I usually find myself way too busy to come up with resolutions around the holidays. Work is always crazy, not to mention buying presents, travelling to Texas, cooking meals, attending parties. Gah! It's way too much pressure to come up with resolutions (especially ones you are actually going to keep) at the beginning of the new year. Instead I like to set goals for myself starting on February 16th of the year. Why February 16? If you're clever and read the subject of this post you might just be able to guess. Today is my birthday, and I have some really interesting goals in mind for my 29th year (which means I'm turning 28... because you've been alive for a year when you turn one, right? okay). I'm going to enter into the goals slowly, revealing them to you over time. Some of them are food related, others business and personal, but I think they are all good and attainable goals. They will be sacrifices, but that's to be expected in a goal, and the best things in life comes from sacrifices we make.
So in honor of my Mom, who worked really hard and sacrificed a lot to bring me into this world (story for another time) I'm giving someone a birthday present. Because it's me, it's a food related present (I'll give you a minute to get over your shock. Feeling better? Good.).
When I was looking around for companies and people to support this blog with awesome products to giveaway, I only looked towards companies and products I believe in. Sadly for some of you that means I won't be giving out a life time supply of McDonald's Big Mac's anytime soon. What it does mean is that if you trust me (and why wouldn't you) you can be pretty sure I think the products I'm sending your way are trustworthy. Oh god, I'm so excited for this one!
This blog all started during/after my honeymoon back in October '07 when I needed something to occupy my time (because being a small business owner, owning a 117 year old house and working full time just wasn't cutting it). One of the coolest places we stopped while on our lovefest in wine country was a little place called the St Helena Olive Oil Company. They specialize in delicious food, and the interior of their building is like Anthropologie meets food. GORGEOUS! When they agreed to ship some of their delicious products to me I WAS ECSTATIC! I'm so proud to be able to spread these amazing products with you.
I could go on and on about how delcious the olive oil is (it is the absolute best I have had outside of the country of Italy. AND it's fresh. Harvested in November '09. That's only 3 months old people. I promise you the crap you buy at the grocery store isn't that fresh). It's grassy and sharp and if you served it to me at your house I would snatch the bottle and run out the door leaving my personal belongings to you as payment. The balsamic is the real deal. Again, not the stuff you're buying at the grocery store. It's tangy, a little sweet and is ever so slightly syrupy. And the butternut squash sauce? We made pizzas with it. One of the best pizzas I've ever had at home (you can see a picture here) and then we used it on pasta. And I'm thinking tomorrow we'll use the rest for some risotto. It's slightly sweet, with the nice bite of roasted bell peppers shining through the butternut squash flavors.
So, who wants it?
Comment below and tell me about your most memorable food experience while travelling. Don't forget to leave your EMAIL ADDRESS in the space provided. Comments will close on Friday, February 19 at 12pm CST and a winner will be chosen at random by Random Number Generator. If you blog, tweet or facebook about this give away you MUST repost a link to your shout out on this blog to enter a 2nd, 3rd or 4th time. If you do all four, four separate comments.