Last night I was lucky enough to meet up with some of the stars of the food blogging world. Sam of Becks and Posh had kindly written me a few weeks ago to point out a BBC report that touched on the Queen's Birthday Party we attended in June. She mentioned she would be in Paris in November and so I asked if she would be interested in meeting up with some of the Paris bloggers. To my delight, she and Fred managed to find a small window of free time for us. And what a turn out! If you want to see a photo of the full crowd, you can check out Sam's post.
And what happens when bloggers meet? Well, first there is always that little awkward bit when you are sitting next to someone you feel you know very well through his or her writing but haven't actually met in the flesh. And then you start comparing camera equipment (Sam's SLR had me drooling). And obsessive Rachael Ray fans. And the few bad apples in the blogging world who are cynical or just plain missing the point. And the wine flows and you order another bottle.
And the part I missed? You bring PRESENTS for all your good virtual friends! I'm so annoyed with myself: why didn't I think of such a generous gesture? Instead, I sat there profiting from the wonderful generousity of the others. A prune in Armagnac from David! Fantastic Gianduia Fondante chocolates from Pim! And beautiful gem-like Michael Recchiuti chocolates from Sam!
Ah well, I'll know next time. There wasn't enough time to talk to everyone properly, but I was lucky enough to sit between Sam and Fred and monopolize their time for a while before hurrying back home to the Boy. And even more luckily for me, the rest of the crowd - Clotilde of Chocolate and Zucchini, Pascale of C'est moi qui l'ai fait!, David Lebovitz, Michèle of Oswego Tea, Cindy from Food Migration and Laura from Cucina Testa Rossa - live in Paris so I might not have to wait as long to see them again. And dear Pim is going to be with us in Paris for the next few months. So I am rich in friends and lucky indeed!