Last week I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Jen at www.adventuroustraveltales.com (go and check out her blog, she has got some pretty great pictures!), I remember seeing this when I first started my blog and thought it was such a great idea. For those of you that don’t know what the Liebster Award is, it is a really cool way of getting new blogs out into the blogisphere and to get people connected.
The rules are pretty straightforward, you link the person who nominated you into your post and answer the 11 questions that they gave you. Then you nominate 11 blogs with less than 200 followers and give them 11 new questions to answer. Let the new bloggers know that you have nominated them and the cycle continues. So, basically it is like a big chain letter.
Here are my answers for the questions Jen gave me:
-What is your blog about?
The idea behind my blog was originally to be a travel diary documenting my life as I moved to Europe; the places I visited, the food I ate, the people I met. The concept has evolved over time to feature more of my own recipes that are inspired by things I have eaten on my travels.
-Salty or Sweet?
Oooh, this is a hard one. Sweet… I think. I depends if I am cooking it or if I am eating it. Sweet if I am eating it but salty if I am making it. Or salted caramel because it means I don’t have to choose one! (That’s also a shameless plug for this recipe!)
-What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I hated cooking until very, very recently. I could not cook anything until I was about 20 years old, and had no interest in being able to cook. I couldn’t cook much more than pasta, and my mum wouldn’t even let me use sharp knives or the gas elements if I was home alone out of fear I would burn the house down!
-What are your top three blogs to read?
I have always loved PostSecret. I like The Sartorialist for fashion and style and 101COOKBOOKS always has amazing recipes.
-Do you listen to podcasts, if so, which ones?
I am way too technologically inept for that!
-Describe your perfect day.
-Sleeping in, coffee in bed followed by a long breakfast, spending the day at the beach; swimming and lying in the sun. A long Mediterranean dinner is also a must – the simple things!
-Drink of choice?
This is a hard one! (Can you tell that I am not good at making decisions?!) I don’t think you can beat an ice cold mojito, it is perfect in basically any situation. I love the sweet and sour combination of the sugar and limes, and the freshness of the mint.
Almost Famous, directed by Cameron Crowe; I can quote the entire movie and watch it at least once a month.
-How do you keep being inspired to write or photograph?
I don’t think it is hard to keep inspired to run my blog, I think it is more a question of finding the time to think and plan for it. I think it definitely takes time to find a balance between writing and my day-job.
-If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
An island in the tropics or the middle of the Med; I hate winter and living in a continuous summer by the beach is my ideal lifestyle!
-What is your biggest fear?
Going bald. Fo’ sure.
The blogs I am nominating are:
Here are my questions:
What would be your last meal?
What made you want to start a blog?
Who is your ideal reader?
If you could live in any country, where would it be and why?
If you were a flavor of ice cream, what would you be?
What is a book that you could read over and over again?
What was your dream job when you were 5 years old?
What is your dream job now?
What is your favorite season, why?
Are you spontaneous or move of a planner and organizer?
What’s one random fact about yourself?
Good luck bloggers, I look forward to reading your answers!