Food Blog Forum Orlando

Bet you were wondering why I was posting random Disney photos on my facebook wall last week, huh. Well, I got the opportunity to attend a food blog forum in Orlando, Florida where I learned a ton, met some amazing new friends, laughed a lot and just had an amazing and inspiring weekend.

The biggest thing I got out of it was that my dreams weren’t big enough. I need to think and dream bigger! {Thanks, Jaden!} So, that’s what I plan to do. {Isn’t that good advice?} It’s amazing what a little persistence, hard work and positive attitude will get you. So, I’ve made some goals for myself and plan on accomplishing every single one! Maybe one day I’ll share them with you.

Ok, I’ll share one with you now: I want to write a cookbook. I don’t know how I’m going to accomplish this, but mark my words, it will be done! Whether it’s in 1 year or 5, I will be a published author. How exciting is that? I know it’s a ton of work, but I’m totally ready for it. Bring it on! {So if you know someone who knows someone, let me know!}

Our amazing hosts for FBFORL were our wonderful friends at Disney! They gave us  incredible service including hotel accommodations, tickets to the park and some seriously amazing and impressive food. The food may have been the best part.

Well, the people were pretty stellar too! I got to meet the beautiful and talented Angie, the fiercely funny Jessica, the sweetest Aggie, my sistah from anotha mista Julie and many more! Of course I got to hang out with some wonderful friends the entire weekend too: Jenny, Paula, Susan, Jaclyn, Julie, Rachel, Krissy, NikkiKatie and more! {Sorry if I forgot you…}

Here’s how the weekend went:
Evening Party 2 Friday evening was a welcome reception at the Grand Floridian at Disney World. There was a ton of food including  million shrimp and a macaroni and cheese bar. Yup. MACARONI AND CHEESE BAR. Excuse me while I die of pure bliss.

Evening Party There were a billion zillion desserts too. Isn’t Mickey so cute up on top of that macaron tower?

lunch 1 The next day was the conference. Half way through we took a break and ate lunch for 2 hours! Yes, food bloggers need an hour to eat and an hour to snap photos! LOL! There were 12 stations of food plus 3 dessert stations. Basically heaven. Lindsay and Julie loved the food as much as I did

Lunch collage The bottom right saucy lookin’ stuff was roasted corn hummus…totally delicious!! Probably one of my favorites. AND, there was this roasted red pepper pesto spread that was TO DIE FOR.

desserts The two desserts on the left were my favorites: marscapone strawberry cheesecake and chocolate mousse. So so fabulous. After our lunch, we walked back and I snuck a few photos :)

Jaclyn This is Jaclyn…she’s basically hilarious. I’m pretty sure we were separated at birth because we finish each other’s sentences.

Jessica and Tina Hi Jessica and Tina…at least I think that’s Tina…umm…..

Jenny Unbeknownst to Jenny, I caught this quick moment.

bakerella And I was lucky to get Angie flashing me a smile! Isn’t she gorgeous? I love this photo.

canada Of course while at Epcot, I stopped by the Canadian Pavillion. I tried to find the beavertails cart, but alas, it was no where to be found!

Brandi The rest of the afternoon was full of round table discussions and giveaways galore! Brandi made out like a bandit with all this OXO gear! PS- Thank you to all our amazing sponsors! Kitchenaid, OXO, Le Creuset, Land O Lakes and many more!

photo-10 At the end of the conference, a group of us got together and had a blast talking, eating and riding our way through the park.

hotel sign Over the weekend, we stayed at the Polynesian Resort at Disney. The setting was so gorgeous! Loved the friendly service, the festive rooms and all the activities and restaurants available within just the hotel! It was incredible. I want to go back already!

photo-11 Disney threw out all the stops and gave us a private fireworks show. HAHA. Just kidding. They do these fireworks EVERY night! Isn’t that insane? But, it certainly makes you feel special. Fireworks do that. Well, Disney World does that too. So both combined is like happy place central.

plane Sadly, I flew home Sunday morning. If only I could live there……

photo-12 This little mouseketeer was very happy to see her momma however! I’m dying to take her to Disney Land in November! Before this trip, Gord and I were toying with the Disney Land trip idea, but once I came back from Florida, that sealed the deal! We’re taking this little girl to see Mickey, Minnie, Belle, Ariel and Cinderella in the Fall! I accidentally let this trip idea slip and now she always is asking me if I’ve emailed Mickey to tell him we’re coming. LOL!

Overall, a wonderful weekend that I won’t soon forget! :)

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    brandi — March 25, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    great recap and pics, lauren! it was so good to see you again :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm

    What an awesome post! I had thought about going, then I was like…well…maybe I won’t know anyone and I didn’t “know” anyone who was going. Turned out, I would have “known” like 50 ladies. I totally want to go next year!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 25, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    Looks like an amazing time, so glad you could go! Thanks for sharing it with us! I might know somebody, I will send you an email.

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    Aggie — March 25, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    Ah! Love your recap!! Your pictures are fantastic, the food, the people…what a great time! I wish we could’ve chatted more. You are a gem, I’m so happy we got to meet in person.

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    Gisela B — March 26, 2012 at 2:58 am

    Ahh! You got to meet Ms. Bakerella?!! I love her!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — March 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I love this :) miss you!

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    Megan Pence — March 26, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    How FUN!!! Can’t wait ’til the next FBF!

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    jen @ one curly fry — March 26, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    great pictures! it was such a rewarding experience!!

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    From Valerie's Kitchen — March 27, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Thank you for the rundown and the fantastic pictures Lauren! Such an amazing group of talented ladies all together in one place.

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    Deborah — March 29, 2012 at 12:18 am

    There is not a day that Abbi doesn’t ask if we are going to Disneyland today. :) I wish I could have gone to this – looks like so much fun!

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — March 30, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Wow!!!!!! What an event! The food looks insane! Wish I would have been there :-)

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