I won! Tearful aceptance speech ahead!

by Jeanne on April 15, 2009

in Cooksister in the media, South African blog awards

2009 SA Blog Awards Winner


  • Lunch at Irene Dairy

  • Dinner at Roots

  • Meeting these three very lovely ladies

  • Discovering Port Elzabeth's emerging coffeeshop culture at Vovo Telo and Cobblestone Bakery

  • Taking my father to the Ron Belling Gallery – a treat for lovers of art deco architecture and aviation art

  • Hanging out with my drop-dead-gorgeous nephews Sam and David

  • A 40th birthday Mexican fiesta for me, complete with piñata!

  • Meeting the very fabulous Charlotte at the very fabulous Emily Moon restaurant

  • Spending the Easter weekend with aforementioned gorgeous nephews and their parents at stunning Cape St Francis

  • Finding out a week after the fact that I had won two South African Blog Awards

Yes folks, while I was offline in Darkest Africa, in my absence, YOU, the very lovely readers of CookSister, have once again voted me onto the winners' podium at the South African Blog Awards 2009 as Best Food and Drink Blog and Best Overseas Blog!  I have to say, the SA Blog Awards make my heart swell with patriotic pride because it showcases the world-class blogging talent that we have at the southern tip of the continent.  And to win an award when you are up against people like this, this and this is just humbling.  A big thank you to the organisers, a big Mexican wave of congratulations to all the worthy winners (including my buddy Nic over at SA Rocks – well done, dude!), and of course the biggest thank you to all of you who nominated and voted for me.  It makes all the late nights, early mornings and cold dinners worthwhile :)

(I've also been told I owe a special thank you to Johan, Andrea and all the good folk at the Centre for Access Assessment and Research at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University – my alma mater – who voted for me.  If I could, I'd e-mail you all some chocolate brownies!!)

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Jillian April 15, 2009 at 9:28 pm

Woo! Congratulations!


Firefly April 15, 2009 at 9:42 pm

Well done. Congrats. Both your awards were duly deserved. I have to say that my votes in boths those catagories went to you. Me on the other hand. Well, I didn’t even crack a nod for a nomination. Not all down in the dumps about it, but it would have been nice. Something to work towards for next year.


Peter April 15, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Congratulations Jeanne….delighted for you and I wish you continued success.


s. stockwell April 16, 2009 at 1:09 am

CONGRATULATIONS!! Reall great. best from santa barbara. s


Suganya April 16, 2009 at 2:05 am

Jeanne, you truly deserve those awards. Hugs to you :)


Dragon April 16, 2009 at 2:39 am

There was never any doubt that you’d win. :)


deeba April 16, 2009 at 5:55 am

That’s just swell Jeanne. GOOD FOR YOU. You really deserve the win ( thought you would!!)Am glad you had such a wonderful holiday too in Darkest Africa…lucky lucky girl!


Lien April 16, 2009 at 6:17 am



nina April 16, 2009 at 7:56 am

Well done, Jeanne!!!! You truly are a good ambassador for SA!!!We had plans to go to PE for the Easter holiday, but we had to settle for Hermanus( Terrible, I know!!!)


meeta April 16, 2009 at 8:03 am

Jeanne!! congratulations – baby you deserve this more than anyone i know! hugs!


Kit April 16, 2009 at 8:20 am

Well done, Jeanne – totally deserved – we were all rooting for you! I’m glad you had a lovely holiday over here too!


Anne April 16, 2009 at 8:23 am

But of course you did, Jeanne :) Incredibly well-deserved!!


John April 16, 2009 at 8:59 am

Well Done from us all at Blackheath Lodge xx


african vanielje April 16, 2009 at 11:05 am

And the hits just keep on coming! BTW I voted for you too, what about my brownies?


Ash April 16, 2009 at 11:22 am

Well done Jeanne! Glad you had such a nice holiday too!


Jan April 16, 2009 at 3:22 pm

YAY! Congratulations Jeanne!!! You really deserved to win – Jan xx


courtney April 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Welcome back my friend, and congratulations. Looks like you had a very busy but wonderful time on your spring vacation. All the best and cant wait to hear more about it.


Manggy April 17, 2009 at 6:44 am

Yay! Congratulations Jeanne!!! :)


WendyT April 17, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Yey, well done Jeanne! Glad you had a great holiday:)


Kecia April 17, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Congrats! have been meaning to make it to Cobblestone, looks lovely, is it worth the trip? glad you had a nice holiday and that we had lovely weather for you


Lee April 18, 2009 at 10:22 am

Of course you won – you have a great site.


Elyse April 19, 2009 at 12:49 am

Congrats!! What wonderful news.


Kalyn April 19, 2009 at 5:48 am

Woo hoo, I was hoping you would win. Also wondering where you have been. Hope you had a great vacation!


Angela @ A Spoonful of Sugar April 19, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Congratulations, Jeanne! And what a wonderful, fun-filled holiday you’ve had! I am quite jealous :)


Bellini Valli April 20, 2009 at 9:44 pm

Congratulations Jeanne!!! All the best:D


bee April 20, 2009 at 11:17 pm

wooho!!!! congratulations.


barbara April 21, 2009 at 4:51 am

That is brilliant Jeanne. Congratulations.


Trig April 21, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Congratulations on a well-deserved award.


Charlotte April 22, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Your awards are richly deserved for a high-quality, entertaining and mouth-watering blog! And meeting you was one of the highlights of MY recent visit home.


Lynda April 23, 2009 at 8:10 pm

Congratulations on winning these awards – your site is truly deserving of these & you make all African’s out there proud – well done !!


Jen April 26, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Congratulations Jeanne! I wish you more success in the future =)


Tint April 27, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Congratulations, Jeanne!! That is wonderful. I had no idea you were a PE girl :) I’m thoroughly homesick now. Did you take lots of photos? Will you publish them online? Homesick minds want to know.


Michelle May 1, 2009 at 1:35 pm

Once again congratulations! The online Times are right. You are one of the best food writers in the blogosphere. Rock on!


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