|A view of North Carolina|
|photos courtesy Winston-Salem Marriott|
I only had four hours of sleep the night before. You can tell from my "airplane look" on the left. I tried to put on my game face (or is it fish face?!) because I knew there was a long day ahead. I guess you could call the left picture 'BEFORE', and the right picture 'AFTER'.
|Treats from Krispy Kreme|
|Mural that reads, "la luz de diversidad"|
I headed back to the hotel's lobby, where I met a few more of the bloggers. We all arrived at different times throughout the day. Because I am constantly on Twitter, I knew exactly who everyone was. I may have called them by their Twitter handle, but that's accepted in the blogger world. LOL! Here are all the bloggers who were in attendance:
I was so graciously afforded the opportunity to attend this event thanks to Amanda from Mommy Mandy (and recommendation by her sister, Kristin, from Our Ordinary Life). Amanda is having a baby girl soon and decided to sit this one out. While I'm sad she missed it, I'm overjoyed that I didn't. I learned so much!
We headed to the factory. There we were stripped of our jewelry and video-recording devices. They can't let all their secrets out. I was able to capture a few shots.
|The bloggers entering the Krispy Kreme Factory|
|Me pretending to crack the code on the vault holding the recipe for Krispy Kreme doughnuts|
The tour continued:
|The older version of the doughnut roller|
We headed to a local restaurant called Sweet Potatoes. There slogan is, "Not soul food......but FOOD that's good for the Soul." I couldn't have said it better myself. The food and atmosphere were on point.
Lemon Raspberry Martini and Pimento Cheese
|shrimp and grits|
|Stuffed Whole Trout |
Bacon wrapped whole boneless rainbow trout stuffed with sweet potato cornbread stuffing, greens, and crabmeat,
topped with cold tomato caper relish and served on creamy stone ground grits
|Me and Katie, my friend from high school|
|You are getting sleepy! You are getting sleepy!|
To find out what happened on Day 2, visit Mommy Mandy for all the details.
All accommodations and travel were paid for thanks to Krispy Kreme. The opinions, views, and ACTIONS are my own.