Joining up with Amanda today for Thinking Out Loud.
Sometimes it feels like I blog on an island.
Now don’t get me wrong. Since I started blogging over six (!) years ago I have made so many “blends” (blogging friends). We read each others blogs, support each other, and I even had the chance to meet many last year at Blogfest (and more hopefully this year).
The thing is, even though some of these women (and a few men) feel like true friends, none of them live anywhere near me. Oh, yes, quite a few in Southern California, especially San Diego, Orange County, and Los Angeles. But those places are several hours away, and I don’t get there very often.
But now, that is changing.
Several months ago I was participating in a campaign with Linqia. I always like to support the other bloggers in a campaign, so when they would leave the link of their completed article I would stop by their blog and comment on and share their post.
One of those bloggers was Andrea from Tabler Party of Two. She’d written a great post for Del Monte Pure Earth Juice, including a delicious Pineapple Mojito recipe (check it out!). About a week later I received a message from Andrea asking me to join the Desert Bloggers, a local blogging group! I had no idea she was from the desert! Fortunately, my old blog name Live from La Quinta, let Andrea know that I was a local.
Since that time, a few of us have met for a glass of wine, and several of us will be heading to Bloggy Boot Camp in May. I’m excited to have made new, local blogging friends and can’t wait to see what the future will bring.
Well, in one way, the future is here. The Desert Bloggers are doing our first shared giveaway! If you are local to the desert, or know someone who is (please share this!), you can win a $150 gift certificate and a bottle of wine from Mitch’s on El Paseo !
When Andrea, Lizzie, and I met at Mitch’s Restaurant a couple weeks ago to discuss the giveaway, I had a chance to check out the menu. I, of course, am always on the lookout for plant based options, and Mitch’s has a few. They even have a vegan roll on their sushi menu (called The Vegan). I was also assured by Mitch himself, who is always on hand to greet diners, that the kitchen would be happy to accommodate a plant based diet on request (I’d recommend calling ahead).
For my non-vegan readers, Mitch’s Restaurant, which opened in February 2013 in the site of the former Augusta Restaurant on El Paseo in Palm Desert, has options that range from steak and seafood to sushi and lobster tempura. Truly something for everybody.
Below you will find the links to all of the participants in the giveaway as well as the Gleam entry form. Good luck!
If you’re a blogger, have you joined a local blogging group? Have you had the opportunity to meet your favorite bloggers in real life?