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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.