Saturday, June 29, 2013

Connect with Me!

If you hadn't already heard that Google Reader will be shut down on July 1st then I hate to be the one to break it to you! I know a lot of blog followers use this to keep up with their many blogs they read. 

Well I wanted to offer you a few other options if you are looking for new ways to manage your Apron Gal subscription and of course, those other blogs you read!


Feedly-This is the best option if you want the exact same style as Google Reader. You can even import the blogs you follow from Google Reader. They also have a cell phone app, iPad app and add-ons for your browser. Plus you can divide by categories like friends, family, food blogs (ahem, The Apron Gal). 

Facebook-Like The Apron Gal on Facebook to keep up with all my posts as well as bonus instagram photos and thoughts.

Twitter-Never miss a post and hear the occasional musing. @theaprongal

Bloglovin- This is a great tool to follow multiple blogs all in one place. You can follow me here

Subscribe by email- Get all my posts delivered directly to your inbox the day they are posted. Use the handy sign up found in the column to the right.

RSS Feed- Use Feedburner or subscribe here.

Instagram- You  can see all the food I eat instantaneously instead of waiting around for the end of the month Insta-Yum post! Also, the occasional cute kitten or pair of shoes may appear. @TheApronGal

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Please let me know if I missed any options! I'd love for you to keep up with the blog and I'd love to hear from you!

I'm always interested in my readers and there blogs, 
please leave your website in the comments so I can check it out and follow you back!


Monday, June 17, 2013

BlogHer Food 2013-Part 2

After a great evening Thursday and lot of learning on Friday I was ready for more food! Some fellow bloggers and I were lucky enough to go to a little happy hour gathering at Swift's Attic, hosted by the National Mango Board. We had a delicious little menu of mango drinks and appetizers. I loved seeing new food combinations that I had never thought of and of course, great company and a beautiful locale never hurt either. Thanks for having me, Mango Board! 

 My favorite ladies! Janssen from Everyday Reading and Kristin from The Fresh Find


Amazing brussel sprout, mango and bacon salad. 
So excited to share this recipe with you soon! 



 These little sausage sliders with mango relish were so good! Sweet and tangy. 

Virgin spicy mango margaritas for us!

Saturday was the last day of the conference and had
 all kinds of fun treats as well as great workshops. 


 Who wouldn't love a cotton candy break???

 This was a great photography workshop hosted by Sabrina of The Tomato Tart and Irvin of Eat the Love. They were hilarious and I learned a lot!

 More delicious snacks...all kinds of whoopie pie flavors
 Lunch on Saturday was provided by The Pork Board and made by East Side King at the Grackle. I had the fried pork buns with Asian potato salad and pickled cucumbers
 and everything was delicious!
 (even in the 100 degree heat!)

 Pork Ribeye with collard greens 

 Pork skewers

 All my cute bloggy friends! 



It was so wonderful to meet a follower of my blog and another wonderful food blogger- Meagan from the Baker Mama. She is fabulous so definitely check out her blog. 

Kristin and Katie again :)

Have I mentioned how great Amee from Rabbit Food Rocks is? 

We had so much fun exploring our blogs, metrics, social media and bouncing ideas off of each other!

After the conference was over we started our night by visiting the famous 


I can't vouch for the traditional beer but I had a nice refreshing root beer on their gorgeous patio. 

They are known for their big pretzels and homemade jerkies. Yum!

Hanging with Shef from Shef's Kitchen and Ben from You Fed a Baby Chili?

And although I had a fabulous weekend meeting new blogger friends and learning how to do social media etc. I haev to admit I was giddy as a school girl to meet these ladies!!!

After Easy Tiger we headed to the BlogHer Food closing party held at Stubbs BBQ 
for dinner, music and saying goodbyes :(

It was hosted by:

AND 

Who I was lucky enough to meet below! 
Can you tell I was super excited? hehe. They were super sweet too! 
Thanks for hosting ladies and it was great to meet you! 

Amazing ribs and good brisket, beans, and mac & cheese

Janssen and I were loving the 70's cover band :)

Bing provided delicious ice cream sandwiches from Cool Haus. I had chcoolate chip cookies with strawberry mint ice cream and they were fabulous! 


The famous hostesess: Elise from Simply Recipes, Ree-The Pioneer Woman and Jaden from Steamy Kitchen. They were pretty funny too. 

Ninja also had an awesome photo booth that I forgot to show photos from! 
 My new friends! My new friends (from left to right): Shef @ Shefs Kitchen, Kristin @ The Fresh Find, Me- Kasee @ The Apron Gal, Katie @ Butterlust , Amee @ Rabbit Food Rocks, Janssen @ Everyday Reading


I had a great weekend! Thanks to BlogHer and all my new friends for making it fabulous!!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

BlogHer Food 2013- Part 1

When I heard BlogHer Food was going to be held in Austin this year I was really excited that it was going to be in my own city! I've never been to a blogging conference  before and  I wasn't sure if it was for me or if it would be worth it. I finally made the leap and I'm so glad I did! 

The weekend was filled with tons of food, new blogger friends, and lots of learning. 

We started the weekend off right with an event hosted by the Austin Food Blog Alliance with Whole Foods Market called Bites & Bloggers to welcome our blogger friends to Austin! It had female chefs from all around Austin making delicious bites for us and was a delicious night!

Prepare for  picture overload-sorry!



 This was by far my favorite dish- a clam and corn fritter with mango salsa 
from Max's Wine Dive. 

 Beautiful local tomatoes. 

 Farm tomatoes with goat cream, sugo and radish sprouts from Hillside Farmacy

Ensalada Callejera from El Alma Cafe. 

 I loved their adorable presentation with the mason jars and rice. 

 Guajillo Barbacoa Shrimp from el Alma Cafe

 Seriously these cookies melted in my mouth and I'm not a big sugar cookie fan. 


 This prickly pear sorbet was also delicious. So flavorful. 

 Texas Sweet Corn Pudding with Poteet Blackberry, Saffron, Caramel Corn. I loved the little blackberry caviar and the caramel corn was this perfect contrast of texture from 
Sway in Austin. 

 Sweet Corn Bread, zucchini, tomato, eggplant slaw, with Goat Gouda from epicerie in Austin.


 Hamachie crudo from Congress 




 Peach, honey, thyme, and graham cracker parfait from Foreign & Domestic 

I had such a great time getting to meet these lovely ladies!
 Definitely check out their blogs, they are all fabulous! 
 Kristin from The Fresh Find and Amee from Rabbit Food Rocks 

 Janssen from Everyday Reading and Me!

 Shefaly from Shef's Kitchen and Cheryl from Freedible 

The next day was filled with workshops, meeting lots of bloggers 
and trying to absorb everything I learned!  
Kristin, Me, and Katie from Butterlust Blog

There were all kinds of food exhibitors that kept us fed all day long! It was so fun trying foods and becoming more educated about different kinds of foods. 



 These truffles were so sinful I could only have a tiny bite! 


 Cooking demos using Pompeian Grapeseed Oil. Such a healthier alternative. 

 Grabbing snacks and loot! 

Dole made cocktails with their fruits in a cup.
 Too bad they didn't make any non-alcoholic ones for me to try!

Yummy puddings from KozyShack

 Gluten free goodies from Udi's



  
 Root chips from the Hilton-I could eat these all day. 
Pulled pork made in the Ninja crock pot-so tender and delicious. 


Ok that's part 1-I'll show you more awesome parties next time! 

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