"Please review this flavorless processed snack food!"
"I think your readers would love to hear about the latest innovation in microwave dinner technology!"
"Here are some uninspired recipes featuring [insert food product here]. Please share with your readers!"
"We are offering one lucky reader a chance to win this coupon for gum, valued at 25 cents!"
But exceptions prove the rule. Case in point: The email I got from Sucre in New Orleans, offering to send one of my U.S. readers their signature 15-piece macaron collection in time for Mother's Day.
Well. This was more like it.
As I have written about many times, New Orleans is one of my favorite places on earth. Poppa Trix and I were married there, in the Voodoo Spiritual Temple (read about that here), and we love the food, the music, the architecture - all of it. Whenever we visit, we make it a point to stop by Sucre on Magazine Street for a sweet treat, usually after our Friday lunch at Commander's Palace.
So this is a giveaway I can get behind. The Sucre folks kindly sent me a box to photograph - and eat, of course. Here's what you'll get:
The flavors are: almond, chocolate, strawberry, bananas foster, pistachio (Poppa's favorite), salted caramel (my favorite), hazelnut, and pecan.
And so, you must be burning to know - how to win? Simple. You have three chances:
1. Leave a comment
2. Tweet the giveaway, and tell me in the comments that you've done it.
3. Follow me on Twitter (or if you already do, let me know)
And, my deepest apologies to my non - US readers, it's only open to residents of the continental United States. Sorry loves!
I will choose the winner via Random.org on Monday, May 6, 12 pm EST so there will be plenty of time for it to reach you by Mother's Day.
While this is ostensibly a Mother's Day giveaway, if, like me, you no longer have a mom or if you're just feeling a bit covetous of this for yourself, by all means don't be shy! Enter. Hey - maybe you'd rather give it to your dad. Have at it. All I ask is that you share these delicious macarons with someone you love.