"Never refuse any advance of friendship, for if nine out of ten bring you nothing, one alone may repay you."

the lovely, talented, and fellow redhead (although i'm more of a strawberry) Karen over at foodvox nominated me for a proximity award. karen is one of the fine folks i met through serious eats. karen's blog has multiple personalities (you'll see what i mean when you get there), and i enjoy her musings.

so what is a proximity award, you ask?

This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY - nearness in space, time and
relationships! These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to
find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement.
Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships
are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers!

i am therefore awarding my own proximity awards to the bloggers whose writings i enjoy immensely. a couple of these are totally non-food related. in order to not put any of my friends in a position they don't feel like being in, i'm letting them know that they are not obligated to pass the award on to anyone else if they don't feel like it. but i do like and admire these folks, some whom i know personally, some who came to my wedding and danced the night away with crazy French people and lived to tell the tale (here's looking at you, Flip Cub).

the non-food related:

An Unrepentant Alcoholic's Guide to Drinking in San Francisco aka Flip Cub's Beervana
this guy used to sign my paychecks, so i feel i ought to be nice to him. sorta. his blog, which is about bar-hopping in san francisco, is relatively new; but he's got quite a few posts already up there. the last time i read one of his entries, i was drinking coffee and it came spurting out of my nose because i was laughing so hard. i am a big fan of his writing style.

root and source
yet another character who used to sign my paychecks. nathan's blog is about the unitarian faith. being a relapsed catholic, i'm obviously no unitarian; but it's nice to read his blog once in a while for a reality check on life and what's important. love you, dude. we need to get together for drinks soon.

the food-related:

running with tweezers
atlanta-based tami is a food stylist and writes a lovely heart-felt blog. her recipes are great and the accompanying pictures are beautiful. she's well-known in the atlanta food blog world.

the art of the pig
adventures in (mostly) sausage-making and cured meats. i like his no-nonsense writing style.

diaries of a MODman
denver-based, new to the blogging scene. and he's got a job in the architecture world, which makes me highly jealous. that and he was grilling outside in january. in DENVER!

joe pastry
this dude already has quite a huge following, but if you're into baking and pastry and are not aware of his writings yet, you need to start following his blog. he has a theme a week and delves into his theme at 150%. no stone goes unturned in his quest to make pastry. a very gracious and witty writer, he will respond pretty quickly to your emails if you should feel so inclined to send him one.

hot potato
another karen, who blogs from maryland. her blog is vegetarian-centric and recipes are mostly slated for one. i am no vegetarian, but i also don't eat meat every day and a lot of my meals are eaten alone, so i enjoy her recipes. she hasn't blogged in a while, so i hope everything is okay on her end of the mail chute.

i am supposed to give 8 "shout outs"; know i'm only up to 7, so i owe one more. however, i need to start paying attention to this conference call i'm on. i'll award it at a later date.

happy reading!

title quote by Madame de Tencin


Flip Cub said…
Awww, feel the love. Rub it under your arms and then breathe deeply!

Seriously, thanks for the shout-out! Between your comments about snarfing coffee and NDM's snarky comment about falling off the wagon, I feel even more cause to keep blogging!

As for the award, alas and alack, you and NDM are the only 2 folks I know who blog, and y'all already have the award. So I shall not be passing it along.

Flip Cub

PS, I love reading your blog, too!
foodvox said…
I enjoyed reading each one of the blogs you listed, so thank you for taking the plunge!

MODman said…
Frenchie - You rock! Thank you so much for the kind words. I will make an attempt to pay it forward.

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