Well, this weekend turned out to be a little busier than I expected. I made a last-minute trip to Chicago for the BlogHer Conference – my first-ever blog conference! It was certainly a fun weekend.
Travel – I didn’t have plans to travel a lot this summer. With so many trips earlier this year, I just wanted to stay home and savor the warm weather. But, when opportunity knocks, you have to answer. I was actually able to attend the BlogHer conference thanks to my friends at RedEnvelope. You may remember that I worked with them about a year ago. They are a fabulous company, so I was honored to tag along.
Meet – Blog conferences are certainly interesting. I would have to say my favorite part is getting to meet wonderful people I’ve been following online for years. At this conference, I had the pleasure of meeting Eden of Sugar and Charm, Amy of Mod Podge Rocks, Jenny of Picky Palate, Maria of Two Peas & Their Pod, Ali of Gimme Some Oven, and Katja of Skimbaco. I was also thrilled to see some familiar faces, including Jamielyn of I Heart Naptime (pictured above) and Joanne of Fifteen Spatulas. For me, this will always be my favorite part of the conference.
Eat – While in Chicago I had dinner at the amazing Zed451. It’s a Brazilian steakhouse, and this was my first time at a restaurant like this.A waiter delivered and carved meat at the table while appetizers and sides could be gathered at one of the most impressive buffets I’ve ever seen. Not only was everything delicious, but it was quite an experience.I highly recommend it if you are ever in the Chicago area.
Review – During my travels, I’ve been reading through the amazing comments you all left via the reader survey. This particular one made me laugh out loud. I hope to share some survey results this week or next. Stay tuned!
Drink – After waking up at 4 am in Chicago on Saturday morning, by 1:30 pm I was back home and at the local Tasting in the Wilds art, wine, beer, and food festival. It rained the entire day, but that didn’t stop us from having a blast!
Taste – So after another couple days of not-so-health-conscious-food, it’s back to salads for me. Just when I started to get on track, I fell right off again. Aaack!
Enjoy – On Sunday evening I wrapped up the weekend with the first deck-dinner at my BFF’s new house. We grilled, ate corn-on-the-cob, enjoyed amazing brownies (recipe coming soon), and had lots of great conversations. I live for evenings like this! I don’t want this summer to end!
That about wraps things up for my weekend. How did you spend yours?