Had A Blast! BlogHer Food Conference in Atlanta…

I have to admit that sometimes blogging can be boring. At least for me… when I am trapped in between my oven and cutting board, or on my bed writing away the recipes and stories, I feel like I am on an island. Hi, anyone there reading the posts?

For those of you who do not know me, I am somewhere between an extrovert and an introvert. I can not handle the loud, crowded places or very intense, always go-go-go type people,  however I do love to get out and meet people, hang out, and attend events. I prefer going to the office instead of working from home. Human interaction is what keeps me going… well, most of the time…

With Molly O’Neill

D. Lebovitz sitting at the back table and Jaden standing (with red, flowy top), and Sommer in front

So BlogHer Conference was exactly what I needed to get energized!There was nothing boring about this conference!  Learned a lot about writing, recipes, photography and technical stuff (now I know what SEO is!).

But more importantly, I loved being in the same room with the people who “gets” this blogging thing, and meeting with my personal celebrities: David Leite, David Lebovitz, Molly O’Neill, Aran Goyoaga, Jaden Hair

And finally met some old friends face to face and made new ones:  Sommer, Prerna, Marly, Grace, Jeannette, Sabrina … Love these women! They are so much fun, interesting, and friendly.

And something happened on Friday night that had not happened to me before! I won a Le Creuset pot at the Tasty Kitchen Party. The Pioneer Woman was not there but I got to have my picture taken with her sister! This is probably as close as I can get to Ree!

The Pioneer Woman’s sister Betsy and me

Sabrina from The Tomato Tart … Lovely, lovely lady!

Prerna (Indian Simmer)… I am so sad she is moving away from Charlotte!

Irvin (Eat the Love) giving a quick crash course on some camera gadgets to Sommer, Marly, Grace and Jeannette

Can’t wait to meet with everyone again! Blogging does not feel like being on an island anymore! See you guys next year and thanks BlogHer for putting together such a fantastic conference!


  1. by Jeanette
    10:43 pm
    May 25, 2011

    Ilke, it was so nice to spend some time with you at BlogHer Food – you are a sweetheart! Looking forward to seeing what you cook up!

  2. by Sabrina Modelle
    11:49 pm
    May 25, 2011

    Writing can certainly be a lonely endeavor, but you have friends and readers out here. I was also so happy to finally meet you. What a lovely treat. I just wish we’d have had a bit more time together.

  3. by Ilke
    5:16 am
    May 26, 2011

    It was so good to meet you too ladies!
    Sabrina, I wish we had more time too! Maybe I can make a trip to SF sometime and we can spend time without a conference agenda!

  4. by Parsley Sage
    7:39 am
    May 26, 2011

    Sounds like you had an incredible time! I’m very jealous :) Can’t wait to see some of those tips of the trade pop up on your blog!

  5. by Marly
    8:08 am
    May 26, 2011

    It was great to meet you too! Meeting people like you was exactly what I was looking for from this conference. I agree with you – it was a great conference – packed with informative sessions…and lots of goodies too! Looking forward to staying in touch!

  6. by Shelley Lucas
    8:41 pm
    May 26, 2011

    Oh, lucky you! It sounds like you had a fantastic time! I hope to make Blogher Food one day. Maybe next year. How cool that you got to meet so many bloggers in real life. You’re right- it’s nice to know that real, love people are out there reading about all your hard work.

  7. by Asım Usta
    4:12 am
    May 27, 2011

    A Turkish Chef reading the adventures and experiences of a socially active and a very cute Turkish girl in the US. Keep it up lady. It makes me very proud to see people like you. Selamlar…

  8. by Drick
    10:00 pm
    May 27, 2011

    sounds like you had a great time, learned a thing or two too, so glad you got to go..
    I have cooked several types of chorizo before, most all made with pork and to my finding, most cook much the same as southern sausage (bulk type) not sure what brand or if yours was a homemade kind, but I have not had that to happen… let me know if yours maybe contained a high ratio of fat causing it to go away or melt in your case….

  9. by Geni
    3:16 am
    May 28, 2011

    I’m so jealous. Thanks for sharing becauuse it looks like so much fun!

  10. by marla
    11:42 pm
    May 29, 2011

    This is such a happy re-cap post. Awesome how energizing & fun it can be to learn so many new things from like minded people :)

  11. by Prerna@IndianSimmer
    2:04 pm
    May 30, 2011

    Even I am sad that as soon as we met I had to leave but conference like these will come again and we’ll get to see each other soon. Yay!! Was so good seeing you as always :-)


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