SXSW Take 2

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“Whatever job you do, you need to be a writer. You need to know your story. Yep, even chefs and restaurant owners.”- Social media and food guru Eddie Huang. With that quote my learning experience started on Saturday morning. I went to go see the social media chef speak hoping that at least I would get a good laugh. What I didn’t see coming was his heart-warming advice and inspirational view on the world.  Mr. Huang explained how he went from one day being fed up with corporate America to finding out how to live out his dream, his way. He was inspiring while still giving serious advice of living your life the way you want and not waiting for your bucket list to get started once you hit 50. It was truly the greatest session I had seen so far.

After seeing this amazing panel, I was giddy with excitement and a little loopy from lack of sleep, but I was now more than ready to listen to everyone else speak about marketing, social media, and especially food and technology.

Outside you could feel the explosion of energy throughout downtown Austin with the wonderful mixture of hipsters, nerds, and those who fit somewhere in between.  Dawn and I were zigzagging through downtown trying to see as much as possible while staying on time for each session. There were near misses with a couple cars and a few choice words being yelled while music was being played from even store-front. You could truly feel the spirit of the Live Music Capital of the world.

We spent the day listening to innovative people talk about their industry and learning about everything from fashion, technology, to product marketing and digital storage. We explored the food culture through the ever amazing food trucks that were lining the streets, which boasted food items such as Korean BBQ tacos to salty caramel frozen yogurt!

Sunday was more of the same. You could see the mixture of exhaustion and happiness on people’s faces as you walked by, but the sun was out and at least we could be thankful for that. We were lucky enough to reach the Long Center to see the infamous Nina Garcia and Randi Zuckerberg who were here to talk about fashion and technology. Everyone sat in awe as Nina described her opinions on what were upcoming trends, her obvious dislike to the Google Glasses, and the difference between editors and bloggers. She said there was a place for both but that the bloggers will always be regarded as being from something personal while editors are here to solve problems.

The days were amazing and I couldn’t be more thankful for my experiences during SXSW. I hope I gave you a little glimpse and took you along for the ride. Now, I think it’s time for a nap…




I am Emilie, I have always been lover of food and travel, but just starting out when it comes to being a foodie (and the creation of food).  I have always been fascinated by food, food creativity, and the origins of each ingredient. However, usually I defeated myself with my lack of knife skills or some other excuse not to just try.

This is my journey on what can be seen as trials and tribulations of food exploration and other fun key ingredient adventures.  I will explore healthier ways to eat all the while pushing out of my comfort zone when it comes to ingredients and new tricks. These recipes and tricks will not only help you become a healthier person this year, but hopefully also help you impress your loved ones. 




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