The holidays are just around the corner, and I would like to GIVE AWAY a $50 Amazon gift card to thank my readers and followers! This site is less than a year old, and I am fortunate to have received some very kind and encouraging feedback from some of you supporting my work here on this little web spot of mine. Thank you to those who supported me through my humble beginnings here on the blogosphere. I have learned a great deal, and the learning shall continue as I grow with my blog! I am truly thankful for your encouragement. Your love and support inspires me to continue my work on this blog. And it is time for me to give love and appreciation back during this holiday season. So don’t leave here until you’ve read this entire post and entered yourself for a chance to win. More details below.
But first, I would like to talk about a free new social web app designed to help foodies like me remember and share my favorite eating places. It is called Smorgie. This site lets you create personalized lists of eateries, add restaurants to your lists, add photos for restaurants (e.g., your favorite dish), and add personal notes about a restaurant on your lists. You can also setup your own profile on Smorgie.com, befriend other foodies, and share your favorite restaurant lists with others via facebook, twitter, email, and pinterest.
What I find cool about this free new web app is that I now finally have a clean way to organize and share my thoughts on restaurants. I have several tiered lists on Smorgie, organized by geographic area and by my degree of veneration for the eatery. For example, I have one very exclusive list to track my all time favorite eateries in the SF Bay Area. I have another list for SF Bay Area places that have a lot of buzz around them that I’d like to try some day. And I use a third list for SF Bay Area places that I am impressed by but haven’t quite earned a spot on my exclusive all time favs list. This is so useful because when I have visiting friends and family in town (especially during the holiday season), I just send them to my tiered restaurant lists online. They can see my notes and photos and choose a restaurant from my recommendations there. I no longer need to manually come up with and email restaurant lists each time I have visiting guests. So convenient!
And if you saw my Food Photo Post from Italy, you’ll know how extensively I research my restaurants and food before I go on trips. So Smorgie will be a place where I can create a new list for my destination city, and add eateries I’ve seeked out. I can even add notes for each restaurant to remind myself on what to try when I arrive. This is so useful for me!
Bear in mind though that Smorgie only lets you track US eateries at the moment. If you travel domestically a lot, Smorgie can be a useful app for you. I also saw that they will release an iphone app in the coming months which will make the web app even easier to use. Smorgie is still very new, as they exited their Beta phase just earlier this month. Some of the features are still not fully “baked”, but the tool as it is right now relieves my restaurant organization and tracking headaches. And they are very eager to see user feedback so that they can make improvements. In fact, they have a feedback survey which enters you into a $35 gift card drawing if you leave an email address.
Ok, back to my READERS APPRECIATION GIVEWAY. I am giving away a $50 Amazon e-gift card to one lucky reader who submits a comment below on this post. This giveaway is open to readers worldwide, and will close at 11:59pm PST on Friday, January 6th, 2012. Below are SEVEN ways you can enter into this drawing to maximize your chances of winning. Good luck!
(Update: This giveaway is now closed. And the lucky winner is Diana Smith Hill! Congratulations Diana!! Please confirm the email I sent you by this Wednesday, January 11th. Once you confirm, I will send you the Amazon gift card. Congratulations again! What a great way to start the year!)
- Simply leave a comment below – just say hi, or let me know which post(s) you like most on this site and why.
- For 6 additional chances to win:
- Share this Post on Facebook, and leave a separate comment below saying you’ve done so.
- Twit this message, and leave a separate comment below saying you’ve done so.
- Like Chinese Soup Pot on Facebook, and leave a separate comment below saying you’ve done so.
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- Leave a separate comment below with any constructive feedback or suggestions you have for this site. I’m always looking for ways to make improvements, so thank you in advance for your thoughts!
- As a bonus, come back daily and leave one comment everyday until this giveaway closes.
The winner will be selected using random.org. Winner will be announced on Facebook, Twitter, and on this blog by Monday, January 9th, 2012. Be sure to leave a correct email address as that is where I will send the e-gift card to. This giveaway is my gift to the lucky winner, and it is NOT sponsored by Smorgie. I should also disclose that I am NOT paid to write about Smorgie. I do not sell or rent my readers’ email address or information to any third parties either. So good luck to you, and happy holidays to you and your family!! =)
And if you haven’t already, see my 2012 Lunar New Year Giveaway for more prizes to welcome the Year of the Dragon. Happy Chinese New Year everyone!