Foodbuzz Festival: Dinner & Awards Ceremony

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Wow, oh, wow. What a night!!! My brain is still spinning!

Tonight’s dinner was put on by Outstanding In The Field and was held in the Greenleaf produce warehouse.

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The Greenleaf produce warehouse was such a cool setting for a foodie dinner! 😀

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The dinner tables extended all around the warehouse.

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Due to the water bottle mishap in my purse, I ended up carrying around my electronics in a plastic bag for most of the night. What a dork!

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Shannon and me!

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New blog friends! :mrgreen:

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One of the passed apps during the cocktail house was a crostini with tuna puree.

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Cocktail hour in the warehouse was happening! 😀

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Our place settings consisted of mismatched plates, handmade bamboo chopsticks, and customized menus. So neat!

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The meal started with a light appetizer of marinated veggies.

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Bloggers! :mrgreen:

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Then we were served a soup of mushroom dashi, maitake, shimeji, enoki mushrooms.

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Next was Udon, grilled Monterey calamari in a browned butter ponzu reduction, cucumber, kaiware, frisée and yellow pear tomato with chojang and sesame vinaigrette.

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We had fun with the old school seltzer bottle! 😉

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The main course was salmon with garlic and curry.

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And a creamy mushroom risotto with koshihikari rice and crispy maitake mushrooms. So delish!

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And more wine.

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The roasted brussels sprouts with ponzu fried garlic, guanciale, and bonito fakes was out of this world!!! It was easily the best dish of the night!

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I ate 2 servings.

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There was also soy braised beef cheeks and oxtails served with baby carrots and fingerling potatoes.

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The beef was incredible!! It was sooooo tender!

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For dessert, we had Koshihikari rice pudding with cookie crumble and warren pears on top. It was good, but a tad on the bland side. 😕

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After dinner, it was time for the Foodbuzz Blog Awards.

As you probably know, I received nominations in 3 categories:

  • Best Healthy Living Blog
  • Blogger would you most like to take to dinner
  • Blogger would you most want to make you a cocktail

Somehow, I won all 3 categories!!!! Crazy, yet cool! 😎

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I am totally floored and honored! Thank you, readers and Foodbuzz! What an amazing night for Carrots ‘N’ Cake! :mrgreen:

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My blogger friends also won awards: Jenna won “Blogger most likely to have a cooking show,” Kath won “Best Food Blog,” and Caitlin won “Best Blogger Humanitarian Effort.” It was so cool!!! 😀

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Once back at the hotel, a bunch of us gathered at the hotel bar and celebrated with a cocktail and dessert. We shared the chocolate torte, which was absolutely divine! I loved the strong, fresh mint flavor!

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I also celebrated with a Grey Goose dirty martini. 😉

Kath suggested an early morning run tomorrow, so I only drank about half of my martini. There’s no way I want to run hungover in the morning. Ick.

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I can barely keep my eyes open and I have another fun-filled day planned for tomorrow.

I still can’t believe that I won 3 Foodbuzz Awards! Ahhh! What an honor! I’m heading to bed with the biggest smile on my face ever! :mrgreen:

G’night!

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80 Comments

  1. I am in absolute awe at your weekend! Congrats on winning too! What an unbelievably fun looking time you had, getting to meet all the bloggers and eat all that delicious food it’s seriously any of our dream come true!

  2. CONGRATS!!! That’s so exciting!! 😀 You took some lovely pictures, the food almost doesn’t look real! I’m glad you had such a great trip. Congrats again on the awards, well deserved Tina!!

  3. Congratulations Tina!!! You absolutely deserve all 3 of those awards!!! Glad that you were recognized for all your hard work and your dedication!! thanks for being a part of my daily life!!!!!

    Keep on inspiring us around the world to eat a little healthier every day!!!

  4. Yeah, yeah and yeah!!! It was so awesome to watch you win so many awards and seriously – you totally DESERVE them. LOVE your blog and love ya! You have to be one of the coolest and funnest bloggers I know. I LOVE the passion you have with it all and it really shines through in all you do 🙂

    Keep up the fantastic work – your blog and pictures get better every day. I seriously LOVED your pictures on this post (oh, except me being a dork in the back) but they are all so professional looking 🙂

  5. Congratulations! It’s great that you won! The dinner looks delicious. I love the mismatched dishes, and the brussel sprouts sound awesome.

  6. My spouse and I stumbled over here by a different page and thought I may as well check things out. I like what I see so now i’m following you. Look forward to going over your web page for a second time.

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