I got home before Price | started on dinner of chicken tenders and sauteed brussels sprouts | Price did laundry | we picked up Mega Millions lottery tickets | watched DVR’d shows | didn’t win = sad face | bed| slept in | going to make banana bread but no eggs so I made muffins from a mix | lounged around | worked on Project Life | date day at the ICA | dinner at Legal Seafood Harborside | watched basketball | caught The Blindside on | bed | Price had work at 7 | stripped the bed, new sheets| folded 4 baskets of clothes | Price came back with coffees | filed photos on the computer | scrapbooked | watched NASCAR race | Price napped | made pasta for dinner | made spring cookie nests | watched Grimm | blogged | worked on PL | Mad Men
I attended Techmunch in Boston on Sunday. It is a food blogging conference hosted by the site Bakespace. The conference consisted of several classes that focused on such things as marketing, making connections with Brands, and SEO.
meeting people at the mixer after all the classes/ a caramelized onion & goat cheese tart
I took a lot away from Techmunch. I could talk and blog for hours about it.
But I leave you with this:
1) Be yourself!
Don’t tailor your blog to fit into something you are not. Find you passion and your voice. It will make blogging easier and a lot more fun. You will connect the people because you are being real.
2) You photos need to say ‘eat me’.
Take a step back and look at your photos. If you saw them, would you want to eat the thing you are looking at? There are simple tips and tricks to folow that will help you. Stobist was suggested as a site to learn food photography.
3) It takes time.
Be patient. Things take time. The people that have successful blogs took their time, learned from their mistakes, and improved things from writing, layouts, graphics, and photography to get where they are today. They are passionate about what they do, if you are and you stick to it then you will find your own degree of success.
4) Traffic isn’t the end all and be all in sponsors.
While you can worry about your site traffic all day long it won’t be thing ONLY thing that sponsors look that. Absolutely, sponsors are looking to pay you for reviews or host giveaways if you have a lot of traffic, but there are other factors in place. Are you a good fit for their brand? Are you just generally a nice person? Is there potential?
Additionally, you can’t just agree to all sponsorship. You should not host giveaways or write reviews if it doesn’t fit you (see #1). Does it make sense for you to give ________ away? Is there a conflict of interest because you are supporting another brand?
And last but not least…
5) SEO! SEO!! SEO!!!
There are things you can do on your blog to make your site come up in searches a lot easier. They are fairly simple. They are kinda obvious once you think about them. Do them! You can refer to this PDF for some help.
books to win through Harvard Common Press/ Sharon Sprague and Justin Ide chatting
I had a wonderful time on Sunday.
Thank you Babette and the rest of the Bakespace team
Thank you Kitchenaid for giving away a variety of kitchenwares. I won a hand mixer!
Thank you Harvard Common Press for giving away books. I am enjoying the Dark Spirits book already.
I love when the little ping of my inbox reveals event invites from the lovely Rachel who runs Boston Food Bloggers. I can’t resist attending events where I will get to hang out with local food bloggers, eat food, and sip drinks. So last Tuesday night I ventured over to Ufood Grill to chow down on some of their healthy goodies.
Megan, Amanda, Kathy and I hunkered down at a table, with some wine, to listen to the company philosophy, menu choices, and their nutritional information. I won’t bore you with the details, but the food choices here are healthier than typical fast food places. They don’t claim to be the healthiest options but they strive for healthier food so that it is something that you will consider and order. They also are focused on fast service, meaning that they aim to have food out to your within 3 1/2 minutes. Their strategies to achieve this were interesting, as well as their menu development. You can read more about Ufood Grill on their website, but I’m going to get to the important stuff… the food!!!
First course… I really enjoyed this salad. The greens were fresh, the feta was crumbly, dry, and salty, and the dressing did a good job of tying the salad components together. I prefer goat cheese for salads like this, but it was really good.
Ufood french fries are not fried french fries. The fries are baked to keep the fat and calories down compared to other fast food establishments. The fries were crunchy and tasted really good.
I honestly can say this was my favorite thing I had all night. The steak tips were really juicy, seasoned well, the texture was good (not sringy or chewy) and cooker perfectly. Well, the last part is kinda a lie since mine were a nice medium rare and Kathy’s were more done. I prefer my steaks on the medium-rare to rare side so I was tickled pink about this but it shows that the kitchen didn’t fully cook mine, or keep all th plates cooks consistently. Still, I would get this again with the sweet potatoes and steamed broccoli. The veggies were just that, veggies without butter, oil, salt, etc. It was refreshing to get things pure and simple.
Oh and the food just kept coming… we next had the turkey sausage pizza. I feel that this could be great but the seasoning was to heavy on this. The photo even shows the seasoning that was added on top. Aside from the seasoning the pizza was good for a turkey sausage pizza, and for a meal under 600 cal.
This is a was a good smoothie. I typically only drink smoothies for breakfast so I don’t know how likely it would be for me to actually order this but I enjoyed it.
Oops! I took apart my burger prior to the photo. I really enjoyed this burger because it was not dry and the spicy chipotle mayo brighten the flavors of the burger.
I removed the bun so I would not be eating a lot of food with gluten since I have been having issues with it lately (more on that in another post). We actually asked about gluten free options, as well as other food allergy options, and were informed that the are quite a few alternatives for people. The man said that are options, but at that point he didn’t give specifics. I think he didn’t want to make a mistake about which was gfre and which wasn’t. We received a packet of information at the end and it explains that there are a few gluten free options- burgers w/o buns, veggie sides, hearty Three Bean Chili, etc.
No me gusta. I had a bite but the rice was wet but undercooked and I did not like the seasoning for the pulled chicken. I would never order this.
I typically go for berry smoothies when I do order smoothies so I have had my far share, and can say that I would order this one first. We had thimble size servers so I’m not sure of the actual serving size but the smoothie would make for a great meal or a light lunch. If you think about it, it would make for a great soda replacement because you would be receiving more nutrition than just junky sugar.
The panini typically comes with chicken but this was served without. I think that it is a good option of a quick meal on the go. The vegetarian option was really good. The bread was toasty and not oily, which often happens when ordering a panini out. The Ufood Grill panini is healthier that Panera’s, saving you about 150 calories.
Truth be told I skipped this entirely. I was getting maxed out on food and I was not in the mood for another burger. Kathy, Megan, and Amanda split half this burger. They were not that impressed with it- check out their recaps for their thoughts on this and everything else.
Another impressive smoothie. I don’t typically come across passion fruit juice so I was excited to have this in the smoothie.
This pizza was much better than the Turkey Sausage Pizza. The pizza is roughly the same in calories but I think that the flavor much better than the turkey sausage one. Ufood Grill has several vegetarian options on the menu, this being one of them, and I think this is executed very well.
I understand that they are trying to make a falafel healthy but there are just somethings that need to be served in their full fat glory and falafel is one of them. Their tahini sauce reminded me of russian dressing, which of course made me just want salad.
Getting to attend this event opened my eyes to everything that Ufood Grill had to offer. They specailize in healthier, fast food meals. A lot of their food is fantastic and this is a place that I would stop into to get a meal on the run. I’m so glad to hear that they are in Logan Airport so that I can grab a turkey burger from them and skip the golden arches or the mystery meat chinese places.
Check out Ufood Grill’s website for company information, locations, and their full menu.
I have been feeling stalled lately. I have lost my motivation for just about anything. Our sofa, the Cos, is my friend. I just spend my nights lounging and watching movies. I try to get motivated but nothing is really grabbing my attention. I tell myself that life would be easier if I just did all the laundry and then actually folded it and put it away instead of leaving it in the dryer/on sofa/in wash baskets. It def would make getting dressed in the morning faster. I tell myself that but I still have not touched the piles that keep getting higher.
It’s those types of things that are falling behind in my life. I have like 6 blog posts started, 8 yelp reviews, a few scrapbooking pages, etc. I have always been a person to start something and not finish it but it has gotten bad this summer. This summer of freedom. The summer of no classes, no portfolios, and no registration. You would think I would love the free time but it is such a weird experience I am having trouble figuring out time management. Saying that is just weird. I have been so good at juggling work, school, homework, and lack of sleep for years that not having that extreme pressure has me completely confused.
The biggest issue is that I am a weekend person. I am a weekend warrior. It is when I catch up on cleaning, laundry, being crafty, shopping, meal prep, etc. With the last few weekends away I have thrown my typical schedule upside down. Dont get me wrong, I love my weekends away but it really wrecks my ‘schedule’.
I’m really hoping that I can regroup this weekend and get out of this rut. So far I have planned…finish up some blog posts and schedule them to post finish my yelp drafts and do a few more reviews 3 scrapbooking pages making marinara sauce (about 18 qts) and canning it begin the process of purging the office finish the cube project
we shall see how everything turns out…Happy Friday!!!
So I was having a ‘Case of the Mondays’ today. The thing that kept me going through the day was that I was wearing fleece lined pants today. Soo cozy….
Well all this craptasticness changed when I check my RSS feed at lunch and saw that Diana at Front n Center gave me the Beautiful Blog award. So trilled!!!!!
1. I have never seen Pulp Fiction
2. I can’t dance. Really, I have no rhythm. I try to count in my head but it only gets confusing.
3. Love the show Glee.
4. I’m currently growing my hair out for my Halloween costume. Needs another 6-8 inches.
5. I am agnostic but LOVE to read books on religion and too a class on world religions this past summer.
6. I can’t go to a place without yelping it.
7. House centipedes terrify me to the point of frozen stuff or running as fast as I can.
So I pass this award on to…
So now you have to pass this award on to 3 fellow bloggers and share 7 random things about yourself. Spread the wealth!