Thursday, April 16, 2009

I Love Your Blog Awards and a little more about me...

This is a bit overdue, but thank you to Passionate Eater who’s graced me with an “I love your blog award”.

Passionate Eater’s a girl after my own heart, hitting 4 hot dog eateries in less than 2 days in her search for the best hot dog in Chicago.

Now that’s dedication!

So now it’s my turn to pay it forward by honoring 7 of my favorite food bloggers:

Heavenly Housewife at From Donuts to Delirium

Kenny T at Chic Eats
Kevin at Closet Cooking
Teanna at Spork or Foon?
Christine aka Mistress of Cakes at Maman and Gourmand
Screamin’ Mama at Fork in Food
Jason at Me So Hungry

All of these wonderful bloggers inspire, amuse, and sometimes surprise me with their serious dedication to food. They've also kept me going by leaving supportive, insightful and funny comments on my posts. Check out their awesome blogs when you have some time. You'll be hooked! (Also check out my recent Sisterhood Awards post for more great food blogs)

And now, here’s the part where I get to talk more about myself…

Heavenly Housewife, my doppelganger from across the pond, has tagged me to answer the following questionnaire. I’m so touched that she wants to know a little more about moi!

1. What are your current obsessions?
Duh – FOOD of course! It’s all I ever think about. I’m also a tad OCD about cleaning (but I’m working on that)

2. Which item from your closet are you wearing most often?
Ratty old pajamas and a hoodie – my husband refers to my daily outfit as “housekeeper chic” (not that I’m the resident housekeeper or anything)

3. Last thing you bought?
For myself? A dumb t-shirt with a tomato on it talking to a ketchup bottle - “Mom, Dad?!”

4. What's for dinner?
Leftover Chinese take-out (dining solo tonight, so the alternative would be ramen noodles)

5. Say something to the person who tagged you:
We’re definitely LOL (ladies of leisure) if we can lounge around in tracksuit bottoms and pajamas all day long!

6. What is your favorite recipe that you made?
It’s a toss up between my New England clam chowder and potato gnocchi (sorry kids, hubby Kris refuses to let me give out the secret recipes for these!)

7. Vacation spots you must visit before you die?
France (Paris, again)

Italy (Rome/Venice)
San Francisco (can you believe I’ve never been?)

8. Replaced Question: Weirdest food you’ve ever eaten?
Sago Worm, but you probably already knew that.

9. What are you reading right now?

Just finished Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Pretty good, so I’ll be renting the DVD soon. And I'm slowly working my way through The Gefilte Variations by Jayne Cohen (a little too slowly, have to return it to the library in 2 days)

10. What is the last movie you saw and enjoyed? Rate it out of 5 stars.
Watchmen. Story was interesting but it ran a bit long. Gruesome in parts. Could have done without all the distracting shots of Dr. Manhattan’s giant blue dong! 3.5/5 stars

11. What is your guilty pleasure?
Junior Mints (I’m currently “on the wagon” – self imposed ban for 6 months)

12. What is your favorite smell?
Fresh silken tofu (weird, right?)

13. Best thing you ate or drank lately?
Duck and foie gras ravioli, last night at Scarpetta

14. Favorite cuisine?
Northern Indian

15. Famous living person who you most admire and why.
Hard to pick just one. Of course, domestic divas Martha Stewart and Nigella Lawson, who’ve both survived hard times and are still at the top of their game. Gwyneth Paltrow – always so classy and poised, and she speaks multiple languages beautifully. And according to her good friend Mario Batali, Gwynnie can put food away like a truck driver (I love girls who can eat!)

16. Talk about one regret in your life?
Leaving beautiful British Columbia.

17. Who would play you in a film about your life?
I’ve been told that I look like Lucy Liu, but apparently all my Chinese girlfriends have been told that they resemble Lucy Liu at some point in their life!

18. What is one skill you would like to acquire?
Hand-eye coordination/balance. I suck at bowling, golf, baseball, volleyball, tennis (and all team sports)

19. Question I added: What 3 songs are currently on heaviest rotation on your ipod or CD player?
“Human (Pink Noise Radio Edit)” by the Killers
“Poker Face” by Lady GaGa
“1,2,3,4” by the Plain White T’s

Rules and Invitation to participate:
1. Respond and rework
2. Answer questions on your own blog.
3. Replace one question.
4. Add one question.
5. Tag 3 bloggers.

I am tagging:

Coconut Girl Connie

Christine, aka Mistress of Cakes

and my good friend Clayton, who blogs about his life as a father, husband, friend, youth minister (and about the Canucks!)

To those I've tagged, this is just an invitation - no pressure at all to answer any questions or to pass it on!



KennyT said...

Wow, Phyllis, I am so touched!!! Thank you very much! I LOVE YOUR BLOG TOO, and so do my friends!

Unknown said...

Awww you love me? Or you just know I melt like butter at compliment, there for easy into coercing me to do the tag...dangit!

Really I am not a jerk..thank you for the award...and you want to know more about me!

Okay side note I don't post the awards on my site because I had so many there wasn't any room for me to write. It wasn't because I was so popular it was because there were so many being given out nobody had anybody to give them out to. After that I made a huge post about how people were degrading awards and they were meaningless. (I think its was in January) and I said I wouldn't accept any more......SO to make a long story longer I can't accept because I will look like a big ole jack ass...(ooo..there you go..I DARE YOU TO EAT DONKEY MEAT!) I take compliments real well though! And I will happily do the tag.

Wow..long speech there..didn't mean to write a book...take the laptop out of my hands..I mean it NOW...NOW I SAY!!!!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the I love your blog. Its always nice to feel appreciated :), I obviously think your r fab too! From one Junky Couture LOL to another, have a fantastic weekend !!!

Tangled Noodle said...

Congratulations on your award - so very well-deserved! Loved reading your meme list, especially #11 - Junior Mints. They're my favorite but I made a promise that I would only indulge at the movie theater. Guess what? We haven't been inside a movie theater since . . . holy cow - the most recent Raiders of the Lost Ark movie last May with my mother! That's almost an entire year without Junior Mints!!

Uh-oh! I can feel a massive craving coming on . . .

Unknown said...

Thanks a lot! That is a nice list of vacation spots! I want to visit most of them as well!

Lori Lynn said...

Cute post. Thanks for the link to Chicago's best hot dogs. Loved that too.