BlogHer Food Austin

Last week I went to Texas…

This year’s BlogHer Food Conference was held in Austin and I was super excited to go!

I have been to Austin a bunch of times, obviously having grown up in Texas, but also visiting there as frequently as I can because my oldest and dearest friend, Michelle, lives there…so when on the rare occasion I get a chance to take a solo vacation I try and make it to Austin!



Anyhow, the conference started on Thursday, so I decided to go in a few extra days beforehand to visit with my friend and do some girly stuff!


So here’s how the week went in pictures…


Arrived on Tuesday…It was hot as heck.

arriveMichelle picked me up and we high-tailed it over to hopdoddy burger bar.

Nothing beats a good burger and this place was fantastic!

I got a “Magic ‘Shroom Burger” which was, “Angus Beef, Texas Goat Cheese, Field Mushrooms, Mayo & Basil Pesto”.  SO yum.

Also, we had to order the Truffle Fries and to finish it off a Pretzel Nutella Milkshake.  Did you hear me PRETZELNUTELLAMILKSHAKE!

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We did some fun shopping and then was told we HAD to go over to Gourdough’s Doughnuts.

Twist my arm why don’t you?  It’s a doughnut truck with the CRAZIEST doughnut flavors.  I don’t know if you can read the menu here…

PicMonkey Collage2Here’s what we got…

gordoughsThis picture doesn’t fully do the doughnuts justice.  They are as big as your face.  From top left here are the deets:  The Blackout Doughnut (Chocolate frosted with brownie batter, brownies and chocolate chips), The Mama’s Cake (Chocolate Frosted with cake batter filling), The Mother Clucker (plain with breaded, fried chicken and honey butter) and finally the Flying Pig (Bacon with Maple Syrup Glaze).

My favorite was by far the Flying Pig.  I even got a shirt.


While we were shopping I found the greatest skinny mirror ever in history…


Take THAT vertical stripes!


For dinner we went to my favorite Tex-Mex place ever Pappasito’s.

pappasitosThey seriously need to open one of these in New Jersey.


The next day we picked up Kristan at the airport!


And she brought her baby girl, Lucy who is probably my favorite baby ever (my children excluded, of course).


We went and ate at Kerby Lane… They say it’s the best breakfast in Austin.  They have a seasonal pancake menu and while we were there it was S’mores Pancakes.

kerbyKristan got Lemon Poppy Seed French Toast that was amazing!


After we checked into the hotel we realized our room was on the 13th floor.  Is that even LEGAL?!


The first thing we did when we got to the conference was go to a Spa Party hosted my Dixie Crystals/Imperial Sugar at the Hiatus Spa.  I had the best massage everrrr!


The next day Kristan and I woke up and decided to go explore a little and stopped by Easy Tiger for lunch.  I was told it was a must try.  They had amazing breads there and we ordered a snack plate.  It was very manly…Jerky anyone?

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Later that day we met up with Amanda, Jenny, Maria and Shaina and decided to hit up a few bake shops and boutiques!

First stop Delish.  The Cookie Dough Millionaire Bar was so goood!


We also hit the cutest jewelry store Kendra Scott.  I fell in love with this place!  So fun!  You can design all your own jewelry right in the store and it will be ready in just a few minutes!

I got these earrings…

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Later I had a dinner with the fabulous Land O Lakes team hosted by Julie, Maria, Sommer, Brenda and The Pioneer Woman at The Moonshine Bar & Grill.

Here’s the creeper picture I took of Ree as she was graciously welcoming us…

reeAlso, that’s Lori from Recipe Girl 🙂


I did happen to sit across from Ree the entire dinner which led to tons of awkward talking (on my part) and Real Housewives gossip…she’s a huge fan.  I pretended I knew Teresa Guidice which made me seem way more interesting.  I’m a straight fool.

The meal was SO good.  I had the best Pork Tenderloin and apple pie I have ever eaten…


 (apple pie picture from Amanda)

Also there was a photo booth.  Here’s the animated version with Amanda and Jenny.

photo 2(6)And another one with Katie, Carrian, Joanne and me.

lolAnd again the animated version.

And I got to sit next to one of my favorite girls, Julie from The Little Kitchen.



The next day I got attend a super lovely lunch hosted by Nestle, Jenny, Maria and Amanda at Parkside.PicMonkey Collage7The gave us the sweetest Noonday bracelets!

Also, the food was out of control yummy.


The appy plate was GORGEOUS…

appyAnd the meal was to-die…

PicMonkey Collage3The dessert was so so good too!  A sampler plate..and on the right is the most amazing Butterfinger Mousse…


After lunch of course we needed more sugar and scoped out a fun bakery called Sugar Mamas.

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How funny are all the girls scoping out the treats?  (Lauren, Jessica, Jenny, Amanda and Kristan)photo 4(10)My favorite thing was the S’mores Bar.  I need to try and recreate that!


As if that wasn’t enough Amanda and Shaina wanted to try the frozen hot chocolate from Holy Cacao!

holycacaoWhich happened to right next door to Torchy’s Tacos.

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I wasn’t the least bit hungry at this point, but HAD to try the deep fried cookie dough.  It would be wrong not to.

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I’m not kidding, y’all.  You NEED fried cookie dough!  I just wish I had room for a taco!


SO yeah, that was basically my week.

You’re gonna be surprised, but when I got on the scale when I got home I was DOWN a pound!!  How is that even possible?!

I guess sweating like a pig allows you to eat like a pig!


So as soon as I got home I sat down, relaxed and made a snack with my favorite White Chocolate Philly Snack Delights.  My new favorite way to eat it is on a cracker with a grape.


I bet you’re hungry now!


Also, before you go!  I’m doing a fun interview over at Rachel Cooks today!  Check it out and leave a comment for me over there!!


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It is always so wonderful to see you. I had a blast speed walking behind Amanda with you and thanks again for waiting for me when I was running behind or needed to buy colorful dresses. xo


Amazing trip post! Thanks for sharing!


I hate that I didn’t get to spend more time with you 🙁 Looks like you had a most delicious time!

Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

Looks like such a great time in Austin!!!!! I’d love to go to that someday 🙂

bridget {bake at 350}

I so wanted to talk REAL HOUSEWIVES after Ree mentioned it! Does this season on RHONJ look good, or WHAT?!??

You and Kristan together just make me smile…coolest, prettiest, funniest, hippest pair of bloggers around. With the best hair and makeup. You guys win. 😉

Joanne @ Fifteen Spatulas

I’m so glad we got to hang at a few events! Our photobooth shot is pretty amazing. And I love that you dropped a pound LOL! I gained a few…haha. No regrets! The food was amazing!

Nikki @Seeded at the Table

I’m glad I finally got to meet you, but next time I’m making sure I get more time with you!! 🙂 Towing a baby around kinda sucks all the energy out of ya.

Sarah @ The Chef Next Door

Love this post! Thanks for sharing all of your adventures with us. 🙂 I am so hoping to attend BlogHer Food next year!


Literally drooling at my desk. Is there anywhere that doesn’t contain more deliciousness?!
So jealous you were in such close proximity with Ree. I’ve met her once and it was fabulous but very short lived, I’m sure an entire dinner was amazing.

Rachel Cooks

Next year I AM going to BHF. Looks like so much fun and I would have just loved to meet everyone! And thanks again for taking the time to participate in my series 🙂


So much fun!! Loved our bakery adventures!! Can’t wait for Chicago!! 🙂 xoxo

Heather @ Snookie

Looks like you had tons of fun!

Wendi R

wow!!! What a great trip and LOVE all the pics of the yummy food, it looks amazing!!!

BTW where did you get the turquoise chevron top your wearing???

Kendra Scott

So happy to see you had a lovely time in Austin! We are thrilled you stopped by our SoCo location and picked out our Vani Earrings, beautiful for summer. (…And you were right, by the end of your post we sure were hungry for some sweets!).

Thanks for stopping by!


It was so fun seeing you again! Of course, there is never enough Shelly time so let’s get together for longer next time!

Rachel J

This was the greatest non-recipe related post ever! Everything blew my mind! I did not know so much goodness is served in Austin. Loved the recap Shelly!I need to get working on my blog so that I can attend conferences! And don’t we all know Teresa Guidice?

Angie B

I love that all of you went to Austin. We’re in Houston, and end up in Austin every now and then. I love all the places you’ve tried and have put them on my list of new places to try.

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

What an amazing weekend – so much good food!! So sad I couldn’t make it this time, next year it better work out!


Drooooling over all the pics! So glad you had a great time!


Please take one of your followers (me) next time you do something like this!!! I would love to be able to try ALL of the food you posted here.


SIGHHHHHH. I am so sad I missed it…but my hips…not so much 🙂

Averie @ Averie Cooks

Thanks for posting this, Shelly! Love all the fun pics and so glad you had a chance to go! It looks like it was a blast with just about everyone under the sun in attendance. I need to go next year!


So glad we got to sit next to each other at the Land O’Lakes dinner!! I love that pic you took of Ree. Hahahaa


I love Austin – looks like you hit all the hot spots. I jumped over to read your interview. Question – I get the cookies but tell me about cups – something I ponder. Cupcakes???

Becky @ So Very Blessed

I have to admit, it makes me feel SO much better that you felt awkward with Ree, because I totally had my awkward moment when I introduced myself to you – I’m still kicking myself for it! But I’m still thankful I had the chance to see you in person. You’re such a lovely person! So fun to see all of your pictures! And I agree, that fried cookie dough was insanely good!


Looks like so much fun! Next year I must come!

Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

Oh man – looks like you had a ton of fun! I would love to visit Austin!

Amanda A

awwww, I live in Austin. Would have been fun to meet and greet. Glad you had fun and got to pig out on some great food here.

Emily @ Life on Food

I need to go to Austin. I cannot even believe all of those wonderful eats. I would deal with the heat if that meant I could eat whatever I wanted 🙂

Annie @ Annie

That looked soooooooo fun! That skinny mirror shot cracked me up. But I don’t think it was the mirror, you were WEARING that dress. Adorbs.

Heidi @foodiecrush

OMG, what was I thinking not trailing behind you on all of your eating adventures! How you packed that much into those few of days is amazingly fabulous. Next time, look for a stalker in your rear view mirror, ME!


Awesome highlights, Shelly! So glad to meet you! xoxo


Looks like a ton of fun and lots of great food!


Lovely post. I haven’t yet visited Austin but this post and esp the food pics have convinced me to.
You look very pretty too btw!


can i ask where you got that cute embroidered top? going to austin in a few weeks, cannot wait to enjoy the food!