Excite yet nervous. This was what I felt during the Food Blogger's Gathering @ Sandias organised by Boolicious in conjunction with the Klue RSVP Event. There were 38 food bloggers (including their spouses and guests) attending the gathering so it was pretty an amazing experience for me to meet the owners of other blogs that I have been reading and putting comments daily. The introducing part was fun, cos nobody knows who you are when you introduced your name, but once you tell them which blog you are from, you will get response such as Oohhhh and Aaahhh!! Hahahaha!! But I guess the funniest moment was when WMW and I bumped into Kampung Boy and City Gal in front of Sandias and not knowing their real name, we just called out Kampung Boy! City Gal!
The place was rather small and so it was really packed with all the food bloggers mingling around. I find it pretty warm too, luckily cocktails were unlimited so i gulped down to 6-7 glasses that nite. Probably the alcohol was the culprit. Apart from my makan kaki i.e. WMW, Lyrical Lemongrass and Boo it was really great to finally meet up with KampungBoyCityGal, Jackson, Jason (all the way from Ipoh), Someone who is constantly craving, Tankiasu, Tummythoz, Teckie, Mei Yen and her Darling Bob, FoodieLiaane, WaiSikKai, Nigel, Xiu Loong Bao, RevenousRabbit, FoodCookies, Kenny Mah, BabeintheCity and who else (cracking my head)? Anyway, if i left out anyone, please let me know yah.
Ok now, on the food part...Sandias is a Mexican Restaurant and with food bloggers around, I thought the food would be extra good.
Since am with Hubby, I tend to order different dishes for us so that we get more food photos. Hahaha...I think that benefited WMW too since she was also busy taking photos of my food. For appetiser, I had the Pumpkin Soup...which kinda tasted like unsalted dhal. This is my second time having pumpkin soup so i don't know if it's supposed to taste like this since the first time i had the soup was at Secret Recipe which was added with curry powder. I took a few spoonful of this and passed the rest over to Hubby.
Hubby had the Chicken Tortillas which is basically minced chicken wrapped with tortilla skin and then deep fried. First bite was good...but 2 more bites later, I find it too oily for me, in fact the tortillas were covered with oil. So I just korek out the minced chicken..hehe..hopefully am not too rude in doing that.
For the mains, I had the Baked Sole in Tomato Salsa served with Oily Rice and Mixed Veggies at the side. The fish tasted bland and frozen, just like Dory fish to me and so I immediately handed this over to Hubby. For your info, I have phobia over Dory cos back to my dieting months before wedding, I was having steamed/grilled dory without any sauce almost like daily. Being a glutton, you can imagine the impact of such diet have on me. LOL
Hubby was really disappointed with his Chicken Dish too....sauteed with a sauce that tasted like a mix between Oyster Sauce and Black Pepper Sauce, the only thing I like about the gravy was actually the pine nuts. By the way, their servings were not consistent cos WMW's gravy was without nuts while fried banana was missing from our plates. :( Probably the crowd was too big for them, thus it got a bit disorganised at one point.
Lastly, the dessert!!! I seriously do not know how Mexican dessert tasted like but this layered gallet with frozen lime cream was way too sweet for me. Actually the photo of the dessert below belongs to WMW as my ice-cream shape was kinda like shredded instead of one round scoop.
Although food wasn't great, I was really happy and left Sandias with a big smile with all the new friends I made. Well...got to admit that I couldn't remember all the names (I am really bad at remembering names) but I certainly now can put a picture in my mind to each blog. Just can't wait to meet up again at next gathering...Ninja Jones isn't it?