Thank you to Blog Brûlée (a sponsored event) for an amazing weekend in Vermont! I’m back and checking in with a quick recap of my recent trip. Plus, what you need to eat in Vermont and Quebec!
As some of you already know, I was invited to a small blogging conference for registered dietitians and healthy food bloggers called Blog Brûlée last month. So many past attendees told me that Blog Brûlée was a life-changing experience for them, and I have to say, the event totally lived up to the hype. What an amazing experience!
By far, the best thing about our weekend at Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont was getting to know all of the amazing women above. Surrounding myself with so many talented, driven, entrepreneurial, and genuinely good people just left me feeling so inspired.
Deanna, Katie, and Gretchen taught us all about taking beautiful food photos and Regan showed us how to produce our own recipe videos. Katy (my condo roomie!) taught me so much about the “techie” side of blogging (seriously, I just need her to move in with me permanently so we can talk SEO) and Sally gave us some incredible tips on writing more compelling blog posts. Thanks to Amanda and Aggie, we also learned tons about social media. Anne, Regan, and Robin taught us all about the business of blogging, covering topics like monetization, reading contracts, negotiating prices, professionalism, and setting expectations. So much information, you guys should see my to-do list!
Here are some of my other favorite Blog Brûlée highlights…
Learning and desserting. Opening night with maple creme brûlée!
Learning how to make skyr from the Siggi Hilmarsson of Siggi’s.
An amazing lunch featuring ingredients from many of our event sponsors – POM Wonderful, the National Peanut Board, Davidson’s SafeEggs, and more. (Those peanut noodles were on point!)
Once Blog Brûlée came to a close (too soon!), I stuck around Vermont and Quebec for a few more days to take in the scenery – and eat some more delicious food. 😉
I had what was quite literally the best tempeh of my life at Purgatory Pig…a place that specializes in pork, of all things. Seriously, a must-try if you’re in Vermont!
We met up with some friends in Burlington, VT for dinner at Farmhouse. They’re known for their burgers – and I hear they do have amazing veggie burgers – but I was more in the mood for spiced root vegetables and quinoa. It did not disappoint!
Dan and I spent the next day touring around Shelburne Farms, which is just outside of Burlington. The farm was established in 1886, isn’t is beautiful?
I was all about these crazy tree sculptures.
Cool but a little creepy too, right?
I also made a new best friend. Her name is Birch and she’s coming up on about 2 months old.
Seriously, how adorable is she?
We stopped in the barn to learn more about how they make that famous Vermont cheddar.
And we took a short stroll up the Lone Tree trail to chill out and take in the views.
We wish we were there just a couple of weeks later to see the fall colors – but still so beautiful! I don’t think I ever truly understood the true beauty of New England until this trip.
Anyone else excited that it’s officially pumpkin season?!
We stopped at the Farm Cart for lunch at Shelburne Farms. We split a salad made with fresh farm veggies, a Vermont cheddar grilled cheese, and a delicious apple cider doughnut for dessert.
And with that, my Vermont food bucket list was complete! (At least for now.)
We had one more night of vacation in Montreal before flying back home to Colorado.
We spent it touring around the city and eating some more food (duh).
Had to order some (veggie) poutine at La Banquise!
And for dinner, we headed to Caffe Parvis for some veggie pizzas. The atmosphere was so beautiful, all those greens!
And delicious pizza too!
Altogether, such a fun trip filled with great people and delicious food. I want it to happen all over again! Great memories to reminisce on while I pack up for our move this week. I can’t wait to show you my new home…and my new kitchen! 🙂
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