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Two Peas and Their Pod: Blogher Food Conference 2009

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Blogher Food Conference 2009

I don't even know where to start, the BlogHer Food Conference was AMAZING! I will do my best to give you all a little recap.

We got to San Francisco on Friday afternoon. We met up with my roomie, Megan, from
Megan's Cookin and toured the city. Of course most of our touring involved food:) Our first stop was Tartine Bakery. We drooled over the fabulous tarts, breads, scones, and cookies. Josh ordered a ham and cheese sandwich and Megan got a lemon bar to go, I was saving up for our next stop, which was Bi-Rite Creamery.

I split an ice cream cone with Josh. We had a scoop of Salted Caramel and Cinnamon ice cream with snickerdoodle cookie chunks. Both flavors were outstanding!

Our next stop was the
Ferry Building. We took our time and purused through the fun foodie shops. My visit wouldn't of been complete without stopping at Miette. I enjoyed my favorite macaron, hazelnut.

Friday night we went to
Pauline's Pizza with a large group of food bloggers. There were 18 of us, so too many to list, but our table was filled with fabulous company. We ordered salad, breadsticks, and veggie and meat pizzas to share. Pauline's grows their own vegetables, greens, and fruits, so everything was very fresh. I really liked the eggplant and the pesto pizza.

Saturday was the big day! It was fun meeting my blogging friends in person. Everyone was fantastic. Food bloggers really are the most kind, genuine, sweetest people. I also learned a lot from the speakers/expert bloggers. I attended presentations about photography, blogging best practices, finding your voice, etc. The information was extremely helpful. I have a lot of work to do on my blog:)

The only downfall of the conference was the lunch. I was excited at first because Chef Rocco DiSpirito was the guest speaker, but then I found out he was there to promote Bertolli's new frozen meals. They actually served a room full of food bloggers FROZEN MEALS for lunch. I was disgusted. The food was not edible. We all got a good laugh out of it though. I was not expecting to be hungry at a food conference:)

The after party, hosted by Ree (Pioneer Woman), Jaden (Steamy Kitchen), and Elise (Simply Recipes) was a blast. They really know how to throw a party. There was good music, food, drinks, and dancing. They also gave us amazing goodie bags! Thank you ladies! Food bloggers know how to have a good time, that is for sure!

I could go on and on about how wonderful the weekend was, but I am sure I am boring you already. It was nice to finally meet all of my favorite foodie friends in person. I had the greatest time. Thanks everyone! I am already excited for BlogHer Food 2010!

*Sorry I didn't take very many pictures-I was having too much fun!*



Blogger Lisa said...

Sounds like so much fun. Do you know when and where Blogher food 2010 will be? I will definitely be going. Funny about the frozen dinners.

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was great meeting you! Wonderful wrap up post.

10:46 PM  
Blogger Erica said...

So much fun! I cann't believe they served frozen din dins! The Salted Caramel ice cream sounds AMAZING! I would have saved for that too ;)

2:28 AM  
Anonymous Unplanned Cooking said...

It was great meeting you! I love reading everybody's recap. My best meal was at the airport on the way home ;).

2:56 AM  
Blogger lesley living life said...

That sounds like such a wonderful time! (Ha, minus the frozen dinners, that's just kind of crazy ... who would have thought?)

3:17 AM  
Blogger VeggieGirl said...

Oh man, BEYOND amazing!! I feel like I was there with you, with your description - wish I didn't have classes and could have gone! :( Glad you had a fabulous time :)

4:39 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Sounds like such a fun time!!! Ah the frozen dinners..hahaha!! The ice cream makes up for it though :)

4:42 AM  
Blogger Peter M said...

No surprise that you had fun. San Francisco is a fabulous town with lots of delicious foods from local sources.

I've got to get myself to one of these!

4:43 AM  
Blogger Tracy @ Sugarcrafter said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time! I'm excited about BlogHer Food '10 too!! :-)

6:13 AM  
Anonymous Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Sounds like a great trip! Glad you had a good time. Next year I definitely need to go to BlogHer Food!

6:30 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

I hope the next one is on this side of the states so I can go again. I had a great time and it was so great to meet you in person.Thanks for the tour of the city and taking to me to all the those great places.

6:31 AM  
Blogger Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

What a fab time you had Maria...can u see me GREEN with envy? Wonderful all the way. Thanks for sharing your good times! Loved your post!!

6:38 AM  
Blogger Cookin' Canuck said...

It sounds as though you had a wonderful time! I'm hoping that I'll be able to go next year.

6:42 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I would have loved to have been there. I know I would have lost my voice with all the chatting I would have done.
I was hoping you had some photos of Tartine. I love that place.

6:50 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

ohhh. looks like you had so much fun!!

7:06 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

I'm so glad you had a great time! How fun to meet all the people you know online!

7:29 AM  
Blogger The Food Librarian said...

Maria, It was great meeting you! And I'm getting hungry (except for the lunch) just reading this again! :) I'll never forget looking over to your table at the lunch and seeing you eating an apple! - mary

7:40 AM  
Blogger Gaby said...

Had so much fun with you Maria!!!!!!!

7:51 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Wish I could have gone. I'm looking forward to going to SF for the Foodbuzz Festival though

7:51 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Sounds like fun!! Wish I could've been there...thanks for the re-cap so we could all feel like we were there:) Glad you had a great time!

7:59 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

What a fun time!!!

8:30 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I read on someone else's blog too about the Bertolli frozen lunch! Isn't that the strangest thing!!!

8:49 AM  
Blogger stephchows said...

so exciting!! sounds like you had a blast... except for the frozen food part LOL :D

12:27 PM  
Anonymous veron said...

Glad you had a great time! I love tartine and isn't the Ferry bldng. so cool especially with Miette there one of my favorite patisseries!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Bellini Valli said...

Looks like I missed you at the conference..maybe next time!!!

1:52 PM  
Blogger Kymmie's Cakes said...

Finally...i've been waiting and waiting and waiting to hear about your Blog conference debut. It sounds like you had a blast (except for the frozen lunch)!

1:58 PM  
Blogger ElisaC said...

Thank you so much for your kind words...and your constructive feedback too!

We'll be sending out our usual post-conference survey link to every attendee in the next couple of days. In addition to this post, I hope you will take 15 minutes to help us quantify your responses (they can be anonymous btw :)

We'll send you the survey link in our final BlogHer Food '09 attendee newsletter. We're excited to read your suggestions to make BlogHer Food '10 even better! And yes, that means there will be a "next year"...although I can't speak to location quite yet! As you said this morning: No pressure, right?

Thanks again for being part of the inaugural BlogHer Food Conference.

Elisa, for the BlogHer Team

4:38 PM  
Blogger Krista said...

I can't believed they served frozen meals! That makes me laugh! I'm so jealous of everyone who got to meet you -- some day it will be my turn ;) Glad you had fun though!

6:06 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Sounds like such a great time! I wish I could have gone. (So sorry about that lunch - ugh.)

7:16 PM  
Blogger Ingrid said...

Darn it! I wanna go somewhere and meet some of you guys!

I would love to know whose brillant idea it was to serve frozen food to food bloggers. My children won't even touch those things! :) Honest, my one son says anything that comes out of a can or box is gross.

7:21 PM  
Blogger Monica H said...

you went hungry and a foodie conference. Now that is irony at it's best. A little sad, but way funny!

It all sounds like so much fun!

7:29 PM  
Blogger Manggy said...

Oh man! Bertolli must either be fuming or so embarrassed. Waitaminute... Am I understanding this correctly or did you not have anything at Tartine?! *faints*

7:32 PM  
Blogger Ferni's Food said...

Wow they served you frozen food? that is terrible!!! But at least you learned some great things. I really wanted to go but unfortunately tickets were sold out : (. And San Fran is only 30 mins away from me. Oh well, maybe next time : ).

7:48 PM  
Blogger Katrina said...

We did so many of the same things--Tartine, Ferry Building, Miette--Hazelnut marcaron is the one I chose, too! And even our top pictures on the post are similar!
Good to meet you! Yes, they need to figure out how bloggers can visit longer/better--it was so loud during break/demo times! And the food must be better next time. Although I was a lucky one who got to go to the dinner the night before and although they served frozen pasta there, too, they really woo-ed us! Anyway--fun times! Great post.

3:35 PM  
Blogger Live.Love.Eat said...

Wow, sounds awesome. Except for the frozen food part. Really weird. And you just started me thinking about 2010. Hmmmm, I think I will have to ponder going. Do you know where it will be held yet?

2:03 PM  
Blogger Maria said...

They haven't announced the date or location for Blogher 2010 yet.

6:16 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I'm so jealous! Sounds like a great time.

7:30 PM  
Blogger Aggie said...

I can't get over how good that ice cream sounds!! And that they served frozen meals!!!

3:58 AM  
Blogger Tracey said...

Thanks for the recap! I am so bummed I didn't get to attend. Hopefully next year :)

9:06 PM  

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