Liebster Award: I’ve been nominated!

Earlier this month, I was nominated for the Liebster Award by Breanna of Faith ‘n’ Coffee, and I am (belatedly!) very pleased to accept! Thank you so much, Breanna. :)

The Liebster Award is given to bloggers with less than 200 followers, and nominations come from other bloggers. Love it!

(Of course … since being nominated, my Facebook likes have gone over 200 … thrilling! Thank you to everyone for your support! But hopefully that doesn’t disqualify me, LOL.)

Breanna challenged me to answer these 11 questions, so here I go.

1. How did you decided on the title of your blog?
It took a while to come up with a truly unique blog name. I started out as “Meagan Cooks”, but discovered that it’s not the most unique title in the world in the concept of X Person Cooks, so I wanted to come up with something a bit more distinguishable. Of course, I usually end up having to spell this one out anyway … but oh well!

I actually wrote a blog post early on about how I came up with the name. Quick summary: I like Indian food. A lot. And there’s an appetizer at one of my favorite Seattle pubs, Hilltop Ale House, that I particularly enjoy: curried cashew nuts. Voila: food meets girl. And now we are here. :)

2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?
“Can.” Anyone can cook. (Thank you, “Ratatouille”!) Anyone can read. Or host. Or … fill in the blank here. And I try to help them along in that process … and enjoy it along the way.

3. What’s your favorite pastime other than blogging?
Cooking. Reading. ;) That’s why I have a food and book blog. Ha!

No, really though, I love to travel. And take pictures. And scrapbook.

I have a hard time narrowing the field to just one thing I love doing, especially because the things I love doing are tied up in other things! I love to try new foods and read books while I travel; I like to see new places and revisit old places.

4. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?
The social aspect! I love connecting with other bloggers, chefs, authors – and of course, the readers. It’s really awesome to do that, and helps me remember – on those days that I feel like I have nothing to say – why I blog.

5. What recipe, project, or idea on my blog would you most like to try yourself?
I love, love, love the idea of Santa’s Jar. I have already gotten most of my Christmas shopping done, but would love to use this as I save up for a Europe trip to visit a dear friend who recently moved there for work. The part I like most is the super-glued lid!! I know myself well; it’s all too easy, when I’m a couple dollars short for something, to open up my Big Ben piggy bank and grab some of that change. I need the incentive to leave it alone, and not be able to open it – not because of my own willpower, which is oftentimes severely lacking, but because I physically can’t open it.

6. Where does your blog inspiration come from?
Anything and everything. I joke that I was a European Studies major because it was varied enough to keep me interested – but it’s true. I needed that combination of everything to keep me going; picking just ONE thing to focus on – no can do, folks. The languages, the history, the poli sci, the literatures – the variety kept me going.

And the variety is what keeps me going on my blog, too, from books to something yummy I made/ate, a restaurant I went to or activity I tried. You never know what’s going to inspire a blog post!

7. What one country in the world would you like to visit? Why?
Russia. Absolutely Russia. (I have no plans to go at this point; have no fear, Mom. I know there’s a tad bit going on there right now!!)

I’ve been obsessed with Russia since junior high; I read books, wrote papers (including two senior theses), even took a year of Russian language study in college. The Modern Russia class I took as a sophomore was the reason I became a European Studies major. Period, done, where do I sign?

I would love to visit the country and see the places I’ve only ever read about – the Hermitage, Tsarskoe Selo, Nevsky Prospekt, the Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral. Ohhhhh, St. Basil’s. My heart!

8. If you have children, what are their names? If not, what are your favorite boy and girl names?
I don’t have kids, but I have a laundry list of names! ;-) My favorites are Yuri Andrei (I told you I was obsessed with Russia!) for a boy, and Cora Jamie for a girl.

9. A long lost relative leaves you a large sum of money. What do you do with it?
I take a long trip, of course! :) Gotta check off my ever-growing bucket list of destinations. Vienna, St. Pete, Moscow, Barcelona, Prague, Paris, Alsace region … that’s just the beginning.

10. In your opinion, what is the best blog post you’ve written so far? (Include the link!)
My favorite recipe I’ve posted is for lembas bread. My favorite “general” post is definitely my Tourist’s Guide to Pike Place Market.

11. What is your favorite food?
Indian food. Absolutely Indian. And I know, I know, that’s a cuisine, not a food. ;) But it’s so hard to pick just one thing – I love veggie samosas, papadums, tamarind and mint chutneys, chicken curries, naan (oh, my, peshwari naan), gulab jamun … oh. I’m drooling and it’s 9am.

And now it’s my turn to nominate other bloggers for the Liebster Award.

I definitely have to nominate my friend Kelly, over at The Best Gift is Adventure. She just started her blog, and I already love it. :)

Other blog nominations will be coming! Stay tuned!

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