Yesterday was all about eating, drinking, and being merry—which I guess is the main point of BlogHer Food, right? Well, I’m glad I enjoyed my time to the fullest!
After the morning session, Monica and I visited Pike’s Place Public Market, which was just a few blocks from the hotel.
It was a beautiful and sunny Saturday afternoon, so the place was absolutely packed— like shoulder-to-shoulder frat party packed.
Even still, I enjoyed the sights and sounds of the market (and tried not to get too freaked out claustrophobic).
Once we had a chance to check out the market, Monica and I headed back outside (where it was less crowded) in search of lunch. Just a few minutes later, we stumbled upon Pear Delicatessen & Shoppe.
It didn’t take me long to decide what I wanted for lunch from Pear. As soon as I saw the “Pear-fect Grilled Cheese” on the menu, I was sold… and really excited about it.
Omg, this sandwich was epic. I actually talked about it for hours after I finished eating it. Listen to this sandwich: Gruyer and Swiss cheese with pear compote on grilled Rosemary bread. Yummmmm!
It was made with a ton of melty cheese and the combination of cheese + pear + Rosemary was seriously amazing. I probably won’t ever forget this sandwich for as long as I live.
After lunch, Monica and I walked back to the hotel for “Simple Post – Processing for Food Photography: Free, Cheap, and Easy Tools.” It was a really helpful session with brief explanations and recommendations for a number of free photo editing programs. Here are a few that the panelists suggested:
- Gimp.org: Highly recommended, similar to Photoshop, downloadable program
- Pixlr.com: Completely web-based (you don’t download it onto your computer), no online registration required, basically an online version of Gimp
- PicMonkey.com: Most user-friendly, but doesn’t have batch editing (you need to upload one photo at a time), completely web-based, no registration required
I’m excited to check out these programs. Right now, I use Windows Live Gallery to edit my photos, which I like just fine, but it seems like these programs can do so much more. Plus, they’re free, so I really have nothing to lose.
After the photo editing session, I hit up the most amazing afternoon snack break sponsored by SuperValu.
There were so many delicious treats—pretzels, candy (peanut M&Ms, Snickers, 3 Musketeers), cupcakes with cute animal crackers stuck into them, colorful macaroons, and various dessert-y popcorns that I pretty much went mental over.
I must have eaten 5 or 6 cones full of caramel-chocolate popcorn. It was cooked in coconut oil, so it had a subtle hint of coconut flavor, too. Omg, yum. It took some serious willpower to tear myself away from it!
After snack time at the conference, Monica and I headed up to Amie’s suite for some more snacks. Amie’s room was hooked up! She was seriously the hostess with the mostess!
I snacked on cheese and crackers, chocolate chip cookies, and a glass of white wine.
I hung out in Amie’s suite and chatted with a bunch of bloggers for about an hour before heading to the Closing Reception at Sodo Park.
Such a gorgeous space!
I wasn’t all that hungry when I arrived, but it didn’t stop me from trying almost everything on the menu.
I also drank a mini martini, half of a glass of wine, and ate some shrimp with creamy grits. I was an eating (and drinking) machine!
At the reception, I finally bumped into Jenna! My long lost friend! Hooray! It was so great to see her, and I’m getting really excited for her book to come out in September!
The evening concluded with a raffle and a few words from the event’s hostesses, Ree Drummond (aka “the Pioneer Woman”), Jaden Hair, and Elise Bauer.
I have to admit, I was a tad star struck by these women. I’ve met them all in person at one point or another, but I was so nervous/felt like a turd to strike up a conversation with them last night, and now I regret at least not saying hi. GAH, I hate social anxiety! Next time for sure!
After the event, Monica, Kath, and I headed back to the hotel.
Before bed, I snacked on a ton of graham crackers. I don’t know how it was even possible, but I was still hungry!
Monica and I both had really early flights home this morning, so we hit the hay before 10:00 PM last night. We’re also grandmas, so that’s how we roll.