I can’t talk about my trip to FNCE without talking about food!
I am a food blogger, after all…
Food is the first thing mentioned in the name FNCE (Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo) and there was plenty throughout the conference.
When I was on the plane, all I made it my mission to get some fried chicken. What I ended up eating this weekend was a little more diverse…
It all started with our first night in ATL. My friend M and I had been up since 3:30AM to get to the airport for our respective flights and were starting to transition for that space of being tired to being tired, cranky, and overall unpleasant to be around. So we found a cute little wood-fired pizza place that had great pizza, cold beers, and a great atmosphere.
Nothing cures the hungry (hungry/angry) blues than carbohydrates!
We split a pie that was covered in sweet Italian sausage, caramelized onions, and roasted red peppers. Hello, perfection!
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles agreed with us (but seriously, what a great decoration for a pizza place!).
The next day, we forewent a traditional lunch to snack our way through the Expo, which featured food products, books, dishware, nutritional supplements, etc. It was smorgasbord of different tastes, textures, and food options.
My favorite was the peach cobbler.
It was a perfect petite portion, with its own little fork. You can’t go to Georgia without eating peaches, right?
After the peach cobbler, I ate a tin of almond, a blackberry cobbler bar, a tiny chicken pot pie, two mini boxes of cereal, and a fudgsicle. *burp*
Despite eating my body weight in snacks, during my last lecture session, my stomach started to rumble.
So I grabbed a Snapea Crisps sample out of my bag… all better!
Sunday night was the last night that my friends and I were all in ATL together, so we decided to venture downtown to find a restaurant for dinner. We stumbled upon this little joint that looked like a little antebellum mansion.
Which ended up being Gone With the Wind-themed. My friend J was beside herself (it’s her favorite movie).
After waiting for a bit, we finally got to sit down at a time-scarred wood table and dig into big plates of salad (hello, vegetables… oh how I’ve missed you!) and hot squares of cornbread, flaky biscuits, and sweet muffins studded with blueberries and chocolate chips. Then I finally got my wish…
Served with mashed potatoes and white gravy. Absolute heaven. At that moment, I was in complete contentment – my best friends and fried chicken… who needs anything more?
The next morning I was feeling a little sluggish and decided that I needed a healthy breakfast item to make up for our overindulgence last night (which was so worth it, by the way).
A big cup of strawberries powered me through the morning sessions, but I was still ravenous for lunch.
Which ended FNCE on a sweet note! Ice cream cone, anyone?
FNCE was an amazing experience educationally but was also so much fun for this grad school foodie! I had the chance to taste different foods and food products during my time at the Expo and I was able to have some amazing fried chicken too. I can’t wait until next year to see what food surprises Nashville brings!
Your food lovin’ friend,
Disclosure: All thoughts and opinions about the food products in this blog are my own!