Two years ago I started something that has taken a life of its own. I started my blog very naively after some encouraging from a couple of friends and a desperate need for a hobby. I had no idea what I was doing and quite frankly, I still don't. I knew nothing about the local blog scene (hell, I didn't even know what a 'blog scene' was) and it's (at times) ugly under belly. I didn't even know what a food blogger was. Like I said, I didn't know anything. I remember being told the name, Fatgirl Hedonist, was awful and I remember telling those people, "Fuck you, I like it. #PLP" All I did know was that I liked checking out new restaurants, I liked to write sometimes and I always tried to treat people the way I wanted to be treated. Most importantly, I knew that for better or worse you can take a girl out of Hialeah, but you can NEVER take the Hialeah out of the girl.
It's taken a long time to find my "voice" and I've realized my voice is ever changing and evolving, just like the size of my chongalicious hoop earrings. I've made great friends thanks to my blog and continue to meet amazing people through the blog's social media outlets. This blog has been a wonderful and unexpected ride thus far. So as my little blog turns two, I decided I had to celebrate some way, some how. I considered throwing a party, but parties give me horrible anxiety... I mean, what if nobody shows up!? I can already picture it: Me sitting at a bar, eating a giant cake all by myself, mascara running down my face and I'm drowning my sorrows in a Miller Light. Ugh, just NO. So I decided to do the next best thing: give stuff away
I love giveaways, both hosting and participating in them. I mean, who the fuck doesn't like winning shit? I thought about what I could giveaway and I decided on giving away a few of my favorite things. And by a few, I mean, like, 15 of my favorite things valued at $175. All a little random, but they help define who I am. If you've been following my blog for a while, you'll be able to recognize some of these items and appreciate them a little more. So the grand prize winner will get all of this:
I know I know, It's a whole lot of shit. So I'm going to break it down item by item. First up is a small bottle of Four Roses Bourbon for you to sip on. Why? Because I LOVE Bourbon/Whiskey/Scotch. I'll pass on Vodka, Gin and Tequila any day of the week for a nice neat glass of Bourbon.
Next is a full size bottle of Zonin Prosecco. Who the hell doesn't love bubbly? It doesn't get any better than carbonated booze my friends and Zonin's Prosecco is some of the best quality prosecco on the market for a very affordable price. I know I'm giving away two bottles of liquor, but I can't help I like to drank.
A full size far of Nutella. Why? Because yes.
Café Bustelo, I am a coffee addict and Cuban cafecito runs through my veins along with sarcasm and chusmeria. There are a couple of other Cuban coffee brands out there, but truth be told that the locally owned and operated Bustelo is my favorite.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Cereal is the best cereal ever. Period.
Hedy Goldsmith's Baking Out Load cookbook is my favorite pastry cook book, hands down. I've been obsessed with Hedy's pastries for about four years now. The fact that I can now attempt to recreate some of her delicious pastries at home just blows my mind. If you've never tried her pastries, turn the computer off right now and go straight to Michael's Genuine Food & Drink and get everything on the dessert menu. Just GO!
A pair of Old Navy Chancletas and a Hia-Leia sticker from the awesome Livid Tees. Why? Because I rep my city all day, errday #SinPena. If you've followed this blog or any of my social media outlets, then you know I'm proudly from Hialeah. I embrace its stereotypes and its bad rep because ain't no shame in my game.
A coupon for a free pack of any King's Hawaiian product. Have you ever had one of their dinner rolls? It's sweet, buttery, heavenly goodness. I'm convinced these things are made with fairy dust and unicorn blood.
I love Copperpots Jam. I've never been shy about my admiration for their products. Sure they're great people too, but their products are even better. Yea their Bourbon Apple Butter is fan-fuckin-tastical and their Five Spice Pineapple jam will give you foodgasms for days, but have you tried their sriracha? Their Sriracha is THE TITS. Plain and simple. It goes great on fried chicken, soup or your two year old toddler. Be sure to check out their online store to see all of the delicious stuff these guys make.
A Bodium French Press Coffee maker. You haven't had a real cup of joe until you've had some coffee brewed in a French press. It's ridiculously easy to use and gives new life to your regular old brewed coffee.
Instagram a while back. They're a Miami based, startup company that makes funny, rude and sometimes crude t-shirts, cellphone covers and stickers. The owner is from Hialeah and gets his inspiration from the local news and local Miami culture. Even if you don't win the grand prize, run to their website and check out their selections. There are a few different shirts available depending on size.
My favorite peanut butter happens to be Peanut Butter Co.'s White Chocolate Wonderful. Ymmmm peanut butter. So I'm giving away a full size jar of this stuff before I eat it.
Lee & Marie's Cakery is an awesome bakeshop and café in SoFi. Their pastries are amazing, but what I truly love about them is their mission to bring awareness to Autism by employing adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. You can read all about them here. As a result I'm giving away a $50 gift certificate to this place so you can check them out for yourself.
Last, but not least....I love the beach. Personally, I find it relaxing and soothing. Except for when there's screaming brats or morons that decide to play their boombox loud enough for the entire beach to enjoy. No I'm not sending you a beach, a jar of sand or anything emo like that. Instead, I'm sending everything mentioned above in a custom-made reversible beach bag.
2 losers, I mean runner-ups, will get a Livid Tees shirt, Hia-Leia sticker, a bottle of Copperpots Sriracha and a bottle of Zonin Prosecco. Not too shabby if you ask me! Enter to win below and good luck! Winner will be announced on June 22, 2013 at 12:00pm
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