Sunday, October 7, 2012

And Where Do You “Where To?”: FREE Giveaway/Contest Winner

Last Sunday, I announced the 7th Wilson’s Guide giveaway/contest/competition/drawing for a $50 Brunch for Two at Luca on Sunset, a lovely restaurant that is also a previous #WilsonsGuide pick.

For a chance to win the brunch, all you had to do was answer the following question:

Saturday, September 22nd marked the first day of fall. That’s right – summer is officially over.

But just because we’re packing up bathing suits and flip-flops doesn’t mean we have to pack up those good ole summertime memories. What was your favorite memory from this summer? Perhaps it was a much-needed vacay, a beach day, or simply basking in the plentiful sun rays. Whatever – and wherever – it is, I want to know why it was your favorite memory! Be as descriptive as you’d like, and photos, although optional, are always welcomed.

There were soooo many great responses, and it was quite touching to hear about international trips, surprise family reunions, traditional Portuguese weddings, rowdy football games, film teachers raising money to teach in Kenya, love connections, food delights and so much more…

I really wish I could give everyone a gift card---seriously!!!

Take a look at what people had to say….at the bottom in bold orange writing is the winner.

@gourmetpigs: "fave summer memory: getting the chef to add seared foie gras to my lamb dish And foie torching to my dessert in Seattle ;)"

@PDiesl: "My fave summer memory has got to be relaxing poolside in Vegas. Summer just ain't complete w/o a trip to sin city."

@BIKESANDHIKESLA: "@LucaOnSunset Favorite 2012 summer memory: taking you out on our Hollywood On Location Bike Tour!"

Lauren: "Just recently I traveled to my hometown of PG County Maryland to surprise my mother for her 54th birthday. My best friend of 15 years ran all over town with me picking up fun decorations, and party favors to make the surprise even more delightful! I must say she was thoroughly surprised! We greeted her at her front door with balloons, presents and lots of love! To see the look on her face, her smile, her eyes illuminated with the warmth of love gave me more joy than any gift could buy! Priceless! We spent the weekend just spending time and it was awesome. A feeling of gratitude has been placed over my heart and I only pray that I will be able to continuously have priceless moments even grander than this! Thank you for listening to my story."

Yazmin Monet: "Backpacking through Europe with my lover and best friend. We spent the entire month of July exploring Paris, the south of France, Barcelona, Madrid, Lisbon, and went to a traditional Portuguese wedding in Pombal (where his step brother was getting married). This has definitely been a summer I will never forget."

Kristina: "My favorite memory is spending the month of August and the first week of September traveling. I never took a break after graduating grad school last year, and now I was traveling. In August I raised enough money to teach film to young girls in Thika, Kenya for 2 weeks. Then I spent a week in London, and linked up with 2 friends I knew from college, and through friends. But it was when I flew to D.C. for the Howard vs. Morehouse game, it ended the trip on a great note.

My friend bought me a game ticket. I tailgated for the first time, saw friends I hadn't seen in years! Plus I got front row seats at the game. Since I brought my Canon 7D, my friend dared me to run on the field to take pictures. I took the dare, got escorted off the field by security, lost a lens cap, but took some great pictures for those 2 minutes I was on the field. It was not until later President Ribeau; the president of Howard, came by to hand out one of kind Morehouse vs Howard Classic t-shirts. My friend yelled to the president: "My friend traveled from Kenya to come to this game." Not only did Ribeau's wife give me the LAST t-shirt, but I also got a quick picture with the president and his wife, along with my friend. Nevertheless, Howard won the game with a minute left on the scoreboard. That was the icing to the end of my trip."

And the winner….

Greg: "Months into working at my new job, I get the news that I did not pass the CA exam, again! So, for two months I worked 40hrs a week, studied to retake the bar from 7pm-1am daily, and couldn't really even speak to, let alone see my girl, who's studying abroad in Paris for the summer. When the test is over I treated myself. I packed a bag, dusted my passport off, and took a 14 hour flight to Paris. I touch down and am greeted by a smiling face that I've haven't seen in person in more than 4 months. 

We embraced, roamed the "La Ville-Lumière" ("The City of Light"), and then did something truly LA, and went to The Do-Over! 

Same great DJs, similar outdoor setting, but this time four things were noticeably different: 1. the infamous Do-Over sangria did not make the trip overseas; 2. the crowd was an eclectic mix of Hip Hop fans who all had French accents; 3. Aloe Blacc wasn't hosting, but one of top 5 favorite rappers/singers was, Phonte (of Little Brother and +Foreign Exchange); and 4. my girl was out there grooving with me in the Parisian sun to the West Coast stylings of DJ Quick, Tupac, Snoop, and Dre. 

To paraphrase Ice Cube, it was a good day! 

 If you don't believe me, check the attachment!"

Greg won for his photo/video (I felt like I was there!!) , his mention of two previous #WilsonsGuide posts (The Do Over and my interview with Phonte), his perseverance with the bar exam, for LOVE and for experiencing a little bit of LA in Paris!!!

Once your girlfriend is back, make sure you take her to brunch!!

Thanks to all who entered, and look out for the next giveaway, coming soon!

Miss Wilson

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