Julie & Julia: A Winner!


Okay, so 274 comments…and I had to pick ONE.

That’s like picking a favorite.

Do you know how much therapy would have been needed if I had to choose ONE favorite reader?

Sorry, but my insurance doesn’t cover that!

So I asked someone on Twitter to help me out. That someone is @ksiddiqi92, a 17 year old high-school student and food blogger (born and raised in NYC) pursing his passion for food and writing. When I twweeted, “I need help!” Kamran came to the rescue. Check out his food blog, The Sophisticated Gourmet.

Anyways, I asked him to pick his top 10 from the pool (gave him no rules, other than read each and every comment and use best judgement)…and here is his list (no particular order):

1. Alejandra Ramos- Always Order Dessert
2. Gary Novosel – Food Medic
3. Lorna Yee- The Cookbook Chronicles
4. Angela- Spinach Tiger
5. Oyster Food and Culture
6. Kelly- Barbaric Gulp
7. Megan Blocker – Queenie Takes Manhattan
8. Rebecca Lindamood- Foodie With Family
9. Kelley Smith- Snapshot Photo Blog
10. Nicole Aloni

And then I asked on Twitter for a random number between 1 and 10…and @dlayphoto was the first to reply at Mon 06 Jul 19:15 ….and chose #6!

So Ms. Kelly at Barbaric Gulp…congrats!

Kelly wrote:

“Hope I’m not too late to add my name!

Julie & Julia is the book that inspired ME to start cooking (and blogging). I’d just separated from my husband and was living alone for the first time in 13 years. I was reading Powell’s book and was so inspired by her. Without cable or Internet at home, I started cooking at least one new recipe each week. Since then, I got a part-time job teaching cooking classes at a small cooking school in St. Louis. I’ve also gotten into the foodie/blogger world more, locally and nationally (I’m attending the BlogHer in Chicago later this month). Cooking is my passion, my therapy, my tool for living the good life.

I’d LOVE to go on this trip!

Sounding My Barbaric Gulp!

Kelly started food blogging 2 years ago…and now she teaches cooking classes in St. Louis at the Kitchen Conservatorycome read her story!


Edit 11:57pm Alright guys, apparently when you have something so cool to give away and only one winner, it’s inevitable that feelings will get hurt there will be sore losers. If I would have chosen the winner myself, I would have been accused of playing favorites. So I let Kamran read each and every comment, follow through to their blogs and choose his top 10. He also took in account blogger support and took his job very seriously. I agreed with his top 10 favs and called out for a random number on Twitter, which is the absolute most fair way to get a random number. It’s in real-time. So, if you’re pissed about not winning, I’ll tell you the same thing I tell my 4 and 5 year old…the pouting corner is currently available, and it’s around the corner where I can’t see you. ~jaden

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Comments 56

  1. Vitor Hugo

    Congrats for the winner! πŸ™‚ Yay! πŸ˜€ I’ll be waiting the review, I guess the movie will be better than the book (ok, I didn’t read it, yet :x). The only sad thing, for me the movie will be available only in October (16th).

  2. Kelly

    Hi there! It’s Kelly…the person who got to go to LA for the movie.

    I don’t know if you read my initial comment on Jaden’s blog (or my blog post later), but the book “Julie & Julia” is very important to me. It inspired me to start cooking new recipes and blogging about them during a very rough time in my life. My blog, which resulted in a job teaching cooking classes and writing for a food magazine in St. Louis, has been my salvation. So, I absolutely think that my reason for wanting to see the movie and meeting the author (which was more important to ME) was a good one. In fact, I believe I was one of only a few people there who had even READ the book!

    Also, I DO have a “fun voice” and can take “decent photos” so I meet Jaden’s qualifications. Sure, my blog isn’t the greatest, but I’m still learning! Everyone had to start somewhere, right?

    As for being the “correspondent working for free.” I was so thrilled to get this opportunity, that I don’t see it that way at all! I mean, I got a completely FREE trip to LA, got to see this movie which I’d been so excited about seeing, got to meet Julie Powell and some other great food bloggers, and overcame a phobia of mine (flying…alone even!). It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Of course, I don’t mind writing a post about it for Jaden or helping to promote the movie (which I really liked!).

    All in all, this trip meant more to me than simply 15-minutes of fame. It was very special to me on such a personal level.

    Sounding My Barbaric Gulp!

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