Photo via Amanda
Early last month I had the opportunity to travel to Park City, UT for the Better Blog Retreat hosted by Maria of Two Peas and Their Pod and Heidi of Foodie Crush. The pictures do not even do justice to the amazing time we had. We laughed, learned, ate, exercised, got pampered and ate some more. I feel so lucky to have spent the weekend with these amazingly talented women. I truly love my job. See bottom of post for a link to all of these gals.
I met these two adorable girls at the airport to start our fun in Park City. Left: Rachel, Me and Amanda.
Photo via Amanda
Ok, seriously this house?! This is where we got to stay in Park City courtesy of Anthology.
Photo via Amanda
Amanda and I shared this gorgeous room together with all kinds of goodies waiting for us on the bed.
Photo via Sandy
Sandy made us the most delicious Baked Brie using Harry and David products. We were in hog heaven. Look at the foodie paparazzi, lo!
Our first evening in Park City, it started snowing! Dara and I walked arm in arm in the snow to dinner. I used my scarf as a hat, lol!
Photo via Amanda
We woke up to a winter wonderland outside! Amanda caught the snow perfectly here.
One morning we had a Chobani yogurt bar and one morning we had Dine and Dish’s fabulous waffles. Mmm!
Most of the time we spent gathered around the living room talking and learning from each other.
Sweet Tooth Fairy spoiled us rotten with cookies, cupcakes and cake bites. Oh baby!
One afternoon we got pampered by Zante Spa with mini massages, manicures and foot massages.
Photo via Amanda
Before our last dinner together we got some group pictures! Love these women!
More silliness snapping pictures
Right photo via Maria
Our dinner table was so beautiful. We had the most lovely dinner prepared by the Deer Valley Resort Chef. I’m still dreaming about it!
Photo via Amanda
Thank you so much to all of our sponsors: Anthology, Chobani, DeLallo, KitchenAid, Deer Valley, OXO, Whole Foods, Wisconsin Cheese, Harry and David and many more. Thank you for providing us the best weekend!
Tags: Fair Food, fried, Orange County Fair
Cullen says: Having only moved to California 4.5 years ago, we’re not too privy on the history and tradition of the OC Fair. This past week, our boys had a baseball camp right across the street so we couldn’t resist on doing a review of some of the food that sits hot and ready to be consumed by non-calorie counting people. All rules are left at the gate when it comes to food at the OC Fair. Over exaggeration is probably the theme when it comes to cooking or preparing recipes for the fair. Here we’ll show you some of the food we tried.
We arrived at 10:10am on a Saturday, the 2nd day it was open. Not crowded at all. Perhaps, everyone is at the beach, or it was because this just opened yesterday. Did you know if you show up on Saturday or Sunday between 10am to 11am, fair admission is only $3 per person for ages 6 and up. Age 5 and less than are free. This is a huge discount as adults, 13+ are normally $11 and children 6 to 12 are $6. We saved $22 for the 4 of us just for being bright and early. Also, before we ate even the smallest granule of sugar, we spent $22 for tickets and parking, the latter being $10.
Right as we walked in, we ran into The Snout v2.o or The Grilled Cheese truck which is owned by BACON MANia Food Truck. We skipped over trying their staple Jack Back Sammie, which is a twice grilled bacon cheese sandwich for their more outrageous Spaghetti Doodle (pictured below). We should have gone for their staple but outrageous is the name of the game today.
Spaghetti inside a grilled cheese just didn’t tickle us pink and we thought it was just Ok. In the end, the Spaghetti Doodle just wasn’t outrageous enough for us. At least now we know about the BACON MANia Food Truck and will be on a lookout for them in the OC area. This baby runs you $9 and we give it a 5 out of 10. Good but didn’t blow us away.
Jenny says: Bacon A-Fair was next up. They had about anything and everything you could think of wrapped in bacon. They said their bacon wrapped portobello kebab was one of their favorite items, but for $15 a kebab, I decided to pass on that. Lots of other things to choose from.
Bacon A-Fair’s giant bacon wrapped turkey legs smoking on the grill looked delicious if you ask me.
The boys and I thought the obvious choice was chocolate covered bacon. The chocolate was really thick for the thin piece of bacon, but that’s just me being critical. It tasted good to us.
The bacon wrapped hot dog was quite tasty. Talk about a juicy smoky hot diggity dog on a stick. We were happy with this choice.
I was on the hunt for Chicken Charlie’s after hearing about his crazy Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe Sandwich. We tried at least a half dozen menu items, let’s take a look at our madness.
We saw them grilling these chicken kebabs outside of their food station. They looked delicious, but unfortunately the one we ordered was overcooked and dry. Maybe you’ll have better luck.
Who on earth thinks of a Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joe?! Well, you know we had to try it. Surprisingly it was pretty good. I was scared of the sweet and savory aspect being too extreme, but it wasn’t. Our only complaint is that they gave us a cold “sloppy joe” center. I thought maybe it was supposed to be cold and they later said it should be hot. Make sure yours is hot
Too weird? You decide, haha!
Deep fried Oreo’s have been a state fair staple for a few years now. Always a treat.
The deep fried avocados were just ok. I wouldn’t order them again.
We all agreed the deep fried bacon wrapped pickles were REALLY good. Sounds kinda weird, but totally worth the calories.
The huge surprise of our day of eating goes to the deep fried Klondike Bar. I’m not even a fan of Klondike Bars but something magical happens when it gets deep fried, no joke. The melting ice cream center makes the whole treat worth it. Yum, I want another!
Cullen insisted on the char-broiled corn. He raved about it. If you are into corn, we recommend this place. It was directly across from Chicken Charlie’s.
As if we were not stuffed to the gills, we passed by the homemade cinnamon roll booth in the exhibit hall. I ordered…..extra frosting.
I am not going to lie, even being really full, this was a darn good cinnamon roll. Do it.
A little later in our day at the fair, we picked up a waffle cone ice cream sandwich from this colorful place.
With sprinkles! It was half dipped in chocolate. 2 nice thin waffle cones. Cullen was the one who ate this one. He gave it 2 thumbs up, but would have preferred no sprinkles. Party pooper!
A little game stop. Cullen won Brady this AZ State Basketball he wanted so badly.
I was also on the hunt for the Texas Maple Bacon Donut. For obvious reasons, lol!
It’s hard to tell from this picture, but it really is the size of your head. Massive and absolutely delicious. This baby will run you just under $10 so make sure you are hungry for it.
The boys and I rode the sky rider back to the front of the park where I got this shot. It’s always fun to go to your County Fair and I will gladly eat as many crazy fried foods as humanly possible. Hope you’ve enjoyed our review of Where to Eat at the Orange County Fair. Chances are you can find the same grub at your local county fair
Our tip: Go knowing you are going to eat like crazy and share a bunch of items with friends/family so you get to try a little of everything.
Jun 13, 2013 | Tags: Blogher Food Conference 2013
What a fun weekend in Austin, TX! The BlogHer Food Conference 2013 was smack dab in the middle of downtown Austin where hundreds of food bloggers across the country gathered together to learn, socialize and EAT. When you see my pictures below you’ll definitely understand what I mean about eating. Boy did we eat, lol!
If you follow me on Instagram, you got a live preview of my weekend. For those of you who didn’t, take a peek at what we were up to!
May 24, 2013
What a weekend in Orlando! The Food Blog Forum took place at Disney World May 18th and bloggers from around the country joined together for a weekend full of food and fun. You know I can’t resist Disney, so I gladly endured the 5 hour flight to partake in the fun. So glad I did!
How gorgeous does FL look from the air? Was so excited to get started with the festivities.
I was aboard the Disney Magical Express Shuttle Bus headed for my hotel. So close!!
May 3, 2013 | Tags: Big Traveling Potluck
This past weekend I had the opportunity to attend The Big Traveling Potluck which is a food blog conference/event that was held in Temecula, CA. My friends Amanda and Angie flew down a day early and we may have had a dessert fest. See below, lol! Oh yah, what you see above is a chocolate chip cookie dough milkshake from the Shake Shack in Crystal Cove. It overlooks the beach. Such a fun spot.
Jun 26, 2012
I had the opportunity to head to Kansas City with a group of wonderful bloggers to learn all about Gold Medal Flour who I’m partnering with this Fall. What an exciting wheat filled 2 days we had. This first photo was taken at a wheat farm. How fun is that? Let’s take a look at my trip.
We stayed at the lovely Raphael Hotel. The room was adorable!
I kind of LOVE Room Service and enjoyed
Jun 15, 2012
What a whirwind of a weekend Amanda and I had last week. I thought for sure since we had a good 5 nights in Seattle that this trip would seem nice and long, but nope, it went by in the blink of an eye.
BlogHer Food Conference was going on which is why we came out. We didn’t go to any sessions, but rather ran around town to eat and see our way through Seattle and caught some fun parties too. Let’s take a look at our fun-filled weekend
Mar 20, 2012 | Tags: FBF Orlando
Last weekend I flew out to Orlando for a Food Blogging Conference, The Food Blog Forum. The conference is put together by Jaden of Steamy Kitchen, Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple and Julie of The Little Kitchen. These people are downright incredible and made the best weekend happen. It’s hard for me to even know where to start because of all the fun we had. I will let my pictures do the talking, let’s take a look.
I arrived Friday evening right before our opening party at the gorgeous Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. I met my roomie Angie of Bakerella at our hotel and we hustled over. As you can see, we had a beautiful arrangement of good eats ready for us.
Jan 12, 2012 | Tags: chocolate, copycat recipe, hot chocolate
A few weeks ago I was in NYC for literally less than 24 hours and one of the only things I was able to squeeze in other than what I was there for was a visit to Serendipity for one of my favorite treats…..the Frozen Hot Chocolate. It is massive, chocolaty and perfectly ice-y.
When I got back home I told the boys all about the treat I had and said I would re-create our own version! So…..I got to work
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