Pre Blogher Food 2011!

Hey readers…those attending BlogHer Food and those just catching up on how it is all going!  I arrived in Atlanta this* morning at 8:00 from Philadelphia.  And my flight was at 5:50.  So you do the math and try to guess how tired I am!  But that does not matter because I’m having a blast!  The official convention doesn’t start until tomorrow but I arrived a day early so I could see the city and attend the pre-party, RockHer, at the Hard Rock Café.
I managed to figure out the MARTA, Atlanta’s  train system, which wound up saving me a good deal of money!  And I was able to drop my bags off at the hotel so that was nice not having to lug everything around.  The I was off to adventure!
I seriously started off just walking and taking photos.  Not before grabbing some Starbucks of course ;)

I wound up in Centennial Park where I strolled through and soaked up some sun.  As I continued to walk I just so happened to come across the World of Coca Cola and the Georgia Aquarium.  I had heard a lot of good things about both of these places so I decided that I might as well be tourist and check them both out!

Because it was so early in the morning I was literally one of the first in line for the Coke exhibit.  I wasn’t really sure what to expect but everything was very interesting!  Basically, they give you a background of when and how Coke was developed (in Atlanta of course!) and you get to see all kinds of interesting pieces like old commercials and artwork.

My favorite part was getting to try the different sodas that Coke produces!

  These were  my  2 favorites:

And this one was just awful:

Next up I went across the street to the Aquarium, which is the largest in the world.  I’ve been to many aquariums before but this one definitely stood out. Everything is very organized and there was a huge variety of fish and sea life to see.

 

I then decided I needed to eat something so I tried to find a farmers market but apparently my phone mislead me because I was walking around for almost an hour trying to find it.  I wound up eating at the Vietnamese Noodle Soup restaurant which wound up being very tasty.  It was the first time I tried Vietnamese food and I was pleasantly surprised.

I had lemongrass chicken which came with rice, a salad and some veggies.  It reminded me a lot of Japanese and Korean food.
By that point I was getting pretty exhausted so I headed back to my hotel and waited for my room to be ready.  I was able to relax a bit before heading to RockHer!!
I met up with some awesome ladies ahead of time and we all went over together.  There was a ton of delicious food being served and the atmosphere was amazing.  While we were all eating and mingling we also had the opportunity to win some prizes by tweets companies that sponsored the event which was fun!

Liz Lisa and Robin
The vibe was so positive and exciting!
And now I’m just hanging out in my room, relaxing and getting anxious about the next few days.  I love learning new things about being a foodie/food bloger but I guess I better get some sleep to I can make it through the long day ahead of me!  Goodnight and I hope to be able to post tomorrow :)
Note: I wrote this post Thursday night and was just now able to upload it, thanks for understanding!