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Eat Write Retreat 2013 Recap

{All photographs in this post credited to Dottie Foley photography and Eat Write Retreat}EWR1

Most of the time I don’t need much help staying inspired in the food department.

There is always something new to make.

I have an ever growing list of recipes on my Food To-Do List and each time I get around to knocking something off, two new recipes take its place. And of course, there are the times when I see something so delicious online that I have to make it immediately. Right that very second. Because it cannot wait. Yup, I will never lose my cooking inspiration.


I wish I could say the same about writing and blogging. I love it so much, but every once in a while I find myself in a rut.

What can I write about? What story can I tell? What’s something new that I can say? That’s the hard part!


Two weekends ago I went off to the Eat, Write, Retreat conference in Philly, to do exactly what the title suggests. Eat a bunch, write a bunch, and socialize a bunch in a closed setting with other fantastic foodie people.


It was exactly what I needed and I felt so inspired after three days in Philly. It was my first time there and I absolutely LOVED it! Merely walking around aimlessly and exploring was a blast, and I’m looking for excuses to return.


Probably the most important thing I took away from the conference is to look at the world differently. Don’t make assumptions. Truly open your eyes to the world, stop and smell the roses, and try to view and write about something in a way that most people don’t even think of.


Most of that inspiration came from this lady here, Monica Bhide, who is full of life and full of stories (doesn’t she look like it from the photo?!) She truly sees the world in a magical way. I have a girl crush on her now.


I liken this new point of view to when I first heard a photographer say you should shoot food photography down on the table. Since most people don’t sit with the table at the same height as their face, they don’t tend to see this perspective of the dish. That’s what makes it so interesting.

As I close out my post, I want to say a huge thank you to Dexas for sponsoring me to this conference. You may remember them from when I professed my love for their spatula in my Pumpkin Spice Caramels post. They make the best spatula on earth (yes, I have tried many, many different kinds), and they also make many other fun kitchen products. They make their products in the USA and everything is top quality. It doesn’t hurt that it’s all super colorful too!

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7 comments on “Eat Write Retreat 2013 Recap

  1. You have just been the traveling queen lately! This sounds like a must do conference!

  2. Wow, that sounds like lots of fun!!! I noticed one thing, though:

    In today’s post: “That part is harder than making puff pastry or a turducken…at least for me!”

    On your puff pastry post: “But after making it, I have to say, making puff pastry from scratch is not hard.”


    • You caught me! Hahaha. You’re right, I don’t think making puff pastry is hard once you know how…but I used that as an example of something difficult since most people think of it that way. Shame on me! LOL. I will change it =) Turducken on the other hand…yup, scares the buhgeezus out of me.

      • Turducken…I don’t even understand how you’d get a chicken inside a duck in the first place! I mean, I’ve seen ducks, and I’ve seen chickens, and they look pretty much the same size…maybe you use monster ducks and normal chickens, or normal ducks and tiny chickens.

        I don’t know.

  3. You are so kind. THANK YOU!!

  4. that’s so interesting that you should say that about photo angles, that’s exactly what I started doing with the trays of apple slices today, shooting across rather than down. I am not a skilled photographer by any means, but I really liked that angle and then I read your post! Sounds like a great trip.

  5. Thanks for introducing me to Monica and her blog. . am following her now! :) sounds like a wonderful conference!!

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