The Top 5 Reasons to Attend BlogHer Food in Miami This Month

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I’ve been blogging for five years now. During four of those years I watched bloggers go to fabulous cities and attend amazing conferences, specifically BlogHer conferences. Every summer my social media and blog feed would get filled with pictures and stories of great and inspiring times spent at the conference while I sat at home in yoga pants wishing I could go. Finally, last year I got to go to my first BlogHer Food conference in Austin, and it was as awesome as it looked from my couch while wearing yoga pants. When I heard that BlogHer Food ’14 was going to be in Miami, I was at the market and with little to no shame I danced down the supermarket aisles, singing:

"Party in the city where the heat is on
All night, on the beach till the break of dawn
Welcome to Miami…Buenvenidos a Miami
Bouncin' in the club where the heat is on
All night, on the beach till the break of dawn

Yes, people looked at me like I was a nut, and I was okay with that because I was GOING TO MIAMI! And don’t pretend you don’t know the song. It’s not the best song, but you can't deny it’s catchy.

Top 5 Reasons I’m going to Miami (and You Should Too!)

5. I speak the language. Walking through the streets of Miami you will hear English of course, but you will also hear a whole lot of Spanish.

4. Sundresses and sandals! This winter was a long rough winter and I live in Texas. I can’t imagine what it was like for those of you up north. Miami is the land of sandals and sundresses. Well, let’s be honest: It’s also a land of mini bikinis and short shorts, but I’m sticking with sandals and sundresses. In fact my plan is to wear sundresses and sandals the whole time. Pretty, flowy sundresses with sandals that will show off my bright painted toenails.

3. I’m a hermit and talk to dogs all day. My little family is my husband, our three dogs, and me. If you were to meet me in person, you would think that I am super social and out going when, in fact, I am happy to live my life eternally in yoga pants, hibernate, and only communicate with other human beings via text message or email. This compounded with the fact that I work from home means a full week can pass before I talk to someone other than my husband or my dogs. Conferences are a great way to get a large portion of my in person social interaction quota done in one shot. They are necessary to keep me from social awkwardness.

2. The food man, the food! BlogHer Food always has you covered when it comes to food. It is a food blogger conference after all. And Miami is a city known for its food. I’m Puerto Rican: a cousin to the many Cubans living in Miami. Sharing a similar history, we also share similar foods. And, on the mainland, Miami’s food is very close to home. Miami is a place where I can walk into a reposteria (bakery) and get a proper cup of cafe con leche with a quesito de guava (a guava and cream cheese pastry). Walk into the same bakery for lunch and you can get an authentic Cuban sandwich with a cold malta (a nonalcoholic malt beverage) or a jugo de parch (passion fruit juice). For dinner I will be hunting down a plate of roasted pork, rice & beans with a side of tostones (fried plantains) finished off with another cup of cafe con leche.

1. Because food bloggers are awesome! Honestly food bloggers are some of the best people on Earth. They can talk about food all day, laugh with you when you share stories of some of your latest foul-ups, and are more than happy to give advice and encourage one another on how to be a better blogger. There is a strong bond among food bloggers. Some are passionate about butter, some are passionate about kale, but we are all passionate about food—and because of that we all seem to manage to get along.

Food Bloggers Are AWESOME!

The fact that I’m speaking at BlogHer Food ’14 and have two of the coolest roommates is just a bonus. I hope to see you there and if you see me, please come up and say hello. It will count towards my quota.

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