BlogHer Food ’12

So I took a little trip to Seattle.

And before I even go on, I know everyone is saying this already, but Seattle might rule my face. It’s seriously awesome. It has everything! Incredible food, breathtaking scenery, a NEEDLE TOWER. I want one for my bedroom.

So, here’s my lil’ journey to the BlogHer Foods through my eyes.

I landed in Chicago for a connecting flight to meet basically only my sistuh from anothuh muthuh, Jessica. This is us, instagramming each other like huge dorks right before the plane took off. And it was approximately 2.5 hours before a lovely passenger from two rows back breathed dragon fire on us for talking too much with our “wonderful, loud voices.” What a darling!

And let’s not pay much attention to the strange eye makeup sitch I have going on.

We make it to Seattle right around the same time our 3rd roommate, Jenna lands. We squeal and hug and gush right next to baggage claim. And by the way, I know it’s called the Space Needle so you can go ahead and locate your jaw that’s probably on the floor somewhere. We took the LIGHT RAIL (I got excited) into town and got settled into our hotel room for a smidge. Then we made our way (through a totally not annoying heavy drizzle) to meet Maria, Josh and Caleb for lunch at this super sleek place called the Purple Cafe. I had a pizza. And then I stuck Caleb in my purse.

Later that evening we met my new best friend who I’m going to kidnap tonight when she’s asleep, Betsy for dinner and drinks at this TODIEFOR restaurant called Sitka and Spruce. In fact, I died four times when we walked in. It’s so, so…well, like my new kitchen! Made me miss my dawg. Betsy brought probably the poshest gal on the planet, Heather Christo and I couldn’t stop staring at her. It wasn’t awkward at ALL.

Oh! And right before dinner we picked up Lisa, our 4th and final roommate, who I also fell in love with and tried to cram her into my bag before coming home but her baby bump wasn’t having it. Most. Adorable. Pregnant. Lady. Ever.

This is our group right after eating the most delicious food. Like, super thin delicate sausage links with ALL SPICE in them, you guys.

Eating eating eating. Walking walking walking. I love Jenna’s coat. She’s posh too. Heck, they all are. Ugh.

After a whirlwind ZipList party, we hit the hay faster than a professional hay hitter. THEY EXIST.

Next morning we went to the opening breakfast session thing and watched a few videos lead by Todd and Diane and got our ugly cry on. They really know how to tug at your heart strings!

And then this happened. And I still can’t decide if it was a dream or not because Brandi gave me my matching PHILLIP PHILLIPS T-SHIRT. I’m embarrassed to say how high my voice went as this unfolded.

We sat around, we chilled, we went to lunch, we chilled, we walked around, I’m TRYING NOT TO BORE YOU.

Pike says hi.

Later that evening we went to a fuu-uuu-uuun little Tasty Kitchen party where the carrot tequila drinks flowed and my brassiere showed. FANTASTIC.

Aren’t we a cute bunch of pigeons? We have me, Lisa, Amanda, Maria, Jessica, Jenny and Tracy.

Oh, and this woman you might know.

Ree and I are holding hands right outside of the bottom frame.

I’m just kidding.

Stripey baby bumps!

And then me and Lisa. Look how we’re glowing. THAT would be those carrot drinks. Well, not for her since she’s pregs. I’m rambling.

Two Peas and Auntie Ree. Oh that rhymed.

After the Tasty Kitchen party we went up to Heather Christo’s place and gushed over her house, her kids, her view, her life, her lips. I ended up singing 13,000 Disney songs to her little girl. It was caught on video. We’ll stop there.

Next morning, obvi.

After brunch we walked down to Pike Place Market and omg.


I know.


Yeah. I’m moving there in about 20 minutes. I just need to brush my hair real quick.

The day ended with the closing party, hosted by Ree, Jaden and Elise and I FORGOT to take pictures. But it was gorgeous. Beautiful lofty warehouse with lots of white lights, rustic tones, food and a bazillion drink stands.

And this was our last meal. Heather was awesome to play cab girl most of the weekend for us, and she took us to this great place called Palace Kitchen. And we had FRENCH fries, fondue, pasta, mussels, bread and I can’t even stand it.

Heather, will you adopt me? I’ll sing to your daughters? What’s that about a restraining order?

And then I went home.

All in all, it was a truly incredible weekend, seeing lots of old friends and making LOTS of new ones.





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50 Responses to BlogHer Food ’12

  1. Deborah June 13, 2012 at 8:48 am #
    So much fun!! I am so going next year!
  2. brandi June 13, 2012 at 8:50 am # where is this disney-song singing video? so excited i got to give you your shirt. next time i want to see you for more than 10 seconds! :)
  3. Kathryn June 13, 2012 at 8:56 am #
    This recap made me feel like I was packed in your suitcase for the trip.
  4. Cookbook Queen June 13, 2012 at 8:58 am #
    Soooo fun!!! Loved meeting yo' bad self. Totally dying over that shirt. In fact, I'm off to Google one.
  5. Cassie June 13, 2012 at 9:03 am #
    So wish I could have been there. Looks amazing!
  6. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven June 13, 2012 at 9:16 am #
    SOOOOOOO fun! I must, must, must go next year! :)
  7. Amy June 13, 2012 at 9:20 am #
    Ya'll are so fashionable! It's like an episode of Sex and the City. I would be such a fish out of water. Also? Everyone's mentioning wanting to kidnap Caleb - thank goodness I wasn't there or I think my ovaries would ache!
  8. Tracey June 13, 2012 at 9:23 am #
    Wonderful photos and a great looking group! :)
  9. Maria June 13, 2012 at 9:39 am #
    Great recap post! LOVED LOVED LOVED hanging out with you! Can't wait to see you again:) And please come visit SLC! Caleb said you HAVE TO!
  10. Cindy June 13, 2012 at 9:44 am #
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Seattle. I lived there for 8 years during the grunge years and I miss it daily. Great photos, Bev. I'm verklemped...
  11. Megan @ Country Cleaver June 13, 2012 at 10:06 am #
    I am so glad I got to meet you girls this weekend. Thanks for not making me feel like the awkward kid raising my hand in the air and shouting from the outside hahaha. You girls are all amazing - and I'm equally thrilled you loved our town - I expect to see you back here in t-minus 19 minutes. And you're coming wine tasting with me. Living in the wine capitol of Western Washington and all - it's a requirement.
  12. Cookie and Kate June 13, 2012 at 10:13 am #
    Looks like the best time ever. Look at you rubbing cheeks with Ree! I hope you intend to repeat this experience in Austin next year because I am cominngggg!
  13. Anna June 13, 2012 at 10:32 am #
    Looks like so much fun! And you are at least as posh as the rest of them, so there :)
  14. Katie June 13, 2012 at 10:32 am #
    Want to insert myself into this post like NOW.
  15. Kate June 13, 2012 at 10:33 am #
    Just wanted to say how much I adore your blog. I know several other bloggers have recapped this conference, and you managed to do so in an exciting and unique way. I wasn't bored, just jealous!! Plus, I also NEED one of those bloody marys right now if not sooner.
    • Bev Weidner June 13, 2012 at 11:41 am #
      Well gosh, Kate! Thank you so much! You truly have made my day. Your words, they go far. :)
  16. Stephaie @ Eat. Drink. Love. June 13, 2012 at 10:43 am #
    What a fun time!! Loved all the pictures!
  17. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids June 13, 2012 at 10:47 am #
    Loved your recap. And, Kristen just told me that the conference will be in Austin next year. You so better come. Because...whether I attend the conference or not, I will totally meet up with you for dinner. :)
  18. Diana June 13, 2012 at 11:01 am #
    I'm so thrilled you love my city!!! Come live in my bag here any time. We have endless amazing food here, seriously. I kind of can't keep up. By the way, the Space Needle's usually not that half stupid-orange. They painted the top that way temporarily to commemorate that 50 years ago the whole thing was stupid-orange. Pfffft!
  19. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite June 13, 2012 at 11:13 am #
    I'm hoping that next year I will be able to attend and meet all the fabulous food bloggers. We just bought a house and I'm expecting so this year's Blogher Food was out. Hopefully we can meet at next years!
  20. Averie @ Averie Cooks June 13, 2012 at 11:38 am #
    I don't know why I didn't make it happen. I am kicking myself seeing all these recaps and wishing I could have gone. I can only imagine how much you and your roomies had (HOW FUN!!) I would have loved to break bread (or bloody mary's) with all of you :)
  21. HeatherChristo June 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm #
    I am having the papers worked up right now. For the adoption, not the restraining order. I giggled through the whole post- I just love you Bev!
  22. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. June 13, 2012 at 12:19 pm #
    looks like a blast with all fun people!
  23. Rachel Cooks June 13, 2012 at 12:34 pm #
    So so so so much fun. *sigh* Come to MI tomorrow, we'll hang out :) I have a baby bump and I'm wearing stripes too right now. Weird.
  24. Ashley @ Hudson on the Potomac June 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm #
    So happy you had so much fun!! I'm so jealous!!! You look fab by the way! Oh and can I have that blue top? I don't care if it's see through, its super cute!
  25. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables June 13, 2012 at 12:55 pm #
    entertaining as always :) Hope I get to meet you someday!
  26. Karly June 13, 2012 at 1:11 pm #
    Oh, Bev. You just made me more jealous than I've ever been. This is even worse than that time in 8th grade when my BFF got a BUM shirt and I didn't have one. Ugh.
  27. Lisa | With Style and Grace June 13, 2012 at 1:36 pm #
    Haha, needle tower!! I was so confused that night until Betsy clarified. So funny! Can we please do this again? I'm holding onto these memores for a long LONG time! Miss your glowing face already! xoxo
  28. Jessica June 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm #
    Wish I had gotten to see you more Bev! Love this post ;-)
  29. Gerry @ Foodness Gracious June 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm #
    Great recap, looks and sounds like you had a blast!!
  30. Elizabeth June 13, 2012 at 2:22 pm #
    Whaaaaat?! Not even a picture of me in the background's like I was not even there! Ha! Ohhhh but I loved meeting you and I wished I could have chatted with you more but that conf. is ree-dic-u-lous and busy and so much was going on! Next time we eat together at least!
    • Bev Weidner June 14, 2012 at 6:38 am #
      I KNOW. I wish we could have seen more of each other! Next time, you're right. We EAT. It was so great seeing you though!
  31. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel June 13, 2012 at 2:25 pm #
    Sounds like a fantastic time!
  32. Amanda June 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm #
    Loved your recap!! Already missing you girls. Hope to see you again soon!! :) xoxo
  33. teresa June 13, 2012 at 4:05 pm #
    Okay Bev! This BHF write up totally gave me cold chills~in the HAPPIEST sort of way! You girls lived SEATTLE with a PASSION! Loved following your FUN and excitement! How much do I love that you and Jessica were together! Maybe I can get your autographs one day! ;) You're serious FOODIE stars in my Bainbridge Island eyes! LOVE this post! LOVE your passion for FOOD! LOVE your smile! Yep! I do! xo
  34. marla June 13, 2012 at 4:21 pm #
    I barely have time to pee + yet I hung on every word, photo + smile. Love it girl!! Looks like a FAB time in Seattle :) XO
  35. JulieD June 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm #
    So I had breakfast with Jenna on Sunday morning and Lisa this morning but didn't get to spend that much time with you and Jessica. :( Huge sadface! I'm already planning for Austin!! Glad you had fun!!! Love these pictures!
    • Bev Weidner June 13, 2012 at 6:01 pm #
      Julie, AGREED. I missed not spending good time with you. We'll have to make something work soon!
  36. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 13, 2012 at 5:15 pm #
    Looks like an amazing weekend! Such fun pictures!
  37. Jackie @ The Beeroness June 13, 2012 at 5:20 pm #
    I see my fingers in that beer shot. That makes me happy. Also, you are even more adorable than I could have expected. Also, that makes me happy.
  38. Jennifer | Mother Thyme June 14, 2012 at 7:11 am #
    Sounds like an amazing time! You make me want to jump on a plane and head to Seattle. :) Love seeing this through your lens. Fabulous recap!
  39. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen June 14, 2012 at 8:55 am #
    This might be the best recap of bhf!! So fun :) I loved the stripey preggos- gosh I adore them both!!
  40. Kara June 15, 2012 at 11:35 am #
    Looks like you had a great time! I've only been to Seattle once. I need to go back soon!
  41. kristine June 15, 2012 at 5:13 pm #
    i love this. you're hilarious. so glad you went and it was amazing!!! you look GORGEOUS in the pic of you and ree!! so fun!
  42. carly {carlyklock} June 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm #
    Loved reading this - so jealous!
  43. Jen June 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm #
    I too loved Seattle! I joked that if my kids had come with me, I might not have bothered coming home! The food at Purple was OMG amazing, the views spectacular, and I met some of the most incredible bloggers EVAH!
  44. Lilly March 16, 2013 at 11:44 am #
    Where can i get one of those Phillip Phillips shirts?
  45. sarah November 16, 2017 at 9:59 am #
    So wish I could have been there. Looks amazing!


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