Matt Armendariz’s On A Stick Review & Giveaway

by Kiran on August 5, 2011 · 38 comments

in Giveaway, Review

Happy Friday! I have a wonderful giveaway set up for you today. But before that, a review of what I think, one of few unique recipe books out there.

Presenting, On A Stick by Matt Armendariz from

Through blogging and social media, I’ve met wonderful bloggers. Some personally, many virtually. Matt is one of them.

His book features many delectable treats, all on a stick. From tips on sticks and skewers, dips & sauces to variety of recipe ideas on savory and sweet foods. Matt guides you to create your own party-perfect presentations, serving convenient yet delicious foods to your guests and offering everything with a variety, on a stick.

From street foods, to gourmet cuisine, there’s something very nostalgic about having food on a stick. It takes me back to memory lane – having cotton candy, fudge-sickles, hotdog at street fairs whilst growing up.

Matt also featured some delectable dip & sauces recipes. Well, you can’t have Panzanella on a stick without a dip in some sherry vinaigrette? I don’t think you would 🙂

The book features mouth-watering photographs. Be prepared to drool. Seriously.

I wiped my chin off and selected fruit salad skewers just because we had the ingredients, and the weather is just plain hot out here. There’s nothing more refreshing than eating fruit skewers (minus the skewers) in these scorching hot weather I tell ya. Not. A. Thing.

Colorful fruits are just as pleasing and appetizing. With a squeeze of lemon juice and a few sprinkles of dessicated coconut, this fruit skewers is simply TROPIC.

You will not put it down simply because it’s just too delicious and somewhat, a fun way of eating. I realized I need to save some for the camera. Sigh. Being a food blogger is never easy.

Dip these fruit skewers into a sweet and fluffy dipping sauce. If you want the recipe, get the book. Now 🙂

Sometimes, eating fruits on a stick is just pure fun than fancy!


Enough of the shenanigans. One of you lucky readers would be getting On A Stick, courtesy of me! Can I hear you say, YAY?

How to Win?

Very simple, there are a few ways to win:

  1. Leave a comment telling me, What’s your favorite food on a stick?” if there aren’t any, be creative ;)
  2. Subscribe to my Blog via Google Reader or Email.
  3. Like us on our Facebook page, if you’ve not done so.
  4. Follow us on Twitter and Tweet or ReTweet the following message:

Win MattBites On A Stick recipe book & recreate delicious party-perfect recipes. Follow @Kiran_ & RT #giveaway #recipes

Giveaway details

  • Giveaway is open to anyone from around the world!
  • Entries are acceptable from the time this post is published & ends on Thursday, August 11th 2011 @ 23:59:59 pm ET.
  • Winners would be announced on Friday, August 12th 2011.
  • For each entry, leave me additional comments letting me know you’ve done so.
  • Winners would be selected by, neither me nor Matt.
  • This giveaway is sponsored by yours truly.
  • Good luck!


I received a complimentary copy of On A Stick for review. In no way I was compensated for this post. Read my disclosure policy for more details on my role as a food blogger.

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Fong August 5, 2011 at 2:52 PM

My favourite is definitely satay. Just made it the other day while we were camping with 2 other Malaysian friends, complete with the peanut sauce! Yum!


2 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 3:34 PM

I love satay so much as well. That was what we ordered during our visit to NYC’s ChinaTown last winter. It was soo good 🙂


3 Katie from Katie's Cucina August 5, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I love making caprese salads on a stick! Skewers with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil drizzled with a little EVOO! Yum!


4 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Thanks for participating in the giveaway and congrats on winning it !!! I would be emailing you shortly.


5 Katie from Katie's Cucina August 5, 2011 at 2:56 PM

Just subscribed to your blog via email. Running to go confirm now! 🙂


6 Katie from Katie's Cucina August 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM

I liked your facebook page! 🙂 -Katie A-j


7 Katie from Katie's Cucina August 5, 2011 at 3:07 PM

I am a new fan of yours on Twitter and just tweeted about the giveaway!!/KatiesCucina/status/99554882931011584


8 marla August 5, 2011 at 10:37 PM

Matt is such a wonderful person and his book reflects his outgoing and fabulous personality! I all ready have a copy so best of luck to the winner of this awesome giveaway!!


9 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 3:38 PM

I am yet to meet Matt in person, but he is so friendly over Twitter and emails. An amazing friend 🙂


10 Simply Life August 7, 2011 at 6:25 PM

what a great review! I Loved getting this book and seeing all the ideas!


11 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Simply Life,
Thanks dear 🙂


12 kankana August 8, 2011 at 12:58 AM

I would love to win that book.. great review Kiran 🙂 So mt fav food on stick is meat .. but i think I would love to have a mix of meat and fruit to get a bite of savory and sweet!


13 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Thank you so much honey. I love meat on stick as well. And I like your idea of pairing something sweet with savory 🙂


14 kankana August 8, 2011 at 12:58 AM

I was following you in twitter already 🙂


15 kankana August 8, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Liked you in FB .. and by the way that page looks so beautiful .. nicely created.


16 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 3:49 PM

Thanks dear for the FB page likeliness 🙂


17 kankana August 8, 2011 at 12:59 AM

Now subscribed too ! 🙂


18 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

What a lovely review..I m a fan of Matt Armendaizs his portfolio!
My fav food on a stick has to be seekh kebabs 🙂


19 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 3:50 PM

Thanks dear. Matt is a dear friend and is great at what he does. So inspiring! I had a taste of seekh kebabs for the very first time, some 2 years ago. Don’t laugh 😀


20 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 8, 2011 at 1:27 PM

Liked you on FB


21 Tanvi@SinfullySpicy August 8, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Already follow you on twitter


22 carolinaheartstrings August 8, 2011 at 4:14 PM

Yes, I can say YAY. Would love to have this book. It is visually wonderful!


23 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Thanks for entering the giveaway honey 🙂


24 Hardesh August 8, 2011 at 4:23 PM

I love your food….. your hubby is really luckyyyyyyyy. Such a good cook……. A wonderful wife and sista 🙂


25 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 3:51 PM

Thank you so much darling, you are way too kind 🙂


26 Grishma August 8, 2011 at 11:49 PM

Yes, you can hear me say no let’s say scream YAY!! hahah
I would love to have a copy of this book and would like to try out new creations 🙂
“Watermelon mozzarella salad” is one of my favorite stick food 🙂


27 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 3:55 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting and entering the giveaway. There would be more giveaways in the future, so be on the look out in this space 🙂


28 Grishma August 8, 2011 at 11:50 PM

Also I am subscribed to your beautiful blog as well as I follow you on twitter and also Liked your FB page!


29 Curt August 9, 2011 at 12:54 PM

All very tasty looking. Although I’d have to go for the fruit!


30 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 3:59 PM

I am a fruit person as well. Yeah, with a huge sweet tooth 😀


31 Ellie | Gourmand Recipes August 9, 2011 at 10:30 PM

It is always nice to hear ho blogging connects wondeful people together. Love Matt’s blog and everything looks delicious in his book.


32 Kiran August 12, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for your lovely thoughts. I am so amazed at how many talented bloggers I’ve met thus far. The best part is that we all share the common trait of loving food 😀


33 sreelu August 26, 2011 at 12:55 PM


I am a newbie to your blog, love your energy and happy to be following via twitter.

Matt is the best, always loved his work and more specfically how he writes and connects with his readers, would love to win a copy
sreelu recently posted..Spicy Tortila Stir Fry Loaded With Vegetables


34 Kiran August 29, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Welcome to Recipebox and thanks for commenting and Twitter follow 🙂 I’ve been blessed to know Matt and have appreciated his talent via blogging. This giveaway is over but I’m planning one soon on my Facebook page. Stay tuned!


35 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings May 10, 2013 at 8:54 AM

Ugh! I hate how I just totally missed this giveaway!!! Gah….! Next time…
Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings recently posted..Avocado Sandwich with Pickled Onions


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