Wine, Paula Deen, and Everything in Between

I apologize that it’s been a minute since my last post…between work and a dash of vacation, it’s been a little hectic around here. But today, I’m uber excited to share a few pictures from my recent outing to Sandestin. In addition to traveling for the Southern College Health Association Conference, my in-laws also included me and the hubs in their annual trip to the Sandestin Wine Festival.

IMG_20130418_142631During my time at the SCHA conference, I had the pleasure of presenting one of the breakout sessions about partnering with community entities to enhance student engagement in health and nutrition promotion. Other breakout sessions with our speakers included peer education, stress management for college students, medical management of eating disorder patients, and other topics pertinent to college health. After the conference ended on Saturday, I got to spend the rest of my time with the family at the wine festival.


Notice that Diane Hendricks is an RD and a chef? AWESOME!

One highlight of the festival was Paula Deen as one of the celebrity chef guests! And guess what? I even got to chitchat with her before they whisked her away on a golf cart for her lunch session. I mentioned to her that her banana pudding changed my life. She laughed and said “well, it ain’t yo mama’s banana pudding!” and I almost responded with “you’re right, my mom is filipino and doesn’t make banana pudding” 🙂 If I had to be honest though, I really wanted to ask her about her diabetes medication, but I did not want to have that kind of a conversation in such a public place 🙂


Paula while talking to me about that good ole banana pudding.


Look at that Mr. Sparkles picture on the menu…below I have a picture with the description of the Mr. Sparkles challenge.


I don’t know about you, but that Kitchen Sink looks like fun.


Can we say Woman Vs. Food? I don’t think I could do it.


Beautiful view of the courtyard from my in-laws townhouse/condo front porch at The Village of Baytowne Wharf.


A handful of VIP guests visiting the tents before the hundreds come in for the festival.


Me and the hubs.



$40.00 gummy bear at the candy shop





More wine please?


A handful of the wines we eventually picked out…. you can see I tend to go for the sweet “girly” wines 🙂

Me and the husband got to be on the Food Network stage for our pilot of "What Goes With Beer?" ....I think we could hit it big :)

Me and the husband got to be on the Food Network stage for our pilot of “What Goes With Beer?” ….I think we could hit it big 🙂

I apologize for the lack of commentary with today’s post; I mostly wanted to share some fun pictures with you guys. Soon I’ll be posting a review of the calamansi beverage that Nomsi in San Francisco has sent me— I can’t wait to share 🙂

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