It’s been raining awards!

Is there any better way to celebrate the holidays than spending them with the people you love, giggling about an award under the tree? I don’t think so! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย Before going crazy with grocery shopping, finalizing my holiday menu and setting the table, I want to be sure to put an award under the trees of some blogger friends – some recently met, some following us from the beginning, everyone amazing in his/her own way.

Before I get to the nomination business, I want to apologize in advance for not giving a brief description of each nominee blog. As you know, my parents are visiting and the time I have left to blog is really, really limited – they are pretty demanding guests, you know ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me just say that the nominees are a bunch of fantastic people which includes talented artists, crafty masters, gifted cooks, fashion experts and world travelers. Each of them will open you a door to a new world. They will tell you about their cultures, they will make you laugh, they will touch your heart with their artwork or their life experiences, they will make you think about the world which surrounds you, they will share tips about how to realize wonderful crafty projects, they will teach you how to cook pretty much anything that is edible. The holiday break is around the corner so I suggest you find some time to check each of the nominee blogs out. You’ll find plenty to fall in love with.

A. Blog of the Year 2012

Blog of the Year Award 1 star thumbnailThank you to Fae of Fae’s Twist & Tango for nominating Flora’s Table for this great award. Fae has Persian origins, was raised in Japan, moved to the United States in the Seventies, traveled the world ever since. Her international background is unique, her travel posts are informative and extremely interesting and her food so eclectically delicious. I recommend you check her blog out. You won’t regret it!

The rules of the award are:

1. Select the blog(s) you think deserve the โ€˜Blog of the Year 2012โ€™ award, a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.

2. Write a blog post and tell nominate blog(s) you have chosen โ€“ thereโ€™s no minimum or maximum number of blogs required โ€“ and โ€˜presentโ€™ them with their award.

3. Please include a link back to this page โ€™Blog of the Year 2012 Awardโ€™ย and include these โ€˜rulesโ€™ in your post (please donโ€™t alter the rules or the badges!)

4. Let the blog(s) you have chosen know that you have given them this award and share the โ€˜rulesโ€™ with them.

5. As a winner of the award โ€“ please add a link back to the blog that presented you with the award โ€“ and then proudly display the award on your blog and sidebarโ€ฆ and start collecting starsโ€ฆ

Well, my nominees are (in no particular order):

1. Laura of the cook to love project

2. Dina of The World according to Dina

3. Sarah of diary of a house elf

4. Kimberly ofย Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 4

5. Bobbi of Bam’s Kitchen

6. The gracious frog of The Greedy Frog

7. Anatoli of Talk-A-Vino

8. Violet of Violet Gallery

9. Genie of A Place Called Love

10. Daisy and the Fox

11. Jeanette of Global Grazers

B. Wonderful Team Member Readership Award

wonderful-team-awardI’m particularly happy that Flora’s Table has received this amazing award. During the last three months, I have learned that blogging is much more than publishing my posts and receiving likes. Blogging is about meeting other people and reading about their knowledge and life experiences. There is so much to read and learn! So, a huge thank you goes to Daisy and the Fox for this extraordinary award. Her recipes are fresh, creative and delicious. Go check her blog out as soon as you can. You’ll thank me later ๐Ÿ˜‰

The rules for this award are pretty simple (thank goodness!): pass on the award to 14 nominees!

And my nominees are (in no particular order):

1. Stephane of My French Heaven

2. Sofia of Mamsell Proust

3. Chiara of Kiara Style

4. Zanzana of Zanzanaglob

5. A Twist of Couture

6. Jeanette of Global Grazers

7. Fae of Fae’s Twist & Tango

8. Candy of lovely buns

9. Rebecca of Lady or Not… Here I Come

10. Allison of spontaneous tomato

11. Sarah of diary of a house elf

12. Kimberly of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 4

13. The gracious frog of The Greedy Frog

14. Jill of afternoon artist

C. The Very Inspiring Blog Award

Very Inspiring Blog AwardThank you to Candy of lovely buns for this wonderful award. Candy is a Scot living in Alsace (France) and, judging by the perfection of her recipes, I can tell she has been there for a long time ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย Her dishes are simply mouth-watering and her food pictures are great. I guess I do not have to tell you: just go and check her out. Yup, this is my extra Christmas gift to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

The rules for this award are the following:

– Display the award logo on your blog.

– Link back to the person who nominated you.

– State 7 things about yourself.

– Nominate other bloggers for this award and link to them.

– Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the awardโ€™s requirements.

Seven things about myself

1. I love old movies

2. One of my favorite activities is… sleeping ๐Ÿ˜‰

3. I’m a perfectionist

4. Everything for me is either black or white: I struggle to see the grey

5. I get speechless in front of acts of rudeness. My tongue seems to freeze and when I’m ready to react, it’s always too late.

6. I think either you are born with a sense of style or you are not. There is no way you can acquire it later on.

7. I’m the worst driver ever.

My nominees are (in no particular order):

1. Carissa of at350degrees

2. The guys of The London Flower Lover

3. Jill of afternoon artist

4. Heather of Sweet Precision

5. Zanzana of Zanzanaglob

D. Liebster Award

Liebster AwardThank you to Carissa of at350degrees and Zanzana of Zanzanaglob for giving Flora’s Table this lovely award. Carissa was born with the baking gene and she thinks that baking is the cure to all. Consequently, her baking “medicines” are amazing and her sweet treats to die for. Zanzana in an Italian living in Milan. Her blog is more than just great, delicious food (do you know that she makes her own butter?). She tells her readers about life in Milan, all the events happening in Italy and Europe in general and, last but not least, her dream of growing vegetables in a rented garden in Milan. Yup, pretty cool, huh?

The rules for this award are the following:

1. Post eleven facts about yourself.

2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you and create eleven questions for people youโ€™ve nominated.

3. Choose eleven people (with fewer than 200 followers) to give this award to and link them in your post.

4. Go to their page and tell them.

5. Remember, no tag backs.

Eleven facts about me:

1. I love reading the classics

2. I’m taking French classes

3. I’m obsessed with cleanliness

4. I’m a Law&Order addict: I can watch even ten episodes in a row

5. I enjoy reading gossip magazines

6. I treasure the time spent with… myself ๐Ÿ˜‰

7. I do not drink red wine (ouch!)

8. I do not watch horror movies. What’s the point of getting scared to death?

9. I loathe vulgarity

10. If I could, I would go to the movie theater pretty much every night (and yes, I would eat the nasty nachos with cheese!)

11. I have been waiting with trepidation for the beginning of the new season of my favorite shows: Downton Abbey and Smash.

Questions from Zanzana:

Q1. How would you define yourself?
A1. Not easy to live with.

Q2. Which languages do you speak?
A2. Italian and English

Q3. What is your favorite mean of transportation?
A3. Subway

Q4. What do you feel when you cook?
A4. Well, it depends… happy, focused, busy

Q5. What is your favorite animal?
A5. I’m not an animal person but if I have to pick one I would say… the leopard

Q6. What do you normally read?
A6. Novels, biographies, classics

Q7. Where would you like to live?
A7. Exactly where I am now ๐Ÿ™‚

Q8. Is there a city you feel you really belong to?
A8: New York City

Q9. Do you grow any vegetables at home?
A9. No

Q10. How would you define Fashion?
A10. Coco Chanel used to say: ” Fashion fades, only style remains the same”. I think it is very true.

Q11. What would be your first wish for your letter to Santa Claus?
A.11 To keep my family healthy and happy

Questions from Carissa

1. Day or night? Night

2. Birthday or Christmas? This is a tough one… can I pick both?

3. Dogs or cats? Neither

4. Breakfast or supper? Breakfast

5. Pancakes or waffles? Neither

6. History or math? History

7. Movies or television? Movies

8. Superheroes or Vampires? Superheroes

9. Coffee or tea? Coffee

10. Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate

11. Heels or flats? Flats

Questions for the nominees:

1. What’s your dream job?

2. Would you like to live somewhere else? If yes, where?

3. You would never…

4. What’s your next project?

5. Do you read before falling asleep?

6. What’s your favorite form of art?

7. You are obsessed with…

8. What’s on your list for Santa?

9. Do you play any musical instruments?

10. What’s the best gift you have ever received?

11.ย What’s your biggest regret?

My nominees are (in no particular order):

1. Raphaelle of Fait Maison

2. Heather of Sweet Precision

3. Lydie of Le Blog des Surprises

4. Justine of Rondo Takes Brooklyn

5. Scott of Greenhorn Photos

6. Misty of hayride to heaven

7. Christina of Small Kitchen Chronicles

8. Robin of Making Rainbows

9. Axel of Freshipe

10. Tim of The Forester Artist

11. Tortore

My warmest congratulations to all the nominees โ€“ you are all very well deserving!

One last note: I wanted to pass on an award to B of Just Add Attitude. However, when she started blogging, she decided not to take part in the “award process”. Obviously, her decision must be respected. I just suggest you pay her blog a visit because it is simply amazing.

May you and your families have a very happy holiday season!

Francesca

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  2. Le Blog des Surprises

    thanks for this… it would have been with pleasure to give an answer to this award, but I don’t have enough time for it at the moment !… sorry !…
    I wish you a good and a happy new year !
    Lydie from le blog des surprises !

    1. Francesca Post author

      Hi Candy.
      Thank you and congratulations to you too. I simply said the truth about your blog: it is marvelous! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I wish you and your family a very happy and healthy New Year.

    1. Francesca Post author

      Hi Christina.
      Thank you and congratulations on your award. Your blog is such a nice “mixture” of recipes, family stories and memories, suggestions and reviews.
      Happy Holidays to you and your family too.

  3. daisyandthefox

    congratulations for your many awards!! you sure do deserve them!
    and thank-you so much for the award – i am very grateful ๐Ÿ™‚
    Merry Christmas!

    1. Francesca Post author

      Thank you and congratulations to you too. Hope you know how lucky you are and how jealous I’m…you have one of the most wonderful jobs in the world ๐Ÿ™‚
      Wishing you a fabulous Happy New Year!

  4. talkavino

    Congratulations and thank you very much for nominating my blog, much appreciated! And I have to tell you that I really enjoy Flora’s Table posts! Merry Christmas!

    1. Stefano

      Thank you, Anatoli: you have a wonderful wine blog which provides lots of great content and is a pleasure to read, so you awards are always well deserved! And, thank you for your nice words about F’sT!
      Happy holidays to you too: pop a good one (and then tell us all about it)!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Just Add Attitude

    I enjoyed reading your answers to the questions. I particularly liked that you ‘treasure time spend .. with myself’. I would identify with that. We get such little time for solitude in this frantic world that sometimes is lovely to just to have a few hours away from everyone and everything.

  6. zanzanaglob

    Thank you very much Francesca, for the nominations and for your nice words about my young blog. It is a very magmatic one and I was delighted by your description! I am also very happy to virtually meet the other bloggers you have nominated. Merry Christmas to you and your family again! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Francesca Post author

      I’m glad I contributed to make your Christmas sunnier…maybe a strong word for Milan ๐Ÿ˜‰ Keep up with the good work! I love reading your posts. May Santa make your dream
      come true! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Sweet Precision

    Oh gosh, thanks Francesca- I am totally flattered! Congratulations on your award nominations- all so well deserved. I absolutely love what you and Stefano do together. And on another note I must admitt that I too am a Law and Order junkie ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Bam's Kitchen

    Congratulations of your awards. Thanks so much for thinking of me Francesca. It was so nice to learn a little bit about you. I think if you came to Hong Kong and took one ride in a taxi or in a public bus you would totally change your mind about the number 7- worst driver. You can’t possibly be worse than the drivers in HK. Have a fantastic holiday and enjoy your guests. BAM

    1. Francesca Post author

      Of course I thought of you, Bam! Your blog is fantastic. Believe me…the possibility of me being worse than the drivers in HK is almost certainty ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a wonderful holiday season.

  9. Jeanette

    Thank you sooo much Francesca! We are all genuinely flattered. We love and appreciate what you and Stefano are doing with this treasure of a blog and it is the highest honor to have been nominated by you! Congratulations on your oh so many well-deserved awards:-)