BlogHer Food Conference Day 1

I’m at the annual BlogHer Food conference in Seattle.

Have you ever been to Seattle?  It’s gorgeous.  Aside from the rain & traffic, I’m in love with the place.  Green, surrounded by water & that fresh, almost mountain-like air.  It’s a naturally hip place (& so vegan friendly, but more on that later).

I want to share some photos from yesterday.  But first.  You know what I don’t like?  When people just post pictures on Facebook, their blog, or wherever, of themselves & say in not so many words:  this is me and look how much fun I’m having.  It can get kinda braggy, & who likes a bragger?  I hate that.  I’ll try not to do that.

I just want to show you some pics from yesterday of some of the things I did. I’ve never been to a blogging conference before & chances are, you haven’t either, so it’s highly likely you’re as clueless as I was about what a blogging conference is.

Some things came as a surprise (wow, people are really nice.  everyone I met I felt like saying, let’s go back some cookies together, or something) & some things I’ve thought a little ironic.  Like how they sorta ran out of food for lunch, so I went away hungry.  At a food conference!

But to be fair, all in all, despite the sleep deprivation, so far: I’ve made a BFF (see below) & had a chance to reflect on the awesomeness that are people (is that even grammatically correct?).

These first two pictures prove that in fact, I am at a food bloggers conference.

Um, glad to know I’m not the only obsessive one who has to compulsively take pictures of what I eat.

It’s a problem, but what can you do?  The food is just begging for it’s picture to be taken, ya know? They provided breakfast & lunch.  Since we all care about how our food looks, they took extra care to put flowers in the gazpacho.  Flowers.  How nice of them.   

Vegan cupcakes?!  Yes.  Unfortunately, not gluten-free as well.  There were some gluten-free muffins but they were not vegan.  So, do I choose the non-gluten-free vegan cupcake or the gluten-free, non-vegan muffin?

You think you have it hard?

This girl has food sensitivities to dairy, soy, grains (yes, all of them), & cane sugar.  She makes funny videos.  And she’s nice.  She gave me some wicked awesome delicious grain-free almond flour raisin bread (whew! that’s a lot to say to describe one little loaf of bread) that she made herself.  I even had seconds.

A little vegan dig that my new BFF, Erin (we met yesterday) & I were going to go to.  We made reservations.  They said:  “It’ll be a 15 minute wait.  Do you want to walk around & we’ll call you when we’re ready for you?”

Bad idea on their part.  We started walking around & looked into the windows of this place:

And thought:  we must go there.  They have fancy looking Asian things.  I tell ya, I’m a sucker for good food presentation.  So we canceled our reservations at the other place–I really was excited to try the food there–& ate at the Boom Noodle.

We ordered spring rolls with a spicy chili dipping sauce, sweet potato chips & mashed edamame (think guacamole) for starters.

The waiting area of the restaurant.  Those Seattle people.  Always having to make everything so artsy & modern.

Erin ordered mizuna salad (kambucha squash, lima beans, cucumbers, tofu, among other good things) & I ordered the vegan Pho that included a generous helping of fresh bean sprouts, lime, & cilantro.

Erin & I are both newbies to this conference thing.  She was right before me in the registration line.  We started talking & figured we should stick together.   She likes baking, lives in Portland, & is an accountant by day.

After dinner I took a cab (a totally foreign experience for me) to Safeco stadium & met up with my cousin Melissa & her husband Monico to watch the Mariner’s game.

I may be smiling in this picture, but I was freezing!  Yes it’s June, but that doesn’t mean a thing in Seattle.  It’s been cold, cold, cold & I’m the dummy who brought shorts & sandles & no jacket.  Lucky for me, Melissa did let me wear some Mariner’s pariphenela so I could pretend like I knew what was going on (I don’t know a thing about baseball, in fact this was my first ever professional game).  Home runs?  Strikes?  A ball & a bat?  Innings?  I think that about covers the extent of my baseball know-how.

The game ended with a no-hitter.   Apparently, broke all the records.  For what, I’m still not quite sure I understand, but I know it was a good thing because everyone was cheering.

For those of you sports fanatics reading who are disgusted with my sports knowledge ineptitude, I apologize. But sheesh, a woman can’t know everything.


Coming up:  more on the the blogging conference, Day 2 in next post including what do people do at a food blogging conference?  Because I know you are dying to know.




  1. Stephanie
    on June 11, 2012 at 6:34 pm said:

    Just discovered you and your lovely blog today through twitter! Looks like you had an amazing time at the conference. The flowers on the gazpacho are so pretty!

  2. Erin
    on June 10, 2012 at 8:35 am said:

    Yay I made your blog! 🙂 Such a fun weekend. Thanks for being my co-conference newbie BFF. Can’t wait to catch up via the blogosphere!

  3. Leanne
    on June 9, 2012 at 5:28 pm said:

    Soooo much food! Did you get sample all day? I’d like to hear more about the almond flour if you got any info on it!! Looks like ALOT of fun.

  4. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy
    on June 9, 2012 at 9:50 am said:

    wow what a fun trip!! and the food looks delicious!! being a GF V, i would be ini the same muffin/cupcake debacle. lol glad u had fun and met nice people!!