SA Blog Awards 2011 – Will you vote?

SA Blog Awards Badge Above lieth a badge of contention.

SA Blog Awards 2011 – Should you vote for Food and the Fabulous?

Well, hear me out before you roll your eyes, okay?

It’s taken me a week to put up this badge. I’ve bounced around the arguments in my head one hundred times. If you witnessed (or were involved in) the Blog Awards last year, you’ll remember two things distinctly, controversy and much unhappiness. Couldn’t have been fun for the winners either, knowing that the community upon whom you rely for support, was not impressed nor very supportive. This was before I started blogging myself and my questions were as follows:

  • ” Why be involved in something that causes so much bitterness?” – there were issues raised around procedure and voting amongst others and,
  • “Do you need a badge to validate your worth?”
The answers are quite obvious, don’t you think?

And then I started blogging, and every dedicated blogger will tell you, it’s bloody hard work! And it doesn’t pay the bills. Sure, attending the odd event and sponsored lunch is a treat, but you often steal time from a work day to do it and then have to figure out how to write about it afterward.

If like me, you’re working in the early hours of the morning after all the office admin is seen to, photo editing for a self-taught technophobe is no joke and it becomes very costly. Props? Lenses? Restaurant and food bills?

And now, I have put on the badge, with no hope of winning, but after a year of nurturing Food and the Fabulous I feel she’s worthy of some recognition. I also think the organizers have been through a steep learning curve, and while they could never please everybody, they’ve pulled up the socks and shone the shoes (we hope!).

What I like about this blog:

  • The design. An ode to Julia Child, I have put my heart, soul and a fair bit of money into designing Food and the Fabulous and the evolution never stops. Just ask the designers.
  • Content – I have tried to produce high quality recipes to encourage learning cooks, travel pieces to entice you and local and overseas restaurant and market reports that are honest. My content (written word and photos) is always varied.
  • I am independent. Any blogger would tell you, this is not easy as eventually, the $5 agents do come knocking and Lord knows it would be nice to pay for the coffee sometimes. I don’t advertise. If I mention a product, it’s because I believe in it. If it was gifted (rarely) and I feature it, chances are I will buy it for myself. I do it this way so when I give something a Food & the Fab stamp of approval, you can trust it.  This just works for me.
  • I’ve found ways to incorporate goodwill and the charities I work with, these activities that ultimately give my life meaning, in getting a loving food and wine community to use their voices to give back. This would have been less successful if it wasn’t for the blog.
  • Food and Football? Come on, at least that’s worthy of a second look.
  • Everyday, there is something new to learn. Who knew all those settings on my fancy camera existed! Who knew I’d spend hours looking for the word that’s-just-right and in the end, delete the paragraph? Who knew anyone would read this!?
There are plenty of reasons why Food and the Fabulous is not at her, well most fabulous. There are plenty of blogs more experienced and further down the line than this one. But that’s pretty encouraging to me. So much to learn!

If you’d like to vote for Food and the Fabulous, click on the vote button here:

SA Blog Awards Badge
Note, only one vote per category (I’m in the Food and Wine Blog category) and then you need to click on a link sent to your email address to validate your vote.
Voting closes on 9 November 2011.
*I will try to limit the “canvassing” to one tweet a day or less. My apologies in advance. *

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By |2011-11-07T14:36:01+00:00November 4th, 2011|The Fabulous|19 Comments


  1. Fiona - Super Mom November 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Well you have my vote because I think your blog & your philosophy are pretty fab! 🙂

    • Ishay November 5, 2011 at 11:44 pm - Reply

      Hi Fiona. Thank you- I appreciate that! Hope you are well

  2. Gata November 5, 2011 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    And a couple of more voices from all my e-mail addresses 😉

    • Ishay November 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm - Reply

      Eish Gata, a losing battle 😉 How was Paris my friend?

      • Gata November 6, 2011 at 8:39 pm - Reply

        We can lose a battle but we’ll win the war 😉 Paris was just as I always imagined it: nostalgic, home of art, fashion and love… I even got one love note, haha 😉 Will soon post some photos on fb but I have sth like 800 so editing takes time…

  3. Vanie November 7, 2011 at 5:45 am - Reply

    Hello my lovely, Truthfully,I am not much a blog reader, but i do keep up to date with yours and love it!!! You have my vote. Good luck. Love V

    • Ishay November 7, 2011 at 11:14 am - Reply

      Really appreciate that Vans. Hope you’re well xx

  4. Móna Wise November 7, 2011 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Best of luck Ishay.
    I am sure you are in with an excellent chance of winning, with such a lovely blog! xx

    • Ishay November 8, 2011 at 4:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks for kind words. Love having you visit the blog x

  5. Elmari Swart November 7, 2011 at 11:47 am - Reply

    Good luck Ishay, love your blog, you def have my vote! xxx

    • Ishay November 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      Thanks Elmarie 🙂

  6. Jaclyn November 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm - Reply

    I wasn’t going to vote on any blogs this year to be honest Ishay, but since reading the post above I simply had to do my bit to get Food and the Fab into the spotlight.
    I am after all, a huge fan.

    • Ishay November 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      Jax, thank you! Understand your sentiment completely. Thanks too for being a part of the blog and getting involved in many of the projects. Looking forward to taking things forward on that front, with you.

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  8. Grant November 8, 2011 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    yeah, and mine… good luck! 🙂

    • Ishay November 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm - Reply

      Thank you Grant

  9. MITZI November 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Ishay – I have been reading and following your blogs from March this year. I have seen the growth and admire the skills that you have developed with your food styling, recipes and your posts as well as your interaction with fellow bloggers. Its a pity that you are informing us of your entry at this late hour as you could have pulled in more votes. I have already voted for Sous Chef but you will have mine for next year. You are so right about the time, effort and cost to maintain a food blog and I look forward to your future posts – enjoy your recipes and your posts. I have not read any blogs prior to March 2011 and am not aware of the politics which always causes discontent.

    • Ishay November 8, 2011 at 9:51 pm - Reply

      Thank you for reading, commenting and all the encouragement. This is the main blog for me, but I’m glad we met on food 24. Happy blogging to you too.

  10. MITZI November 23, 2011 at 6:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Ishay – congratulations – fantastic achievement- one of the top 3 bloggers – and u did not even need my vote. lol. Wish u all the best for the finals. All the hard work is paying off. Well done, Ishay. God bless.

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