The Liebster Award.

I was quite surprised to receive a nomination for the Liebster Award from Crichton’s Co-op (it’s a great blog, and is definitely worth checking out). I am new to the blogosphere, and didn’t think my humble little blog was award-worthy (I’m my own worst critic). But I guess my recipes and silly, rambling stories must have touched their heart’s.

The Liebster Award is a great way to acknowledge, and share new blogs you have found, and help to put a face to the people behind those blogs. So thank you so much Zoe; to quote the late Sally Field: “You like me, you really, really like me!”

The rules for the award are:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and link back to their blog.
  2. Tell everyone 11 things about yourself.
  3. Answer the 11 questions asked by the blog who nominated you.
  4. Create 11 questions for those you will nominate.
  5. Nominate 5-11 new bloggers (who have less than 200 followers).

So 11 things about myself eh? Hmmmm….

  1. I drink copious amounts of coffee when I’m at work, sometimes a full 1-2 pots to myself, yet I don’t have any trouble sleeping.
  2. I’m very deliberate with how my posts are written, from the structure to the grammar. So the average post I write takes approximately 4-6 hours to compose.
  3. My parents divorced when I was 8 years old, and since my mother had to work a lot to support us, I had to learn how to cook at a very early age, as well as do my own laundry, iron my own clothes, clean up after myself (I’m still not very good at that).
  4. My musical tastes range from classical to heavy metal, to old country music, to hip hop, and R&B.
  5. Although I love music, and many of my family members play instruments, I myself cannot play anything. I don’t think I ever had the patience to learn how to play an instrument.
  6. I am the only member of my family to be born in Canada. My father was born in India, my mother in the United States.
  7. I am a history nerd. I devour history books the way sad people devour ice cream.
  8. If I could live in any city in the world, I would live in Auckland, New Zealand. It’s a beautiful city, and country.
  9. My favourite television shows are: “Seinfeld”, The Simpsons”, “South Park”, “Futurama”, “Arrested Development”, and “Breaking Bad”.
  10. I rarely watch cooking shows, or “The Food Network”. I find all the reality shows, and pseudo-competitions boring. The original Japanese “Iron Chef” is the exception though.
  11. I was born and raised in Canada, but I don’t know how to ice skate. (My secret shame!)

Here are the answers to the questions Zoe posed to me:

If you could go back in time, what decade would you want to live in, and why?  I would want to choose a time that I would have the benefits of modern medicine, but also have interesting socio-economic and historic events. So I guess I would have to choose the 1960’s as the decade I would live in.

What was the catalyst for beginning your blog?  I had been toying with the idea of writing a blog for a while, as a possible lead-in to creating a cooking channel on YouTube. My impetus for creating the blog was to create a cooking resource for students, young professionals, and apartment/condo dwellers, that showed them you didn’t have to have a huge, modern kitchen, and a bunch of fancy equipment, to make terrific, delicious, restaurant quality meals.

What are some tips and tricks for how you juggle blogging alongside your other life commitments?  I generally follow two simple rules: I never write on the weekend, that time is for me to spend with friends, family, and my significant other. And I try to pick at least one day of the week to write a post, but I won’t force it if it’s not coming to me.

What is your favourite go-to outfit?  I would say I’m definitely a ‘jeans and a t-shirt’ kind guy.

What do you do to unwind?  I will usually unwind at the end of a long day by watching some T.V., or reading a book.

Are you an entrée, main, or dessert kind of person?  I would say that I am definitely a main course person.

What do you get the most enjoyment out of- cooking or eating a meal?  I’ve always enjoyed cooking for other people, as a way of sharing camaraderie, and the pleasure that I get from creating something that makes people happy.

What is the most memorable meal you have had, and why?  The most memorable meal I have ever had was when 9 of my friends and I had a three course meal of fresh king crab at a popular dim sum restaurant in Edmonton. The first course was the tips of the legs in with broccoli and lemon, the second course was the upper segments in a black bean sauce, and the third course was a mixture of rice and curried crab meat, baked in the body of the crab. It was amazing!

Are you semi-fluent, or fluent in another language, if yes which one(s), if no, which language(s) would you like to learn to speak?  Being Canadian, I am semi-fluent in French, although I have forgotten a lot of the lessons I learned as a youngster. I would also like to learn Marathi, so that I might more easily converse with my Indian relatives. (Most of the time I sit and listen for my name, and if my name is accompanied with lots of snickering.)

Are you a movie or a book person?  I would say that I’m more of a movie person than a book person, if only because I tend to read more non-fiction than fiction. 

What is your drink of choice?  I would say my beverage of choice is a nice, hoppy, West coast style IPA. But really, any style of beer will do.

Here are the questions I came up with for my nominees:

  1.  If you could make dinner for anyone famous, living or dead, who would it be, and what would you make for them?
  2. What is your favourite snack food?
  3. Where you a good student, or a bad student? If you were a bad student, how often did you get in trouble? If you were a good student, did you win any award?
  4. What is your favourite season, and why?
  5. Do you prefer to sleep in, or get up at the crack of dawn?
  6. What is your least favourite pair of shoes that you own, and why?
  7. What was the first job you had, and how old were you?
  8. How many continents have you visited in your lifetime?
  9. What was your best subject in school?
  10. What is the inspiration for your blog posts?
  11. What is the thing you like the most about the city or town you live in?

And my nominees for the Liebster award are:

Gourmet Mari Chef


eat love move

Abeer Najjar

larrisa bacon tomato



One Comment Add yours

  1. I am extremely belated with this comment – have been pretty bad at blogging this year – but have got a bit more inspiration to get back into it. I enjoyed reading your answers and great questions!


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