Tampa TECHmunch

Still relatively new to the blogging world, I often find myself longing to take a big bite out of blogging conferences but lack of sponsorship and personal funds make impossible for me to attend these events.  As I read other blogs, I envy the fun, food and wonderful photos and stories they share in their recaps.

Then, a little blogging birdie told me that TECHmunch was coming to Tampa and I would have a chance to experience a real blogging conference in my own backyard.  Finally, it would be my turn to take photos, have fun and share my recap.  I was ready to sink my teeth into TECHmunch.

Or so I thought.

Unfortunately, there was this little lottery thing happening and I needed to reserve a wad of cash in case I was selected, which left little money to play with the cool kids at a blogging conference.

However, I could get a small taste and so it was, I attended the Friday night mixer to meet my fellow foodie bloggers at TECHmunch.

Honestly, I felt a little overwhelmed and out of my league.  I mean, I am mother runner blogger who occasionally blogs about food.  What could I possibly bring to the table?  Was I still outside looking in at the cool kids?

With a gracious smile, my nervousness was laid to rest when I was warmly welcomed by Babette of Bake Space and TECHmunch founder and I thanked her for bringing such a wonderful event to Tampa.  Even though I could only attend the mixer, I felt it was important to be part of this event.

Almost as eclectic as the dishes served, I enjoyed the company of some truly interesting foodie bloggers, like @CarlosEats, @TheAllergic Kid@ALocalFolkus and @DessertChic.  I rambled on with @TVFanatic about fitting quotes from Seinfeld and SNL into every day conversations and discussed how both are equally funny and quotable today.  (Yes, some of us still watch SNL in its entirety.)

I picked at paninis while picking Joshua’s SEO brain since I would miss his presentation.

I snacked on delicious strawberry themed foods provided by Driscoll’s, like strawberry bruschetta, a strawberry tomato borscht and strawberry gelato.

From the backdrop to the food to the company, every morsel of the evening was enjoyable and now I’m craving another helping.

Denise Mestanza-Taylor+


  1. Keepie DaNiece says:

    I’m going to open my mouth and admit what a shallow person I truly am. The FOOD pictures totally captivated me, and now that I’m feeling really hungry I’m going to go find some lunch for myself!

  2. startraci says:

    I am trying to get to a blogger convention, too! I have leapt all the hurdles, yet. But that food looks magnificent.


  3. superrelish says:

    I am glad you made it to your first blogger event and had a great time. I have been to a few, and been the nervous kid wanting to hide in the corner but still had a great time. I hope you get to go to another soon. Del

  4. unknownmami says:

    Yay, I’m glad you got to go to the mixer. I really want to go to more conferences. I’ve only been to one and the connections I made have been invaluable and the inspirations is wonderful.

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