“The perfect meal is the meal you need right now.” – Anthony Bourdain
What a fun, crazy and memorable week I just had! This weekend was the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) held by the American Dietetic Association. This year 10,000 dietitians made their way to the fabulous city of Boston for lectures, reunions, food and fun.
On Friday Danielle and I shipped to Boston, matching bags in tow
Once we arrived our first stop was with one of my best friends from high school, Steph! Steph was ready to show us a fun night, so we started out at her new favorite restaurant, Lower Depths. On the menu: tater tots! (everything in moderation, right? 😉 )
After dinner we hit the town and had a great time. Our group:
The next morning it was time to check out some of the sights! Our first stop was Fenway park.
From there we went to little Italy
Then hiked to the opening of the conference at the Boston Convention Center!
After the opening, Danielle and I were on a mission to find the hippest Boston vegetarian restaurant, but being tourists we had no clue where to start. We wandered the streets (for nearly 2 hours) and got a recommendation to a great vegan/vegetarian restaurant called the Other Side. I wasn’t able to document pics, but we got some delicious raw eats, and vegan delicacies. Success!
After the longg day it was time to unwind with only one thing…ROCKBAND!!
And that was day one. Ready for the rest!? Let’s go!
The next morning was a 5 am wake up call for a breakfast sponsored by the Raisin Board.
There was Raisin inspired food, and a great presentation by Dr. Jim Painter on Mindless Eating. He was one of my favorite speakers of the weekend
Chocolate and Health
And others about eating disorders, farming methods, the fat debate and more.
There were also healthified food demonstrations (featuring the Diet Diva herself, Tara Gidus!)
Another great part was the foodie celebrities! I got 3 signed books, including a book by the one and only Hungry Girl, Lisa Lee!
(Thank you Tara for introducing us!)
Also on the celeb list was Food Network and Travel Channel Star, Anthony Bourdain! He was the final speaker of the conference.
After saying goodbye to old friends, Danielle and I met up with her friend Keelan for our last Boston dinner. Keelan wouldn’t let us leave without trying Mr. Bartley’s Burgers, known for its clever burger names and delicious food.
Sadly after our dinner it was time to head home. The trip was so fun, but very tiring! Most days we looked like this
Due to an overwhelming amount of giveaways we had to lug back all the goods, but it was worth it! Some of my favorite take-homes
Whew! What a whirlwind! This weekend was hectic but I learned a ton, met incredible people, and spent quality time with some of my favorite friends/dietitians. Thanks to Steph and Keelan for hosting us, and to everyone else for a memorable trip. I already can’t wait until the next conference!
Until next time, have a healthy and happy Friday and weekend.