Thursday, July 02, 2009

Kreativ Bloggers

Creativity. Isn't that what it's all about? Making something out of nothing, putting things together in a new way, stepping back from the mainstream media blitz to speak the truth in a poem, a metaphor, a story, a blog post.

Yesterday, I discovered that Alana Noel Voth nominated me for a Kreativ Blogger Award. It's an informal kind of thing, just a way of saying that you enjoy the sorts of things a blogger is exploring--coming from Alana, that is a true honor, not to mention I'm in the fine company of Emerald, Nikki Magennis and Craig Sorensen.

Now I'm supposed to mention seven bloggers I turn to for kreativity, and although three have already been mentioned and there are more than seven. But I decided to go ahead and play anyway, because it's always nice to honor cool people. I'm not expecting anyone to "pass it along" unless they want to, but here are some bloggers whose step beyond the bounds of the expected:

Aphrodite's Table by Gina Marie
Frequently Felt by M. Christian
Neon Fiction by Susan DiPlacido
Trollop with a Laptop by Alison Tyler
Year of the Books by Shanna Germain

I'm also supposed to list seven things I love, but I love so many things, it's hard to choose. So, given that I'm recovering from a flu and just getting my appetite back, I thought I'd list seven restaurants in Berkeley that are very kreativ with their kuisine. And this really is just the tip of the iceberg.

Breads of India--the piping hot fresh-baked naan filled with nuts or paneer or garlic or coconut is breath-taking

Ajanta--the classiest Indian food on earth with satiny curries and delicious kofta

Norikonoko--homestyle Japanese cooking on Telegraph, the place I go when I'm "homesick" for Japan

Genki Sushi--these guys are very kreativ with the sushi

Pizzaiola--crispy wood-oven pizza with gourmet toppings, hauntingly good

Cafe Mattina (used to be Intermezzo)--the Veggie Delight salad is so darn good, I request it for my birthday dinner every year

Sabuy Sabuy 2 (on San Pablo)--recommended by a Thai friend, this is a super friendly Thai restaurant that should be jam-packed, but isn't; every dish is mouthwatering

Now I'm definitely getting my appetite back! Kreativ blogging and eating to you all!


Emerald said...

Oh my goodness, thanks for the heads up Donna!

It is so funny — last night I was on a friend's blog that I have rarely remembered to visit (an in-person friend rather than an online one :)), and I happened to see that logo on her blog and vaguely wondered what it was. I had never seen it before. Huh!

Heh, once again I feel hungry after reading your blog. :)

Wishing you complete well.

Erobintica said...

Wow - thanks Donna!

Hope you're feeling better licketysplit!

SusanD said...

Aw, thanks Donna! (and again for the interview plug in the below post -- and the intro for the interview!) Sorry you were sick, yikes! I am jealous of your great city and its fine eateries.

EllaRegina said...

Wow, Donna! Thank you!

I wonder who began this Kreativ Blogger thing. It seems to go back a while.

(Get well soon!)

Donna said...

Thanks for stopping by, guys. I'm getting better day by day. This is a weird bug.

We're going to Breads of India today. Ask and ye shall receive!

Anyway, what I really want to say is, yeah, I'm not much for chains, but this is a way to acknowledge kreativ minds and efforts--and blogging takes effort--so kudos to all of you. To think entertainment technology started out so passively with radio, movies and TV and now it can be so much more engaging!

Alana Noel Voth said...

Donna, feel better soon. You're awesome.


neve black said...

Hi Donna,
I'm so sorry you've been feeling blah. Poop!

I would also nominate you for a c(k)reative blogger award. You have the most interesting and thought provoking posts! Actually, I think I like all your nominations mentioned too.

Get to feeling better, little chica.

Shanna Germain said...

Oh, oh, wow! Yah! Thanks Donna... that's so sweet :)

-is all blushy like-

Donna said...

Thank you all! Now the limited aspect of this list didn't please me. There are certainly more blogs where I have fun hanging (including yours, Neve, with the porn juice!)

And now I am feeling better and even had lunch at Breads of India. We had paratha with grated daikon radish. Really tasty! A Mattina salad for lunch today. I've got a few days of blah to make up for.

mchristian said...

Thanks so much for the mention, sweetie!