I apologize for being a bit absent this week. You see, I’ve been eating my way around the state of Georgia since last Tuesday. I spent quality time with close blogger friends, consumed delicious food, and imbibed the perfect cup of coffee all before heading off to BlogHer food to end the week. I’ll return to regularly scheduled programming on Tuesday, but for today, I thought I’d share some pictures recounting a bit of what I learned while making my way to the Atlanta conference.
I learned that Augusta makes a pretty darn tasty Etouffée.
I learned that locally grown foods can taste otherworldly when put into the right hands.
I also learned that even in these tough economic times, people still show incredible generosity. There are six more dishes where these two came from that aren’t even pictured here. If you’re ever in Augusta, get thyself to Frog Hollow for a pitch perfect meal. Immediately.
I learned that the Rooster’s Beak tortilla isn’t just for Mexican…
… and that if you enjoy a fried green tomato, you’ll really enjoy a fried green tomatillo.
Chocolate cake that’s as tall as my youngest child. No learning curve necessary.
I learned everything I ever wanted to know about roasting beans and the proper way to brew a cup of coffee…
…and drank five cups of the best black libation I’ve ever put my mouth to.
I had an amazing tasting paired with local meats and grains that left me inspired to search out my own neighborhood markets.
Check out this incredible coffee pairing menu.
Most important, I learned that this blogging gig I’ve gotten myself into isn’t just about the food and recipes. It’s about the amazing people you meet along the journey. Incredibly generous and beautiful men and women that openly share food and stories; that welcome their homes to strangers and seat them at their table as if they were their own family. Close friends that abundantly share their knowledge and provide support whenever it is needed. Through it all, relationships are formed that will last a lifetime. Memories made that will be treasured always. Blogging isn’t just about the words and the pictures. It’s about the people standing behind them.