People say gathering twelve round fruits on the eve of a new year ushers in prosperity and good fortune. One round fruit for each month of the new year, they say. My mom faithfully follows this tradition, which I have adopted as my own.

It has been a remarkable year for Jun-blog — a year filled with noteworthy mentions in print, television, and radio plus a Saveur nomination — for which I am truly, truly grateful. On the last day of this magical year, a beautiful bowl of fruits adorns our kitchen table. Apples and oranges. Pears and persimmons. Red globe grapes. Quince. Pomegranate. Kiwis and mangoes. Twelve round fruits for another magical year. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Happy New Year, my dear friends. May all your wishes and dreams in the New Year come true.


Twelve Round Fruits

  • Tina (PinayInTexas)

    Wishing you a very blessed and happy new year, Jun! So glad to have met you here in the blogosphere!

  • Anonymous

    Jun, what a year it has been for you, and very well deserved. So happy for you! May 2012 be as exciting and fulfilling.

  • Leah L Shannon

    You are awesome! Happy new year to you and yes, many more blessings this coming year!

  • Leah L Shannon

    You are awesome! Your posts take me back home!

  • Authenticsuburbangourmet

    Happy New Year to you Jun!  What a lovely tradition.  Wishing you all the best in 2012~~~

  • OysterCulture

    Hey, it seems like a heck of a year.  I am slow on my reading and had a few back issues of the SF Chron food section and can I just say how awesome it was when I saw the story about you?  

  • Weng Dumlao-Giardina

    Happy New Year Jun!  May this year bring you much much more than what you got last year.  You deserve all of them! 

  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen

    Happy New Year, Jun! So happy for you & all your accomplishments! And just so proud everytime I hear other bloggers talk about “that famous Filipino food blogger, Jun Belen” !!! May 2012 bring you even more wonderful blessings!

  • Samantha

    I love this simple yet thoughtful post! Thank you for helping me rediscover these traditions and making me feel more connected to my heritage.  Wishing you a very happy and bountiful NEW YEAR! 

  • foodalogue

    Congratulations on your accomplishment and well-deserved notice. Best wishes for the new year.

  • dudut @mytwistedrecipe

    happy new year, Jun! kudos to your 2011 accomplishments! more to come for 2012!

  • Jonathan

    May this new year be just as bountiful!  Manigong Bagong Taon!

  • joey

    All the best for 2012 to you Jun!  Looking forward to what you have in store for us this year!

  • PupuleBarbi

    Happy New Year, Jun! May this new year bring you much happiness and much love.

  • Xai Losito

    Happy New Year, Jun! I hope you, Dennis and Stanford had a wonderful holiday season. I’m so excited to see what you have ins store for us this year. :)

  • foodwanderings

    Love the tradition Jun. All the success in 2011 was much deserved and wishing
    you more in 2012. 

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