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Food Blogger Bash At Cedar Door

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On March 15, Austin 360 and Clear sponsored a Food Blogger Bash. This was second year of the event, and it was fun! We ate tacos, drank margaritas and champagne. Addie Broyles organized the event and I met some cool people including Matt Timms (the king of all the foodie competitions) and The FoodSpotting team. Also in attendance were Cathy Erway, Charles Hope, JD from Citizen Taco, Stephanie Klein, Emily Farris, James Boo from Ice Cream Man, Luis from SXSWFreeNoms, and Amanda from Retro Bizarro.

Clear was one the sponsors, and I talked to one of the representative.  Clear is exciting to me and I can’t for it to come to New York. What is Clear? Clear is 4G wireless network and it is $30/month.

Here’s another picture of me from the party.

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Saturday at SXSW: Frontalot and Eclectic Method

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Saturday night, I went to the Tumblr party and the i09 party. At the Tumblr party, I danced my butt off to the Eclectic Method. DJ/multimedia experience. It was so fun. Then I went to the Pure Volume House for the i09 party. I was excited to see MC Frontalot perform. Last year, I attended a screening of the documentary, Nerdcore Rising, which features Frontalot and his band as they tour around the country.

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The Week In Links (March 20): Buttermilk, Valentino and Brussel Sprouts

Cupcakes @Hilton Austin

Some leftover bits from SXSW. Check out these cool beans–Lauren from LifestylerMag, Leigh from PNN and Nick from Triple Pundit.

On Wednesday, I had dinner at Buttermilk Channel which is in deepest Carroll Gardens. I had the fried chicken with cheddar waffles. It was so yummy, but this is why I’m fat.

Thursday, I went to the screening of “Valentino, The Last Emperor” at the Film Forum. After the movie, Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley did a Q & A with the director Matt Tyrnauer.   Then my friends and I went over to City Winery to hang out with Christina from Glowlab Gallery.  City Winery just became my new favorite wine bar.  The brussel sprouts and chicken liver crostini there are delicious.

Friday, I stayed in. I made tuna without mayo but with a little Italian dressing.

Today, I found my quotes from the Finance 2.0 panel at SXSW on a UAE business site.

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Back From South By: Moments In Love, Hate and WTF

This post is a recap of things that I loved, hated, and WTFed?! about SXSW.

First, I hated that I missed the Food Blogging Panel because I wanted to see my blog buddies Rachel, Cathy, Zach, Addie and Kalyn rock SXSW. I booked my flight before knowing what time the panel was scheduled, so I was at the airport while the panel was going on.

I loved that Saul from Freshbooks set up a lunch so I could meet the founders of Outright, Shoeboxed and Batch Blue.

I loved that I ate cupcakes in the morning with Rachel in the lobby of the Hilton.

I loved laughing with Rachel, Twanna and Zach.  [We could have our own reality show]

I loved that I got a HARO sticker from Peter Shankman. I WTFed that a girl from Phoenix came up to me just because I wearing the sticker at The Onion party.

I WTFed that the VIP section of the Onion party only had Miller Lite for Free.  I loved that a guy asked, “Didn’t I meet you at Likemind in Brooklyn?”

I hated that I got called a racial slur on the street by a homeless man.  It dampened my mood for partying, but I loved that I didn’t wake up with a hangover on my last day.

I loved that I got a free ice cream sandwich from the Ice Cream Man.

I loved that I met Austin food bloggers like the TipsyTexan and Addie Broyles.  I loved the goodie bag from Whole Foods food bloggers event.  I hated that I couldn’t bring the lovely lotion from the goodie bag on the plane.

I loved doing a panel about Finance 2.0, and people coming up to me afterward to ask me questions.

I loved meeting Anya Kamenetz.

I hated that I missed  some panels that my friends were on.

I loved that I ran into friends that I didn’t know were going to be at SXSW.

I hated the word “privilege” being thrown around at panel discussions.

I loved using Tweetdeck and Twickie while twittering the panel discussions.

I loved that I rocked three parties Sunday night.

I loved eating cupcakes at the Cupcake Social.

I loved meeting Babette from BakeSpace after knowing each other for years online.

I WTFed the Austin Convention Center. That place is a weird maze.

I loved that I met the guys from Lost Zombies.

I WTFed that a drunk cougar tried to pick a fight with me at the hotel bar.

I WTFed that bars put on the ugly lights at 8PM when the sponsored open bar ends.

I hated the ATM Fees which were $3 and up.

I loved that iPhone and Mac users were fascinated by my Peek and HP Mini.

I hated that it was hard to get something to eat at lunchtime.

I loved that I didn’t have a breakfast taco.

I loved that I want to come back next year.  I am already thinking of SXSW panels to pitch in June.

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@SXSW: Finance 2.0, Money Management to Save This Generation

WAKE UP!!! Today, I will speaking on a very important panel at 10am,  Finance 2.0, Money Management to Save This Generation. I am so happy to be on the panel with‘s Aaron Patzer,‘s Michael Ferrari, Murali Subbarao of Billeo, and Stessa Cohen. Please come if you are in the town for “South By”. The panel will be in Room 18, Level 4 in the Austin Convention Center. The hashtag for our panel is #finsxsw.