Friday, May 27, 2011

BlogHer Food, Arrival and RockHer Party

I still can't believe I attended the BlogHer Food Conference in Atlanta. Did I really board a flight in Austin and fly all the way to Georgia by myself to rub elbows with fellow food bloggers? To geek out about seeing Jaden of Steamy Kitchen, Kalyn of Kalyn's Kitchen and the David Lebovitz from Paris? It all feels like a wonderful dream!

I started tweeting with other attendees long before the conference started by searching for the hashtag #blogherfood. When I had a longer than planned wait in Houston for the second leg of my flight to Atlanta, I used that time to check in with other food bloggers via twitter to find out how everyone was doing. There were a lot of tweets about driving in, flying in, and also about taxi sharing from the Atlanta airport. Sweet! What a brilliant idea!

I also saw some tweets thanking Moe's for the party bus. Party bus? Who? What? Where? I sent a tweet to Moes Southwest Grill @Moes_HQ to see if they were providing a shuttle from the airport to the host hotel. I was surprised when I landed in Atlanta and received a tweet back from Moe's asking when my flight landed. I tweeted that I had just touched the ground and was walking towards baggage claim now.

The picture above is how I was greeted at baggage claim. What a warm welcome! Although we don't have Moe's Southwest Grill in Texas, they were more than happy to let me crash their little party bus.

Look, there is the Executive Chef of Moe's, along with other food blogger from around the country who were selected to be on the bus. Moe's served wine, chips and salsa on our trip to the hotel and I had the chance to chat with the President of Moe's and one of their PR/Marketing Representatives. Moe's targeted 20 bloggers, and 1 blogger targeted them. (Me) Thanks again Moe's for the ride, and the wine. You guys rock! Let me know when you open a store in Texas.

Although checking into the Westin Peachtree was not a smooth experience (don't worry I tweeted them too) the room had a really nice view.

From the 55th floor, the floor to ceiling windows revealed a beautiful downtown Atlanta.

Here is a picture of my hotel room. I didn't photograph the bathroom, it was so tiny I don't think any pictures would have turned out...but just imagine a sink, toilet and shower - bam, a bathroom.

Continue reading about my first night in Atlanta here....


8 comments:

  1. Very fun seeing your photos! I don't know why I was such a dud about taking pictures this year.

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  2. Oh my goodness, I didn't realize that the Moe's people were only targeting certain people, now I feel like a jerk! I was contacted by them too, but since I was driving/wasn't flying in to Atlanta I didn't need a ride! I wish I could have just rode the party bus around with chips and salsa!!!! Darn!

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  3. How fun! Looks like you had a good time.

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  4. Ohh yeah..loved the pictures. Thanks for the shout out! And thanks for the BBQ sauce!!! It was such a blast meeting you!

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  5. I think my fear of heights just emerged again from those photos. Haha! I have to say that I loved your stylish outfits and adorable flowers in your hair! Can't wait to read more of your recaps!

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  6. It was very nice to meet you, Mandy! I had a lot of fun and you were so sweet & fun to hang out with.

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