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This year is promising to be a wonderful year. It started off with the Instagram photo competition that I ran in January. What a fantastic response and a wonderful winner was chosen by my mother. Lisa from Perth posted the winning photo and she should be receiving a Guy Grossi cookbook in the mail today or tomorrow. The second amazing thing that happened was the Italy Magazine Bloggers awards 2013. This was the first year they had been run and any blog could be nominated in various categories (eg, food, living in Italy, design etc). My blog was nominated in the “best food blog” category and later in January I found out that it had been short listed. The winner was to be chosen by a combination of public voting as well as a judging committee.


On Monday night I found out that I had won in my category. Yes – Italy Magazine’s Best food blog 2013! I am so excited. I have had well over a thousand hits on my blog today (an all time high) and am writing to congratulate and thank Italy Magazine for running the awards, all the other winners and all the runners up – so many amazing and inspiring blogs. I also want to thank YOU the wonderful readers of Italy on my mind who voted for me and who continue to support me by reading and commenting on my posts.

There will be other giveaways in the months to come, more posts with recipes of italian food and a few travel inspired posts from my trip last year. 2014 will be a great year! The photo below is from my last European trip in September 2013 – I can’t wait to get back there and make more memories to share with you!



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