It's My Birthday!

And what do I want more than anything? Well, what every girl wants: sparkly things, vanilla beans, bubbly champagne, and for you to VOTE for me in the Culinate Death by Chocolate contest.
One of my awesome readers entered my deceptively light flourless chocolate hazelnut torte in the contest and now I'm determined to see it rise to the top (pun absolutely intended!). The ten top winners will be selected by the reader votes, so if the more of you who vote, the more chances I have to win! If I win, the magical people at Culinate will fly me to Napa to attend the (delicious) annual Death by Chocolate festival where I'll learn lots of fantastic things to come back and share with you.
Even BETTER: One of you could win too!!! Simply by voting, you're entered to win the contest, which will be awarding not only one blogger, but also one reader (because they totally get that we bloggers are nothing but crazy people shouting into the void without you readers.)

So if you've ever enjoyed anything that you've read on this sweet little blog, won't you make me a happy birthday girl and drop me a little vote?

Vote for Alejandra!!

The contest nitty gritty:

The Culinate Death by Chocolate Contest sends one reader, and one food blogger, on a trip for two to Napa Valley to attend the Copia Center’s annual Death by Chocolate Festival on Feburary 23, 2008, featuring a day of chocolate and wine tasting, demonstrations by pastry chefs, and other sessions with chocolate aficionados and experts.

The contest will include daily drawings for cookbooks, additional festival tickets, and Valentine chocolates.

The winner among readers will be chosen at random from all entries. Readers will vote for their favorite blog posts, and the winning food blogger will be selected by a panel of judges from the top 10 reader favorites.


  1. Happy birthday Alejandra, and if you promise to take me with you I'll see if I can't extort a few votes from people I know.

  2. Happy Birthday love! I would love to see the recipe for this cake!

  3. Thanks, CW! I fixed the link to the recipe (in the post now). xoxo

  4. I wish I could have voted twenty million times for you but alas you can only vote once...

  5. 1) Like I would be able to sleep at night if I didn't vote?

    2) Happy Birthday, you.

  6. Well happy belated birthday! And here's an even better news--your cake is a winner with my husband's sicilian colleagues!! I sent several slices of the torte and a bunch of homemade goodies with him for Fat Tuesday, and hands down, never mind the pralines, or the other fried treats -- they loved the torta senza farina con olio d'oliva!! I'll be doing a post on carnevale treats but I'm definitely putting a link to your recipe. Thanks again so much for sharing it with us. :-)

  7. Happy belated Birthday! :-)
    I'm voting for you without having tried the cake.
    Let's say I'm voting just because you look sexy. Okay, I'm voting for your damn sexy lips! How about that? Hehe
    No - that's not called cheating! :-)

  8. Thank you for the votes and good wishes, everyone! I'm in the top ten and just need to hang on for a couple more days! :)

    Rowena: That is so fantastic! I'll be commenting on your blog shortly, but I'm thrilled to hear that your husband's coworkers loved my recipe (I'm sure it was mostly in the execution, of course!). As I said before, culinary praise from Italian men is most definitely worth it's weight in gold!

    Zen: Why, thank you! For the vote and your appreciation of my lips...I'm not too proud to accept votes based on my looks. Sex and food go together in my book... ;)

  9. Happy Birthday! Beautiful photos here and I'm going to have to try a few things I've seen just on the first pass through.

    Voting for you at fuelmyblog. Nice to meet you!

  10. Happy Birthday sweetie! I had to check out my namesake's comments, too :)


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