Sunday, November 1, 2009

Over the Top Award ... Thanks, Amber

I got a a nice email from Amber over at Chocolate Broccoli that she gave me an Over the Top award.

In addition to being a beautiful woman inside and out, Amber is studying to be a registered dietician, and I've been introduced to new health-related blogs through her blog. If you haven't seen her new food blog, go over and say hi! She's also a Texas girl, so her food is bound to be Triple-B (Big, Bold, and Beautiful) -- just what I like.

Normally, these peer awards involve answering questions about oneself, but I'm going to skip that part and take this opportunity to share some blogs I very much appreciate. I'm also not limiting myself to 5 blogs, because if I'm blowing one rule, I might as well go all the way.

Ninette's Over the Top Blog List

My international blog buddies who always blow my socks off with their recipes and photography. They also are special to me, because they always stop by with nice words, and their generous and kind spirits nourish me in ways that go way beyond food. These are must see, must follow blogs.

La Table de Nana
The Little Teachow
Cherry on a Cake
Almost Bourdain
Ravenous Couple (okay, the RC is stateside, but their food will whisk you to Vietnam - :) )

My Daring Baker buddies who always pop by to encourage me through success and failure (mostly failure):

Barbara Bakes
Celiac Teen

I just discovered these awesome blogs yesterday who have the Triple-B philosophy:

INJI -- A new Indian-style blog. Amazing food and photography.
Tasting Spoons -- Like me, Carolyn employs the "extreme close-up" method of food photography, mainly because fussing with styling or tablescapes would not be well-received by the people who are waiting to be fed.
Chilicheesefries -- If this blog isn't "over the top," I don't know what is. I love it.
Table Talk -- I'm not a salad person, but the vibrant salads here are enough to convert me.

In addition to the food, I love the writing in these blogs:

SippitySup -- Smart, sophisticated, creative. You have to read Greg's bio -- wow.
JulesFood -- I want to party with this girl. Just look at her food and you know that Go Big or Go Home is her motto.
Hungry Cravings -- Her writing is honest and genuine. I can relate.

My BBQ buddies who understand my new obsession with the Big Green Egg, although they are way more advanced than I am in all outdoor cooking methods. These guys are also Ohio people, where I was born and raised.

Anotherpintplease -- Best profile pic! And good brew along with good eats.
Livefire -- Curt knows his stuff, and he has a photo group.

To see other blogs I love, check out this post and take a look at my blogroll.

While I have not followed the rules of this meme (award winners, please see Amber's post for how to do this correctly), I am so happy that Amber gave me this chance to recognize some of my favorite blogs.

Thanks, Amber!


Lauren said...

Thank you so much! You made my day =D. Your food always looks fantastic & the Daring challenges always make me hungry - definitely not failures.

Barbara Bakes said...

Congratulations on your award! I'm so happy you thought of me to pass the award on to. The best part of Daring Bakers is having buddies like you! Your DB creations are definitely not failures!

Sebastian John said...

Thank you so much. That is a huge honor for a first time food blogger.

The Little Teochew said...

Thank you, dear Ninette. Likewise, your Triple-B is a must see, must visit blog!

Trissa said...

Ninette, you deserve the award! I love reading your blog... and the food you prepare is really big, bold and VERY BEAUTIFUL!

La Table De Nana said...

I remember the first time I found you..then saw the title of your blog..I bookmarked it immediately:)Thank you..It's my pleasure following you:)!

Chow and Chatter said...

congrats on the award i came to your blog through Ambers how cool

Lucy Vaserfirer said...

Ninette, congrats on your award! And thanks so much, I am truly honored to be on your list!

Sippity Sup said...

You are the best! GREG

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the award. You are too kind! Your blog is awesome too. Love it!!

carolyn t at said...

Thank you, Ninette, for passing the award on to me! Am glad you've enjoyed my photos! Now I'll pass it on, too.

Mike said...

Ninette - Thanks so much for the recognition, I really appreciate it! Mike

zurin said...

Thank you so very much Ninette darling.....It is an honour to receive this from you....mwah n hugs :))

Lina Supnet said...

Thanks for sharing your favorite blogs with the rest of the world. I am always inspired by your creations and now I am inspired by the talents of your fellow bloggers. I just wish I lived closer so I could be one of your taste testers!