After some rejuvenation at the hotel, we had worked up an appetite for some partying!
The cocktail party was set up on a beautiful terrace –
As usual, you gotta get a drink in your hand to start the evening –
Jenna said it was a good night for cosmos. I concurred.
I actually wasn’t really in a drinking mood and only had a few sips of my drink before I abandoned it.
The alcohol was a plenty but the food was sparse!
The party was sponsored by Campbell’s + Swanson’s and all of the appetizers were recipes made with one or the other (semi-homemade style)
Butternut Squash + Sage Soup. These were my favorite
I had two shots!
Braised Beef + Veggies (which was actually really good!). Shared this one with Tina.
Chicken Skewer [This photo was taking after dark. I couldn't even seen the object, but look what my camera can do!!]
And sliders – had two of these.
And a Manhattan!
Extra sweet. I sipped on this but didn’t finish it either.
By far the best menu item were the Tomato Soup Cupcakes. They tasted like carrot cake! Had two of these too
The party food was good, but when you put 300 hungry foodies in a room with passed hors d’oeurvres, there are going to be some fights! We debated going for a "real" dinner at a restaurant (mainly for fresh salads) but decided our second [third in some cases] cupcakes would fill us up enough. We were all a little disappointed in the food throughout the day. I can see how the sponsors want to get their products in our mouths, but I think even Campbell’s would agree there are appropriate times for canned goods and times when we need the real deal – especially at a food event like this one!
As they often are, this after party was totally rockin’!!!! Unlike the official Blogher party, we were bombarded with passed apps – but by this point I was full and had moved on to DESSERT! [Although I did have a bite of one app]
The site Foodzie, "an online marketplace where you can discover and buy food directly from small passionate food producers and growers" was there sampling a selection of desserts. I tried a bite of almost all of them –
Pecan Coconut Bars, which were to-die-for
These Toffee Milk Chocolate Chip Cookies were the best ever – they tasted just like cookie dough!
Scharffen Berger Chocolates was another sponsor and had these amazing dark chocolate mousse towers. I had about 1/4 of one shared. SO amazing.
And came home with some for later!
Jenna’s friend Rocky was pouring Murphy-Goode and La Crema – two of my favorites!
I had a taste of two, but again, I just wasn’t in the mood for alcohol so I didn’t finish them.
Isn’t she gorgeous!
HP was also a sponsor and had some of their computers available for playing. I tried out a new touch screen one and wow – going on next year’s birthday wish list. SO COOL. Like a giant iPhone. I was especially excited to try out the calendar, of course, which syncs with Google Calendar!
The 3 of us were so tied, so we left around 9 to walk back to our hotel. But we didn’t come home empty handed. This was by far the coolest swag bag ever!
Goodies from CHEFS!!!! Knives, spatulas, kitchen timer, ice cream scoop and more!
But by far the coolest was this Bodum french press – TO GO! You just press and then drink it right in the cup. NEAT-O!
Enter 7 hours of solid sleep
Due to a hotel mixup, we were 3 people sharing 1 queen bed room last night. Poor Tina slept on the floor while Jenna and I slept like rocks side by side in our sleep masks and ear plugs We’re still on East Coast time, so we said if we woke up early we’d say "blog" to see if the other was awake. Sure enough, at 5:51AM, just after Tina left for the airport I muttered, "Blog?" Haha.
We’re currently drinking coffee and blogging in bed
We tried out the Starbucks VIA instant coffees and were very impressed.
I ate this banana too.
I"ve got a blogger run scheduled at 7:26 and then breakfast with more girls at 9AM next to the hotel. I’m not sure how well I"m going to do on this run – my body is rather annoyed with me right now and doesn’t seem to have much energy. Can’t wait to get back in the health groove.
My flight’s at 11:30 so you probably won’t see me again until tonight – unless I get some free wireless somewhere
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my friend Amanda!!!