Gourmet Chick turns three (and a Gourmet Giveaway)

Gourmet Chick officially hit the toddler years today celebrating its third birthday.  Little did I know when I first wrote a blog post three years ago that Gourmet Chick would become such a big part of my life.  From where I eat, to what I eat, to my dress size and even my career, Gourmet Chick has influenced me a lot.  Easily the best part of the three years though has been meeting so many lovely people whether in real life or just through their comments, emails and tweets.

Turning three with a slice of carrot cake which I made for the occasion

As is my own little tradition I would like to give a shout out to those fellow bloggers who have sent the most traffic my way.  Thanks for sharing the love…

1.  American in London.  Witty and erudite this is my go to blog for travel tips and restaurant reviews.  Alice has just had her first baby so you could see more of a lunch focus on the site in the future.

2.  Greedy Diva.  My fellow Melburnian in London who writes great pithy restaurant reviews and the sort of travel posts that make you want to immediately book a plane ticket.

3.  Hollow Legs.  Brilliant recipes with a particular emphasis on exploring hidden out of the way places. Reading Lizzie’s blog is always entertaining.

4.  Living, Loving, Laughing, Blogging.  A blog about clothes, food, books, movies … basically whatever takes the interest of the lovely Amy who writes it.

5.  A Rather Unusual Chinaman.  Great restaurant reviews and especially strong on the Soho area which is where this (lucky) unusual Chinaman works.  Handy map section – something I have always meant to do but never got around to.

The Perfect Scoop – and a little bit of food porn on the cover

I would also like to give a huge thanks to everyone who reads Gourmet Chick.  As a way of showing my appreciation I have organised a special third birthday Gourmet Giveaway.  It is a bumper giveaway with three prizes, one for each year of Gourmet Chick’s life.  The other two prizes will be revealed during the week, but the first one is a copy of the book The Perfect Scoop thanks to Jacqui Small publishing.

The Perfect Scoop is the definitive ice cream making guide, written by well known Parisian blogger and former Chez Panisse pastry chef David Lebovitz.  It contains so many great recipes from butterscotch pecan to mango sorbet and has some beautiful photographs as well.

There are some gorgeous photographs inside the book


  • Entry to win a copy of The Perfect Scoop restricted to those in the UK (sorry) so we can post you the book.  
  • To enter the competition leave a comment below. If you don’t have a blog please make sure you leave an email address in the comments so I can contact you if you win, or email me directly on missgourmetchick[at]gmail[dot]com.
  • You can also “like” the post about this competition on the Gourmet Chick Facebook page to gain an additional entry.
  • Competition to win The Perfect Scoop closes at 5pm London time on Monday 8 August 2011.
  • A winner of the book will be selected using random.org and the winner will be announced on Gourmet Chick on Wednesday 9 August 2011.

Good luck!

Look out for the next two Gourmet Giveaways each week.  Feel free to enter them all… and let me know if you want me to post the recipe for the delicious carrot cake I made to celebrate the occasion.


  1. Hi GC. I’m not in the UK, so can’t enter the draw, BUT I do want to say a big Happy 3rd Birthday 🙂 Really love reading your blog.

  2. Congratulations Cara and thanks so much for the shout it! Even when I run out of time to do my own blog, I always find the time to read yours.

  3. Happy Birthday to a favourite blog and blogger! 🙂

  4. Congrats on the birthday! Love the blog; is one of the best around.x

  5. Happy Blog Birthday Cara! Love the redesign.

  6. Many happy returns of the day!

  7. Wow thank you for the mention Cara and Happy Blog Birthday! The redesign is fab!

  8. 3 Years – Bloody Hell! impressive! Nice one Cara. I’ve always loved your blog, long may it continue x

  9. Happy birthday! Love the blog & the new design really works!

  10. Congrats on your 3 year bloggoversary! May you have many years ahead of fabulous posts.
    *kisses* HH

  11. I love the re-design… and your blog. I check it every day for new posts and it always makes me smile. Thank you!

    From Charlie


  12. Catriona Balfour

    Congratulations on the three years!


  13. Happy birthday – here’s to many more Gourmet Chic adventures! neni39@hotmail.com

  14. Happy Blog Birthday Cara! Keep blogging for another 3 years at last. Or 30!

  15. Congratulations. Is the book autographed by David or yourself?:)

  16. Nice article, thanks for the information.

  17. Well done for 3 years of blogging! Keep it going 🙂 And can I have a bit of that cake, please? 😉

  18. Happy Blog Birthday!

    kellylovescupcakes AT gmail.com

  19. Congratulations on your 3rd birthday/anniversary!


  20. Happy 3rd blog birthday! Love the redesign! 🙂

  21. Congratulations on your fantastic blog Cara, and of course, happy birthday 😉 Not only I do love your restaurant reviews, but also your recipes! All the best for the future

  22. Happy Birthday! Looking forward to more!

  23. Happy 3 year anniversary to you ! Wishing you many blogs more

  24. Happy third birthday! I love reading Gourmet Chick, I hope you intend on blogging for many years to come x

  25. Congratulations! Love reading through your restaurant reviews and always hoping to visit some of the fabulous places that you mention (I’m in Oxford so some of the places are slightly difficult to get to).
    And please post the carrot cake recipe – it looks awesome!

  26. Happy third birthday to a wonderful blog! I love reading your posts and can’t imagine life without Gourmet Chick in it! Great giveaway too – I already use The Perfect Scoop as my ice cream bible, but if I didn’t, I’d definitely be entering to win 🙂

  27. Happy birthday!

    P.s. Did someone mention carrot cake..?

  28. Happy B-day!
    I love David’s recipes..just mad about his salted caramels 🙂

  29. Wow. Three years! You’re such a wonderful and frequent blogger that you’ve created enough excellent content to make me think you’ve been around for MUCH longer. Happy blogversary to one of the few blogs I *always* read. xo

  30. Congratulations! I love reading Gourmet Chick, so great to discover new restaurants.

  31. Happy 3rd Birthday!! Love reading your food adventures…=)

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