I don’t know about you, but when I’m eating out, I like to have fun with my food. Sure I want it to taste good and be healthy, but give me an interior with a bit of whimsy, a plate with a little something fancy on it, or a menu that will keep me entertained. I want something out of the ordinary from my real-life cooking experience at home from kitchen to dining room table.
Since this blog is not about interior design and websites don’t come with taste buds (too bad!), let’s go with the menu and have a little fun writing. There are four foods that I would identify as inspiring the best names on menus across the country: burgers, salads, wings and pizza. In the spirit of party staples that can be delivered at home while blogging in front of a computer screen, we'll stick with the pizza.
I see a lot of pizza menus that play with local landmarks, current events, movie or book characters or double entendres to describe their pizzas. They have fun names like Say Cheese!, No Kiss Tonight, or Popeye and Olive Oil. Descriptive and creative, rolled into one.
For today’s writercize, since it's an anniversary of sorts, I’m throwing in a contest. Not only will the winner(s) have eternal bragging rights for winning a writercize challenge, but s/he will be eligible to win a free pizza family meal donated by a very hip, very popular local pizza chain!
(Eligibility nitty-gritty: Must live in L.A. for the pizza prize - I'll pick one local winner and one out-of-towner. Out-of-towners - you're competing for a $5.00 gift card from Starbucks.)
Here comes the challenge.
writercize: Imagine a delicious pizza pie sitting on the counter in front of you. Smell the aroma. See the colors. Taste the first bite. Now pick your toppings and name that pizza. Be as creative as you like. Any ingredient you can fit on top of stretched out dough goes. Any theme is yours for the picking.
Leave your entry as a comment - remember to name the pizza and describe the toppings, and be sure to tell me where you live and how to contact you if you are a winner.
In one week, I will personally select two winners among the entries - one local and one out of town. The winner will be selected on two merits: creativity in the title, and imaginary taste sensation from the combination of ingredients. If it’s just too close to call, I’ll throw the best of the best in a hat and pull one out. Multiple entries accepted. Deadline - midnight Pacific time, Tuesday, September 13.
The local Los Angeles area winner will receive a FREE family meal donated by Fresh Brothers. The prize includes an extra-large thin crust two topping pizza, 20 buffalo wings and a farmer's market salad or Greek salad. Wow, that's a lot of good food!
Fresh Brothers is a local pizza chain with six restaurants in the Los Angeles area run by husband and wife entrepreneurs and social do-gooders Adam and Debbie Goldberg. They are completely plugged into what is current in LA, and offer customers healthy, homemade pizza choices for every diet. Gluten sensitivity? They have a crust for that. Vegan? They have a cheese for that. Picky kids? They have a sauce with hidden veggies for that. The ads are cool, their social media is impressive, the food is good and their community involvement rocks.
When taking a break from running a successful business, Debbie writes a blog called Manhattan Beach Momma and has a blast exploring all that LA has to offer with her twin children.
Do I have your attention?
Now get writing writercizers!
No sample writercize today - it's all on you guys!