I have just indulged in a truly bizarre experience on Monday I opened my email to find a last minute invitation from Nokia to participate in a 2 day workshop for international food bloggers in London . With an itinerary featuring London restaurants and a tour of Borough Market, I confess the true draw was the chance to spend time with people as as obsessed with food and food blogging as I am . My boyfriend is consummately understanding waiting patiently as his dinner cools and happily explaineing to worried restaurant owners and deli managers I am just a strange obsessive. However some of these people follow my compulsion for professional reasons and it was too good an opportunity to pass off I begged two days off work ( thank you thank you ) and packed my bag & camera .
Meeting in the morning we introduced ourselves to eachother and our new Nokia 95s most people had had theirs to play with a few days so were more competent I was moe gobsmacked to be surrounded by other people who were busy taking pictures of the muffins on the table , they were
Laollasuiza a Swiss writing from Spain
Mercotte from France the queen of macaroons
Just Hungry from Switzerland a english language food blog about Japanese food
Milsabores from Venezuela la Maria Luisa Rios with a spanish language blog
Cooking Diva from Panama another spanish language blog
Cavoletto Bruxelles , a belgian living in Rome , Italy
We all discussed the joy of blogging about food , recipes and how we all got started. How anonmyous we like to keep our blogs ,then there was a little geekery around tools mac VS pc , SLR etc . I think we all agreed that the new technology will really help , certainly it might be less embarassing getting out my mobile phone to take a picture of dinner in a restaurant ( and will satistfy the perfectionist in my because 5mp is definitely high enough quality for the blog ) the GPS on the phone should help with tagging the locations of those edible fungi ( which with my bizarre sense of direction will be a massive help ) . I am going to do a lot of comparisons over the next few months so may let readers be the judge .
However this is a food blog so back to the food Lunch at The Larder which has a seasonal menu had swordfish with anchovy butter purple sprouting broccoli and new for the venezuealn bloggers Jeurusalem Artichokes a big hit across the language barrier. I am going to try and send some seeds and see how they do in foreign climates. Totally lovely and relaxed atmosphere
After lunch we were thorough tested in our culinary knowledge by Sudi “The Foodie ” Piggott with a food quiz, who taught me a scary number of inane facts I can drop into daily conversation/ this blog for example the people who built the pyramids ate rich diet of watercress ( just like me and my wild foraging )
Joe Warwick Restaurant gossip columnist for the Independent gave us a fantastic insight guide to London restaurants probably a number worth keeping in my phone .
In the evening we all met again for a lovely dinner at Northbank right by the Millenium Bridge
I had a warm salad of Guinea Fowl and Figs again much joy trying to explain what a Guinea Fowl was but could show this recipe from my blog on my phone … such geekery, afterwards Salmon with Fennel and Chive Salad , lovely and light since dare I say it I was beggining to get fooded out !
Back to the hotel and more later on Borough Market and Roast …… or as it shall henceforth be known heaven………..
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