Saveur’s Best Food Blog Awards 2011

May 02nd, 2011  | Category: Memoir/Meme/Misc.

Brownies for Dolce & Gabbana 5

Do you remember the brownies I baked for Dolce & Gabbana? The one layered with velvety hazelnut butter and topped with a delicate chocolate lace… Brownies with Hazelnut Butter and Chocolate Lace (aka Brownie Wears Lace) is nominated by Saveur magazine in their Best Food Blog Awards 2011 in the “Best Original Baking and Desserts Recipe” category.

Thank you Saveur! It is a great honor to be recognized, especially alongside so many inspiring blogs. The competition is fierce and I’d love to have your vote. If you’re so inclined, please visit Saveur’s website and vote (there are 17 categories). You have to be a registered user to be able to vote, but don’t worry – registration takes only 10 seconds.

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Important note: Saveur’s registration system currently only recognizes the USA and they’re working on fixing that. For now, international voters should select USA as their country and proceed from there.

Voting is now open and will last until May 12. Only 10 days left!

Winners in each category will be revealed on May 17.

Many thanks in advance!

By the way, as you might remember, Cafe Fernando was awarded “Best Culinary Travel Blog” last year. Below is a page from Saveur’s May 2011 issue announcing this year’s awards. The article mentions last year’s winners and there’s a photo of the Devil’s Food Cake I baked for Design Sponge! Don’t forget to get your copy.

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  1. 1 - christelle is flabbergasting on May 2nd, 2011

    I just discover your website through this beautiful laced brownie! I think I gonna have a lot of fun and water-in-my-mouth discovering your archives!

  2. 2 - Elian on May 3rd, 2011

    I voted!!!!!

  3. 3 - Nese on May 3rd, 2011

    Congrats Cenk!

  4. 4 - kate on May 3rd, 2011

    i really want to vote and sign up and have tried,being from the uk i cnt,and wehn ijst put im from the us it wanted a zip code and city and i dnt have one,wot should i do?!!i love you blog and want tto show my support hehe

  5. 5 - Paula is QuiteCurious on May 3rd, 2011

    Just voted! Good luck. (I think you’re going to win)

  6. 6 - hocam on May 3rd, 2011

    Congratulations on your nomination. I’ve added my vote. Good luck.

  7. 7 - Cenk on May 3rd, 2011

    christelle, Elian, Nese, Paula, hocam – Thank you all!

    Kate – Saveur’s registration system currently only recognizes the USA, so international voters should select USA as their country. For state, you can choose any place you like and as far as zip code, just enter a 5-digit number and you should be fine. Once they fix this issue, if you like, you can go back and update your profile with your information. Many thanks for your support!

  8. 8 - valentina on May 3rd, 2011

    i’ve visited your blog for so long and you have been so consistent.I wish you every success. I have downloaded your ipad the woody background.Very classie.

  9. 9 - nicole on May 3rd, 2011

    congrats! saw it yesterday and voted!

  10. 10 - madhu on May 3rd, 2011


  11. 11 - ruth on May 3rd, 2011

    hello Dear,I just voted for your dessert,hope you get it.

  12. 12 - Simon on May 4th, 2011

    Congrats…I always enjoy your blog

  13. 13 - Best whip on May 4th, 2011

    may you win.
    Good luck

  14. 14 - Duygu on May 4th, 2011

    Congratulations Cenk, I just voted for you. I have been following your blog and enjoying reading it for a while, this is the first time I am writing a comment. Congratulations and good luck 🙂

  15. 15 - Ena on May 5th, 2011

    Voted for it yesterday. Hope you win!

  16. 16 - Pia Pinar on May 5th, 2011

    Congratulations Cenk! I voted for you, hope you`ll (I am pretty pretty sure!) win:)
    I have been following you since day 1…You inspired me a lot with your amazing blog. It was partially 🙂 because of you I quit my dull job/life and went to a culinary institute 2 years a go. Now I am working on the line in a reputable restaurant.
    All the best of Good Luck!!!

  17. 17 - Tiff @ Love, Sweat & Beers on May 6th, 2011

    Congrats! I just stumbled upon your blog from Saveur and look forward to catching upon some posts.

  18. 18 - Dory on May 7th, 2011

    I will vote for you! Your blog has some of the most impressive I’ve seen and deserve more recognition!


  19. 19 - abha on May 8th, 2011

    I have been visiting your blog quite recently and i found it so perfect.
    No doubts YOU ARE THE BEST.

  20. 20 - BalsamicVinExp on May 8th, 2011


  21. 21 - Brenda on May 10th, 2011

    Hi Cenk. My husband is Turkish – I met him while teaching English in Istanbul about 7 years ago. We now live in Toronto. The food I miss most is Ali Nazik, which I’ve never ever been able to recreate the way I’ve had it in Turkey. I would just LOVE it if you would do a blog post on that. I miss the affordable, easily accessible lamb of Turkey! Don’t know why it’s not so popular here (in Canada).

    Came across the link to your blog on today and have bookmarked it and will bookmark it on my iphone too!

    So glad to find you online and try some of your Turkish inspired dishes!!!

  22. 22 - lynn @ the actor's diet on May 10th, 2011

    just discovered your gorgeous blog. good luck with the voting!

  23. 23 - Ilke on May 10th, 2011

    Although I have been following your blog for only a short while, I am a big follower! I think you are doing a great job. No doubt you’ll win. Already voted!

  24. 24 - Sonya on May 11th, 2011

    Congrats, it’s so well-deserved.

  25. 25 - Cenk on May 12th, 2011

    Pia Pınar – Glad to hear you’re happy about your decision.

    Brenda – Thank you! Since I have the option of eating great versions of it at my favorite kebab restaurants, I’ve never experimented with Ali Nazik at home. Developing a recipe takes a lot of time, and unfortunately the book I’m working on leaves me with none. I can’t even find enough time to update my blog. I may not have the time for it, but please take a look at this blog post to get inspired.

  26. 26 - Erbe @ ChefBlogDigest on May 14th, 2011

    I can’t wait for the next one. Anyways, congratulations to the winners.

  27. 27 - rebecca on May 15th, 2011

    oh wow beautiful blog and the award nomination is so deserved also love your city rebecca

  28. 28 - Renate on May 16th, 2011

    Drat! I read your post too late to be able to vote. I do hope you win, that brownie in lace is so fabulous…

  29. 29 - Renate on May 18th, 2011

    Just checked the saveur site… CONGRATULATIONS!
    It’s now official – the whole world loves your brownies 🙂 !

  30. 30 - Aylin on May 18th, 2011

    Soo happy to see that you won!!!!!


    CONGRATULATIONS, very well deserved…

  31. 31 - cooking rookie on May 18th, 2011

    Congratulations! I love that lace. And I LOVE this blog. I am so happy I’ve discovered it. I am looking for the follow button 🙂

  32. 32 - carol on May 18th, 2011

    hello from sunny sf, yes its sunny today. congrats!!

  33. 33 - Ilke on May 19th, 2011

    Congratulations Cenk!! Very well deserved recognition!

  34. 34 - Aja on May 24th, 2011

    Congratulations on your nomination. you have done very huge and enourmous work, good work 😉

  35. 35 - meg on May 24th, 2011

    congratulations! just discovered your blog a few days ago and am very excited to start exploring your recipes…and i might have to start with these incredible looking brownies. thanks and congrats again!

  36. 36 - alma wad on June 2nd, 2011

    Congratulations ! It look really stylish and most probably tastes good too !

  37. 37 - Harini on June 14th, 2011

    I have visited your blog so many times and read and re-read your recipes and drooled at the pictures, but for some reason I can’t remember leaving a comment. Today I saw your picture of the best chocolate mousse on vegansaurus and came back to tell you how much I adore your blog.

    I see that there are few updates. Are you still busy with the book?

  38. 38 - Cenk on June 14th, 2011

    Harini – Thanks for stopping by! I am working towards many pressing deadlines, but also about to finish a new post. It should be here in a few days. Hope you enjoy it as much as others.

  39. 39 - Shalini on June 14th, 2011

    Congrats Cenk.So glad for your win.My first time here.Shall be back for more.

  40. 40 - Diane on June 16th, 2011

    That is a work of art. Absolutely amazing!

  41. 41 - Dragon on June 17th, 2011

    Congratulations….your lace work is gorgeous!

  42. 42 - Maureen on June 23rd, 2011

    I had to lie and say I was in the US but it was certainly worth it.

    The chocolate lace brownie is divine.

  43. 43 - Foodtopii on June 24th, 2011

    Wow. This is truly a work of art. Almost too pretty to eat…almost.

  44. 44 - Katharina on July 8th, 2011

    Oh! I wish I had stumbled upon your blog sooner! I just hopped on over from Sophia’s and Emma’s site, Kitchen Caravan. But congratulations! I saw that you won 🙂

    All the best to you!

  45. 45 - Maya@Foodiva's Kitchen on July 31st, 2011

    Many congratulations on winning the Saveur award for Best Dessert! And all your baked desserts here are truly the best, really. I wish you’d post about something lovely you made in your kitchen soon as I keep coming back here and am now suffering from withdrawal symptoms! 🙂

  46. 46 - Peritozu Fotoğraf on August 2nd, 2011

    Hep güzel haberler, hep güzel işler…

    Blog dünyasının en tatlı sayfalarından biri burası benim için.
    Ne zaman gelsem, tuhaf şekilde aklıma toz pembeli, şekerli renkleri çağrıştırıyor burası. Annemin mutfağı gibi…

    Nice güzel tadlara, nice güzel lezet fotoğraflarına Fernando 🙂

  47. 47 - Pauve on February 10th, 2012

    I really really really like and respect the amazing desserts you have made. And it even made me do a little research. Is there anyway you could make some french macaroons and share a foolproof recipe? I want almond, pistachio, and rasberr flavored ones and I need to know what food coloring to use as well. Im sure youll come up with your own flavor (probably chocolate) but it would help to have a base recipe to start with. Thanks so much!!!

  48. 48 - Cenk on February 11th, 2012

    Pauve – I don’t have a macaron recipe in the works, but there are quite a few reliable sources on the blogosphere. Take a look at Helen’s (of Tartelette) amazing guide.

  49. 49 - N2O Chargers on June 27th, 2012

    Congratulation on your win, although a bit late lol 🙂

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