Last Friday, Hails at Coffee Helps bestowed the Arte y Pico Award upon yours truly. I feel really honored to be one of her five choices, given the length of this girl’s blogroll! Seriously, though, hers is one of my favorite blogs. A very brave soul, she ditched her home and belongings to follow her dream of becoming a travel writer by way of, get this, traveling and writing about it. Like so many of my favorite dishes, simple yet awesome. Hails’ stories of survival in foreign lands are often laugh-out-loud funny and always entertaining. Anyway, in giving the award, she said some very nice things about this blog:
I’m not normally one for reading food/recipe blogs, but I love this one. Camille is an expat pastry chef living in Paris, and her recipes are written in a fun, easy-to-follow style, with a sprinkling of anecdotes about her life in France, and pictures of the finished dishes – which, quite simply, make me want to go and live with her. This blog is classy, fun, and just plain mouthwatering…
Now, of course, there are rules:
- Pick five blogs that you consider deserve the award for their creativity, design, interesting material, and also for contributing to the blogging community, no matter what language.
- Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
- Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
- The award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of the Arte y Pico blog, so everyone will know the origin of this award.
I spent the weekend considering to which blogs I would pass the award along, basing my considerations largely on my currently overflowing Google Reader. Which are the blogs I go to first, despite having a hundred other posts to read? Here we go…
First up, Hopie’s Kitchen. Another American in Paris, Hope is a first-rate home cook and aspiring actress. She blogs a bit about life in Paris and a lot about recipes from her impressive cookbook collection. The best part? She converts all the measurements into metric so I don’t have to. And she does all this in both French and English!
Next, she eats. K is adventurous eater from Houston, Texas. I have spent approximately 20 hours in Houston in my life, but that in no way diminishes my interest in her blog. From hole-in-the-wall Mexican joints to massive Asian superstores to private fine dining and even some home cooking, she covers it all. Not to mention food-related news and poems, Tuesday Trivia, and the play-by-play of her Weekend in Food. I honestly don’t know how she finds time for a day job!
Ensuite, mes petits choux à la crème, a man known only as the Grumpy Chef (aka Le Chef Grincheux) writes a blog called Who Dares Cooks. His posts are infrequent (understandable, given that he is an actual, working chef) but always make me cheer. He says what we’re all thinking, and by “we,” I mean “people who work in the food industry.” Somehow it’s cathartic to read someone else’s frustrations, especially when they are similar to your own.
Dish, of Hooked in Amsterdam, has just returned from a few months of gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest and getting married in Spain. An American expat, she’s back home (away-from-home) in the Swedish countryside and about to adopt a puppy. She’s an avid cook, and does an admirable job of sifting through the Food Network archives for worthwhile recipes. There are also great photos of rural Sweden and anecdotes about living abroad.
Last but not least, Lady Disdain. I literally found this blog three days ago, courtesy of WordPress’ largely useless “Possibly related links.” I fell in love with it immediately. Here’s why: the name come from my favorite Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing; the subtitle is “Food, with a side order of snark,” snark being both a favorite word and a favorite attitude; she used the term “Bloodbath and Beyond,” and is therefore the only person I know besides myself who calls it that. Also, the food photography is luscious.
So, nominees, to accept the award all you have to do is follow the aforementioned rules. And to the rest of you, happy web surfing!