a new blog and a gluten-free gathering

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

Welcome to the first post of my new blog.  (Okay, so I eventually migrated my old blog into the new one, so this post makes no sense anymore.) I ended my old blog with my 500th post (holy cow) about an amazing gluten-free party in Brooklyn where I first met Shauna James Ahern in person, to celebrate with friends the publication of her cookbook, Gluten-Free Girl and the Chef.  So I thought it fitting to start my new blog with a post about another party with Shauna.  This one was the day after the end of Blogher Food 10, where we spoke together on a panel about writing cookbooks.  What an honor to sit with Shauna, Dorie, Susan, and Nancy on that panel.  Plenty has already been written about the conference in San Francisco, much of it far more interesting than anything I might say, so I won’t write another recap.  I will say that I had a blast from start to finish, and I made some great new friends, way too many to mention here, but especially the amazing Todd and Diane of White on Rice Couple, who inspired me to switch over to WordPress.  Back to the party… I guess it was more of a gathering, in gorgeous Dolores Park.  The park is huge, so it took us a while to all find each other.

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

A few tweets later and we started gathering in the shade because it was in the mid-80’s that day.  Talk about Indian summer.

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

It was a pot-luck, but many of us were from out of town.  I picked up some snacks at Bi-Rite like guacamole, chips, and those heavenly 4505 Meats chicharrones which I had sampled at the Farmer’s Market a few days earlier.  Lucky for us, the locals brought homemade dishes.

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

I did a little toddler-sitting, which I didn’t mind at all.  Actually, I wasn’t quite dressed for the sand pit and monkey bars (all in black and in dress shoes), but it was fun climbing the ladders and riding the slides.

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

Then the crowds started to gather.  I didn’t count, but there were a lot of people there. And before you worry about us, let me assure you that anyone with a sweet tooth was more than satisfied.  Check out that guy with the blow torch making huge s’mores. (Actually, I don’t think his graham crackers were gluten-free, but it was still a lot of fun to watch him in action.)

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

Irvin Lin showed up a little late, but with all the gorgeous he desserts he brought, no one minded the wait.  I asked him to cut me a slice of that gluten-free fig and raspberry tart immediately.

Gluten-Free party in San Francisco

I can’t help but be amused by the photos from Dolores Park because of the palm trees. They look so, well, tropical.  And there they are, right in the middle of the city.  I’ve got plenty more food stories to tell about my trip to San Francisco with Jen.  And I’ll probably tweak the look of my new blog a few times, but I’d love to know what you think.  I also want to give a little shout-out to some of new friends who were at the party like Penny De Los Santos, Allison Day, Irvin Lin (oops, mentioned him already, but this guy can bake!), and Stephanie Stiavetti.  And to Shauna, how lucky that we got to see each other so many times in just a few short weeks after waiting so long to finally meet in person.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the new book.

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31 Responses to a new blog and a gluten-free gathering

  1. congratulations! welcome to wordpress and to more wonderful days of blogging.
    Looks like the picnic was such a blast with so many great people. What a treat it was for us to meet you and Jen.

  2. Welcome to your new home… I will make sure to change my settings… it looks great!

  3. Congrats on the fresh start! I think I must have just missed you at the picnic. Terrific recap!

  4. jackhonky says:

    Yay! I should probably switch over to wordpress as well, as I limp along on blogger, but your new blog looks fab! It was awesome meeting you, and for the link love. Thank you very much.

    The photos are awesome. I can’t wait to read more of your food adventures here in SF!

  5. Broderick says:

    Congrats on the new blog! Love the photos, can’t believe the guy with the blow torch! Welcome to the cult of WordPress.

  6. Ana Powell says:

    Hi Justin
    Just saved your new address.
    Congratulations, great and professional new look.

  7. alexandra says:

    Oooohhh. Love the new blog.
    And a good warm sunny post to start on with impending winter coming on!

  8. vanillasugar says:

    justin! yahooo you have a dot com now. I love it. I need to do this too. (and i love wordpress better)
    and i see there are more photos now. yes!
    love your new home. you know I’ll be back :-)

  9. Congrats on the move to WordPress. I think you may have visited San Francisco on one of the sunniest weekends of the year. I love the chicharrones from 4505!

  10. Mina says:

    hooray for the new blog! looks fantastic. and what an amazing picnic–can’t wait to hear more about your sf adventures.

  11. I’ve been debating a blog move myself. Just not sure yet.

    I want some chicharrones and brownies. lol.

  12. Stephanie - Wasabimon says:

    It was great to meet you in person after seeing you on Twitter for so long. :) It really was the perfect weekend for the conference. We were freezing cold this weekend, and it’s only going to get colder. I love the changing seasons, especially when it means I can unpack my sweaters and scarves!

  13. Eliana says:

    Love the new look of the blog! Welcome to WordPress. I just switched a few months ago and could not be happier.

  14. Darlene says:

    You’re another one who has switched! I’m still debating, but it’s likely going to happen. I had to migrate my blog because blogger stopped supporting FTP publishing, but now I’m finding a bunch of things wrong with old posts, like missing pictures and links…I think I need a fresh start.

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