Saturday, July 26

BlogHer 08 Conference and Some Awards

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of meeting several food bloggers while attending the BlogHer conference in San Fransisco. The conversation was engaging, the food delicious, and the weather freezing. I seriously considered buying a winter coat at Macy's Pre- Winter sale, but then I'd never wear it again in San Diego. I now understand why Mark Twain said, "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Fransisco."

I missed the food bloggers' dinner with Elise from Simply Recipes on Friday night, but I did run into her on Saturday. Quite literally -- I tripped over an AV cord and flew into her arms -- she has remarkably fast reflexes for a food blogger. She also gave a terrific talk on building blog traffic where Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen snapped this pic.

I also got to meet the following fantastic food bloggers at the conference:
I only wish I could have gotten to talk to some of them more. Hey, I know, we should do it again next weekend (How about San Diego this time? No winter coats are needed.).

Saturday night we attended a cocktail party at Macy's where we talked to several interesting bloggers, namely Michelle of Scribbit. That was one of the highlights of my weekend. She is even warmer and funnier in person than she is on her blog, and that's saying something.

blogher sunday

On Sunday several San Fransisco food bloggers joined us for a lovely get-together organized by Amy and Kalyn. Pictured from left to right are me, Simona from Briciole, Anna from Cookie Madness, Christine from Christine Cooks, Amy from Cooking with Amy, Biggie from Lunch in a Box, Kalyn from Kalyn's Kitchen (who has more pics on her site), and Claire from Cookthink.

Others who joined us but are not pictured include:
And now it's awards time!

Dear Alka from Sidhi Rasoi has honored me with the Blogging with a Purpose Award. This is a special award that I take great pleasure in passing on to the following deserving bloggers:
  1. Mary Ann of Finding La Dolce Vita who bestows kindness upon as many people as possible.
  2. Karina of Karina's Kitchen for making gluten-free eating doable and delicious.
  3. Peter of Kalofagas for deliciously coaxing out the Greek in all of us.
  4. Simona of Briciole for generously sharing her Italian language and culinary skills.
  5. Susan of Wild Yeast for teaching us how to bake darned good bread.

One of the most delicious awards you can receive is the Yummy Blog Award, and lovely Burcu of Almost Turkish Recipes has flattered me with it. Here are some blogs I have already said are yummy, and here are a couple more:
  1. Jaime of Good Eats 'n Sweet Treats for her super close-up shots of super yummy treats.
  2. Marianna of Swirl and Scramble for her alluring desserts.

Judy of Judy's Gross Eats has flattered me with the E Award. Thank you, my dear. Please see the 15 fabulous bloggers I have already nominated for the E Award. And here are a couple more for good measure:

1. Everything about Joey's blog 80 Breakfasts is excellent.
2. Peter of Souvlaki for the Soul, whose photos are mouth-wateringly irresistible.

Two of the sweetest bloggers I know, Ames of Yay! Pie and Pip of Zenzerro and Cannella have made my day a whole lot brighter by sending me the I Love You This Much Award. Now I'm awarding it to all of you!

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Manggy said...

Looks like you guys had a great time! Wish I could have been there... Even in chilly San Francisco! :) (I miss it already!)

Peter M said...

That's quite a collection of talent...I bet no huge egos among any!

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

I'm sorry I missed BlogHer and meeting everyone - looks like you all had a great time! Congratulations on your very well-deserved awards, and thanks so much for passing one on to me -- what an unexpectedly delightful way to start my weekend. I am humbled and honored to be in such awesome company.

Oakley Rhodes said...

Looks like an amazing time! So, will you share the secrets to blog traffic? :)

Kalyn said...

It was so fun seeing you again and hanging out with all the bloggers. I do agree about the freezing weather though. I realized it's really HOT in Salt Lake and I don't mind a bit. Congrats on all the awards too, very much deserved.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

How lucky! A great day!



nicisme said...

That's a great photo of you all!

Simona said...

Look at it this way: no air conditioned required. Anyway, it was great to meet you and the others bloggers. I loved every minute of our get-together. I agree: we should do it often, anywhere. And thanks for the award! It's very nice of you and I am honored.

Peter G said...

Great to see you had a great time in San Francisco! And thank you kindly for the award Susan...its really appreciated.

Sara, Ms Adventures in Italy said...

I feel lucky that I got to see you not once but twice this trip!! :) This weekend is actually quite hot in SF - I got a sunburn at the Ferry Marketplace, ouch!

Christine said...

It was great to meet you, Susan! You've written such a nice post. Thank you. I'm sure hoping that we food bloggers can meet up more often.

dawnielle said...

Oh, I hope to be seasoned food blogger by next BlogHer convention and meet all these fun people. Congrats on all the cool awards. Careful your head might not fit on your about page if you win anymore!

Elle said...

Lots of great bloggers there...and July in San Francisco usually is first visit there I got so cold that I bought a ski jacket that was on sale from the previous winter just to stay warm.
Glad you had a good time!

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful time.

I had no idea it was so cold as here we were burning up.

Anonymous said...

How fun! Every single time we are in The City we repeat the same quot from Mark Twain. The best time to go is in March & October - ironic that it's warmer than July. Glad you had a good time & thanks for sharing the photos. It's so nice to put a face with the blog.

xoxox Amy

Peter M said...

Susan...I'm baaaack! Thank you so much for the award. Your blog is one of the larger ones that I consider to be a "center of influence" and you've always given my blog and Greek food good exposure.

How much should I write the cheque for? lol

Karina said...

Susan- How lovely to see the pics from such a fun weekend! I wish I could have joined you.

And thank you for the mention/award. You are very sweet!


Anonymous said...

You're a sweety! Thanks for the mention and all you do to make our food blogosphere a welcome and warm place to be.
I love your pictures. It's so nice to see some of the bloggers I've come to know!
Be well, Susan! :)

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

It looks like the conference was a blast! I wish I could have worked it out to come. Ah, well, maybe next year.

You may already know this, but several of us have been talking about putting together a conference specifically for food bloggers. Andrea from Andrea's Recipes is kind of spearheading it. wouldn't that be great?

Kristen said...

What great photos! Thanks for filling us in. Glad you had a great, albeit chilly, time :)

Marianna said...

thank you so much for the award!! And congrats to you for the many well-deserved awards you received! My blog has been a bit of summer vacation lately (havent been posting so much) but hopefully that won't last for too long! thank you again!!

Passionate About Baking said...

Good for you Susan...looks like you had a rocking good time! Congrats on the treasure trove of awards to...& thanks a mill for the lovely links.

ChichaJo said...

So nice to hear you had a blast at Blogher! And hang with such great food bloggers...I can just imagine how much fun that was :)

Thank you so much for the award!!!

Andrea said...

It was great to meet you, Susan! I rather enjoyed the chilly weather since it was 100 F in DC. I think more food blogger meetups are definitely in order!

Proud Italian Cook said...

That looked like so much fun hanging out with all those terrific bloggers!(yourself included) Thanks for the pictures I will check out Kalyns too

Mansi Desai said...

damn!! I'm so jealous! how did I miss that meetup??! oh yeah, I was preparing dinner for a party of 12!!

Looks like you all had loads of fun! hope I can get to meet you next time Susan!:)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

mark-Wish you were there too.

peter-Talented indeed.

susan-It was my pleasure.

oakley-Elise actually has the power point on her blog. So anyone can check it out.

kalyn-I'm finally warming up too!



simona-It was lovely. And you're welcome!

peterg-You're quite welcome.

sara-Where's your sunblock?!

christine-I hope so too.

dawnielle-They are great to meet.

elle-I can believe it!

sue-It was.

amy-I know!

peterm-Hey again! That's a kind thing to say.

karina-I wish so too.

maryann-Aw, shucks, am I? ;)

susan-I hope it happens too.

kristen-Glad you like it.

marianna-You're welcome, my dear.

deeba-It would have been even better with you there.

joey-You're welcome!

andrea-I really enjoyed meeting you too. Your little ones must have been happy to see you!

marie-Yes, do. She has a lot.

mansi-Next time it is.

Jeanne said...

I've said this before on Kalyn's blog but I'm WAY jealous of you guys getting to meet all these other wonderful bloggers at BlogHer! Looks like you had a ball :)

Jaime said...

i'm so jealous that you got to attend such a fun event!!

thank you so much for the award - i have a few of these, as well as meme's that i need to catch up on! thanks again! :)