I’m so excited…

(and I just can’t hide it… c’mon! you know you were singing along in your head….)

Eat, live, travel, write is a finalist in the Best New Blog category at the first annual Foodbuzz Food Blogger Awards to be held in November! You can see the entire list of nominees here as well as the link to the voting.

We here at the ELTW household were very excited:

I wish I could say Cleo did that especially because she was excited about her mum’s nomination but she actually does the “roly poly” every day when someone comes home (so, multiple times a day!).

So, no, we didn’t roll around the floor with excitement. We cooked.

Local shallots:

Cooked in butter and red wine.

Ummm…. IS there anything better?

This is a local Kabocha squash that came in last week’s organic box.

Cooked and mashed with (that’s right!) butter and parmesan.

Served with:

Local fingerling potatoes. Check out how tiny some of them are!!! (errr, yes, these were also fried in olive oil and liberally sprinkled with sea salt…).

And a flat iron steak from Rowe Farms – barbecued to perfection by Grill Master Neil

Now does that say autumn or what??? (Actually I suppose it says “Fall” to many of you…). A wonderful celebration of the season.

In any case, I digress – thanks so much to those of you who nominated me. Since I have only been at this blogging since the end of May, I am completely stunned! Thanks to my blogging new media teachers, Amanda and Mike for setting me on the right path in the first place! I might become the writers.com poster child yet!!!

37 Responses to I’m so excited…

  1. Conor @ HoldtheBeef October 7, 2009 at 10:18 #

    Woo! Congratulations! Yay!

  2. Simply Life October 7, 2009 at 11:59 #

    Congrats on being a finalist – you definitely deserve it!!!

  3. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 7, 2009 at 12:44 #

    Conor – thanks – I am stoked!

    Simply Life – thanks so much!

  4. Cathy October 7, 2009 at 13:11 #

    Congratulations on your much deserved nomination. How exciting is that!

    Love a good flat iron steak. You can't beat that cut for flavor and tenderness.

  5. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 7, 2009 at 13:20 #

    Cathy – thanks so much! and yes, the steak was a great cut and so tender…

  6. Cheap Ethnic Eatz October 7, 2009 at 13:30 #

    Congratulations to you!!

  7. Unplanned Cooking October 7, 2009 at 13:54 #

    Congrats! You must be thrilled.

  8. Divina Pe October 7, 2009 at 13:55 #

    Congratulations and you're welcome. Can I celebrate with you? 🙂

  9. tastyeatsathome October 7, 2009 at 14:11 #

    Congrats! I'm definitely digging that squash.

  10. 5 Star Foodie October 7, 2009 at 14:15 #

    Congrats on the nomination, hope you will win the award! Beautiful squash!

  11. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 7, 2009 at 14:41 #

    Thanks everyone – I still can't quite believe it! And yes, the squash was great – though anything with cheese and butter is!!!

  12. Jessie October 7, 2009 at 14:42 #

    great meal and congrats on the nomination!

  13. Lori Lynn October 7, 2009 at 14:57 #

    YAY! Good for you! Well-deserved. Good luck!

  14. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 7, 2009 at 16:03 #

    Jessie – thanks

    Lori Lynn – thanks and congrats to YOU too!

  15. Kate at Serendipity October 7, 2009 at 16:10 #

    WOOT! Congratulations! Well deserved! I'm off now to vote…

  16. fadly khairie October 7, 2009 at 16:24 #

    Kudos!! Congratulation!! I definitely vote for you!

  17. TasteHongKong October 7, 2009 at 16:29 #

    Congrats! Enjoy and good luck!

  18. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 7, 2009 at 18:32 #

    Kate, Fadly and Taste – thanks so much!

  19. penny aka jeroxie October 7, 2009 at 20:26 #

    Totally deserved it. Learnt so much from the blog. Please continue what you are doing! More stories and more lovely food. 🙂

  20. Nurit October 7, 2009 at 21:25 #

    This is my first visit on your blog. Saw it on Foodbuzz. Congrats!!!
    Hmm, Kabocha squash, I just had the most wonderul Kabocha squash stew in a resto and tried to make something similar to it at home. It's a wonderful veg! was my first time as weel with that one 🙂
    Good luck with the voting!

  21. Fresh Local and Best October 7, 2009 at 22:01 #

    Congratulations Mardi! I'm very excited for you!

  22. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 7, 2009 at 22:10 #

    Penny, Nurit, Fresh Local – thanks so much!!!

  23. K a b l o o e y October 7, 2009 at 22:14 #

    Mardi: CONGRATS AGAIN and let the voting begin. Can we power vote? The other blogs look nice, but I think you've got a good shot! And yes, it is cool just to be nominated — you JUST STARTED this and you are right up there. Put that rectangle up on your blog; you deserve it.

  24. Carolyn Jung October 8, 2009 at 00:30 #

    Congrats on being a finalist. Well deserved!

    And thanks for whetting my appetite for fall with kabocha squash. I can never get enough of that wonderful, starchy, sweet squash.

  25. Chris Stewart October 8, 2009 at 01:05 #


  26. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 8, 2009 at 01:17 #

    Kablooey, Chris, Carolyn – thanks so much!!! Appreciate the support more than you can imagine!

  27. Chow and Chatter October 8, 2009 at 02:06 #

    oh I am so happy for you Mardi I love your blog, Rebecca

  28. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 8, 2009 at 02:09 #

    Thanks Rebecca!

  29. Bali Beach Bunny October 8, 2009 at 03:42 #

    ooooh so many congratulations
    and lovely meal to celebrate with
    [i miss autumn]

  30. Megan Gordon October 8, 2009 at 07:03 #

    YAY YAY YAY! Congratulations. You so deserve this nomination…I'm really, really happy for you. Not only is your blog great, but you read others' work and cultivate a true sense of community. You rock!

  31. tokyoterrace October 8, 2009 at 12:27 #

    Congratulations on the nomination! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day as well. I'm so happy to be nominated in the same category as you- best of luck!!

  32. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 8, 2009 at 15:06 #

    Megan – thanks so much! (and I do try to participate as much as time will allow!)

    Bali Beach Bunny – thanks!

    Tokyo Terrace – good luck to you too!

  33. Table Talk October 9, 2009 at 03:21 #

    Congrats on your nomination–you deserve to celebrate!

  34. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 9, 2009 at 10:42 #

    Table Talk – thanks so much!

  35. Maria at Fresh Eats October 10, 2009 at 02:15 #

    Congrats, Mardi – so excited and happy for you! What a great accomplishment!!

  36. Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite October 10, 2009 at 10:02 #

    Maria – thanks! Even a couple of days later, I am still in shock!

  37. The Best Family October 19, 2009 at 21:31 #

    so exciting!!! we are thrilled for your success and are so proud of what you've done with the blog!!

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