Coffee Time with BlogHer Food Recap

by aimee @ shugarysweets on June 14, 2013

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I’ve got a special edition of Coffee Time today. Last weekend I had the opportunity to attend BlogHer Food in Austin, TX. Did you follow along on Instagram?

Oh my goodness, you people in Austin know food. I fell in love with your little city upon arrival! Today’s coffee time will feature some of the fun things I learned, saw, and ATE!

MOST DROOL WORTHY PHOTO: In Austin, there are food trailers everywhere with some of the most amazing food you will ever eat. Seriously. Along with a group of my blog BFF’s, we stopped at Gourdough’s Donuts. There are no words to describe, so visit the website for descriptions of these amazing treats. In a couple weeks, I will be recreating my favorite donut (along with nearly a dozen other bloggers, so stay tuned)!

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I’m Lovin It: At the conference there were booths set up in the lobby area. I spent quite some time hanging out with this bunch of crazy Keurig people (as you can see Jocelyn from BruCrew Life was with me at all times). They were so much fun, and they let me sample nearly every flavor of their “brew over ice” k-cups without judgement. Thank you to Megan and her gang!! Be sure to visit THIS POST if you want to enter to win your own Keurig with k-cups!

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Dinner Inspiration: One of my other favorite food trailers was the Torchy’s Tacos. I could eat there every single day. No joke. I tried the fried avocado taco, the chicken fajita taco and they also had fried cookie dough. OMG. This will all be on my dinner menu this week because I am going through Torchy’s withdrawal!

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What’s New:  Another booth had these delicious Dole frozen bananas dipped in chocolate. At only 100 calories a pack, they were the perfect little breakfast (and snack all day long)! It was also convenient that they were located next to the Keurig booth.

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How about I bombard you with some photos now?

First, special thanks to my Crunchpak sponsors! Thanks to them, part of my trip was paid for! Plus, CrunchPak threw the best party of the conference! The food was amazing, the venue (Parkside) was perfect, and the swag and photo booth were so fun!

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**Krista and Tony from Crunchpak**

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**Crunchpak Party: display, swag and delicious dessert, made with apples of course!**

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**Blog BFF’s: Jocelyn, Ashton, (me), Dorothy…photo booth fun!**

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**Hayley (OMG LOVE HER), Me, Jocelyn, Sarah (so sweet!!!)

Other noteworthy events…We started our trip with a visit to Hey, Cupcake! The owner was awesome and even posed in a picture for us. Kristen was my lifesaver, she picked us up from the airport (4kids in tow) and showed us the town and brought us to our hotel! That’s some mega hospitality! THANK YOU Kristen!

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If you do find yourself signed up for a food conference, make sure you get the best roommates! I was so lucky to room with three of the best girls around. Not only were they fun to hang out with, but they helped in making connections with brands and other bloggers! Can you say wingman? Seriously, these ladies made the conference all the better. Thanks girls!

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**Nikki, Jocelyn, Karly, and me**

blogherI met Ree and her sister Betsy at the conference. These are the nicest people. I mean, who has the patience to stop and take a photo with EVERYONE while all you really want to do is drink a margarita. Thanks Ree and Betsy for inviting me to the Tasty Kitchen party! I enjoyed meeting you both (of course!) and the food was awesome too. And, in case you readers are wondering, Marlboro Man is handsome in real life too….

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**Karly, Erin, Jocelyn, Me, Amanda, Jenny…thank you Karly, Erin and Amanda for hanging out at the airport too!**

There are so many more pictures I could show you! I met so many people and ate a ton of food. An embarrassing amount of food. But, I am afraid of leaving someone (or a donut) out of the roundup! So to everyone, thank you for making my first conference amazing. Thank you Kristen for teaching me (and a room full of others) about twitter!! I can’t wait to do this again!

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Kayle (The Cooking Actress) June 14, 2013 at 10:14 am

OMG so much fun!!! (and ahhh isn’t Hayley the best!!?)
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Yes. Yes she is :)
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Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen June 14, 2013 at 10:31 am

Wonderful and enthusiastic recap, girl! Glad you had so much fun, plenty of good eats and learned some great blogging tips! xo
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:27 pm

It was a blast! I’m looking forward to next year!
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Eva @ Eva Bakes June 14, 2013 at 10:40 am

Looks like an awesome time! Wish I could have gone too!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:28 pm

Between the networking with other bloggers and the brands, it’s worth trying to go! maybe next year?!?!?!
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cassie - bake your day June 14, 2013 at 11:18 am

So glad to meet you and thank you again for coming to our luggage rescue on Thursday! Can’t wait to see you again!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:29 pm

haha! You’re quite welcome. It was no biggie, seriously! Next time hopefully I will schedule in more down time to chat with ya!!
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Kelly @ HIdden Fruits and Veggies June 14, 2013 at 11:27 am

Wow, that looks like so much fun! Thanks for making me incredibly jealous :) Glad you had a good time
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:30 pm

It was great (clearly)! Maybe next year?
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Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking June 14, 2013 at 11:46 am

What a great recap! So glad you enjoyed my town! I was there too, but I guess we just kept missing each other. I wish we could have met!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm

Ahhh, you were there? I wish we could have met too! Bummer!! And yes, LOVED your town!
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Cathy Pollak ~ Noble Pig June 14, 2013 at 11:59 am

Austin was just too fun!!! I miss all the indulgence!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Ditto Cathy!!!
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Tracey @ The Kitchen is My Playground June 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

So glad you (and all the other ladies!) had such a great time, Aimee! I have blog conference envy. :-) Oh, and doughnut envy, FOR SURE!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:35 pm

yes, definitely have doughnut envy. They were phenomenal!!
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Averie @ Averie Cooks June 14, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Thanks for sharing all your pics! I saw the one of you in pink shorts on other people’s blogs and I meant to tell you that you are in amazing!! shape!!! Four kids and all those desserts and you look 17 :) Nice job, mama!!

And that donut pic. WOW! I can only imagine the recreations you’re going to come up with!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Thanks girl! I’m super excited to recreate those donuts!
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Lark June 14, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I did follow along on IG and I was wishing I was right there beside all you lovely ladies! I am for sure going to be there next year! (Hopefully with sponsor’s!)
Thanks for sharing this, I look forward to reading & seeing more… more!

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Oh Lark, it would be awesome to meet you!! And definitely you can get sponsors!!
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marcie@flavor the moments June 14, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Austin looked like a wildly good time. Maybe I’ll make the conference next year. All that food woulda done me in….but I still woulda eaten it!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

You should definitely try to attend next year! It was so awesome. Plus, I’d love to meet ya girl!!
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Liz @ The Lemon Bowl June 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Such a fun recap – love all of your photos!!! I hope we get to cross paths again soon!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Yes definitely! I need to schedule more down time, I felt like I didn’t get a huge chance to connect with some bloggers I wanted to chat with (like you!!!) PS. You look amazing and beautiful! Especially being pregnant, you certainly glow :)
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Chandra@The Plaid and Paisley Kitchen June 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm

This was seriously the best weekend I can ever remember having! Silly Mustaches on us and all!!! I agree with everything in your re-cap! Now it’s just another 12 months away to the next one!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:41 pm

I can’t wait for next year! I’m so glad I got to meet you Chandra. You’re a sweet girl with an infectious smile :)
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nessa June 14, 2013 at 5:10 pm

Love all the pics :)

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Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen June 14, 2013 at 5:40 pm

Ahhhhhh I SO wanted to be there! Next year for sure!
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Meghan @ The Tasty Fork June 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm

I’ve always wanted to go to Austin — mainly for the food!! I think Chicago is a total food town, but I’m open to some competition. I must go ASAP!! And go to BlogHer Food next year!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Fingers crossed that BlogHer Food is back in chicago soon :) And yes, you need to go next year :)
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Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet June 14, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Sounds like you guys had a wonderful time!!
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Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust June 15, 2013 at 10:22 am

It was so much fun last weekend! I can’t wait until the next time we can all hang out together. :)
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 19, 2013 at 7:59 am

I know! More down time is needed for sure!
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Des @ Life's Ambrosia June 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

It was nice meeting you in Austin and I am loving your recap :) I didn’t get a chance to try torchys but everyone keeps talking about those dang avocado tacos. I am feeling like I need to hop on a plane just to get myself one.
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 17, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Oh those tacos…those amazing tacos…
It was so great to meet you too Desiree!!!
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Megan @ The Pink Flour June 18, 2013 at 12:37 pm

What a fun trip! And talk about food heaven…how awesome! I’m so jealous and hope I can make it to Blogher Food one of these days :) Thanks for sharing!

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aimee @ shugarysweets June 19, 2013 at 7:59 am

It would be so fun to meet you Megan!
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Danielle June 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm

That sounds like such a fun, wonderful trip – so ultra jealous!!! I almost went, but last minute changed :( The food sounds AMAZING – now I’m wanting some of those donuts!!!
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aimee @ shugarysweets June 20, 2013 at 7:10 am

Oh bummer! As for the donuts, next week I’ll be recreating my favorite recipe here on the blog…with links to nearly a dozen other bloggers who recreated their favorites. You can make them at home :)
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