BlogHer Food 09: Part 1

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Ahhhhh! I’m here! BlogHer Food 2009! I’ve died and gone to food blogger heaven!


We woke up bright and early to drive back to San Francisco for the conference.

At our hotel, we grabbed a quick bite to eat from the continental breakfast to hold us over until we got to BlogHer Food.



The BlogHer breakfast was already bumpin’ when we arrived.


Everything looked so delicious (as expected!) and we dug right in.

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There were so many choices! It was a difficult decision.


In the end, I went for a Peach Smoothie.


Holy yum! I almost went back for a second one, but I restrained myself. 😉

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Then, I grabbed a cup of coffee. I loved the fancy dishware! 😀

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Mmmmm… coffee!

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Yay! Food bloggers at BlogHer Food! :mrgreen:



The event started with a welcome and some opening remarks from the BlogHer founders. They briefly discussed women’s involvement in the social media landscape and why they participate. It was quite fascinating! (FYI: The presentation will be on the BlogHer website later today.)



Outside of the main room are tons of sponsors sampling and giving away products. I’ve already scored some sweet stuff! :mrgreen:

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And I tasted some yummy treats! 😀


Pillsbury had a “Make Your Own” cupcake station. Obviously, I needed one for breakfast! 😉

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I added cream cheese frosting and sprinkles to mine.


The BlogHer Food swag bags are pretty awesome too. There are lots of goodies inside! But, if there is something you don’t want, attendees are encourages to donate unwanted goods to a local food pantry. It’s great that BlogHer is coordinating this type of contribution. We’re definitely going to keep this idea in mind for the next Healthy Living Summit.


Breakout Session #1

After breakfast, we had the choice to attend one of 3 breakout sessions this morning. (There are 2 more breakout session this afternoon.)

The conference has 3 different “tracks” from which attendees can choose:

  • Visuals
  • Vocation
  • Values

I’ll likely attend a mix of the different tracks, but I started with the Developing Your Visual Voice session from the Visuals Track.


Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks (I’m so star-struck!) and Matt Armendariz hosted the Developing Your Visual Voice session. They had so many great ideas about how to take beautiful food photos. I especially loved seeing their gorgeous slideshow photos. They’re both so talented!

Some of my favorite tips for their presentation:

  • Find inspiration in others
  • Think about your photos in context
  • Understand where you are shooting
  • Think about the type of photos you are after


Time to learn how to be a better food blogger. Be back later!

Ahhhh, so psyched to be here!!!!! It’s awesome! :mrgreen:

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