Blogher Food Parties

After the sessions yesterday I relaxed in the room until Amie ( tweeted me luring me to her room. She had a party going on and had a ton of wine, cheese and COOKIES.IMG_1967 (600x800) (2)

She knows I’m searching the world for the best chocolate chip cookie and gave me one to try. She knows how to sell it!IMG_1968 (600x800) (2)

She was headed out the door and sent me on my way with a HUGE chocolate chip cookie and a glass cup of red wine.

Dinner of champions?IMG_1969 (800x600) (2)*I ate half the cookie and only took a sip of the wine since Tina walked in right then and we rushed out the door to the parties.

One of the unique things about Blogher conferences are all the company sponsored parties. Tina and I were invited to 2 parties that overlapped so we decided to hit up both.

It’s cold in Seattle and we were walked to the first event that was .3 miles away <- not far, but cold in a dress. So, Tina and I wore our walking shoes and sweatshirts to the event:IMG_5830 (800x600)

Then, made a quick switch at the door to be a little more presentable. (Although, I’m sure the shoe change at the front door wasn’t exactly classy. Oh well.)

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The first party was the Silkology party at RN 74. It was sponsored by Silk – the soy milk peeps.IMG_1970 (800x600) (2)

Upon arrival we got a VIP pass and were able to enjoy all the appetizers and drinks…IMG_1972 (600x800) (2)

Including my personal favorite – falafel (which was kinda dry)IMG_1977 (800x600) (2)

Tempura mushrooms (amazing sauce!)IMG_1988 (800x600) (2)

and a whole spread of other delicacies IMG_1994 (800x600) (2)

I tried a purple cauliflower!IMG_1995 (800x600) (2)

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But the real point of the party was to try Silk’s new recipes. They have a few ideas for alcoholic beverages and thought these two borrachas would be perfect to review them…IMG_5853 (600x800)We were given instructions to try any/all of the silk signature cocktails, so we stuck by the bar to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes SmileIMG_1980 (800x600) (2)

We tried the Iced Spiced first…IMG_1982 (600x800) (2)

It reminded me of eggnog – probably because of the nutmeg garnish. It had tequila instead of rum or it would probably have been a dead ringer for nog!IMG_1991 (800x600) (2)

Given that it’s summer (in SoCal) it felt weird to drink egg nog last night, so that threw me off. It was good, but I wasn’t in the mood.IMG_1990 (600x800) (2)

Then, I tried the Colorado flower one – great presentation and great taste!IMG_1974 (800x600)IMG_1997 (600x800) (2)

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After a few cocktails we headed over to Purple Café for the Stonyfield partyIMG_2000 (800x600) (2)

This place has a great tower of wine in the middle. I love the romatic-al feel  of this place! It’s not ideal for food blogging picture taking though…IMG_2002 (800x600) (2)

Even though I ate three pounds of purple cauliflower and tempura mushrooms I had to have two crab cakes because I LOVE THEM. Crab cakes, my old running path and Kristin/Matt are the only things I miss about Maryland.IMG_2004 (800x600) (2)

I ordered a glass of white white that I nursed most of the night. IMG_2006 (600x800) (2)

I basically fell asleep standing up at this point and woke to a Shades of Grey dream…

The guy across the street from the bar was walking around his place shirtless. He totally knew we were watching him. We’re pervs. Okay, just me.IMG_2015 (800x600)

Then, I passed out and woke up 7 glorious hours later in my new Silkology shirt.

I somehow managed to talk Tina out of going to Crossfit this morning and run with me again. (<— that is not easy to do!)

We ran about 5.5 miles in the cool drizzly weather. It rained a little on our parade, but not too bad.

Want to run in downtown Seattle?

I’m horrible with directions, but here’s an easy tip.IMG_2030 (800x600)

We ran down towards the water and there is a path that goes on for a few miles. At the front desk of some hotels you can get a map, but it’s easy as long as you stay on this path. IMG_2019 (800x600)

When you see the naked guy, keep going, naked sam

Unless you’re a happy hooker. Then you might want to stick around…IMG_2022 (600x800)

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We stopped our run early to find some iced coffee. Hey, when you’re in coffee town USA you have to enjoy it! IMG_2033 (800x600)IMG_2039 (800x600)

This place – Specialty Café is near our hotel and lured us in with delicious smells.IMG_2048 (800x600)

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All my willpower for the next 4.2 years is now gone as I used it up to resist buying this cinnamon roll. IMG_2044 (800x600)

They actually didn’t have iced coffee so I got a Mexican/AmericanoIMG_2049 (800x600)

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After a hot shower to warm up, we headed to breakfast. It was another amazing spread!IMG_2064 (800x600)IMG_2057 (800x600)IMG_2052 (800x600)

I had to grab one of these because I’ve never tried cashew butter and that’ my favorite nut!IMG_2056 (800x600)

Eh, wasn’t my thing so much.IMG_2067 (800x600)

I piled my plate high with tons of watermelon. I was actually pretty late to breakfast, so I figured most people had already eaten.IMG_2065 (800x600)

Watermelon + cherries / Monica = 0 for you.

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I also paid a visit to the Chobani booth for another hit.IMG_2069 (600x800)

Now I’m living blogging for a session – details to come!


  1. says

    Your ability to resist that epic cinnamon roll makes you a total champion. I’m pretty good at resisting, and even I would have probably given in to that…looks amazing (and huge)! That thing could feed a family of four, haha.

  2. says

    Nah you ain’t the only who changes shoes at the door…I usually walk from my car to the office in my sandals and switch it up at my desk. And all those food pics are killing me! Stop it Monica! LOL!

  3. says

    I’m tempted to bust out my chocolate Silk almond milk and go to the liquor cabinet to see what I can come up with…

    I’m going to have to pay attention next time BlogHer holds something in Atlanta – it looks like so much fun!

  4. Bethany says

    I ran that same route last week on my visit to Seattle. We are moving there from Boston. I did 10 miles one day, just stay on the path past the school bus lot and train tracks.

  5. says

    So many awesome pictures and so many awesome comments come to mind that I don’t know where to start. Sounds like a great trip!

  6. says

    I don’t know why it stuck out to me the most – but I LOVE purple cauliflower. I can’t wait until the vendors at the farmer’s market get some in.

  7. says

    They have Specialty’s Cafes around Southern California near or within corporate office buildings – I didn’t expect them to be that good, but they have the most AMAZING turkey pesto sandwich!

  8. Alexis says

    The food looks delicious and thats a gorgeous dress you have on to go to the party. i might need to go shopping in your closet :) glad you had fun

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