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And The Winner Is…

The contest is over. Looks like my daughter generated more interest than ice cream:)) Thank you for your nice words about her! Hmm, maybe it’s my fault – I shouldn’t have posted her picture:) She receives enough compliments from people wherever we go as it is:) When I told her that people who read my blog say you are cute and that nobody says I am cute:)), she replied, “I am so lucky! Maybe you should send an email to everybody and say you are cute too!”::)) And this comes from a girl who is only (almost) 5 years old. Looks like I am in big trouble:) Saswati, the name Meltem in Turkish means breeze – ocean or sea breeze.

Anyway, back to the contest. I enjoyed reading your responses although I was expecting more would participate. But thank you to all of you who took the time to answer. I thought it was a great exercise for everybody and fun too. But since there are only 4 gifts to give away, I had to pick the answers I liked the most – Honestly, there weren’t too many answers to choose from which made my decision easier:)

So, without much ado, I am announcing the 4 lucky winners:


– Elle at Elle’s New England Kitchen – everything you wrote is so true about Azerbaijani cuisine. And yes, since we have 4 seasons, we do take advantage of what’s available in season. We like things fresh. We usually don’t store anything in a freezer except meat and that is only if there is too much of it and it doesn’t fit in a fridge:)

– Mr. Moo at Dulcimoo Who simply impressed me by his “discovery” of Azerbaijan from reading my posts. I wish I could write WOW in Cantonese:)) because that’s what I think about your answer. What an intelligent person you are!

– Amy at Familia Bencomo – Whose genuine answer just won her two adorable kids a box full of ice cream!


– Diva at The Sugar Bar -Whose answer left me speechless – literally. It read like a beautiful story. Diva, you are such a talented writer! Those of you who haven’t visited Diva’s blog, please do so and you will know what I am talking about. She is only 20 and she is writing a novel!

Thank you for being such loyal readers of my blog. It makes me happy and inspires me to do more for you!

Enjoy your gifts! They are well deserved!

  1. Farida, thank you SO much! I’m thrilled! Something is up with my e mail at the moment. I read your message, but it’s slowed down to a crawl. But you can definitely use that e mail address to pass along to them.

    Thank you again!

  2. Yay! Ice cream! Honestly, I’m so glad that I never lived in a world without ice cream. It’s funny that you mention my kids because they actually may not even find out that I won this….. Darn that guilt!

    Thank you, my dear, new, blogging friend. I wish you continued success, awards & happiness with your blog!

    xoxox Amy

  3. Oh, of course i arrive after the battle is over! Sowwy!
    Next time i’ll participate! 🙂

  4. whoopeee! i’m so pleased, thanks farida. of course i wish i had the ice cream but can’t wait for the magazine. i’ll treat it with lots of care. 😀
    and yes, your daughter is unbelievably cute, she’s gonna grow up to one gorgeous woman. wish i had those fabulous genes too.

    best love xxx

  5. I gotta say, now THAT is a creative giveaway!! Very nice of you to think of your readers and offer this.

  6. Congrats to the icecream winners..That was so sweet of u Farida