Before I go any further, I need to confess something. I was really bad last weekend.
I schlepped my camera all the way across the continent to the BlogHer Food Conference. Then I didn’t take a single picture. Nada.
There’s just something about actually having time for stimulating conversation with fascinating people that makes me forget I have a camera with me for a purpose, not just a weight to lug around. I kicked myself all the way home. If a blogging goddess exists, she would probably revoke my blogger credentials.
Fortunately at least one person has photographic evidence that I actually attended and had a grand time. Ree made me giggle when she put the camera up to my face then I couldn’t stop! Plus it was 2:00 A.M. East Coast time, I was tired and had no idea which way was up. Good thing I only sipped 1.5 glasses of wine at the Mushroom Channel party earlier.
My favorite memories from the weekend:
~Some fantastic conversation with Alanna, Sean and DPaul, Diane, Jori, Erin, and Stephanie at The Mushroom Channel party. I also got to meet Heidi, one of my heroes. (There are a few other people I chatted with at the party whose names I can’t remember—so sorry, was operating on only about three hours of sleep that day—so please jog my memory and I’ll add you here!)
~The walk back to the hotel with Alanna and just getting to chat quietly, like long lost friends. Then she invited me to join her for a swag bag stuffing party with Elise, Jaden, Jenny, and Ree, but we missed the stuffing part. However, the conversation was hilarious and I can’t remember the last time I laughed like that. These gals are so much fun to hang with! And to add something completely unrelated but somehow relevant, Ree has amazing ballerina flexibility! Don’t ask how we got on that topic, I can’t remember.
~Dinner at Contigo with Lydia, Kalyn, Susan, T.W., Val, and Rebecca. That was a truly memorable meal with great company. If I had taken my camera along (insert sounds of me thumping self on the head) I could have waxed poetic just on Contigo. If you go to San Francisco, it’s a must, and you absolutely should try the tripe with chorizo and chickpeas (loved the smoky paprika) and the patatas bravas with allioli and salsa brava. Well, you can skip the tripe if you are veg.
~The food photography sessions. Such a short amount of time and loads of information shared. My fingers got a workout while typing! Thanks to Heidi, Matt, Diane and Todd, and Lara for sharing your knowledge and talent with us.
Then there were so many people I wanted to meet or talk with again and just missed them. Jennifer, Amy, and Biggie, I’m glad we at least got to say “Hi!” again. Others like Susan, Garrett, Nicole, and Zoe I saw from afar but never quite got to connect. Hopefully will have another opportunity soon.
And I missed meeting David, my ice cream hero, but I was just too darn shy to go up and stand in his adoring throng after the keynote, so that’s my fault.
It was a whirlwind weekend filled with wonderful people and experiences that moved me and left indelible memories and a desire for more. Perhaps a BlogHer Food Conference 2010? Even on the East Coast? Washington D.C. is a great food city (hint hint)!