Food makes me too happy to be sad and there’s so much more to explore!
Thank you for voting for me in the 365 Days of Dining Campaign!
The race is over, but the journey isn’t. Passions don’t die that easily or ever, so if it wasn’t this then it’ll be something else! Don’t be sad because I’m not sad. We gave it a solid effort and ran a good race, so no regrets. A congratulations and best of luck to Kelly, Melanie and Lindsay for making it to the final 3 in Tourism Richmond’s 365 Days of Dining Campaign. It was still an honour to be part of the top 12 bloggers and in the end someone had to go. So Que Sera Sera! Whatever will be will be.
Now for you. Oh gosh. I don’t even know where or how to start. I cannot thank you enough for your efforts in helping me throughout this campaign. I’m touched by your comments, words of encouragement and overwhelming support, and I wish I could just thank you each individually. If you leave me a comment or send me an e-mail I will! I feel nothing but lucky, overjoyed and honoured.
My sincerest thank you to everyone who voted, retweeted, reposted, scheduled tweets, changed their profile pics, approached random strangers, spammed their friends and family and even opened a Facebook account for me just so that they could vote. Uncle Tom, Uncle Tommy, loyal Follow Me Foodie commenter Bow… I’m talking to you guys about that last one. I hope you’ve at least reconnected with old friends.
On that note, thank goodness the voting is over! I forgot what it means to sleep (although I don’t really do much of that anyway). I seriously felt so bad for spamming all of you, but that “guilt” melted away quickly when I saw all of your efforts in voting and campaigning on my behalf. It was more embarrassing to sit back and watch others do my work! Shamelessly promoting people to vote for me was only uncomfortable in the beginning, and then it was just funny… maybe more for me than you. I honestly had fun. Thank you for being so understanding and patient and not unfollowing me on Twitter or defriending me on Faceboook. Or if you have, then I wouldn’t know until I try to message you anyway. Be prepared for that awkward moment.
So what else do we have to look forward to? Lots! As long as there’s food there will be something to eat, learn, discover and share. I mentioned yesterday that I was invited to join the BC Chefs’ Association’s Board of Directors (see my post here), so you can look forward to some public food events and reports back on culinary competitions.
I will also be heading to… get ready for this… New Orleans at the end of May (#FMFinNOLA)! So get ready to explore a food Mecca through the eyes and story of Follow Me Foodie. From Crawfish Étouffée to gumbo, po’ boys, Bananas Foster, beignets and more… seriously if you’re not drooling yet, then just wait until you see my report back! The city houses some of the best chefs in North America and I can’t wait to visit these culinary leaders. I’m planning to learn about the food, culture, history… and of course destroy the menus in that city. The dining scene there is incredibly inspiring and creative and I’ve been researching for months on their food scene. Although this 365 days campaign would have been exciting, what lies ahead will be too!
I couldn’t ask for better friends, family, and “internet friends”… (as I push up my taped together glasses). My heartfelt gratitude goes out to all of you… and that’s not only during this campaign, but just in general. Without your readership I wouldn’t have even made top 12! Out of 1500 from almost 30 countries baby! The doors are open and the air is fresh… so breathe in… and wait! Do I smell cookies?! Back to business tomorrow!
xoxo Mijune of Follow Me Foodie