So M and I went shopping today. We are in SF, it is raining, and we both are mall deprived, so I was totally game. Across the street from the mall is a my favorite shopping universe; Anthropologie. You all already know this about me. Five minutes into the Anthropologie shopping adventure we sit down so I can dig a piece of M's new Hello Kitty gum out of my purse. I happily oblige, since it will most likely buy me more time to look around. I look up from my task and recognize a famous blogger also shopping right in front of me. Hmmm....do I say something or not? I figure she must get recognized all the time. I have seen "famous" people so often in all the restaurants I have worked in, that I value their privacy over any need to bother them. Michael Jordan for example, could not even get through a meal without an interuption every 30 seconds from an adoring fan. That always bothered me. So, I have never approached a famous person. Today I broke my rule. I think it is because I am also a blogger, a recipe inventor and love food photography. I have a lot in common with this person, they just didn't know it! I also have M with me, so I figured that could make me appear less stalkerish.
In case you are wondering, it was Heidi Swanson from 101 Cookbooks. I have a link to her site on the right hand side of my blog page.
To make a long story short...she was incredibly articulate, pretty, friendly and just plain cool. She really was gracious with a stranger recognizing and approaching her. We talked about farmers markets, coffee, heirloom beans and the Ferry Builiding. I told her I was a nutritionist and I really appreciate how much she is adding to the world by getting people excited to cook in a creative, healthy way. The only downfall to the conversation was of course, me being nervous. When I get nervous, I tend to talk to fill up any awkward moments. So, I spent the rest of yesterday worried that I talked to much, not letting her get a word in. Oh, that is painful to think about!
It was a highlight of my month. A kindred blogger, foodie, anthropologie loving soul. If we had talked for 5 more minutes I would have forced her to be my friend. But that would have been stalkerish, and I am not stalkerish...right? At least I did not whip out my camera phone and ask an Anthropologie employee to take our picture....