I won! Tearful aceptance speech ahead!


  • 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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  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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!!!)

  4. says

    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.

  5. Kecia says

    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

  6. says

    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.

  7. says

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

  8. says

    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.