While talking about photography with Julie the other day, I realized that I hadn’t blogged about a workshop that I had recently attended. The Austin Food Blogger Alliance held an all-day Photography Camp at the end of September. Sessions included discussion about gear, styling, editing, and more, so I definitely knew that I would learn a lot, much like I did at the last AFBA photo workshop. Choosing which sessions to go to was the hardest part!
The event was scheduled for 7:00pm, but I got there around 5:45pm because Julie had heard that it would probably be packed. She actually got there right before me and snagged a front row center seat! Stalker? Of course I sat next to her.
The room began to fill up, and fill up, and fill up some more. I mean, I knew her blog was super popular, but dang! The number of people present seemed like it probably violated some sort of fire code. It was also interesting to see how her audience compared to Joy’s: definitely a much larger age range and a lot more guys. Continue reading
This past weekend I went to a potluck organized by the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance at Springdale Farm, which is literally less than two miles from where I live (and it’s gorgeous!). This wasn’t just a potluck for the heck of it; AFBA is putting together a community cookbook and this provided a chance for everyone to test and taste all of the recipes. Fun, huh?
There were also several photographers from the group taking cookbook-worthy photos of the food. The kitchen in that house was a food blogger’s dream!
It’s amazing how fit this city is because one thing is certain: Austinites are obsessed with food! With new restaurants and food trucks (oh, so many food trucks) popping up every which way, it can get very overwhelming, even for someone who lives here. Where do you start if you’ve never even been to Austin?
Not surprisingly, there is a large community of bloggers here who keep up with the food scene, and they have compiled a comprehensive guide to help you out! Looking for coffee and breakfast tacos? Need to find a vegan-friendly place in East Austin? In the mood for, I don’t know…Persian?! Well, your new friend is the 2012 Austin City Guide! If you’re indecisive and need some help narrowing down ideas, check out the survey results of the Austin Food Blogger Favorites.
Remember when I went to that food photography workshop in October and how it was put together by the Austin Food Blogger Alliance (AFBA)? Well, I became a member the following month! I missed out on the kitchen gadget White Elephant in December due to a gig, but did participate in something a little more one-on-one, minus the in-person factor!
In November, it was announced that there was going to be a first-time swap between the AFBA bloggers and Boston Food Bloggers. Two awesome, rhyming cities with large populations of folks with culinary obsessions…of course we’d want to swap food!
Who was I paired with? Ryan from This Is Not A Martini. His unusual creations include a Fried Green Tomato Martini, Roll With It (sushi-inspired), and for food science-lovers, a Deconstructed Mac N Cheese Martini. Clearly a creative guy, right? I think the Pad Thai One On and Fall For Me sound like the first two I’d try!
When I asked Ryan if he had any likes/dislikes when it came to food, he basically said he’s open to anything, but isn’t big on sweets. I had a hunch about both of these things from his blog, so started thinking of what I could send when my usual instinct is to make cookies. I got to thinking about flavors of south Texas, which is heavily influenced by our southern neighbor, Mexico! Continue reading
A couple weeks ago, I saw a tweet encouraging people to sign up for a food photography workshop being held by the Austin Food Blogger Alliance on October 9. Since I just moved here, I thought it would be a good way to meet fellow local bloggers and learn some things about photography. Of course when the day (last Sunday) finally came around, I got nervous and almost didn’t go. Yep, I’m super shy and a room full of strangers is something that I tend to want to avoid. The fact that this would have been my first ever food blogger event added to my uneasiness.
But I went, and guess what? I met fellow local bloggers and learned some things about photography, and had a good time doing so!