My Weekend at BlogHer Food Miami
A Recap of the BlogHer Food 2014 Conference in Miami
“Lets watch videos of cats with socks on and they don’t like it.”
This is what my little 5-year old said to me this morning, and how could I resist? I mean is there anything else in the whole world that could be more fun than that? Especially after having been a thousand miles away from that angelic face for the last 4 days…
So what if I had planned on a fabulous recipe for baked churros with homemade cajeta for today’s post. <–(Stay tuned. It’s coming, I promise!)
Instead, I’m going to hang with my sweet boy, talk a little bit about BlogHer Food 2014, what an amazing time it was, and introduce you to a few of my new friends/favorite blogs. I’m going to share some of their links/pics, so if you want to pin them that’d be awesome! Just please click through to their sites and do it from there, mm-k?
I ended up spending much longer than anticipated in the air on my way over. There are two things I am not very well accustomed to. The first is sitting for more than, like, a 10 minute stretch. So, needless to say, after 4 1/2 hours in a middle seat, my booty was none too pleased. The second is air travel. It makes me a little nervous, especially if I’m doing it alone. Of course I’d glance up at the tv at my gate and see that there were tornadoes in the direct vicinity of the airport to which I was headed! Well, duh!
Arriving 2 hours late to the party I had been so excited to attend was not in the original plan, but it all worked out for me because Amanda (of Kevin and Amanda) was without a doubt, one of the sweetest and warmest people I think I’ve ever met. And girlfriend has been blogging since 2002, so you know she’s a total pro. But she didn’t make me feel like the clueless noob that I am for one second. Even when she was teaching me how to send my first selfie on Instagram.
Yes, that’s right! I’m on Instagram now. It’s about freaking time, right??? Follow me here, but please be patient, I’m still learning the ropes 😉
Amanda’s been doing a whole lotta travelling lately. You can read all about her trip to Seaside here.
(Make sure you scroll all the way down to the bottom; there’s a surprise! I’ll give you a hint: it begins with a “g” and ends with a “iveaway.” And it’s a good one! Oh, yeah.)
As much as I wanted to stay at the party, I knew I had to give Amanda and her girls some down time, so I headed back to my hotel room to get to know my roommate a little better.
This is Connie and she blogs at Urban Bakes. If you like the kind of recipes you get here on Baking a Moment, you will love her blog too! She’s super talented and her blog is gorgeous. Check out this amazing cake she posted last week. I’m still weak in the knees over it!
We hit it off immediately. It probably wasn’t the smartest move ever, but we stayed up past 2 am chatting like a couple of high school chippies.
The next morning I was feeling a little crispy around the edges, after being up so late, but my adrenaline propelled me out of bed as soon as the sun came up. We headed downstairs to register and get coffee, and I caught a glimpse of Jocelyn from Grandbaby Cakes.
We’ve been following each other’s blogs for a while now, and sorta running in the same circles (I know she’s tight with my bff, Zainab from Blahnik Baker), so I went right over and introduced myself. Instant. Connection. I am totally in love with this smart, talented, fun lady. Her recipes are inspired by her Grandma. <– I know.
She baked these Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes earlier this month and I about died.
We sat at a table with Kevin from Closet Cooking and I’m so happy we did!
I’m sure he needs no introduction, because everywhere we went he was instantly recognized (and fawned over!). I swear, it was like being with a celebrity! He is just the sweetest guy and we ended up hanging out quite a bit, for pretty much the whole weekend. Again, super smart, and a serious pro blogger, with 5 e-books under his belt. It’s no wonder he’s such a superstar in the food blogging world, with recipes like these Quesadillas al Pastor.
I mean, don’t you just want to reach right into your screen for a bite? Insane photos, outrageous recipes.
It didn’t take long before I found my old friend Alice. Remember? I told you all about her here. We picked right up where we had left off without skipping a beat. I seriously love this woman! We have so much in common, both being moms, and she is a total rockstar. She cranks out sometimes 5 posts per week, while taking care of her girls, her man, and her home. I honestly don’t know how she juggles it all so flawlessly. She made this Spring Medley Mac and Cheese right before leaving for Miami and I want to take a faceplant in it.
That post was for Wisconsin Cheese, who treated us to an unforgettable wine and cheese tasting party on Friday night. It kicked off right at sunset, at a villa right on the water. Pure bliss!
The following day was pretty much a blur, a fast-paced extravaganza of learning as much as possible about Pinterest, Facebook, partnering with brands, and the emerging trend of video blogging. I met so many incredible people, and this post would seriously go on forever if I told you about every one, so I’m going to have to restrain myself, for the sake of brevity. However, if you are looking for some really great blogs (written by really warm and wonderful people), definitely think about adding these into your feed:
The Kitchen Prep
Take a Bite Out of Boca
Brown Sugar Mama
Eat Your Heart Out
Joyful Healthy Eats
Cooking in Stilettos
That Skinny Chick Can Bake
Yummy Healthy Easy
Spoonful of Flavor
Crazy for Crust
The Pioneer Woman
Sugar Free Mom
Oh Sweet Basil
Make Bake Celebrate
I Breathe, I’m Hungry
In Katrina’s Kitchen
The Slow Roasted Italian
In a nutshell, I pretty much had the time of my life at the BlogHer Food conference. Every second of my time in Miami was just jam-packed with fun and learning. As a blogger, you know, I work from home and I don’t often come across many people who even understand what it is that I do, let alone be able to relate to it. I ate up every second of food blog talk with a spoon, and learned a ton to boot!
‘Til next time, friends!
I’m so glad you’re on IG now. Woo-hoo!
Maybe next year Allie! I know we’re local so maybe we could travel together. Looks like a blast!
That would be so awesome to have a travel buddy!!!
Aaaw your sweet little boy is so adorable! I would not be able to resist either 🙂 What a fantastic recap Allie, so glad you had a great time in Miami! Welcome back and thanks for sharing these awesome pics – it looked like so much fun and can’t wait to check out these other amazing bloggers 🙂
It was so great to hang out with you, Allie!!! Terrific recap…I couldn’t have said it any better!!!
Your weekend sounded fantastic, minus the airplane ride! I would’ve loved to have met you and so many other bloggers but alas…maybe next year. 🙂 I will definitely check out these blogs that I haven’t visited before, and thank you for the recommendations! Your little guy is too cute, and that video of the cat in socks is hilarious!
Ohhh so wonderful that so many of you came together in Miami. Since i’m still in my first year of blogging, it’s so surprising the real community of food bloggers that’s out there. I bet it’s nice to actually meet people in person! I loved all the instagram pictures you posted, as well as everyone else. Thanks for sharing your experience, looking forward to the churro post 😉
Sounds fabulous! What an amazing conference!
Oh ya, it was a great time, Jess! I’m still coming down from all the excitement 😉 Thanks so much for stopping by and for the sweet comment!
This is such an INCREDIBLE post!!!!!!!!! I could actually feel your excitement!!!! Such a greaaaaat weekend and that photo of the beach is just AH-MAY-ZING!!!!!! And YAYYYY for Instagram! Following you right away!
Thanks for the follow, Samina! 😀
YAY! So many of my friends on here!!! I can’t wait to finally be able to get myself to one of the conventions so I can finally meet you all in person!
Hope you can make the next one, Kayle! I’d love to meet you in person 🙂
What an awesome recap! Girl we so connected!!!
Love your recap! It was so fun meeting you Allie! I wish we had more time to chat. Glad you had fun. I hope we get a chance to see each other again soon!
What a great recap. I knew I missed out on so much from all the IG and Facebook updates but this recap definitely confirms that. Sounds like the best conference to attend!! I’m so glad you had a great time. I can’t wait to go to one with you!! I know it will just as amazing 🙂
I loved reading about your trip! It sounds amazing, and I really want to go next year! I just followed you on insta – dying over your pic with Rhee!! Love her!! So glad you had fun and hopefully you share some of your good tips that you picked up 🙂 Can’t wait to check out the sites of your new friends!
Allie, sounds like you had an absolute blast! Your enthusiasm shines through every word of this post and I really enjoyed reading about who you met and from which blogs. You wrote about it all so nicely that I almost feel like I was there too! So glad you enjoyed it so much. 🙂
Thanks so much for rooming with me!! I had an amazing time with you and boyy we sure can chat away into the wee hours of the morning. We did this every night!
Your awesome and I can’t wait to hang out again for BHP1. I know it’s going to be wild with all us rowdy and chatty girls! Super excited!
Welcome back! Your weekend sounds positively amazing!!! So many wonderful activities and old and new friends to see. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you. Now I am going to go check out some of those blogs you listed; many of them are new to me!
PS: Cat in socks? Priceless. 🙂
I seriously LOVED meeting you! How cute are you?! I only wish we had connected earlier in the weekend. It was a blur!! And seriously by Saturday night (or was it Sunday morning by that time?!) I just wanted in my yoga pants 🙂
Boy, do I hear that! Seriously, at that last party in the hotel room, I was so wiped I could barely form sentences! I wish we had too- although I did realize after the fact that was you on the elevator, coming back from the Clicque Me party as I was trying to get there! Glad you made it home in one piece- now rest up and recover! Hopefully we’ll bump into each other again soon 😉
I love this recap and love that you added everyone’s blogs at the end!! what a great idea! I wasn’t going to do a recap post but after reading yours and Connie’s, I think I should!!! I had so much fun with you and loved seeing you again!!! Hopefully things will work out for Sept! take care, Allie!!! and so glad you are on Instagram now! 😛
Thank you, dear friend! I had an amazing time with you too. You are so inspiring!
I haven’t even done my recap yet. The things I said in my last post was only a teaser. lol
We did have a good time! I am so jealous of your picture with your feet and the beach! Freaking amazing.
I loved meeting you, Nicole, and I’m so happy we got to spend so much time together! How ’bout that gorgeous beach pic, right? Wish I could take credit for it but it’s actually Amanda’s, from her Seaside post. I should’ve noted that, I’ll go back and update. Check out her post, it’s so fun and there’s a giveaway too!
Sounds like you had an amazing experience-thanks for sharing! Waiting for them to announce next years location so I can put it onto my calendar 🙂 Can’t wait to check out some of the other bloggers you mentioned!
Hope you can make it, Sherri! That would be so fun if we could meet in person 😀
Loved this recap, Allie! It looks like your weekend was absolutely perfect. Btw: Your little man is stinking ADORBS. 😀
IKR? I can hardly stand it 😉