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(Update 8/8/09: This contest has closed, but you can still feel free to Tweet, blog and write about us, as well as become a fan of us on Facebook!)

Things are happening around here. Tomorrow marks this blog’s one-year anniversary. We’re having a party. We now have a Facebook page.

So to add further to the celebrations, I am giving things away! (thanks to very gracious sponsors!) At the party, there will be cookbooks and yummy desserts and prize packages and bottles of Country Bob’s sauce. But for all of you who don’t live around here or who can’t come for some reason, there’s something else.

destination dinners

Remember that Destination Dinner I tried out a few weeks ago? The one where you take a trip through your taste buds, sampling new cuisine with an easy-to-follow guide that provides everything but the perishables you need to grab?

There are actually twelve destinations to choose from, ranging from Japan to Lebanon to Israel to Korea. And the folks behind Destination Dinner are giving one recipe kit, of the winner’s choice, away here!

The contest starts NOW and will end at 7 PM CST this Saturday, August 8 (the same time that something else is beginning, ahem). The winner will be selected via a random number generator and contacted via e-mail Sunday, at which point he or she will be able to choose a kit, which will be mailed out directly through Destination Dinners.

(Plus, between you and me, there might be a prize for the runner-up, too, and it might involve homemade cookies.)


Want to play? Here’s how to enter:

  • Comment on any Food Loves Writing post (archived or new) this week: 1 entry for each comment (limit 4).
  • Tweet about this contest with a link back: 3 entries.
  • Post a blog about this contest with a link back: 3 entries.
  • Join our Facebook fan page: 3 entries. (Or e-mail me to say you are already a fan)
  • Subscribe to the site: Just click here to do it. There’s a secret word at the bottom of the RSS feed. E-mail it to me so I know you subscribe: 4 entries.

Rules & Regulations:

  • No purchase is necessary to participate in this giveaway.
  • I will choose the winners from the qualified participants. I am the sole judge of adding entries to the list, and letting me know about your entries (e-mail me: shannalee@foodloveswriting.com) is the best way to ensure being counted. Plagiarized content, trackback from splogs, spams, non-goal oriented comments, and comments containing abusive or inappropriate languages will not be considered.
  • To award the prize, I must be able to contact you. Please leave a valid e-mail address with your comment here, or let me know about your blog/Tweet via e-mail. Your contact information will not be shared with anyone else (excepting, of course, Destination Dinners, for the winner).
  • Winners must reply within 1 week from the time notified to claim prize. Otherwise, he or she forfeits the prize, and it will be awarded to an alternate.

Shanna Mallon

Shanna Mallon started Food Loves Writing back in 2008, as a way to remember her grandma and write about her life through food. Since then it's become a place leading her to a lifestyle of eating whole foods, a new home in Nashville and the love of her life, Tim. Follow Shanna on Twitter @foodloves, keep up with Food Loves Writing on Facebook and stay inspired with the monthly newsletter.

This Post Has 36 Comments

  1. Emily

    Happy Birthday, Food Loves Writing! It’s very exciting to have a blog anniversary.

  2. Rémy

    Happy birthday, FLW! I’m happy for you and hungry for a destination dinner.

  3. Laura

    Congratulations on your anniversary! This is an exciting giveaway–I would love to pick out one of those adorable dinners

  4. Kate

    How exciting! I wish I could come to your party…
    Happy 1 year!

  5. Hannah

    Congrats on the birthday, that’s exciting!

  6. Susan

    What an exciting giveaway! Going to join the FB page…

  7. Amanda

    Happy Birthday FLW! Congrats, Shanna, wish I could come to the party!

  8. Kelley

    What if I could get S to mention it on the editorial page?? Seems like that should be worth a ton of entries. 😉

    Seriously, I’m hopping on over to FB right now to join the club officially (although I must say I already consider myself a charter member).

    Happy Birthday to the loveliest, tastiest blog I read!

  9. Kate

    Ooh, consider it Tweeted! http://twitter.com/absolutkatydid

  10. Jennifer

    Happy 1st blogoversary! Wishing you the happiest of celebrations & looking forward to the tasty tales you share in the year ahead.

  11. Valerie

    Happy Blogoversary!

  12. rachel

    i want to win a real trip to Jamaica!! LOL :) but Id be happy with a meal….. I have a two year old marching and yelling Hoorah over and over and over… in my ear. love it!!! we do plan on taking a real trip to hawaii this year. to visit my parents though…. gunna miss by babies!!

  13. Kim

    You know I am entering in as many ways as are humanly possible.

    I love your blog, and I want to tell the world!

  14. The Duo Dishes

    What a way to celebrate! Too bad we can’t make the party. Have much fun!

  15. postcollegecook

    I’m with Kim, and entering in all ways possible! Such a great giveaway!

  16. Shannalee

    Phew, I can barely keep up with you guys, and I LOVE IT! Day one, and we already have over 100 entries logged. Pretty sure we’re going to have to do another giveaway because now I want everyone to have something.

  17. Anna

    Wohoo, what a great idea! I’d like to be in!

  18. Leslie

    Wow, what a great giveaway, congrats on the anniversary!

  19. David P. Swindler / deaconsbench

    Congratulations! I would love to see a recipe for pomegranate tea!

  20. jessiev

    happy birthday! and YAY for the great FB group – just joined. this giveaway is fantastic.

    you know what else is fantastic? that THE COFFEE CAKE. we can’t stop making it. works with blueberries, too. thanks!

  21. Janet

    Happy blog birthday! I’d love to win homemade cookies if not the destination dinners to Chicago (dreaming of deep dish and hot dog with the works). Hehe.

  22. Whitney

    I am so sad that I will still be in TX and am missing your party. We will have to meet up in the City sometime.

  23. Shannalee

    You’ve all been added – we’re up to a little over 150 entries now, and I am hoping for all of you. Thanks for your kind comments and birthday wishes, by the way. I am so grateful.

  24. arugulove

    Happy anniversary! Glad to have discovered this site today!

  25. Amy

    I love your blog! I just found this today while looking up a recipe for a carrot slaw. Congrats on the 1-year anniversary. Here’s hoping you have many more!

  26. Shannalee

    Thank you, argulove & Amy! Glad to have you reading (and Amy, that carrot slaw is one of my favorites).

  27. Alejandra

    What a wonderful giveaway!

  28. Stefanie Schmidt

    Congrats on your birthday! I would love to win a prize, these dishes sound amazing.

  29. MaryAnn

    Just stumbled across your blog. Love it’s inspirational feel! Congrats on your one year anniversary & thanks for letting us enjoy a giveaway!

  30. Sarah Bligh

    Sounds tasty, happy blogiversary!!

  31. LPB

    Happy Birthday and thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Jena Marie

    Oooh this looks very exciting! I know for sure which one I’d pick if I won! (lebanon!! haha)

  33. Jena Marie

    and… I joined the facebook group 😀

  34. Shannalee

    Wow! Thank you to all of you who have entered today – we’ve had an overwhelming amount of response, with 250+ entries so far, and another two days to go. Best wishes to all of you, and thanks so much for participating!

  35. Niki

    Happy Blogoversary!!!! The Dinners sound awesome! I’ve never heard of them before and it would be awesome to try!

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