You know how you never really ever win anything? Well, maybe you do, but I don’t. I enter a butt load of competitions but y’know, I forget that I’ve entered as soon as I’ve clicked ok and there it goes, into the nethersphere that is my history of competition entries.

But yesterday. YESTERDAY I FINALLY WON SOMETHING. I won me a trip to Egypt.

For frickin’ realz.

I never won anything so awesome before so I don’t know if this is the natural reaction but I was so excited that I was nauseous and could barely enjoy my tacos at Benito’s Hat.

How on earth did this all happen?

So, many many moons ago (or 17 June 2010 to be precise), I entered a Qype’son the beach” competition to write a review for my favourite beach. My favourite beach in the whole wide world is Clovelly Beach, a tiny, little-known cove on Sydney’s coast line. It’s not sexy, it’s not cool, and you definitely don’t go there to perv, but it’s my favourite and that’s what matters.

After I submitted the review I totally forgot about it until yesterday when I was told that I was one of three finalists in this competition. Like proper OH MY GOD. We each get a mini beach holiday to the value of £750. We have to go (yes, have to, life’s tough) and come back and review the absolute shizzle out of our trip on Qype and then an overall winner is crowned… and the main prize is £2000 to spend on any beach holiday, anywhere.

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I should be like frothing at the mouth totally wanting to win the grand prize right? But right now I am so excited about being a finalist and winning a trip to Egypt’s beaches that I’m not even thinking about the main prize!

But seriously though, when I get back and review my trip, I’m gonna need your help.

I need all you guys, all of you wonderful blueberries in the tart that is my life, to help me and vote for me and then vote again and then get everyone you know to vote! And if I do win the main prize, imma do summink special for my blog and twitter followers. I don’t know what yet, but I promise I will.

But anyway for now I’m desperately choosing dates for this trip because I need to go in the next three weeks!!


I swear I’m gonna wet my pants.

Oh and the Benito’s Hat tacos? I totally cannot remember what they tasted like but the queue to that damn place is ridiculously long so I’d say it’s a winner.

ps. you can tell I was distracted by the absolute rubbish photo I took of the tacos.

pps. impromptu beach holidays rock!

ppps. thank you Qype and On The Beach!

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17 Thoughts on “Benito’s Hat tacos and OMG I WON A TRIP TO EGYPT!

  1. Wow, that’s frigtastic! Congrats, Catty!

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  3. Congratulations, Catty! You have deserved it, I want to go to your beach now. I mean NOW!

  4. OMG!!!!! major SQUEE! Egypt! Oh my god.. how glorious, imma vote! You write the wittiest and coolest of reviews for food, can’t imagine how aaaawesome this one will be! Egypt.. swoooon!!!

  5. OMG YOU WON A TRIP TO EGYPT! Congratulations you! And you have my vote for your review!! 🙂

  6. I am so very excited (and momentarily jealous) of your win!! And you still have a strong possibility of winning more! You can count on my vote. I can’t wait to hear about your Egyptian beach trip – the shades of blue in the photo above are spectacular!

    Congratulations on a well-deserved win! 8-D

  7. Yutjangsah on July 10, 2010 at 2:27 pm said:

    Zomg!!! Coolio girl! Wen u win le grand prix, come to Malibu with my favourite (i spelt it the british way) Scandi!!

  8. congrats man! i’ll be voting for you too:)

  9. Thanks you guys!! I am SOOOO excited it feels quite surreal still… but thanks so much for the super-kind words! Would bring y’all with me if I could! 🙂

  10. Oh my god oh my god oh my god!!! I’m gonna make peope vote the shizzle outta you *SO EXCITING!*

  11. OMG! That is SOOOOO cool! Congrats!

  12. This is just sooooo great Catty! Congratulations again, my gosh I’m so excited for you!!! I’ll make sure to vote and pass the word around 🙂 xxx

  13. kate skinner on July 11, 2010 at 12:49 am said:

    Fantastic news Catty, not that I am surprised as you are a brilliant purveyor of the word and I love reading your entertaining and lyrically descriptive sharp reviews. I would love to read your winner about Clovelly Beach, as I love that place too, altho Balmoral is an old Sydney fave as I lived there and met my husband there many moons ago!!!
    Have fun in Egypt and I will be voting for you and I am sooooo excited for you!!!!Katexxxxxx

    • oh my god you NEVER told me that’s where you met Jim! How special… I’ll never see Balmoral the same way 🙂 My final review will be of Egypt not Clovelly but I hope you enjoy it all the same. I know this may sound a little soppy hey, remember who taught me to write? 😉 much love… and see you when I’m back in Brisbane next xx

  14. CONGRATULATIONS! Now that’s a really cool prize. Enjoy yourself n of course I’m so crazy jealous of your prize winning. I never win any big prizes like this and like you I entered lots and forgot about them immediately as I know my zero chance on winning any. But, hey, there is always an optimistic hope that by miracle, like you’ve just experienced, will happen to me one day. 🙂

  15. Congrats Catty. If you get any choice about where you go in Egypt I would suggest Dahab rather than Sharm El Sheikh – Sharm is a very package tourist sort of place.

    By the way – love Clovelly beach – although I did portray my Melbourne origins by never pronouncing it the right way!

  16. THANK YOU guys!! All your support make me warm and fuzzy and really if I became a finalist by any writing merits I may have, it’s only because I get to pratice writing on this blog and well, that only happens because you read it! So thank you thank you xx

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