I realize a blogging conference may not be all that interesting to some of my readers, but I wanted to share my experience with you in case your are looking for a conference to attend or are looking for a great place to eat in the Twin Cities (I found some real gems).
The weekend started with a food and wine pairing hosted by Mirassou Wines at Urban Eatery. Both were amazing and threatened to make the rest of the weekend pale in comparison.
Before dinner I tried the Pinot Grigio, which was surprisingly fresh and delicious. I’m more of a Chardonnay girl, but I might be reaching for Pinot Grigio more often now.
I just happened to sit next to the other vegetarian of the group, Jessica from Live the Fancy Life. We were blown away by every course. The chef was so talented and accommodating to us vegetarians!
The first course was seared cauliflower with fennel slaw paired with Sauvignon Blanc. The meat eaters of the group had a seared scallop instead of cauliflower.
The second course was a baked macaroni and cheese paired with Chardonnay. Everyone else had bacon in theirs, and I think the dish really lost something in taking it out.
Third course consisted of a butternut squash ravioli with a sweet potato hash cake paired with Pinot Noir. This was really the stand out dish for me and I could have eaten it all day (and night, and the next day). The others had duck breast instead of the ravioli.
The fourth course was a veggie slider with french fries and homemade ketchup paired with Sunset Red. The slider was so delicious, I wish I could learn to make something that good at home! I also loved the Mirassou Sunset Red, it was kind of sweet and easy to drink. I liked it much better than most red wines.
To top it off they served a chocolate bread pudding paired with Cabernet Sauvignon. It was the perfect sweet ending to such an amazing meal. Thank you Mirassou for such a fun evening!
The next day I may or may not have had a wine hangover, but was excited to get up bright and early to attend the conference. All of the speakers were fantastic, but I was most excited to hear from Cheryl Sousan, who’s blog Tidy Mom I’ve admired for years.
One of my favorite things about the conference was how small it was. They also assign seating for most of the day, enabling you to meet plenty of new people. Ultimately I left feeling inspired and empowered, ready to implement a hundred new ideas that I probably won’t ever have time for. I would definitely recommend attending this conference if you want to get focused in your blogging and really step up your game.
On the way out of town the next day my family stopped at Good Earth in Roseville for lunch. We had an impossible time trying to decide what to eat (it all sounded amazing!) and I hope we’ll be visiting there again. I ended up with the autumn gnocchi and a super rich chocolate brownie.
I let the kids pick out a cookie to split and earn on the ride home. The cookies were literally the size of their faces and they picked the only one with icing – a soft ginger cookie. I think they were a little disappointed because it was pretty spicy, but that just meant I got to eat the leftovers (and I thought it was amazing)!
Overall it was an amazingly fun weekend. We even stopped for a carousel ride at the Como Zoo. I’ll let you guess which one of us didn’t think it was the most fun ever.