We made it to NYC!
It has been an absolute whirlwind since Thursday morning at 3:30 am, when we woke up to catch our flights at O’Hare. Six hours later, we touched down at LaGuardia and haven’t looked back since.
When we arrived at the hotel where BlogHer is being held, we were amazed at how crowded it was already. After checking in, we went up to the room and crashed for an hour in order to re-energize for the night ahead! The plan? A night on the town with my business partner and my Maid of Honor!
I can’t describe in words how excited I was to finally have the chance to see Sam again. She and I have known each other since we were freshman year roommates at Northwestern – and we survived to tell the tale and still love each other. 😉 Sam works in the city and came to meet us after work. We walked around for a while looking for somewhere delicious to eat, eventually settling on a small, eclectic looking restaurant called the Hummus Kitchen.
Any place that has “hummus” in the name is a winner in my book, but we were even more excited when the menu said, “hummus is our passion.” Can’t get more convincing then that! We started with a pitcher of sangria, which had a very apple-cinnamon taste and was quite delicious.
We also split the signature platter appropriately called, “The Hummus Kitchen,” which was divided by four types of Hummus: Chickpea, Mushroom, Tahini & Egyptian [the last one was topped with fava beans, tahini, paprika and extra virgin olive oil].
It came with whole wheat pita bread that was so doughy it made me swoon.
I was a big fan of all four varieties, but I think my two favorites were the chickpea and mushroom. Then came the entree course, a Mediterranean falafel wrap in combination with hummus, chopped salad and pickles topped with tahini.
The falafel were amazing and I ended up picking them out and leaving behind some of the wrap and pickles. It was somewhat odd to have pickles in the wrap, as much as I love them! But overall, this restaurant was amazing and I am hoping they have plans to expand to Chicago.
After dinner, we said goodbye to Sam and met up for drinks with the founders of Under 30 CEO at a downtown pub called Tom & Jerry’s. It was great to chat with two entrepreneurial spirits and learn more about their story and what their philosophy is toward running a business.
When we got back to the hotel, we were exhausted! We went to bed early because we knew the morning would bring the BlogHer 5K! We woke up bright and early at 5:45 am to make it to the lobby for our 6:30 am start time. The race was set to benefit Tutus for Tanner, to raise awareness for Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Jill and I showed up in full costume and were so excited when we ran into two very special ladies!
From left to right, we have Ashley, Jill, me and Jess! It was so great to finally meet them both. Another blogger, Jes, met up with us soon afterward and truly set the pace throughout the entire run – she rocked it! We ran around the city, ending in Times Square and snapping a fun photo (courtesy of Jes).
It was so much fun to chat with these ladies – and afterward we were treated to a delicious breakfast that included a sausage and egg sandwich and fresh fruit.
After breakfast, Jill and I went back upstairs to get ready for our SPEAKING PANEL!! We were both very nervous but also really looking forward to connecting with amazing women. When we got downstairs we snapped a photo in front of our sign.
Although we were nervous, I really did think the panel went well. It helped a lot to see some smiling faces in the audience, including Kath, Tina, Ashley, Jess, Jes, Sabrina, Shannon, Kelly and Kinsey. I was honestly overwhelmed afterward by the amazing response we got on Twitter and ended up starting to cry in the bathroom. True story. They were happy tears.
Jill and I applied for this panel with a dream and a hope that by the time BlogHer arrived, we would be running a (somewhat) successful business. It really drove home what we have done over the past year and filled me with a sense of pride that I had never truly accepted or embraced until that moment.
What a difference a year makes. I can’t thank my blog and Twitter friends enough for the outpouring of support you showed us yesterday. Truly, there are no words for how grateful I am to have you.
There was much more fun to be had as the day went on – a second half recap to come!
Here’s a fun preview:
Are you at BlogHer this weekend? What have you enjoyed most?
If you’re not at BlogHer – let me know what you’ve been up to on this first weekend in August!