The Liebster Awards – Allison Crowe Picks

It’s with great delight, cheery pride and warm thanks that Allison Crowe, this here blog, this weekend received a prestigious Liebster Award from “1 Heck of a Guy” – everybody’s favourite blog written by a psychiatrist that is rife with Leonard Cohen-based hilarity, love stories, essays on broomcorn, and proposals for a county seal featuring Dick Tracy.

In something of a reverse engineering feat to the drummers in Spinal Tap spontaneously combusting, the recipients of a Liebster Blog Award spontaneously come together. It’s a fun way to share passions, and introduce more people to singular blogs – Liebster being a German word for dearest, beloved, or favourite.

Being an award sparked by humanity, and non-corporate in nature, there’s not a lot of red-tape to the proceedings. Still, we learn from Dr. Heck, aka DrHGuy, aka Allan Showalter, blogmeister of “1 Heck of a Guy”, for recipients there is some form to keep things functioning:

“1.. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2.. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3.. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog.
4.. Reveal your own 5 blog picks.
5.. Let them know you chose them by posting on their blog.”

(Dr H further advises: “The policy indicates that blogs selected should have fewer than 200 followers, but this appears to be uniformly ignored.”)

Now, following a vegan drum roll, here are the five recipients of the Liebster Blog Award, as so bestowed by Allison Crowe:

Heather on a Rock – Acting, physiotherapy… These are just a a couple of the many things that my über-talented friend Heather Rumbolt can do! Add writing to that list – you can now check out her humorous and incredibly honest blog, Heather on a Rock (Warning: contains some strong language and adult themes – and total hilariousness.) Here are two posts to get you started on your road to Heather: Half-baked Recipe for a Happier You + Flamin’ Hot Yogi Ready to be Lululemonated

the little red chicken – Another of my super-talented actor friends, (she’s touring right now with the NL play “Tempting Providence” all across Canada – to rave reviews!), Willow Kean’s passion for food is legendary – and now you can learn her ways through her blog! Willow’s fun and charming stories create the perfect setting for the delicious recipes within!

CornerBrooker.com – Corner Brook super-citizen Tom Cochrane, (a writer and photog, among many, many other things!), created this blog originally as a site to keep us up with the local happenings in and around Corner Brook, Newfoundland – and it has done an AMAZING job of doing just that! It’s now exploded on to the scene with multiple talented writers, photographers – you name it, they’ve got it. Way to go Tom!

Post Punk Kitchen – This is my go-to site for looking up what I want to have for dinner. Isa Chandra Moskowitz is a super-vegan extraordinaire! Her book “Veganomicon” has become a vegan kitchen staple – among her many other books – and she is kind enough to share her recipes with those of us who turn to her online. She is always willing to help out if you have a question on her facebook page! – thank you Isa for all that you do!

Chocolate-Covered Katie – So much delicious, delicious chocolate – and many other delicious desserts – and all of them good for you! Katie posts super-often, which is great, because I am always waiting to hear what genius healthy dessert she’s come up with now! She’s always willing to help out if you have a question as well – which is fantastic – and you can LITERALLY have your cake and eat it too. Her larabar recipes are to die for – and seriously, try the cookie dough dip – made with chickpeas! It blows my mind. (don’t overblend it though!)

Enjoy!!!!!

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Up to the Mountain (Patty Griffin) – Allison Crowe + “Faces” by Phil Robbins

Allison Crowe is, again, cooking up musical soul food in her kitchen. That’s where she’s recorded “Up to the Mountain (MLK Song)” - from the pen of the sublime Patty Griffin. Allison serves as her own Jordanaires – providing backing accompaniment to the lead vocals and guitar :)

Allison’s delighted by a recent opportunity to participate in a visual art project in the friendly and vibrant cultural community that is Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Canada — home on the Atlantic range to the much-loved and acclaimed singer-songwriter.

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“Friday March 4th 2011, I performed ‘Faces: Broadway’ a projection onto windows of the old Black Thorn Stick Cafe location on Broadway,” says Philip N. Robbins, one of the creators, noting “this projection creates an implied conversation, or narrative, between all of the participants in the videos.”

CornerBrooker.com, the city’s culture and news web portal (http://cornerbrooker.com/2011/03/faces-on-broadway) explains: “This was part of a project by Phil Robbins and Jillian Parsons (often known for their work with Stockpile or Larger Than a Cat) called Faces: Broadway which was a lead-up to Phil’s larger project, Faces: Newfoundland.”

Expressing a fascination “with the haunting portraits by Richard Avedon specifically his ‘In the American West’ portrait series,” Robbins is broadening the “Faces” canvas — and “crowdfunding” — aiming to sail successfully over the mercantile mosh pit to cover costs. You can learn about this project @ http://www.philipnormanrobbins.ca and aid the cause @ http://rockethub.com/projects/1082-faces-newfoundland

Allison Crowe is among the “Faces: Broadway” — and, here, Phil and Jillian’s video imagery projects a spirit as natural as the musical performance.

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