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25 Sep, 2012

Canadian giveaway alert: behold the brunch smackdown!

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews|Recipes and Food

Edited to add, October 5: Well, the results are in! I won, but only by one vote. In the spirit of good sportsmanship Sobeys has decided to split the big prize in half, to be shared by myself and the contestant who came in second place. This means I only have $250 in gift cards to give away to those of you who entered, not $500 as previously stated. I’ll only be drawing 10 names instead of the 20 I promised. Sorry folks. I will announce the ten names at noon tomorrow.

New update: I just posted the winners! Thanks everyone!

I’m happy to announce a really great giveaway today because the prize consists of twenty $25.00 gift cards to Sobeys… and I think pretty much everyone could use one of those, right?

But there’s a hitch. If you want to win, I have to win. Let me explain…

Each of the six fab Sobeys food bloggers has submitted a brunch menu that has been posted on the Sobeys Fall in Love with Better website. If you’d like to win a gift card all you need to do is (1) go to my Sobeys post and vote for my menu by leaving a comment there and then (2) come back here and let me know in the comments below that you voted. If I win I will draw 20 random winners from these names.

To be clear, if my menu receives the most votes on the Sobeys site I will receive $500 in gift cards as well as TWENTY $25.00 gift cards to give away to readers, hence the giveaway. :) Sobeys will send all the winners their gift card in the mail (Canada only, and I am very sorry that residents of Quebec are not eligible). You have until October 5 to vote.

Remember, comment there, then comment here. That’s it!

But before you click over I should tell you that my menu features the Very Best Brunchy Goodness: delicious French-toasted croissants, fresh fruit, and CANDIED BACON. That bears repeating:


Ohhh, I am salivating just thinking about how good it was. I also served it on a DIY “tablecloth” of our own creation (which I will be writing more about later). Here’s a sneak peek at one of my menu items:

DIY "tablecloth"

Please vote for my menu, please and thank you!

I’m working with five other Canadian bloggers on a special campaign for Sobeys. You can read more about my involvement herePlease note that I am being compensated for my participation in this campaign, but as always my views and opinions remain my own.

79 Responses to "Canadian giveaway alert: behold the brunch smackdown!"

1 | Chantal

September 25th, 2012 at 1:36 pm


voted/commented. I love the idea of the candied bacon and I think I may use your tablecloth idea. The kids would love that!

2 | alison

September 25th, 2012 at 1:42 pm


Your brunch looks so good! Candied bacon!!! Candied bacon totally deserves three exclamation points. I commented on the post on the Sobey’s site, but although Disquis said I’d be posting under my name, I appear to be somewhat anonymous.

3 | Cari

September 25th, 2012 at 1:52 pm


I didn’t think it was possible to make croissants better …. UNTIL NOW!!!

4 | K

September 25th, 2012 at 1:56 pm


Sounds amazing. I need to make more time for cooking.. an on going goal of mine.


5 | Hellcat13

September 25th, 2012 at 2:26 pm


I voted! And it wasn’t difficult to vote for you, because fruit and yogurt and croissants and bacon – YUM. I like nibbly breakfasts.

6 | Krista R

September 25th, 2012 at 2:39 pm


commented! Amazing menu – well done!

7 | Andrea B.

September 25th, 2012 at 2:47 pm


I voted as well. Hope you win! Totally loving the sound of the French-Toasted Croissants!

8 | Leslie

September 25th, 2012 at 3:22 pm


I voted. Inspired and mouth watering!

9 | Lorrie Douthwright

September 25th, 2012 at 3:26 pm


Well that does look soooo yummy. I voted, and my name is Lakelover603.

10 | Brenda A

September 25th, 2012 at 3:36 pm


You certainly get my vote! Hubba, hubba! The brunch looks amazing! Good luck!

11 | wendy

September 25th, 2012 at 3:41 pm


Voted and looked SO delicious :-)

12 | Kaitlin

September 25th, 2012 at 3:59 pm


Vot-ed! For all that is good and brunchful in the world :)

13 | Elly L

September 25th, 2012 at 4:11 pm


Thanks for the opportunity and great French-toast croissant idea! I voted on your menu :)

14 | Shawna

September 25th, 2012 at 4:14 pm


Commented there, now commenting here. Good luck!

15 | Sherrie Guthrie

September 25th, 2012 at 4:47 pm


I just voted :) All I can say is Bacon Bacon Bacon Bacon

16 | Richard

September 25th, 2012 at 4:57 pm


Candied bacon is on the menu this weekend! I’ve voted and looking forward to winning ;) I’m a big Sobeys shopper. Know a lot of the staff because I’m there often – too often according to my wife!

17 | tracey

September 25th, 2012 at 5:03 pm


I love your tablecloth idea- might do it for Thanksgiving. Also CANDIED BACON! OMG! Must try!
And I voted/commented :)

18 | Mary @ Parenthood

September 25th, 2012 at 7:10 pm


Yum! Left a comment and am now making a new shopping list…

19 | peter

September 25th, 2012 at 7:54 pm


It really looks good – I need some new tricks for the weekend breakfast at our place
….and I voted

20 | A.H.

September 25th, 2012 at 7:56 pm


Hi, voted and commented (accidentally twice) via my twitter handle – @Mandoo322

Looks fab!!!!

21 | peter

September 25th, 2012 at 8:15 pm


…actually still waiting for disqus to approve my comment….

22 | Steph P

September 25th, 2012 at 9:01 pm


Voted! Candied bacon sounds Amazing!

23 | Rita Flynn

September 25th, 2012 at 9:10 pm


done! I love the idea of French

24 | Rita Flynn

September 25th, 2012 at 9:11 pm


toast croissants and candied bacon!

25 | Tracii Reardon

September 25th, 2012 at 9:46 pm


Bacon candy croissants what more could a girl want!!!

26 | Lynn

September 26th, 2012 at 7:25 am


Wow…that is an amazing menu! I suddenly want a LOT of bacon :). Love the tablecloth idea, too, it really helped turn it into a family event.

27 | Nora

September 26th, 2012 at 7:39 am


I NEED some candied bacon. Now. Please.
Great post.

28 | Georgina

September 26th, 2012 at 8:16 am


voted/commented. Hope you win….good luck!!

29 | lescpe75

September 26th, 2012 at 9:07 am


Commented there/commented here. Good luck!

30 | Lyssa

September 26th, 2012 at 9:33 am


Voted/commented (accidentally twice I think) still good luck!!

31 | Kathleen

September 26th, 2012 at 9:43 am


Voted/commented. Love your focus on fresh fruit in a wide variety. Will be using your tablecloth idea at our next multi-family dinner.

32 | binki

September 26th, 2012 at 12:22 pm


All done. You’re going to win. For sure.

33 | Karla Sceviour

September 26th, 2012 at 2:20 pm


I voted for you,thanks! This sounds yummy,especially the french toast croissants.!

34 | Cindy W

September 26th, 2012 at 2:36 pm


Voted/commented there and here…yummo!


September 26th, 2012 at 3:21 pm


voted / commented. dying for french toast croissants now!

36 | Shauna

September 26th, 2012 at 4:20 pm


Looks fantastic!

37 | K. Fish

September 26th, 2012 at 4:51 pm


I just posted (twice by accident) that bacon is not just for breakfast.

38 | Paw paw

September 26th, 2012 at 5:08 pm


I voted and yes even an old guy would like this

39 | Coco

September 26th, 2012 at 5:17 pm


I voted too. Who can resist candied bacon and croissants? Looks delicious!!

40 | angela m

September 26th, 2012 at 5:58 pm


I voted. looks delicious, I have never heard of candied bacon.

41 | Mimi

September 26th, 2012 at 6:36 pm


voted! Candied bacon. OMG I think I’ve fallen in love all over again.

42 | Brien

September 26th, 2012 at 7:15 pm


Just read an article about a global pork shortage due to the high cost of feed such as corn. As an alternative to corn, consideration has been given to feeding hogs….and I am not making this up…..candy! It’s a terrible situation for farmers, but could save a step or two in your recipe!

43 | Nikki

September 26th, 2012 at 8:13 pm


I voted – I LOVE breakfast parfaits. :)

44 | Diane Wilford

September 27th, 2012 at 12:57 am


I voted and commented. Love the candied bacon!

45 | suze

September 27th, 2012 at 7:53 am


voted/commented for the bacon. And the parfaits!

46 | Barbara (OttMomGo)

September 27th, 2012 at 10:24 am


I commented because… candied bacon!

47 | Cath in Ottawa

September 27th, 2012 at 4:04 pm


I voted for you – oh, that bacon! Good luck!

48 | Sarah

September 27th, 2012 at 9:19 pm


I commented and recommended using maple syrup instead of the brown sugar on the bacon.

49 | Jay

September 28th, 2012 at 10:52 am


Voted! Yum to Candied bacon!

50 | FD

September 28th, 2012 at 1:02 pm


voted – great contest idea!

51 | Colleen

September 28th, 2012 at 2:55 pm


Now I want Greek yogurt parfaits. Off to the store I guess…

52 | Brien

September 28th, 2012 at 10:15 pm


Hey I forgot the second part of this contest…to let you know I commented on your most excellent brunch!!

53 | Jesse

September 29th, 2012 at 6:19 am


voted! that bacon sounds amazing!

54 | Joy

September 30th, 2012 at 2:40 pm


Hope you win! I voted for you!

55 | Days

October 1st, 2012 at 9:41 pm


Bacons and croissants can only be a win-win situation. I voted for you!

56 | Mel Gallant

October 2nd, 2012 at 7:54 am


I voted. :) I like the photo of that DIY table cloth…looking forward to your post with more details about it!

57 | Molly

October 2nd, 2012 at 1:10 pm


I once had chocolate covered bacon. Anything for bacon. I’d be a vegetarian except I’m already a Bacontarian.

58 | Gwen

October 2nd, 2012 at 2:01 pm


Just commented. Good luck Andrea :)

59 | Katie

October 2nd, 2012 at 9:11 pm


I voted, and looked about, and your brunch menu was the best balance of food groups and decadence. I think you need to change your giveaway to breakfast at your place, (especially your new and almost all new place!)

60 | Krista (@kristahouse)

October 3rd, 2012 at 9:44 am


Just commented. Love the idea of candied bacon :D

Good Luck!

61 | Scatteredmom

October 3rd, 2012 at 10:09 am


Voted-your breakfast is something that I would likely make, and eat. I’m thinking it might be a good Christmas morning breakfast.

62 | Jennifer

October 3rd, 2012 at 11:01 am


I voted for your brunch…everything looked amazing!!

63 | Pam

October 4th, 2012 at 6:35 am


mmmm….. bacon

64 | Carla

October 4th, 2012 at 6:39 am


i commented there

i love the way your improve takes the regular brunch foods (bacon, croissant) to a higher level – candied bacon? wow! french toast croissant? brilliant!

65 | Lisa Martin

October 4th, 2012 at 9:30 am


You had me at bacon! Best of luck your menu looks fantastic!

66 | Stephanie A

October 4th, 2012 at 10:47 am


Votes/Commented. Hello Bacon!!

67 | Rebecca

October 4th, 2012 at 6:54 pm


done! it looks delicious!

68 | Erin

October 4th, 2012 at 7:05 pm


Love the bacon! Love the table cloth!

69 | Amy M

October 4th, 2012 at 8:57 pm


I voted for you by leaving a comment under the name “Amy M”. Good luck!

70 | Marianne

October 5th, 2012 at 3:23 pm


I voted. LOVE the table cloth idea, and will definitely use it in future. Ditto the french toasted croissants. I’m reluctant to try the candied bcaon for fear of falling in love … I have a hard enough time staying way from bacon as it is, not sure I could handle it getting any better!

71 | mona

October 5th, 2012 at 3:51 pm


Mmm, candied bacon.

72 | ilana albert-novick

October 5th, 2012 at 4:24 pm


voted! french toast croissants – YUMMM!!!

73 | Jackie

October 5th, 2012 at 4:40 pm


I left a comment, good luck!! Jackie

74 | Tarah

October 5th, 2012 at 6:24 pm


I voted! I am definitely making this brunch at some point! Good luck!

75 | Deidre

October 5th, 2012 at 7:59 pm


Posted, good luck!

76 | Marla Good

October 6th, 2012 at 7:54 am


My secret identity voted for you, if you know what I mean.

77 | sherry

October 6th, 2012 at 11:40 am


I went and voted for you and now I need to buy croissants for brunch tomorrow. :D

78 | andrea

October 9th, 2012 at 5:10 pm


Comments are closed to new entries. Thank you!

79 | andrea

October 10th, 2012 at 1:53 pm


In case you missed my announcement I won the Brunch Smackdown (thanks entirely to you guys!), but only by one vote! In the spirit of good sportsmanship Sobeys decided to split the big prize in half, to be shared by myself and the contestant who came in second place. This means I only have $250 in gift cards to give away to those of you who entered, not $500 as previously stated. Sorry.

Anyway, yes. I have 10 winnnerrrrs! Thank you Random.org!

They are:

Commenter #68 – Erin
61 – Scatteredmom
59 – Katie
43 – Nikki
6 – Krista R
28 – Georgina
74 – Tarah
2 – alison
54 – Joy
63 – Pam

I will be emailing you all ASAP, at which point you will need to provide me with your (Canadian) mailing address. Sobeys will be mailing your gift card to you directly.

Thanks again for your votes! Happy shopping! And thank you Sobeys for providing the prizing.

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