My heart is filled with gratitude

by Kiran on April 6, 2012 · 38 comments

in Food Chat

Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me! 

bla..bla…bla..bla… Happy Birthday to me.

And that my friends is how one crosses the boundary of self-loathing by wishing herself a very Happy Birthday. Ha! Singing for myself is so self-rewarding. I’d love to think it that way.

The selfish gesture is simply because I am so grateful to my parents for having me in their life! Thank you Mommy & Daddy <3

I love you, Husband. For your support, advise and tolerating my occasional ranting. It’s earful all the time, but you are a champ.

Words cannot describe how much I LOVE my siblings, extended families and friends.

I am also very grateful we are alive and well after the accident a few weeks ago. Nothing serious, but by just taking a moment to be thankful, it wouldn’t hurt one bit.

Last but not least, I cannot express enough appreciation to YOU — each and every one of YOU who makes the effort to drop in, comment and support the insanity in me all these years.

THANK YOU for making it special, each and every day!!!

Gosh, this post is truly sounding like a speech I would give during Academy Awards nomination. But there’s something so important that I need to share before I burst from all the excitement:

  1. Sorry, but I didn’t had enough time to do a Birthday v-log this year.
  2. So sorry, NO recipe is posted today — it’s officially a self-declared OFF DAY 😀
  3. I am one of the finalist selected by SAVEUR Magazine for it’s 3rd Annual 2012 Best Food Blog award (in Best Recipe, Sweet or Savory category)!!!

Thank you so much for the honor, Savuer!!! I almost threw up in excitement.

Truly appreciate it if you can find time to register and VOTE for me (my recipe is labeled as “Kiran Tarun”). If you haven’t registered as a member of Saveur, it’s so simple and free:

  • Register or Log in.
  • Click the banner above or here to vote in my category (Best Recipe, Sweet or Savory).
  • Click on the image labeled as (“Kiran Tarun”).
  • Scroll to click “VOTE”.
  • And you are done!
ps: Voting will remain open through 11:59 p.m. on April 26


What more can a girl ask on her birthday (besides shopping!). Thank you so so much for your love, wishes, support and vote. Here is the nominated “Paneer Tikka Pizza” recipe. Wahoo!! I am off to wipe away tears of joy 🙂


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1 Rosa April 6, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Congrats and happy birthday!

Will vote for you.



2 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen April 6, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!! Enjoy, relax and eat good food! Congrats on your SAVEUR nomination as well, off to vote for you!
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3 Ira Rodrigues April 7, 2012 at 12:28 AM

Happy birthday and congratulation again! you deserved it after your hard work! Im very proud of you!
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4 Priya Sreeram April 7, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Happy B’day Kiran- guess all the hard work is paying off; all the best !!

5 chinmayie @ love food eat April 7, 2012 at 2:05 AM

Happy Birthday! Have a great one 🙂
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6 the wicked noodle April 7, 2012 at 7:36 AM

How wonderful! Congratulations!

And Happy Birthday to you, too! xoxoxo
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7 Simply Life April 7, 2012 at 7:47 AM

HAPPY BIRTHDAY and CONGRATULATIONS!!! What an honor to a finalist! Well-deserved! Going to their site now!…
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8 Angie@Angie's Recipes April 7, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Happy Birthday! Congratulations!
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9 shutterbug April 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Happy Birthday!! I wish your special day was filled with peace, joy, and happiness! And congrats on the nomination! 😀
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10 Margarita April 7, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Happy Birthday Kiran! You deserve this nomination! 🙂
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11 Andi at The Particular Traveler April 7, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Happy Birthday, Kiran! Many happy returns of the day, and wishing you a wonderful year ahead. 🙂

Congrats on the SAVEUR nomination…I will head over and vote for you!!
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12 Kristina April 8, 2012 at 1:49 AM

happy birthday, Kiran! what a wonderful birthday gift – so much to be grateful for, and a finalist too! I will absolutely vote for you my friend! enjoy! XO
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13 Yudith @ Blissfully Delicious April 8, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Happy Birthday my dear friend!! Congrats on the nomination!! 🙂
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14 Rikki April 9, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Aww this is so sweet! I hope you had a happy birthday and oh my goodness congratulations, that is awesome!! [:
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15 kankana April 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

It’s every blogger’s dream to be recognized for their hard work and I am so glad they picked your recipe. It totally deserved to be there and you should win sweetie. Voted for ya! XOXO
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16 Faith April 9, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Happy (belated) Birthday, my dear! I hope your day was fabulous. I just voted for you — fingers crossed that you win!
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17 Caroline April 9, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Happy belated birthday Kiran!!!! Hope you had a wonderful day. 🙂 Wow, congrats on getting chosen…crossing my fingers for you. x
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18 Cheryl Rajkumar April 9, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Hi Kiran,
Landed here from while voting for all the entries. Congratulations on being nominated as one of the finalist in Saveur. Well, I did vote for you as I loved your pizza recipe. I remember having a similar one in Seattle @ ‘CANAM PIZZA’. You have a wonderful blog and I’m glad to have found it. All the best and Happy Blogging!
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19 Cass @foodmyfriend April 9, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Congratulations! I am voting now. And Happy Birthday to you!
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20 Kim Bee April 9, 2012 at 10:57 PM

Congrats, voting, love you and glad you had a spectacular birthday!!!
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21 Julie M. April 10, 2012 at 7:12 AM

But of course you have my vote! Have a wonderful birthday Kiran, it’s been so much fun getting to know you better!

22 Sophie April 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Happy Bithday to you! Hip hip hoeray! It was my birthday too, April the 7th: 36 allready! Congrats on being a finalist! Yoehoe! 🙂
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23 dassana April 10, 2012 at 9:58 AM

happy birthday kiran and congrats on the saveur nomination…. double celebration!!!

thanks for visiting my space and leaving a beautiful comment. felt good.

still new to your blog and taking my own sweet time to go through it. loved the paneer tikka pizza post… felt like having it… awesome….

24 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb April 10, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Happy Birthday to you Kiran! Wish you good health and stay as you a lovely person and friend.

Conrgats to the nomination! I ll vote for you!

25 Sophie April 10, 2012 at 11:49 AM

About 1 week ago, I gave you also an AWARD! Come over & check it out why: Here is the link! You so deserve it, my friend! 🙂
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26 Magic of Spice April 10, 2012 at 12:04 PM

Congratulations and Happy Birthday once again!
Sorry to read about your accident, but glad you guys are OK 🙂
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27 Princess Poo April 11, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Hey Happy Birthday 🙂 :D.
I always visited your blog 😀 But I found the WORDS too less to comment 😉 :D.
You are AWESOME 😀 :).
BTW Happy Birthday again 😉 :D.
And all the best for the magazine contest 😉 :D.
I really hope you win 😀 :).

Hope you have a life which is as awesome as you are 🙂 😀 <3
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28 Sammie April 11, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Happy Birthday again! hahaha.. I am probably guilty of singing to myself too. Oh wells! Wow, FINALIST?! That’s awesome! I hope you win! 😀 😀 😀
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29 Jeanette April 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Happy Birthday Kiran! You are so fortunate to be surrounded with family and friends. Congrats on being a finalist in the Saveur awards!
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30 subhorup April 11, 2012 at 10:59 PM

Got to see this post only now on Indivine. Best wishes for your birthday and of course, congratulations for getting to the fina-list. I was not aware of the saveur site, and am glad you pointed me there. Wish you all the best for the contest.
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31 vianney April 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Happy Happy Bday!!! of course I will vote for you , HUGS!! good luck!
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32 sonia April 12, 2012 at 8:55 AM

A very happy birthday to you Kiran ! Hope you had a wonderful off time with your family…. luv, sonia

33 Biana | Meal Planning Tips April 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Happy Belated Birthday!
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34 Nava Krishnan April 13, 2012 at 9:10 AM

Happy Belated birthday to you Kiran and all the best in winning.
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35 Patsy Cullins April 14, 2012 at 9:11 AM

I voted for you ! Happy Birthday and good luck with this contest !

36 Asmita April 16, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Belated Happy Birthday Kiran.
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37 Honey What's Cooking April 16, 2012 at 4:28 PM

happy belated birthday kiran.. just following up with on your blog. hehehe… going to vote for ya!
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