Tuesday, June 05, 2007

I think, therefore I blog

Do you have those days when you wish you could just stay under the covers and disappear for a bit? Preferably with your secret chocolate stash? Days when there is no time to cook. Sometimes even no time to eat. You know what helps?

Getting good news!

I am thrilled and oh-so-flattered that I have been nominated for the Thinking Blogger Award by Veron of Veronica’s Test Kitchen. More so because she is a blogger I much admire, whose culinary adventures I love to read! If you go through her detailed notes there is no way you can flub a recipe.

Now it’s my turn to nominate 5 bloggers that make me think. Here they are in no order whatsoever:

Mae of Rice and NoodlesOk, Veron I know you nominated her, but I want to as well! :) I have been a big fan of Mae’s ever since I stumbled across her blog. The photography and food styling always inspire me. Her recipes never fail to attract me, and the ones I’ve tried have not disappointed. It was her recipe that pushed me to try my hand at that ubiquitous Filipino dish -- adobo. To think I’m the one here, and she’s all the way in the UK!

Christine of Ramblings from a Gypsy Soul – Christine has been a great, close friend for years! So what does a blog of someone I already know so well make me think of? More then I could have ever known. Through Christine’s blog, I see so many more brilliant facets of an already sparkling personality. Her entertaining and honest travelogues make me long to jump on a plane (with her in tow!)!

Angelika of The Flying Apple – From the very first post I read, I knew we shared the same views on life and its joys. With her enchanting stories and buoyant attitude, Angelika has always pointed me to the sunnier side of the street. There isn’t a crummy day that a visit to Angelika’s cannot cure for me. It’s wonderful to know that some of us still believe in “magic” :)

Marketman of Market Manila – Not only was his one of the first blogs I ever read, but he is responsible for pushing me to discover my local markets, instructing me on local produce, and cluing me in on local provedores. His in-depth posts on the origin of certain Filipino dishes always get me thinking…and craving!

Pille of Nami Nami – I enjoy all Pille’s posts, but my favorites are always the ones that have to do with her home – Estonia – whether it be an Estonian dish or her stories of mushroom and berry picking (ok, Pille, I know you are probably a wee bit tired of hearing me go on about your mushroom stories, sorry! I only wish I was there!). I have actually been to Estonia once and Pille has got me seriously thinking about returning.

To the above-mentioned bloggers, thank you for making me think! If you’d like to pass on the honor (which would of course be great!) please post the five bloggers that make you think. If you were already nominated, then I heartily second it! :)


MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

Excellent choices Joey!

christine said...

Awww thanks, Jo! I'm thrilled and flattered! :) mwah!! This is going to be difficult to narrow down for me, but fun I'm sure.

Mae said...

Joey, that is truly sweet of you! Thank you so much for the kind words. I really don't know what to say (i'm speechless!) but thank you so much.

Congratulations to you for getting nominated. Needless to say that it's well deserved. You yourself is an inspiration more than you'll ever know. Well done and keep up the great posts. Oh, and your photos? Wow.

Linda said...

perfect pics. i must say. i'm a huge fan of Mae!

shalimar said...

hahaha u listed the blogs on my fave list.. am in uk for the moment.. will be down in sicily soon then to croatia then capri... before heading back to france...
so blogging is out but i do cook discover all the time

ChichaJo said...

Hi Tanna! Thanks :) I think so too :)

Hi Nens! You deserve it! (((HUGS))) :)

Hi Mae! You are much welcome...thanks for all your sweet comments and for being such an inspiration yourself :)

Hi Linda! Thank you! Yes, another Mae fan here, hehe :)

Hey Sha!!! Long time no hear! It's always such a delight to see you pop in from where ever in the world you may be :) Hope to hear about your adventures soon!

Freya and Paul said...

A well deserved award and you made some great nominations yourself!

Socky said...

Yeah, Christine so deserves the nomination. Her blog is blook-worthy: cooking, eating, travelling, being with family in this lovely tropical country of ours. She can be so descriptive of just how good life is here!

shalimar said...

joey will try my best to read blogs they are my inspiration and you are one of the few philippine based i truly enjoy

i enjoy yr adventures and yr photos are getting better and better too.... am off to scout things to take back to france maldon is one on my list and few organic tea and chocs i normally haul back to gaul

veron said...

Great picks,Joey! Some I know (and admire) and some I'm about to discover :).

ChichaJo said...

Hi Freya and Paul! Thank you! :)

Hi Socky! I agree 200%! I love seeing comments on her Philippine travel posts from people all over the world :)

Sha! You are so sweet! I'm so glad you enjoy this blog as I have enjoyed yours since I first clapped eyes on it loooong ago :) Have fun shopping! Maldon and chocolate would so be on my list too ;)

Hi Veron! Thanks for nominating me! :)

Pille said...

Joey - sorry for the late response - I was away in Scotland. Thank you so much for nominating me - I'm really flattered. Will try to reply a.s.a.p. - I suspect it'll be coming Friday:)

ChichaJo said...

Hi Pille! You tremendously deserve it! :) Scotland! That must have been marvellous!