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:


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

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!
Spicy Chai Affogato2
Here’s how to make it:
Spicy Chai Affogato
*Courtesy of Alie Ward and Georgia Hardstock

  • 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


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:


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.

BlogHer Swag Bag Giveaway
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.

How do YOU like your coffee?



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  1. P eggie says

    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}

  2. Dara Nix says

    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!

  3. Suzanne h says

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. April V. says

    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.

  7. Amber S. says

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

  8. 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.

  9. Carla says

    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.

  10. Taryn T. says

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

  11. 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


  12. Rachael G. says

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

  13. 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!

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