As some of you know, I was up in Brooklyn, NY last week to attend the Saveur magazine food blog awards which was held at the beautiful Wythe Hotel. This was my first time at the Saveur awards and boy, was it a wonderful experience! I was nominated in the Best Photography category and this year two winners were chosen, Editor's Pick: Renee Kemps and Reader's Choice: Lady and Pups. Thank you so much for voting for me and supporting me along my journey. This would not have been possible without you. Molly took home two awards this year, Blog of the Year and the Best Baking and Desserts. Not only is this girl super talented, she is also so much fun to hang out with.
There were quite a few bloggers representing the west coast, Phyllis, Michelle, and Phi. I asked Phyllis to adopt me because her food is always so delicious! I got to meet baker Yossy (she won in the Baking and Desserts category) who shared a few her favorite dinner spots with us when we were out and about the city. I got to meet Cynthia, Linda, Stephanie, Samantha, Emilie, Alanna, Julia, Summer, Kristan, Jessica and Jodi. I was hoping to meet Lindsey but unfortunately she came down with the flu. Sweet, sweet, Imen came down from Ireland and it was so nice to meet her in person, I can't wait for her book to be released!
Our trip can described as one humongous food fest! We might have participated in an entire journey of back-to-back pastry shop touring, all under a few hours. We visited Momofuku Milk Bar, Bakeri and The Bakeshop by Whoops. Chitra the brains behind Brooklyn Delhi took me to to Five Leaves for lunch, where I had a delicious watermelon radish and farro salad. Chitra also gave me one her homemade garlic achaar (Indian pickle) which we opened up yesterday and absolutely loved! I also took some time to meet up with the guys at Jarry magazine for a delicious lunch at ABC Cocina. I have a little a project coming up with these boys later this year that I'm very, very excited about!
Saveur planned out a fun and exciting time for us. We had a blogger bootcamp of sorts with a lot of tastings, demos and eating. Eating is the theme at these events and at one point, I had to take a break from eating every minute. I was going to fall into a food induced coma! The day after the award ceremony we visited Whole Foods in Brooklyn and got to do a little tour of their facility. There are only two facilities in the country where Whole Foods grinds its own coffee, one that's here in Berkley and the other, in Brooklyn. We also got to check the hydroponics research and production that takes places on top of the roof of the Brooklyn store. Gotham Greens grows several fresh greens and tomatoes using less water than that would be required to grow the same plants in soil. Low carbon footprint and more food to feed people in an urban setting, it's industrial and urban technology at its best!
I couldn't have asked for more on this trip! Good times with good people and I made lots of new friends! Congratulations to everyone who was nominated this year.
Note: I've probably forgotten to mention everyone I met at the awards this year (and I apologize for that) but please visit the awards link see the entire list of finalists and winners for this year.