It has nearly been a week since that eventful gathering of Food Bloggers at Sandias. It was actually a KLUE Rsvp Martell event, but Boolicious very cleverly used it as an ideal springboard to organise a floggers get together. Fixed price, free flowing alcohol, fixed menu, fine company, food talk, the true food blogger's paradise. Well, after meeting them all, (I think there were about 30 of them), I realise that I don't really qualify as a hardcore food blogger.
For starters, I certainly do not have the array of photos displayed on other blogs, but for good reason. Shy lah, how to take pictures amidst the see foos. All the canggih equipment, and the food paparazzi attacking the food as if it was the corpse of a dead princess. Also, I was more interested in drinking, and eating, (in that order), to calm my nerves, as I am very shy in the midst of so many people in new company. The first people I met upon entering Sandias were actually not related to the food blogger fraternity, so I was a bit thrown off scent. But soon enough, the familiar faces of Boolicious, Jackson, and Nigel (although he does not know me, I knew him), WMW, ....the list grew exponentially larger, and I think the alcohol must have been destroying my braincells instantaneously because I can barely put name to face now. So, let me just highlight a few people whom I did manage to speak to for the first time:
The famous Nigel Skelchy : Not even after much conversation, we discovered how bizarrely small KL is, and how our pool of mutual acquaintances make incest in the royal family look like mail order brides. (translation: KL social circle everyone overlap la)
The legendary pioneer food blogger, Babe In the City : Missed her at the original food gathering, and somehow she didnt look at all like what I imagined. Actually, I don't know what I imagined, but she seems very down to earth and friendly, despite the cult status.
The Young Cute Couple, Kampung Boy and City Gal: Them, and a few others (Xiu Long Bao and Char Siew Bao), made me feel old.
The multi talented salsa hip gyrating Timothy Low: Runs a salsa school (I prefer guacamole), and maintains a food blog as a part time thing. Even got name cards printed for this purpose. That's dedication. And for those of you wondering, we did share something that looked very similar, waist down.
Jason from Ipoh Mali : Omigawd, I thought he was 15!!!!
Celebrity Riz Ainuddin : Apparently has a very large following in the local scene. With that actor-ish looks, not surprised la.
Eat First Think Later: Goes by the name Teckie, a gregarious young lady, who I reckon, ahem, would go very well with Living in Food Heaven. Actually, she sat next to me. Such a SPYT.
TUMMYTHOZ: although strictly speaking, it's not my FIRST time meeting her, its the first time I met her and her other half and managed to get more than 5 words of conversation.
Now, apologies if I've left out anyone, but I also vaguely remember, throught the clouded vision induced by Martell, (I had about 12 drinks at least), Joe who is constantly craving, Kenny Mah, Adly of Fried Chillies, Precious Pea, apart from those I already know, ie, Boolicious, WMW, Lemongrass, Paprika, Jackson, ....gee, all of 5!!!
Shan't bother with the food reviews, as many have blogged about it, with superb photos, but a note of thanks to Nigel for the Phase II pencuci mulut, their famous chocolate cheese cake. Very yummy, but created havoc with those who have alcohol dairy intolerance like me.
Anyway, just a vague picture to show that yes, I was there. For proper food reviews on the event, go to Babe's Blog, which I believe has the most updated list.