Sunday, September 25, 2011

My rough life

I've gone to two fun blogging parties in the last two weeks. The first was a group of foodies tasting chocolate and wine. The second was a group of lady bloggers from Northern California who got together to drink wine, eat yummy food and share blogging ideas.

Free chocolate and wine. It's rough.

If you had told me five years ago I would have a blog and would be socializing with people I met on the internet I would have given you one of my famous "HUH?" looks.

It's amazing how my life has changed since I started my silly little blog. I'm now making money (real money) blogging for companies. How crazy is that?

Elli thinks it's the best thing ever that I get to Tweet and Facebook all day long and get paid for it. "You love tweeting! That's the perfect job for you." she said.  And it's true. I love Twitter. It's full of news and interesting people. It's like reading all the headlines on topics you love all day long. The hardest part is stopping. Just ask Don.

So here are a few pics from the parties!

Ghirardelli Chocolate and Wine Party.
Hosted by Sabrina of The Tomato Tart blog.

 You can see all the details of the pairings on her blog here.

Carmelized onion and Parmesan tart
Fresh berries and plum and red wine jam with pepper corns.
Gluten free Gingerbread
Lemon Pepper brioche and yuzu pots de creme

And then there's the Nor Cal Lady Bloggers.
We got together this past weekend to drink some wine, chat, eat, drink more wine and laugh.

Nor Cal Lady Blogger Dinner
4:30 Wine Tasting at BevMo
6:30 Dinner at Ella
Overnight at the Citizen Hotel

Rachael Hunter, my Mill Valley blogging buddy and roomie.

Rachel, Nichole, Eileen, Sherri, Rachael and me.
We heart the BevMo! guys at the Arden store.
The S. Anderson cab was the crowd favorite.
The private dining room at Ella was perfect. We were a bit noisy. : )
The fancy prix fix menu, $30pp and it was fabulous.
Ricotta gnocchi. Outstanding. I wanted to lick the plate.
Stuffed Trout wrapped in pancetta.
Chocolate heaven.

It's a rough life, huh?


  1. LOL, yes, rough indeed... but someone has to do it ;)

  2. mmmm.....makes me want to cook, drink wine, and eat! Too bad I started a diet today...! :-(

  3. Had a FABULOUS time!!! And that S. Anderson was def my favorite!!!

  4. It is a rough life, but someone... So much fun and many laughs, whats? and fun! Hugs!

  5. Rachael - so fun to meet another wino, er wine lover.

    Rachael - thanks for putting up with me and being my traveling buddy. It was great hanging with you.

  6. I love hearing about blogging success! I'm not near the foodie you are (though I aspire to be!) but I love living vicariously through your tasty experiences. :-)

  7. Hi Jen, it's been an amazing journey. I never imagined I would be doing social media for others and make money doing it. It's awesome.

    Now I just have to find time to write here again.



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