BlogHer '11 Food and Hillshire Farms Video!

Friday, August 12, 2011

I said I was going to talk about it and I wasn't kidding. It just took me a little while to get organized! I learned so much at the BlogHer '11 conference it isn't funny. I have notes out the wahzoo. But before I go into anything I learned from the food photographer at Saveur magazine let me tell you a little about Hillshire Farms!

Hillshire Farms was at the conference, serving up samples of delicious food before giving bloggers the opportunity to make a video. I've shared the video on twitter and facebook, but had to wait to share it here until I came home.

Here is the video that Lindsay and I (I'm the one on the right with the du-rag) made from the Hillshire Farms booth at BlogHer:
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I think we were pretty awesome together. I had no clue how to do a vlog type post and it was my first. I'm kind of proud of it. As you can tell though if you watched all the way through I messed up when I said that I ate a turkey club and tried to correct it real fast. I did have a turkey club the night before on my flight out at Wolfgang Puck's in Chicago. It was pretty good especially with the dijon sauce, but it was overpriced in my opinion. What I had at the Hillshire Farm "So Good Bistro" was the "No Responsibility Sunday", a strawberry lower sodium turkey wrap made with Hillshire Farm Deli Select Ultra Thin Lower Sodium Oven Roasted Turkey Breast. Boy was that a mouthful. In layman's terms it was a turkey wrap with spinach and strawberries. It was simple, elegant in presentation, and delicious. I actually preferred it to Wolfgang Puck's turkey club, but please don't tell him that!

I had a good time eating at BlogHer! The "So Good Bistro" was just a taste of the food I had. I ate at a booth for Michael Angelo's and let me tell you... Italian's know how to cook right. It's mama's food alright, comforting, quality, and fresh. I'll write more about them later. 

Tell me what you thought of the video Lindsay and I did... if I get enough responses in a good light I'll consider making more vlogs.

-Linda


Linda's version of Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate...at Sally's

Friday, August 5, 2011

Sally's Seafood on the Water is just outside the Grand Manchester Hyatt in San Diego, Ca. where I'm currently staying for the BlogHer '11 conference thanks to the awesome people of Accentuate Services and Twin Trinity Media. This little restaurant oozes with warmth, subtlety and ambiance.

I arrived at Sally's just as the sun was setting in California over the marina. I was promptly greeted by friendly staff who seated me outside where I wanted to be. A water was placed at my table and the waitress, Mandy quickly came to ask what I wanted to drink. I decided since I was going to eat seafood that a white wine would be sufficient. I told her to pick for me. She brought me a lovely white that complemented the dishes I ordered. I don't know how she did it before I ordered, but it worked.

I perused the menu which had lots of wonderful, mouthwatering dishes. I settled on miso soup and sushi rolls, specifically the California Sunset rolls. It was fitting for my first night in Cali sitting by the water in the soft flame lit atmosphere of Sally's. The first think to show up with fresh, hot bread. There was a variety of breads that were steaming. The bread was served with sweet corn chipotle butter and if you have never had this brilliant little concoction to put on your bread, you are missing out plain and simple.

Then my soup arrived. Hot, steaming delicious miso soup. But that wasn't the best thing I ever ate. Soon a beautiful little square plate arrived with my rolls. I adored the plate. Presentation means a lot and I want these square dishes for my house. Mouthful bites of sesame rice wrapped around seaweed, cucumber, avocado, and snow crab were beautifully arranged on the plate with takimi and wasabi on the sides. I lifted one of these little suckers and went for it. It was divine. All the flavors worked to enhance each other without detracting from the crab. I tried the wasabi, but it was a little to hot for me. I'm weak when it comes to spicy stuff. But it was still delicious.

If you ever come out to San Diego take a trip over to Sally's. The people are awesome and the food is divine. I give the restaurant a 5 star rating in everything from class to food. I felt like a star because of the wonderful staff and the price tag didn't harm my wallet at $20 for soup, rolls, and wine. I highly recommend Sally's!

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