Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Bay Area Desi Women Bloggers Meet




Blogging has now become something that many of us pursue, in our spare time or we even make time to write about stuff. Be it a cooking recipe that you tried or a movie that you want to review or a fiction short story that you want to share or simply a place to keep track of life's happenings, we all blog for different reasons. While, we visit blogs from all over the globe, there is always a spark of interest when you stumble across a blog from the same city or place that you blog from.

Well, that having been said, Bay Area is vast and the desi poulation here is mind boggling. Wherever there are desis, food is a key topic. Indian cuisine is extensive, there are so many varieties of dishes- North Indian, South Indian etc. and it is amazing how many new dishes you can gather out of all the culinary bloggers who are so generous in sharing their recipes with the rest of the blog community.

Thanks to A-kay and a few other bloggers in the Bay Area who met and formed a group for Bay Area Desi Food Bloggers earlier this year. With several potential interested bloggers, me being the only non-food blogger in the area, after a bunch of emails, we met on Saturday, June 14th at the Passage to India Bakery buffet as a larger group, with some newbies joining in for this second get together , including me, Cham , Uma , Mansi and Radhika . Some of the bloggers who had already met for the first time earlier in the year were glad to meet up for second time and they included The Cooker , The Taste Tinkerer and of course A-kay .

It was an interesting group of women who had taken the time off from their weekend routine, kids etc. and special thanks to one blogger who drove down 2 hours from Sacramento for this meeting. While we all had different backgrounds, some even spoke a different language, some more talkative than others, the time just flew by as we made introductions and were warming up.

Hope that the other bloggers in the group, who couldn't make it for this meeting, will be able to come for the next gathering. A pleasant experience in meeting with strangers, hopefully will continue.

17 comments:

na_an said...

cool..looks like you had fun! :-)

Cham said...

He he , i was waiting for this post :) It is just a blast, i didn't feel like i met strangers, Kudos who drove 2 hours to just meet us :) Wish it should continue...

A-kay said...

Nice writeup - but I was waiting for the Dasavatharam review. Where is it? Did you and K like it?

Me said...

..only when I started taking pictures of the food that I cooked I understood the difficulty in food blogging...i feel food blogging is more difficult than cooking...

...as you rightly said...they are very generous in sharing the recipes...

..but why did food bloggers meet for a buffet...each blogger should have selected a recipe from another one's blog and made a dish..it would have been lil more intersting...

Bavani said...

Sounds like a fun time - you guys are lucky to be in a big city unlike me in my potato land hehe. And it's good that you had time away from what you have to do everyday anyway :)

Priya said...

Thaz cool and nice way to be in touch in real too.

Uma said...

I am also waiting for this post, Mitr! We sure had a great time and lot of thrill seeing each other for the first time (atleast for me)! I totally enjoyed the afternoon. Thanks (you know what)! this is a lovely post. It will definitely continue as far as I am concerned.

Spillay said...

I'm glad to read about your catch-up. Sounds like everyone had a great time. Any photos?

Sreelu said...

Hey too bad I missed out on the event, will join in next time. Glad you guys had fun

backpakker said...

that sounds like a lot of fun
lakshmi

Laavanya said...

That sounds like fun!

mitr_bayarea said...

na_an- we did....

cham- thanks, it felt very good to meet up.

A-kay- Since there are tons of Dasa reviews on blogs and other sites, I didn't do one. It was okay, Kamal's effort needs to be appreciated, otherwise, movie was not that great.

me- aptly said- food blogging is harder than cooking, we met for a buffet, since we didn't want to end up cooking :-)

bavani- yes, in some ways living in Bay Area has its advantages.

priya- yeah.

Uma- thanks..enjoyed seeing you as well.

spillay- sorry, no photos will be put up, we had a good time.

sreelu- yes, you should try and make it for the next meet.

lakshmi- it sure was interesting to see all the bloggers.

laavanya- yes.

priya- was this comment meant for some other blog???

Priya said...

Yes it was!...to my father who was on Gtalk! :)) My ctrl C/V must have messed up :D I meant to say, 'I am greeeeen with envyyy :((' =))

Laksh said...

Sounds real fun! Going green with envy now :)

mitr_bayarea said...

Laksh- Thanks..it would have been nice if you live around here, as well.

TBC said...

That must have been so much fun! :D

Sailaja said...

Too bad I missed it this time. Will definately try next time