Autographed Copy of Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Cookbook Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

Several weeks ago, famed chef and restaurateur Thomas Keller “brought” French Laundry to the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong for a special $900 11-course tasting menu.  While Keller was in town, the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong was running daily Facebook and Twitter contests for a chance to win an autographed copy of Keller’s French Laundry Cookbook.

Thomas Keller's French Laundry Cookbook

Although we couldn’t secure a reservation for the dinner (yes, we did actually try and would’ve flown over for the night), I did luck out and manage to win a copy of the cookbook on Twitter one day!

French Laundry Cookbook signed by Thomas Keller

I have to pay the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong quite a compliment in that they were willing to work with us on getting the book shipped here to Taiwan.  The other winners were local and it was expected you would pick up the book in person.  However, we had just left Hong Kong two days prior and without securing a reservation for the dinner, I would’ve had a hard time convincing Brett to fly back out just to pick it up!

We were prepared to have a local colleague of Brett’s pick it up if need be; however, the Mandarin Oriental agreed to ship the book to us (at our expense).  We preferred to have it shipped so we did not have to worry about it getting damaged in our carry-on luggage.  Much to our surprise, the book arrived a couple days later, and they took great care in wrapping it and ensuring it arrived undamaged.  We cannot thank them enough!

Book arrived carefully packed and wrapped with lots of bubble wrap!

Be sure to follow the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong on Twitter @MO_HKG and join their Facebook Page to keep up to date on their upcoming events, special deals, and any additional contests they might be running!

Perhaps winning the cookbook was a sign…maybe we will finally be able to secure a reservation for French Laundry on our next trip to Napa!

Another shot of Thomas Keller's signature on our French Laundry Cookbook

Our Tasty Travels Listed Among 50 Amazing Food and Travel Blogs by

Although we are a pretty “new” and small blog, we were incredibly honored and quite surprised to find out we were included in‘s post of 50 Amazing Food and Travel Blogs!  We are #37 and listed amongst some heavy hitters and some of my idols!

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Our Tasty Travels listed as #37 in 50 Amazing Food and Travel Blogs!

Be sure to look at the other incredible sites included in the list and check out their other blog posts.   They have put together some comprehensive lists of specialized food blogs.  Have a passion for Mexican food?  They have a list of their top 49 Mexican cooking blogs.  How about cheese?  Oh yeah, they have compiled the top 50 cheese blogs on the Internet!  There are other resources for specialized topics like coffee, self-canning, and one of my personal favorites – baking!

Thanks again to Cindy from the Culinary Arts College website for including us in your list!

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