Johnson & Wales University and BlogMary Conference, New England
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Helen's daughter Rosie is a junior at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. She's in the Pastry Arts program and is busy learning about the biz-side of the hospitality industry now. (Hey Rosie, how's the accounting class going?! ;)
FoodBuzz conference? How about BlogHer Food? Well, the conference to be at was the BlogMary Conference in Connecticut (of course, made up of people named Mary! ;) Mary of Popsicles and Sandy Feet and I have been internet friends since 2008 (it all started with her emailing me asking for Los Angeles restaurant recommendations for a west coast wedding) and we finally got to meet! We call ourselves "East Coast" and "West Coast" Mary. Like the rap artists...sans the rivalry and unsolved murders, and with more baked goods.
Do you want a trippy experience? Go to New England with someone from the "Old" or "Original" England.
Sample dialogue with Geordie (Northern England) Helen:
- Oh, Colchester! That's in Essex back home
- Oh, this area looks like North Yorkshire! Just like home....
- Oh, Bristol! Oh, Manchester!
After passing New Britain and New London while in New England, Rosie and I say: Hum, your peeps weren't that original with the names, huh?
Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven, CT. Ahhhhh...delicious! And almost even better the next day for breakfast. The line is long, but totally worth it. The pizzas are huge and served on sheet trays. Locally made soda from Foxon Park is available too. It was truly a New England weekend! Don't forget to go next door to get Italian ice squeezes - perfect ending to many many slices of pizza!
On behalf of my friend for a zillion years, Helen and I want to thank Mary & lovely her family and Rosie & her friends for making our quick trip so much fun!!
Mary, I'm waiting for you & J and the shorties to come visit LaLaLand, L-E-G-O land and D-I-S-N-E-Y land. Rosie, keep singing Adelle on the top of your lungs, build houses with Habitat, and enjoy your undergrad years!