Contest: Name these foods, win Putumayo music!

Turn on your brain. It’s time for a contest!

THE PRIZES:

Five winners will receive the two latest offerings from Putumayo Kids, the music label that introduces children to other cultures through music from around the world.

Cover image of the Picnic Playground CD.

Picnic Playground provides a veritable feast of international songs about food, cooking and healthy eating in a global gumbo of musical styles and languages.

American artist Jay Mankita’s opening song “Eat Like a Rainbow” sets the tone for the album, and the delectable songs that follow from Australia, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Canada and Trinidad add to the exuberant musical smörgåsbord. These fun, upbeat songs will help get kids moving and dancing to the rhythms. The artists on Picnic Playground sing so joyously about delicious food that you can almost taste it.

Cover image for the European Playground CD.

European Playground is a collection of 15 songs that takes families on a fun-filled cross-genre musical tour around the continent. Europe is a favorite destination for travelers who marvel at the continent’s rich cultural variety.

Europe is home to almost 50 countries, each with its own unique culture, history, traditions, food and music. European Playground features a lively and engaging selection of family-friendly music from contemporary artists from these very diverse regions. The multilingual songs are easy to sing and dance along to, no matter what language you speak.

YOUR CHALLENGE:

My 5-year-old daughter has phonetically written the names of 10 food dishes and drinks that hail from countries around the world, but are commonly recognized in North America. She incorrectly spelled all of the words, and some letters may be reversed.

Your challenge is to decipher my daughter’s handwriting and submit the correct spelling of the 10 food/drink items.

TEST IMAGES – EXAMPLES ONLY

These two words will help you get the idea.

Image of handwritten letters that appear to spell out: PRFA.

What does “PRFa” mean? It’s parfait, the frozen custard from France!

Image of handwritten letters that appear to spell out: CKEEREMBROOLLA.

What does ckeeRemBRoollA mean? It’s crème brulée, the flaming caramel and custard dessert from France! (Who can forget the crème brulée scene in Amelie?)

SUBMISSION RULES:

Send one e-mail to with the subject line of “food contest” containing the following:

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1) The names of the 10 food dishes and drinks numbered in the order shown on this page (shown below). Spell the words correctly, not the way my daughter did. You don’t need to include accents on letters like è or é, just e. You won’t be penalized for pluralizing or not pluralizing words or for captialization.

If you know a dish’s name, but are having trouble finding the correct spelling, try inputting your best guess at dictionary.com or google.com and see if either one suggests the correct spelling.

2) Your name and shipping address. This information will only be used to mail you your prize in the event that you win. I ask for this information up front because winner notifications are sometimes eaten by spam filters.

THE DEADLINE: 11:59 p.m. Thursday, August 20, 2009.

Five total winners will be randomly selected from among entries that contain the 10 food dishes and drinks correctly spelled. Validity of alternate spellings will be judged using definitions as seen on dictionary.com. In the event that no submissions correctly spell all 10 food/drink items, then 5 winners will be selected at random irrespective of their spelling prowess.

The contest is open only to residents of the United States or Canada (your shipping address must be in the US or Canada).

CORRECTLY SPELL THESE 10 FOOD DISHES AND DRINKS:

An image with handwritten letters that appear to spell out: CKEESH.

An image with handwritten letters that appear to spell out: BOCKLLUVO.

An image with handwritten letters that appear to spell out: TEREEOCKY CHICKIN.

age with handwritten letters that appear to spell out: SOLLSUVERDA.

age with handwritten letters that appear to spell out: eWOCKUMULA.

Image with handwritten letters that appear to spell out: FULLOFLL.

Image with handwritten letters that appear to spell out: CKAESUDEEUS.

Image with handwritten letters that appear to spell out: CLAUPCHEENO.

Image with handwritten letters that appear to spell out: FUCKOCHYU BRED.

Image with handwritten letters that appear to spell out: CKUBOBS.

Thank you to Putumayo Kids and Sugar Mountain PR for entertaining this contest!

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