2009 at 10:33 am

    These are delicious round ups Joan. I am glad that your event was successful.

  • Cindystar

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    April 12, 2009 at 10:49 am

    great numbers!
    I could hardly imagine 450 comments! That means how important and successfull this event was!
    Congratulations to all bloggers who cooked, read, left a comment or only passed by and made all this possible and allowed to BloggerAid to grow!
    Hope you had a lovely Easter day,
    a big hug,

  • Rachel

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    April 13, 2009 at 9:58 am

    This was a great deal of fun and I am happy I was able to learn so much about other countries and cultures, help stamp out hunger and eat up some tasty grub all at the same time. Wonderful work, Joan and I was happy to “meet” you through this fun tour. Au Revoir…

  • megan (brooklyn farmhouse)

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    April 17, 2009 at 7:30 am

    Well, I’ll be sad to see it go, but I’m looking forward to reading your “drafts”! Brilliant idea and great posts. Cute dog, btw! 🙂

  • we are never full

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    April 21, 2009 at 4:33 am

    Hey, Joan! Just wanted to tip my hat to you on this one (albeit a bit late). i can understand why it would be hard to do this right away again. i wanted to do all of them and couldn’t get it together w/ my schedule to do so! i can imagine that you’re really ready to ‘get back to normal’for awhile. but i hope that maybe you’d consider even doing it as a once-a-month or once every other month type of event. that makes it more do-able for you and for your readers!

  • Abigail (aka Mamatouille)

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    April 25, 2009 at 12:52 am

    Thanks again, Joan, for such an interesting and yummy-looking tour. I was happy to join on a few stops and thanks for including me. You’re one hip travelin’ gal! 🙂

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