Hi there! Phew, it’s been a busy three weeks or so between my trip to Miami/NYC and then a last-minute visit to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara this past weekend. I do love to travel, whether it be for work for for pleasure, but at heart I am a homebody and I’m very happy to be in one place for at least the next several weeks.
Before my East Coast trip becomes a distant memory, I wanted to share a re-cap of how the BlogHer Food conference went. In short, it was a blast! It was my first time attending any BlogHer events, and I had the added pleasure of speaking on a panel called “Next Steps in a Food Career.”
I shared the panel with several very talented bloggers including JL Fields, Jennette Chen, and Meseidy Rivera. We all had such different journeys to talk about and it was really neat to hear their stories.
Let me back up, though. I’m also making this post part of the What I Ate Wednesday series because I like showing some of my daily eats.
Note: it’s been awhile since I’ve shared a round-up of daily eats and I wrote about my concerns in doing so in this post, so I’ll just post the disclaimer that if you find this type of thing to be triggering for any disordered eating tendencies you might have, then feel free to skip it. Also, I should say that I don’t always post all of my food consumed in a day and sometimes I even have to pick and choose from photos from several days to make the post cohesive, so understand that this type of thing is for entertainment purposes only and not meant to be a reflection of an “ideal” intake of food. Just sayin’. 🙂
I shared my journey to BlogHer Food in real time on my Instagram account, so some of these photos might be repeat for you, but I had a heck of a time getting to Miami. There was a major rain deluge on the day that I was traveling (of course!!!), so my direct flight to Los Angeles ended up getting diverted to Tampa where we sat on the tarmac for three hours, de-boarded for two hours, and then re-boarded. A five-hour flight to Miami turned to 10+, but we made it…eventually:
My first full day in Miami was the day of my panel and I was incredibly sleep-deprived, but managed to get to the lunch featuring three awesome speakers on the topic of super foods. I mean, really, how could I miss that, it’s one of my all time interests? One of the speakers came from the City of Hope where I was lucky enough to visit last year, and the whole discussion inspired me to keep eating more of the good stuff (whole foods! variety! vegetables!) to stay healthy.
I had the vegan plate with cauliflower, garbanzo bean and spinach-something, and a portobello mushroom with tomato sauce. As far as conference foods go, it was fine and I was more than ready to eat:
Dessert included churros which I thought was pretty funny considering the lunch topic, but I skipped those and had some fruit instead (unpictured, sorry).
BTW, I was sitting at an awesome table full of like-minded folks including Ellen Kanner, JL, and Jeanette, and it reminded me of how rewarding it is to attend these events and be able to meet up with friends. <3 <3 <3
After lunch and before my panel, there was time to peruse the vendor tables where I got to meet some cool people and
get free stuff sample their offerings. A Jamba green smoothie was exactly what I needed for an afternoon pick-me-up:
Once it was time for my panel, I got pretty nervous, but I think it went well and I had the opportunity to discuss the development of my recipe app which I think the audience found interesting.
Rather than take a nap and possibly not get up, I did some fun stuff later in the afternoon including hearing David Lebovitz talk (I’ve been reading his blog for years and you can see how I shamelessly stalked him and snapped his pic, ha ha):
One of the biggest perks about being a food blogger is getting invited to do cool stuff like attend the Go Veggie! party where I had a nice appetizer of stuffed zucchini:
And, I later attended a cocktail reception thrown by the National Mango Board at a fancy hotel in Miami where I had a mango margarita and a mango salsa appetizer:
Later in the evening when it was actually dinner time PST, I ended up heading over to the Whole Foods Market in South Beach for a salad including broccoli, quinoa, cauliflower, guacamole, asparagus, lettuce, and one of their yummy Health Starts Here dressings:
On the cab ride back to the hotel, I captured this gorgeous sunset over Miami and wished that I could have spent more time exploring the city:
As you probably know from attending conferences, you often don’t get that much time to explore the cities in which they’re hosted, but I definitely stayed very busy between catching up on my rest and attending specialized talks on Pinterest and Facebook marketing, an awesome 2-hour session on how to write a book proposal(!), and general schmoozing and socializing.
On that note, I’ve been asked to speak at the general BlogHer conference coming up this July in San Jose. I’m co-hosting a Mini-Con on Healthy Living at the event and I’d love to see you there.
Do you like attending conferences? Which ones do you recommend for bloggers and/or writers?