IFBC 2018, New Orleans or You Ought to Be in Pictures

Despite not feeling my best, I was blessed to have, at least, endeavored to take pictures – a little over 900.  It sounds like a lot but over a five-day period, that’s only 180 pictures per day, which really isn’t a lot. I’ll write in more detail in some later posts.  Here, though, is a…

CA State Fair 2018: Fasting Fridays AKA U Can’t Touch This

Corn dogs and tacos and fudge, oh my!  Can’t forget the latest in deep-fried foods.  Point me to the roast turkey legs, kettle corn and chocolate-covered bacon.  It’s the annual CA State Fair; all bets are off as far as dining options are concerned. Oh, wait.  I’m wrong. It’s Friday. So what? It’s Friday, and…

CA State Fair 2018: Girls (and Guys!) Just Wanna Have Fun

California State Fair 2018, woohoo!  It’s been years since Gabriel and I went so there have been a few additions, such as food/beverage experience classes (for a nominal fee) and the nightly silent disco (included with cost of fair admission).  I’ll do some detail posts later but, for now, here is a photo summary of…

Slow Food Book Club AKA “You Were Auden on My Mind”

You’d think that a gathering with food to discuss topics regarding food would be a sure thing for me – Book on food?  Deal me in!  Shared food?  Of course!  Uh, not so quick says “EIHH” (aka Extreme Introvert and Happy Homebody). Okay, I have to mention that this was only my second time attending…

Something about Stocking Your Kitchen (realistically)

I started writing this post six months ago about initially stocking your kitchen/building your pantry and stopped when I realized it was already too long. Rather than edit it, I think I’ll stand by what I wrote.  I realize I’m not following the rules of holding reader interest (don’t make the paragraphs too long) but,…

Mini Pumpkin Pumpkin Pies Failure

So, I guess this isn’t really a recipe review as the pumpkin pie mixture tasted fine.  No, this is my PSA on how not to do pumpkin pie inside mini pumpkins.  Don’t you hate it when you see a fabulous food photo then your effort turns out a colossal failure?  I’m just glad I did…

IFBC Live Blogging and 70’s (Teen???) Idol Rex Smith

“30 seconds left to wrap it up!” I jolt in my seat as I involuntarily twitch from a last burst of frenzied activity.  Darn medication sure doesn’t help my nerves. Ha-ha, just tweeted in time.  One down.  Oh, oops, forgot to include the picture again.  Okay, I’ll try again. “Time’s up.  Switch!” No, wait.  Gotta…

IFBC 2017: Day Two, God and the Rubber Poop Monster

As I sit here trying to come up with a compelling hook, I’m reminded of Kevin Smith.  How many people would say that Kevin Smith comes to mind as a motivator? (well, the person who chose Tom Cruise as her hero for a 9th grade English writing assignment, I guess; I’ll admit, though, that for…

IFBC 2017: Day One, Reader’s Digest Condensed Version

So, I’m writing the first couple of paragraphs of my obligatory IFBC post and realizing that it is freaking boring.  It’s hard enough to be creative of my own volition while still being interesting but quite a different story when I have to do it (three blog posts on the conference in exchange for the…

Two Months! Franklin Walk with Me

So, once again, I find myself with a long lull between posts.  Writing a blog is harder than it seems, but once the post is finished, it’s a rewarding task and gives me a sense of accomplishment and hope for further productivity.  I found myself about 1.5 weeks ago writing about how to realistically set…

The Food Desert: When Mini-Mart Chimichangas Are a Cause for Celebration

“It’s chimichanga night!” – a seemingly innocuous statement in a long-ago interview of individuals attempting to survive on the then-minimum wage.  While I don’t recall what this particular guy did for a living that earned him no more than the lowest wage he could be paid, I remember the interviewer conveying the upbeat tone of…

ACS Festival of Cheese…2014???

In a perfect world, all of my food experience posts would be no more than a few weeks old. However, that would mean I wouldn’t be writing about the American Cheese Society’s Festival of Cheese until late July or August at the earliest and that I would’ve made a trip to Denver just so I…