Celebs, Swag & A Drink Recipe You Must Try: BlogHer ’14

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A couple weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend BlogHer ’14, a blogging conference in beautiful San Jose, California. I got to learn a lot, meet plenty of great foodie bloggers face-to-face, including the wonderful Andi from Weary Chef, talk to some great food companies (stay tuned for some awesome future giveaways on RecipeLion!) and even had a couple celebrity encounters including Kerry Washington, Arianna Huffington, and Khloe Khardashian (but more on that later!).

But what I really want to talk to you about today is COFFEE, because let’s be honest… who doesn’t love coffee?  One of the sponsors of BlogHer14 was Nescafe Dolce Gusto and they hosted a super fun event where we got to learn how to make a couple of delicious coffee drinks perfect for entertaining. Oh, and did I mention they also have alcohol in them?!

Alie and Georgia, who you may recognize from Cooking Channel’s show Unique Sweets, were the hosts of the event, and they showed us how to easily whip together a couple of coffee cocktails that will please pretty much everyone at the party.

Here they are demonstrating:

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And here I am posing with them, just a tad bit star-struck:

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So let’s talk about the drinks, shall we? This one is called the Spicy Chai Affogato and it’s perfect for anyone who loves a good Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks.  I was head over heels for this drink!
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Here’s how to make it:
Spicy Chai Affogato
*Courtesy of Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstock
Ingredients:

  • 1 serving NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Chai Latte, brewed
  • 1 scoop French vanilla ice cream
  • 1-1/2 oz. Spiced rum
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Fresh black pepper

Directions:

1)  Add ice cream and spiced rum into a glass and pour one NESCAFE Dolce Gusto Chai Latte over it.

2)  Top with a dash of cayenne pepper and a crack of fresh black pepper.

3)  Enjoy!

Alie and Georgia weren’t the only celebs at the conference. Like I mentioned earlier, I got to catch a glimpse of Khloe Kardashian from afar (love her or hate her, it was still exciting!), and we heard an inspiring speech from Arianna Huffington, of The Huffington Post fame. But the celebrity highlight for me had to be the keynote speech by actress Kerry Washington from TV’s Scandal.  Here she is on stage talking to us:

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Pretty much everyone in the room went crazy when she came on stage, and if you’re a Scandal fan, you know why.  This woman is eloquent, charming and funny… plus she let us in on some Hollywood gossip, so that was fun!

I had so much fun at BlogHer that I couldn’t leave it all in California. I came back with a ton of great stuff from the conference that I want to share with you, our lovely readers.

The Swag Bag Giveaway!

***Update: This giveaway is now closed. T Michelle Trump has been selected as our lucky Swag Bag Giveaway winner! Congratulations!  Thanks to all who entered.

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One lucky winner will take home this epic assortment of prizes gathered at BlogHer from the various sponsors. The Swag Bag includes:

  • 3 reusable grocery tote bags
  • 3 scented Glade candles
  • 1 Bailey’s Coffee Drink Container
  • Coupons for Angel Soft, Pledge, Baskin Robbins, Eggland’s Best, McDonald’s, and more
  • 1 free 10X10 photo book from Artifact Uprising
  • And much more!

How to Win:

Just leave a comment and answer our question below and you’ll be entered to win the Swag Bag. It’s as simple as that! You have until August 18th to enter.

Giveaway Rules:

  • Contest open to US and Canada residents 18+
  • One comment/entry per person per blog post.
  • Contest closes August 18th at 11:59pm CST.
  • Leave a comment on this blog post answering the question below to be entered to win. The winner will be notified via email on August 18th.

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Comments

  1. Lisa Langston says:

    With cream and sugar!!

  2. Melody Spence says:

    I like my coffee with cream/half& half and THM sweetblend.

  3. Stephanie Swieca says:

    I like my coffee with flavored creamer, preferably caramel or mocha

  4. If I have coffee I need lots of sugar and hazelnut creamer.

  5. Michelle Gordon says:

    I like my coffee with stevia and vanilla caramel creamer

  6. lisa mcfarland says:

    black usually

  7. Loren Brincefield says:

    With mocha

  8. With my husband/son, because they are the coffee drinkers & I am the tea drinker :) {Only occasionally I’ll drink coffee, w/sugar & 1/2 & 1/2, because it gives me an :( upset stomach}

  9. knittingdancer says:

    I used to drink it black all time, but now I like Half and Half or cream in my coffee.

  10. nancy furman says:

    I like vanilla flavored creamer and splenda in my coffee!!!

  11. Mike Yost says:

    Usually a splash of cream and 3 sweeteners sometimes flavored creamer, caramel.

  12. I like my coffee with lots of sugar and skim milk.

  13. Latrice Njee says:

    I like it with mint added for extra flavor, creamer and extra whipped cream…

  14. Strong and black!

  15. I like mine with cream and a little sugar — and every once in a while I will use a flavored creamer just to switch things up!

  16. Steve Carr says:

    Light and sweet

  17. carolyn d says:

    I like it black and very strong!
    Thanks!

  18. shayne livinsgton says:

    with caramel

  19. Alaina M. says:

    I don’t drink coffee. Mom says I make coffee better than her.

  20. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I like my coffee with cream and sugar

  21. Kim Mangrum says:

    With Flavored Creamer or Coffee Liquor (on the weekends) and Sugar and STRONG! In a BIG Cup!

  22. I don’t drink coffee…but I take my tea black, with no cream or sugar.

  23. I actually don’t like coffee – but like my tea straight – unsweetened.

  24. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like lots of cream and sugar.

  25. Strong and black, please.

  26. katherine mills says:

    I like my coffee strong, black, with truvia sweetener.

  27. Suzanne h says:

    I use chocolate almond milk in my coffee. Sometimes I’ll add extra Hershey’s syrup for an extra kick.

  28. Cindy Merrill says:

    I prefer brewed coffee, preferably with a heaping tablespoon of cocoa added to the grinds before adding water.
    I add just a teaspoon of dried milk to my coffee,as well as 1 tsp hot chocolate mix. Yummy.

  29. J’ aime mon café avec beaucoup de sucre et un nuage de lait.

  30. Margaret Smith says:

    I like my coffee with a little milk and sugar

  31. Danielle D says:

    With some milk

  32. I like my coffee with plenty of splenda and a drop of cream.

  33. I like my coffee with lots of hazelnut creamer and a straw!

  34. paige chandler says:

    4 equals and french vanilla creamer

  35. Cathy Truman says:

    I like my coffee with cinnamon and French vanilla creamer.

  36. ELIZABETH C. says:

    I like my coffee with half & half and 1 equal packet.

  37. Alyce Poalillo says:

    I like my coffee light and sweet-usually I use a flavored creamer or cream with sugar if I have it.

  38. victoria lynch says:

    My mom always teases me and says I like a little coffee with my cream and sugar. I have to have tons of both.

  39. Kathy Hanley says:

    I like my coffee with regular milk and Sweet-N-Low!

  40. Anne Taylor says:

    I enjoy my coffee with a little sugar and alot of skim milk!

    Thank you!

  41. Susan Christy says:

    I like my coffee with vanilla creamer.

  42. Rebecca Williams says:

    with a little milk & sugar.

  43. Heather Sorrell says:

    I love my coffee with Hazelnut creamer, and definitely prefer it to be iced, with lots of sugar!

  44. wendi watson says:

    one sweet n low packet and a shot of milk! Perfection!

  45. Casondra king says:

    Iced French vanilla xtra xtra

  46. paige kelly says:

    with irish cream

  47. Russell Moore says:

    I like it black, with a little sugar sometimes.

  48. I like my coffee with sugar and creamer.

  49. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I like my coffee black.

  50. Cynthia C says:

    I like my coffee strong with a little fat free half & half.

  51. i like my Coffee strong with liquid coffee creamer

  52. Tari Lawson says:

    My husband is the coffee drinker. He likes his with a little bit of cream.

  53. Amy Pratt says:

    I like my coffee with sugar and half&half.

  54. I usually take it with cream and sugar but when I need a sweet pick me up I add either hot chocolate mix or chocolate syrup.

  55. Linda Lansford says:

    I Like coffee with cream and sugar

  56. Tammy Arnold says:

    At our house the coffee is always black and strong. We launch ourselves into the day.

  57. Kari Johnson says:

    French vanilla creamer !

  58. T Michelle Trump says:

    I love to have my coffee with milk and sugar.

  59. I Like my coffee with cream and sugar

  60. I like my coffee with just a touch of Cashew Milk. Thanks for the chance to win the prize pack!

  61. Jill Myrick says:

    I love my coffee with one Natra Taste and just a touch of hazelnut creamer.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  62. I use cream and a little amount of stevia

  63. My husband is more of a coffee drinker than I am. He drinks it black. I like to have a cappuccino once in awhile.

  64. Would have to say that it would be dark no cream or sugar

  65. brandy g. says:

    I like my coffee with vanilla coffee creamer and 2 packs of splenda.

  66. Amber Ramey says:

    I’m always trying different things in my coffee at the moment I’ve just been having a bit of sugar and a splash of silk milk.

  67. I like my coffee with cream and sugar.

  68. Kathleen Maiewski says:

    Tasty stuff, I love Bailey’s!

  69. I like my coffee black

  70. steph gregory says:

    With french vanilla and sugar!

  71. Brittney House says:

    I like coffee with French vanilla creamer.

  72. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    I like coffee just plain old black.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  73. I like sweet and creamy. 2 sugars, 2 creamers

  74. I like it so many ways! If it’s hot from the pot, I want it black, but always brew it with cinnamon. If it’s cold from the fridge I like hazelnut decaf the best. Mocha can be cold or hot. I’ll take any of them cold over ice cream, maybe with whipped cream, but if it’s the reg. with cinnamon, then I might put caramel or a little chocolate syrup in it. Sometimes I’ll add caramel to hot coffee so it tastes sort of like a latte. I’ll get a latte or frappe at McDonalds if I have a coupon, or a cappuccino at the gas station, which I prefer English Toffee, but French Vanilla will do.

  75. Stephanie Larison says:

    I like mine with vanilla creamer and some splenda in it.

  76. I am not a huge coffee drinker, but when I do, I like sweet and seasonal blends, with vanilla, hazelnut, and caramel flavors.

  77. Karen Drake says:

    I like my coffee with Half & Half.

  78. I like my coffee with vanilla flavor creamer.

  79. Kathryn C says:

    I just started drinking coffee this year, believe it or not- I’ve been drinking it black with one packet of sweet-n-low

    KC

  80. Holly Kennedy says:

    I like my coffee with french vanilla coffeemate and sweet n low.

  81. Peggy Rydzewski says:

    I enjoy my coffee black with two sugars.

  82. I like my coffee with sugar and warm milk or cream. I always warm the milk or cream first.

  83. Jessica Rose says:

    I love my coffee with two sugars, cream and a shot of caramel. Yummm

  84. Rachael G. says:

    I like my coffee with just cream. I like both iced coffee and hot coffee (but usually lean towards iced).

  85. Jane Thomas says:

    Strong with milk and sugar!

  86. Debra Guillen says:

    I like my coffee with half and half and Nectresse

  87. Brenda Elsner says:

    I like my coffee with cream and sugar.

  88. I like my coffee with cream and coconut sugar.

  89. Just flavored creamer

  90. Rikki Kretovic says:

    I like my coffee best ice with french vanilla creamer :)

  91. Katt Lewis says:

    I like my coffee with a chocolate or vanilla creamer and stevia or splenda.

  92. Jennifer R says:

    I drink my coffee black most of the time but occasionally I put in a little half and half.

  93. Sarah Hall says:

    I take it black with no sugar or cream.

  94. Leslie L Stanziani says:

    I like my coffee with lots of sugar and cream.

  95. stephanie baker says:

    i like my coffee with some bailey’s :)

  96. Just milk and coffee for me!

  97. I love my coffee with lots of French vanilla cream and no sugar

  98. Sarah Jestings says:

    I like my coffee with a small amount of cream and sugar.

  99. Tabathia B says:

    I like it with lots of sugar and cream, I prefer the flavored kind.

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  100. April Gray says:

    I like my coffee first thing in the morning with a little bit of flavored creamer.

  101. Melanie Montgomery says:

    Lukewarm with hazelnut creamer.

  102. Christine says:

    sugar and skim milk

  103. With sugar.

  104. Laurie Emerson says:

    I like my coffee strong and with a little bit of flavored creamer and sugar.

  105. I don’t drink coffee, but my husband drinks enough for the both of us. Black and strong.

  106. I like my coffee light and sweet with cream

  107. danielle Marie says:

    I like it iced with flavored creamer. Normally hazelnut.

  108. Sarah Marshall says:

    I like my coffee iced with sugar and a yummy flavored creamer!

  109. Rebecca Hoppe says:

    With jameson!

  110. I generally drink it black in the office, but at home I add a splash of milk and a dash of cinnamon.

  111. I like dark roasted coffee with whole milk added.

  112. Barb Stenby says:

    I like my coffee with soy creamer no sugar.

  113. tracey byram says:

    I like a dark roast with plenty of creamer

  114. I drink my coffee black.

  115. Francine Anchondo says:

    Cream and Sugar

  116. tina reynolds says:

    I have my coffee with suger and french vanilla creamer

  117. I like my coffee with cream and sugar ..

  118. Melissa R says:

    I like my coffee mixed with unsweetened vanilla almond milk!

  119. I love my coffee black with nothing added :)

  120. Tracy Pryor says:

    I like my coffee with french vanilla coffee creamer and sweet ‘n low.

  121. Marina Moore says:

    I use Coffee-Mate Italian Sweet Creme, no sugar needed.

  122. I like the smell of coffee best!

  123. Kathy Pease says:

    I like my coffee black with no sugar

  124. I like a strong coffee with hazelnut flavored creamer

  125. I love my coffee in the morning hot with cream and sugar.

  126. flooderette says:

    Lots of half and half no sugar

  127. I like sweet and creamy coffee so I add Sweet ‘N Low and Sugar Free Coffee Mate, usually hazelnut flavor.

  128. cynthia Painter says:

    I like my coffee black!

  129. Coriander Warren says:

    I like my coffee black. Or with some flavorful creamer in it….or iced…..or or or I love me some coffee!

  130. Janet Boyanton says:

    Lots of sugar and cream!

  131. Mary Cloud says:

    My husband loves coffee with lots of sugar
    annabella @ centurytel dot net

  132. I love it with vanilla. Thank you

  133. I love my coffee with cream and splenda!

  134. Thanks for the giveaway… like strong coffee with a splash of skim or soy milk !

  135. S. Carter says:

    I may be the only one but…I don’t drink coffee.

  136. I like my coffee with french vanilla creamer or Mocha

  137. Buddy Garrett says:

    I like my coffee with cream and sugar.

  138. Lots of it with a little bit of milk!

  139. Lily Kwan says:

    with lots of sugar and cream

  140. tiona meadows says:

    With sugar and cream,maybe vanilla flavoring

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