BlogHer Food: Austin TX Print Recipe Print Recipe

Left to right: Lori, Sommer, Sandy, Heather, Betsy, Jenny, me, Amanda and Maria

Last week/end I was in Austin for the BlogHer Food Conference. It’s basically like a great weekend with the girls. And no baby.

First time away from the little guy and surprisingly, I did really well.

That is until my husband texted me on Saturday asking where the thermometer was and the number for the pediatrician… reeeeal awesome. After my panic attack, the baby just had gotten his first cold.

To start out the evening, a group of us joined Tasty Kitchen at one amazing Mexican place, Malverde (pictured above). Great food, conversations and super cool environment.

 

 

After that, we party hopped our way over to Uchiko, which was OUTSTANDING. The dinner was hosted by KitchenAid, who were the most gracious hosts. They completely spoiled us.

The reason I’m sharing the Brussels sprouts (that had zero lighting) is because they were THE BEST BRUSSELS SPROUTS I’VE EVER HAD. I kid you not, so amazing.

 

 

Since I was in Austin, I decided to take advantage and plan a photo shoot with my lovely (& very talented) Camille Styles and Jess who writes, The Perfect Bite Column. Both Jess and I are gluten-free so we decided to create a fun gluten-free picnic.

We made all the food there at Camille’s and had a photographer (Studio Uma) come shoot. We’re hoping to have it up on her site beginning of July. Stay tuned!

 

 

I drink a lot of coffee and I drink it all day long.

Especially when it’s with friends.

 

 left to right: Tracy, me, Catherine, Heather, Gaby, Joy and Aida

This was a highlight. An intimate dinner with some of the loveliest ladies I know.

We all went to Oliva for dinner and ate some yummy food and drank some of my favorite rose. It was one of those evenings were we ate our way through every course and didn’t leave until well after 10pm.

 

Signs of a good night.

 

 

Someday, I will buy cowboy boots.

Yes, someday.

 

Such a beautiful lunch hosted by our gracious host, Nestle at Parkside.  This was another fabulous event. It was such a great group and was so excited to finally meet Shelly and Kristan - who let me snuggle her delicious baby girl! I’m totally that woman who goes crazy over babies.

Also, thank you thank you (x10) Nestle for the beautiful gifts. They gave everyone a piece of jewelry from Noonday – a company that is changing the world.

 

 

The chicken with polenta were outstanding. I’m still thinking about those polenta cakes. Then the grilled romaine salad was just as much beautiful as it was delicious. They were also great about providing gluten-free alternatives.

I will absolutely recreate a version of both of these.

 

 

Me and my awesome roommate, Maria. We had such a great time. Late night talks, face timing our baby boys and just all around good times.

I’m already planning and amping up for next year’s conference. It really is one of the best when it comes to connecting with friends. As far as the conference itself, I unfortunately didn’t make it to the sessions. There was just so much going on, but have heard wonderful things.

 

Side note. While I was away, my mom sent me this video. I have watched it at least 2,295,049 times.


 

 

Oh this kid kills me.

 

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  • shelly (cookies and cups)

    I was so happy to finally meet you!! Is it weird that I want to be your BFF? Hope your little peanut is feeling better!! xoxo

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    I loved reading you recap. This trip sounds like so much fun!

  • Heidi

    So good to see you in Austin, and while I know you missed him, it was great to see you SANS baby. Mama’s gotta have some me time, good for you! Excited to hear more about your new job, best of luck getting adjusted. I know you’ll rock it like everything else you do.

  • http://www.thelittlekitchen.net/ JulieD

    It was so good to see you in Austin!! Hope I get to see you soon!!

  • bakeyourday

    Oh Mason…he is a doll! As are you! So glad to see you again this weekend!

  • Amanda Green Bottoms

    Loved getting to see you again last weekend Lisa!! Love your fun recap and all your photos! Give Mason kisses from me!

  • Annalise

    So fun seeing you Austin! Hope our paths cross again soon! :)

  • Natalie

    OMG!!!! he is so friggen adorable. love love love that laugh!
    xo
    N @ DRB

  • http://www.thecomfortofcooking.com Georgia The Comfort of Cooking

    Lovely recap, Lisa! It was such a treat to meet you and have a chance to chat. Hope you come back to Austin and let me know when you do! :)

  • Nikki

    LOVED meeting you, Lisa! Glad I could help you get some baby snuggles in, too. ;) Hoping I can meet little mister Mason soon! xoxo

  • WithStyleGrace

    I want to be your bff! you and kristan are so wonderful, our time together was not nearly enough. there needs to be a next time (minus a conference). xo

  • Catherine McCord

    I think my kids just watched your little man laugh for the past hours. Genius!! Adore you!! xoxo

  • Bev @ Bev Cooks

    This goes without saying, but…WAAAAAAAAAAAH. I missed you.

  • Mandy Rye

    How fun! The food looks AMAZING. Can’t wait to see the shoot in July too! xo Mandy @ Waiting on Martha

  • http://www.turntablekitchen.com Kasey

    Sounds like such a fun weekend, Lisa! And I’m glad to hear you did well on the trip! We just got back from our trip to Japan and I also fared surprisingly well (though, I’ll also admit to watching videos of Neko over and over) :)