I.F.B.C. 2011 blew mah mind. Period.

Most things in life that make me happy involve chocolate, ice cream, chocolate ice cream,  puppy kisses, and/or stuffed husband kisses.  I’ma sucker for a sweet tooth.  This weekend the International Food Bloggers Conference did more than make me happy by fulfilling my insatiable sweet tooth. It down right  BLEW MAH MIND!

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Chef John Folse, a New Orleans staple, cooked up some tasty corn soup that was so good I swear I sang out loud after a taking a bite…or nine in a row.  He offerred a brilliant presentation and shared the history of corn in cooking.  Corn, corn, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. With butter, with cream, with salt, even steam… I digress.

It must be said, Louisiana men (chefs included) know where it’s at.  Just ask their wives.  Ya heard?

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Saturday’s three course dinner was…well, it was a mouth-watering, toe-tingling, amazing.  I was still full from lunch when I arrived but I honestly could not help myself.  Lump crab meat, truffles, Duck foie gras…aye ya ya.  I can still taste the watercress caviar.  Why did it ever have to end???

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1. Ignore the heinously poor quality of my picture of THE Chef John Besh.  It was dark, I am still crossing fingers and toes that I will get a DSLR for my birthday, and … I don’t even need a third reason. Get off my back. 

 2.  Isn’t he precious in his sweet linen suit.  sigh.

Chef John Besh was an absolutely unforgettable speaker.  His passion about food and about the restoration of the city of New Orleans was so alive in that room, so fragrant. It was intoxicating.  With four different restaurants in the great city of cafe ole, beignets, and bourbon, Besh knows how to make a southerner feel good.  I was able to record a one minute video of the king of fresh creole.  As soon as I figure this gosh darn thingie ma bopper out, you too will get to watch the video on a never-ending loop until your husband tells you to turn that thing off.

Thank you to those who continue to encourage me in my blogging endeavours.  I am thrilled, blessed, honored, and, as always, hungry.  The time you take to read my rambling thoughts means more than you can know.

Peace, love, and proper southern gentlemen~

The Hungry Wife

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My brain is a sponge…

Last night I experienced a food bloggers conference for the first time.  It rocked my socks.  Brilliant presentations.  Delicious food.  Wine flowed like a river.  I was in heaven.  And it’s only just begun!

I was considerably nervous on my way over to the conference.  Stuffed husband calmed me down by buying me a new blouse so I could feel pretty (of course I had nothing to wear) and even flashed one of his famous smiles at me.  Swoon.

He was sweet enough to drop me off before heading out to play a little golf.  The food at the conference was both beautiful and delightful. 

The wine pairing was exquisite and plentiful.

It was so nice to not be the only person taking pictures of their food…I finally belong!

I was even able to take a picture with Andrew Scrivani…a leader in the field of food photography.  He’s been published in the New York Times and a number of other brilliant publications.  I look forward to bothering him with photography questions via his blog.

Today I look forward to more wonderful food and filling my brain with more useful resources and tips to build a better blog.  I just hope they have a potty break soon…I’m starting to see yellow.  TMI?  Are you really surprised?

Peace, love, and potty breaks on my mind~

The Hungry Wife

You like me! You really like me!!

There are so many exciting things going on in my life right now and I haven’t made enough time to share them with you!  Sometimes chocolate sheet cake distracts me from other duties, like laundry, cooking, and homework.  Oops.

Earlier this week I told you about the awesome scholarship I was awarded in order to be able to attend the International Food Bloggers Conference here in NOLA!!  I spent hours pouring over any literature I could find about who will be speaking, what topics will be covered, and most importantly WHAT WE WILL BE EATING!!!  Naturally food was always on the forefront of my mind.

Upon perusing the internet I found that I was mentioned in an article on line here!!!  Can you believe it??  Finally, validation.  The numbers of hits on my little baby blog have been bigger this week than ever before.  I’ve gotta say, geez it feels good.

Check out the article at the Nola Defender.  It’s a small shout out but I’ll take it.  I won’t keep you long as I am in desperate need of a shower, seriously, just ask my husband.  Also, I’ve got to get ready for the IFBC which starts in just a few hours from now.  Wish me luck!!

peace, love, and pins-and-needles-

The Hungry Wife

I’m still recovering from shock

I am many things.  I am opinionated, loud, sometimes sarcastic (okay often sarcastic), and even a little rowdy when the mood strikes.  Today I am also lucky!  Let me explain.

Earlier today a fellow blogger forwarded me a link about scholarships available for the International Food Blogger Conference 2011.  Thinking I didn’t have a shot in the world, I threw my name into the hat, crossed all fingers and toes, and forgot about it.  Just a few short hours later I received an e-mail informing me that I had been selected for one of FOUR scholarships.  The conference normally costs $350 to attend.  Naturally I had already spent all my fun money on gummi bears, pizza, and puppy potty pads, so the scholarship was necessary in order to be able to attend.

Read more about this awesome event here.  This year will mark the Third annual IFBC.  It was held in Seattle for the last two years but will be held in two different venues this year in NOLA (yayy!) and Santa Monica, CA.  Check out the list of bloggers attending on the blogroll.  My sweet lil blog is named.  Finally, I’m famous!

I’ll be blogging all about it this weekend.  I can’t wait to share my experience with you and to gain some new skills I can use to spruce up the blog and keep you comin back for more.

Peace, love, and bloggers-beware!!

The Hungry Wife