Guess who’s back?

I’ve missed you folks. Truly sorry for my longer then expected departure. The chaos of the last two weeks in my life have led me to a slow recovery from jet lag and exhaustion. After flying back in from Miami on Tuesday morning at 6.30am, I headed straight into work. The remainder of the week and my weekend were spent getting sleep, seeing my loved ones and of course eating some good food. Now that I am feeling close to 100% like myself again…it is time to blog :).

First off…I want to share with you the fantastic weekend I had in Brisbane at the Eat Drink Blog Conference 2014. Not only did I get to meet some fantastic people and fellow food bloggers, but the schedule was jam packed with interesting speakers that covered a range of topics from the blogging landscape in Singapore, ways to keep motivated as a blogger, ethical food, and my ultimate favourite, the chef vs. blogger open panel discussion (check out the full schedule here). With a brain full of knowledge and inspiration, and a tummy full of food (big thank you to all of the sponsors for the event whom did an amazing job of feeding and hydrating us) below are a large collection of photos from the two days. I also want to call out the four girls that I got to meet & know over the two days. Check them out for some foodie love from across Australia:

Eileen at The Food Avenue 

Nadine at The Divine Family Tree 

Amy from Eat Pray Workout 

Jemima at Feed Your Soul, Perth 

Day One – Conference

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With a coffee in hand, my Canon at the ready, and my name badge (with a wrongly spelt last name)…I was ready for a day of learning.

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A little pizza…

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…pastry…

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…and juice, to get us ready for the first speaker sessions.

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The organising committee of Eat Drink 2014 – thank you muchly!

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Nathaneael Ho from Rubbish Eat, Rubbish Grow talking about the blogging landscape in Singapore.

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Morning tea never looked so good.!

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Chef’s Panel….Some insightful and honest opinions on food blogger’s from some of Brisbane’s best chef’s.

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Mondo Organics cooking presentation on ethical food.

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Lunch boxes.

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Nothing better than being surrounded by likeminded people.

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Bit of tea with lunch.

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Healthy lunch time options from Wholesomeness Catering.

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A little pick-me-up after lunch. Coffee number 3.

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Networking and socialising with fellow delegates.

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127 Bar & Bistro – Conference Celebration

Day one of the conference ended at 127 Bar & Bistro in Brisbane CBD, where all of the delegates got together for a little celebration with drinks and fabulous food. The venue has only recently opened, so we were all lucky to be trying a wide selection of items from their menu.

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I saw this bag lying on the sofa and had to snap it.

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Oh soooo cute..mini pizzas!

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The main event for the evening was the dessert table platter that the chef’s put together. Not only did we get a great tasting dessert, but it was presented to us in fabulous fashion…on FIRE!

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We each lined up and got to pick and serve our own dessert plate from the masterpiece in front of us, which was all edible.

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127 Bar & Bistro 

127 Charlotte Street, Brisbane, QLD

Ph: 07 3211 1116

Web: http://www.bar127.com.au/

Breakfast at Denim Co. – Southbank

After a good nights sleep, myself and three of the other delegates met at Denim Co. in Southbank for a spot of breakfast before day 2’s activities.
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I generally drink my coffee small and petite in a Piccolo Latte form. I felt like something stronger that morning and ordered a Long Black….which came out in a bowl!  I didn’t specifically order the large, but maybe they could tell that I needed it.

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I love a good breakfast on the weekend and couldn’t go past the Toasted Sourdough topped with Smoked Salmon & Poached Egg. I probably should have opted for something a little lighter after such a big day of eating…but heck, how often are you in Brisbane.

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Denim Co. 

Shop 9a, Little Stanley Street, South Bank, QLD. 

Ph: 07 3844 0302

Web: http://www.denimco.com.au/

Day 2 – Food Photography & Styling Workshop

After breakfast, we headed over to our activity for the day. All delegates had been split into three groups, and I was lucky enough to be chosen for food photography and styling. Sarah from Emotive Light Photography set up a working classroom where we first got to see her style up some shots, and then we were given free reign on creating our own unique photos, using the same mini muffins or brownies as the feature.

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All of the above were styled by Sarah and then all of the below were my attempts at creating my own look and feel. I started off a little shaky, but by the end I got some shots that I really liked.
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All of the props we got to work with.

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Simple is definitely best. This was my favourite photo from the session. If only I could make that icing look that tiny bit better. I need to spruce up on my photoshop skills.

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The weekend then came to a close and we all went on our way, either heading home, staying in Brisbane for a bit longer, or to the airport like myself, to make an afternoon flight black to Sydney. I had a fantastic time, learnt a lot, ate a lot, and would like to say one last BIG THANK YOU to the organising committee and sponsors who made it everything it was, plus more.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! xxx