Recap time – Austin TX, at the BlogHer Food 2013 conference
|(Image Credit: Anu Rao)|
Where do I begin? How do I begin? I had been waiting to attend the BlogHer Network ‘s Food Conference for almost a year, booked my tickets and hotel over 3 months ahead. (I was hoping to trim down to a svelte shape as well, but that didn’t happen). And before I knew it, I was on a flight BACK from Austin, TX, giddy with the memories and thanking my stars for meeting so many food blogger and making new friends.
I was one of the select group of volunteers who had signed up to live blog for some of the informative discussion panels that are at the heart of the intellectual aspect of BlogHer conferences. This posse was ’rounded’ up and organized by the bubbly & vivacious Tonya Sanders who is known in blogging circles as The Chatty Momma. I was one of those fortunate ones who got to live blog for three sessions and the topics assigned to me, all I can say is that I couldn’t have picked better sessions on my own. The wealth of information I acquired during those 90 minutes of frantic typing was priceless
Here’s the link to the session that I live-blogged for.
In addition to the sessions and Panel discussions, there was a live interview with David Leite of Leite’s Culinaria, one of the pioneers of the blogosphere (he’s been continuously been blogging since 1999).
David Leite has a knack of infusing mega doses of motivation. I can’t but help go back and read the live blog of his interview over & over again!
And of course, the privilege of meeting some super bloggers such as The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, and Jaden Hair, the force behind ‘The Steamy Kitchen‘, and my fellow blogger from New Jersey, the bubbly Allergy Foodie, Anu Rao, whose work you’ve been closely following and look up to, need I say more!
|Panfusine, Steamy Kitchen, Show me the Curry & Allergy Foodie (Image credit: Anu Rao)|
I’d signed up for the Vegan food trailer tour headed by Christy Morgan, a.k.a the Blissful Chef,
one immersed in Asian Fusion (Me so Hungry) & Arlos, dishing out the meatiest, juiciest VEGAN burgers!
The adjoining cheer up Bar served up an AWESOME Kale lime & Ginger Margarita that was quite simply the best I’ve had ever.
and the food – Cucumber Sashimi drizzled with a peanut/galangal sauce and black sesame, and curried rice noodles with lemongrass marinaded tofu.
Baileys Coffee Creamer & Keurig: Kept the bloggers plied with plenty of refreshing Iced coffee all day long and even supplied insulated beverage glasses to go with it!
Wisconsin Cheese: A myriad spread of amuse bouches showcasing various varieties of cheese – burrata, Gouda to name a few.
Ninja: Blazing into the market with some superb Kitchen appliance demonstrations, they had some wonderful samples of quick dishes that could be whipped up in a snap. In particular, some addictive roasted Pecans. They had also set up a fun photo booth with outsized props at the closing party and needless to say, It made for some unforgettable memories of both the experience and their products!
|Two ‘Desi’ Ninja Gals – with Anu Rao, a.k.a the Allergy foodie
Bobs Red Mill and Lundberg Family Farms gave out lovely samples of grains to experiment with, while Wholesome Sweeteners had a whole box of samples crammed with various organic sweeteners and syrups, that I can’t figure out what to try first. I love all their products and use them in all my recipes that call for these ingredients.
I could go on and on about the priceless memories that my maiden Food blogger conference had to offer, but then, as with most delicious food, it should be stopped just when you crave for a bit more. Looking forward to the next years conference already.
Coming up in my next post: The Last dish I made before my kitchen went under the remodel ‘scalpel’, A delicious split pea & broccoli chowder adapted from Ree Drummonds recipe.