Thursday, April 28, 2011

I'm Back and Doing a Happy Dance!


India Trip
Hello Hello! How are my favorite people doing there? Aww, I missed you and I missed Indian Simmer! Its good to be back, not so happy about all the comforts gone and actually having to do things on my own but it still feels good to be back. The last one month spent visiting home was the most refreshing, emotional and much needed time I had to myself. Especially after having a naughty toddler at home, what can a mom ask for more than some time with closest people in her life and peace that the kid is taken care of. Yes, I had no idea where the little monster was when I would nap for hours but trust me she couldn't care less and had a time of her life herself!

India Trip

She visited the places her maa and papa spent their childhood at, she ate food her maa and papa grew up eating and she was pampered and spoiled by the same people her maa and papa were spoiled by. We laughed, we cried, we ate, we shopped and made tons of memories. Good times! Although I left one home, it is good to be back to another and its good to talk to you again!

Will tell you all about the trip soon but there's something else I'm SUPER excited about today and can't wait any longer to share with you. Here comes the "happy dance"- Indian Simmer has been selected as a finalist in SAVEUR magazine's Best Food Blog Awards! It made it to the final few in the Best Regional Cuisine Blogs category. Being chosen by SAVEUR among thousands and being nominated by you lovely readers is like winning to me! Ok, who am I kidding? I want to win it ALL the way! PLEASE please help me get there and vote for Indian Simmer in the Best Regional Cuisine Blog category! You will need to create an account if you don’t already have one. Voting is open until May 12, and the winners will be revealed on May 17. Thank You so much!

Now a few more good news that welcomed me when I came back home. Indian Simmer was also awarded a Reader's Choice Mom Food Blogger 2011 award by hugely popular Babble.com, an online parenting magazine. Then my Savory Indian Pancakes were picked and featured on the Food News Journal. A couple more projects are on their way but it might be too early to talk about them. Will keep you posted. But just wanted to let you know that it has all happened because of you, your love and your constant support. I owe you big time!

UPDATE: Lovely people from Saveur contacted and informed me that international readers (living outside of US or Canada) can also vote for their favorite contestants now. They are trying to fix their systems but for now  international voters should select USA or Canada as their country, and proceed from there by adding their own address. Once they update the system (which may take some time), they may go in and modify their profiles if they wish. I got so many emails from my friends outside of India who were bummed that they can't vote, now they can. So please help me with your votes! I love you :-)

49 comments:

  1. happy to see you back! glad to hear you had a good time! And a BIG congrats for all the good news :) On my way to vote!

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  2. oh my my!! Congratulations woman!! You deserve it!! I am sooo happy for you.

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  3. congratulations on all the awards and nominations! it's no surprise -- you write beautifully, take artful photographs and channel positivity through your posts. i will scamper off and vote for you right away!

    oh, and welcome back :)

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  4. Welcome back and congratulations! How exciting!

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  5. Congratulations on all the nominations and awards. I had already noticed your blog on saveur yesterday! How fantastic that must make you feel!!

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  6. Congrats! That is awesome.

    Lovely clicks. Welcome back!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  7. Good to see you back prerna!!! My my that is some achievement. You are an inspiration to so many of us :)Keep rocking!!!

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  8. Congrats on your achievements !!!

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  9. Prerna, what a lovely way to return, all the accolades for the great work you do here--all well deserved! Glad you had a wonderful time during vacation. I'm so looking forward to meeting you, my future neighbor! :-)

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  10. Well deserved Prerna....and what a lovely return it must have been. If only international readers could vote :(

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  11. Glad, you had a wonderful holiday and some time to yourselves. But I'm even more glad that you came back :)

    Congrats on your achievements :)

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  12. Congratulations Prerna. I will vote for you! :)

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  13. welcome back...we missed u :)
    i love tht 1st pic...

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  14. Welcome back! I miss India too and have to make the trip soon! It's been far too long. But YOU - Congrats on the fantastic achievement.

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  15. Just voted for you, Prerna! Best wishes to you friend!!!

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  16. Lots of well deserved congratulations!!! Hope that you win the Saveur Award too!!

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  17. You certainly deserve the honor, congrats!

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  18. Glad to have you back - we missed you!! Congrats on the nominations; I voted for you and your blog!! Can't wait to hear more about your trip. It makes me miss India so much <3

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  19. I'm so glad you had a restful time--being taken care of by family is the best, isn't it?
    I'm also glad you're back, and I can't wait to hear about what you're cooking these days!!

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  20. Yay Prerna!! You totally deserve it - your blog is gorgeous! You've got my vote friend :)

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  21. Welcome back, Prerna. I am sure all your family back home were equally glad to see you and the little one!

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  22. Welcome back Prerna and many congrats on all teh achievements...

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  23. Hearty congrats to you -- how exciting! And glad you're back home safe and sound :)

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  24. Congratulations!! and welcome back, we've missed you! :)

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  25. Congrats to you! I'm new to your site, and look forward getting to know you = )

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  26. Welcome Back Prerna! Glad to read your story here! Congrats too for your nomination....

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  27. Congratulations to you, what a nice welcome home for you!

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  28. Welcome back Prerna and congratulations on your nomination! As I said before, VERY well deserved! Good luck!

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  29. Good things happen to good people - YAY!! No wonder good things are happening for you! So excited about all the news. I'm off to vote for you and your awesome blog!

    Cheers,

    Kristy

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  30. I am doing the happy dance with u:) the best welcome! good luck for a totally deserving space! and hugs to that itty bitty spotty little thing:)

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  31. This is awsm.. you totally deserve it! :) Beautiful clicks .. as always and welcome back !

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  32. I certainly think this is an award winning blog :-) And so I am honored to pass on to you several food blog awards that I've received last week http://cookingrookie.blogspot.com/2011/04/passing-on-food-blog-awards.html

    Thanks for this wonderful site, it's a real pleasure to read :-)

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  33. And I registered for Saveur especially to vote for your blog :-). Done!

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  34. Congrats and welcome back dear! So so so deserved and I'm so happy for you =D

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  35. congrats, you're awesome and deserve all the fine mentions and nominations!

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  36. Prerna, I am so very proud of you. Your nomination over at Saveur is more than deserved. I cannot wait to meet you someday in person. That click of your daughter is darling. Glad to read you had many breaks, every mom needs that from time to time :) xo

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  37. Congratulations... :D
    And keeping my fingers and toes crosses for you ...

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  38. Welcome back and glad to have you around us again! and WOW conrgatulations on the Saveur nomination! That is fabulous! xo

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  39. Congratulations on ur achievement.....

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  40. Happy to see you back!! Congrats!!!

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  41. Welcome back! I had already seen your blog as a finalist a couple days back and voted for it! Good Luck ALL THE WAY to the TOP :)

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  42. Prerna, how weird! I've got the same bells on top on my wall at home. Haha! :)

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  43. Glad that you're back too! I definitely voted for ya and can't wait to see you win! =)

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  44. Congratulations Prerna and well deserved! Wish you all the best! Will spread the word!

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  45. Congratulations and welcome home! I am off to vote :)

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  46. Congrats!! You deserve it all! Love you and your site! I would love to win any of this!

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