An amazing weekend. Portland is a cool city — I always have a great time when I visit, and it was the perfect venue for the 300+ foodies that descended upon it. To be surrounded by all the talented bloggers, food writers, cookbook authors, publishers, agents, editors, industry types and PR professionals was an awesome experience. I met many  interesting people, and everyone was extremely eager to share their wealth of knowledge. I learned a lot — immersion is a powerful teacher. The food blogging community is a passionate, fun-loving and caring group, and it was an honor to mingle in their midst. Thank you for welcoming me into the club.

Thanks also to and Zephyr Adventures for organizing a fantastic conference. And…thank you to all the sponsors for their generous support of the food blogging family — great swag — who knew a carry-on bag could weigh 60 pounds!

To close the conference, Chef John conducted a cooking demonstration as part of a food photography workshop led by Andrew Scrivani, food photographer for the New York Times. It’s all about eating with your eyes, right? This photograph is my image — not Andrew’s — of Chef’s sautéed shrimp dish. Andrew’s shot would be better, of course…



OK…so you’re wondering why there is a (mediocre) photograph of sautéed shrimp in The Bacon Hunter’s blog post. Come on, everyone knows that it’s not really shrimp… it’s…bacon-of-the-sea!