From Yaffe Group Tidbits Blog? Hello & Welcome!

If you’ve landed here from a link off the Yaffe Tidbits blogpost… hello and welcome to Kitoula’s Greek Food Journal!!! I’m Greek. This is my journal. It’s mostly about food.

My next post will be about a recent weekend trip to Toronto where Yianni and I had some delicious meals at some fantastic restaurants. We also met a couple of Toronto foodbloggers; Peter Minaki and Paula Costa. It was great meeting them both IRL!

Yianni and I also attended Toronto’s Theatre 20’s production of Sondheim’s musical Company with Greek-Canadian movie star Nia Vardalos; she’s the My Big Fat Greek Wedding gal. She luvs me on Twitter. I have proof…


So come back… I plan on posting all about our weekend in Toronto soon. Until then, kali orexi! Facebook page embed posts

I am testing the new embed code provided by Facebook. I still needed a WordPress plugin to make it work on this page. I cannot see the actual Facebook post in my blog’s content editor through WordPress. I can only see it on the site’s page once it is published. That made editing the blog post more frustrating. I found that setting it up was rather tedious and complicated.

This post was a PicMonkey photo collage I created about making the Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond’s Homemade Applesauce recipe.


This post was also a PicMonkey photo collage I created about making Nigella Lawson’s Happiness Soup recipe.


Anyone reading this post that has used this new Facebook code? I’d luv to learn about your experience and any tips or tricks to make it easier to use.


My BlogHer ’13 Weekend

I attended BlogHer’13 last weekend. It was fantastic. Yianni and I made the road trip to Chicago. I met many incredible women and learned so much. I’ll share some highlights of the conference.

Friday July 26th started off with breakfast and Ree Drummond of The Pioneer Woman. She started blogging in 2006 and now she has her own show on Food TV. She was hilarious. What a sense of humor! I laughed so hard I cried.

Ree Drummond

Lunch with technology evangelist, entrepreneur, and author Guy Kawasaki. I learned a lot about self-publishing books on Amazon and the SEO advantage of a Google+ page.

That afternoon, Lauren Marie Fleming led a roundtable discussion on Blogging and Anonymity. Lauren is unashamedly alternative and a refreshingly progressive thinker.

Later that night, Yianni and I joined my cousin Erica, her husband Joe and some friends at Cere’s Table for dinner. The Sicilian inspired cuisine was very good. I had a special house cocktail that had a candied edible flower in it. It tasted amazing, flower and all!

Saturday July 27th was my favorite part of the entire event, breakfast with Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Forbes included her on their list of the most powerful women in the world. She was number 6 on the list.  Sheryl believes “BlogHer attendees are on the forefront of actively redefining the work/life dynamic.”

Sheryl Sandberg

I met Sheryl and she signed her book to me. Since then I have read her book and I highly recommend it. Her encouraging and motivating talk was followed by a Lean In Circle session. That morning’s open, honest communication experience was very profound. I will never forget it. That’s all I’ll say as I’m bound by a promise of confidentiality to my circle.

Saturday’s lunch was with Broadway-bound musical, “Chix 6,” founder and CEO of the Lightning Girl FUN-dation, Lourds Lane. She is very talented, entertaining and inspiring. Later that day we shared a few tweets.

That afternoon I attended a panel discussion with Majora Carter, Lisa Donovan, Brit Morin, and Randi Zuckerberg. All of whom are very successful entrepreneurial women. I was particularly interested in how Lisa Donovan launched her career by amassing a huge audience on YouTube.

Later, I attended Jill Nystul and Phyllis Khare’s workshop: Making the Most of Pinterest.

That evening, Yianni and I had dinner with our nephew Phillip at The Gage. What an interesting menu: elk, venison, bison, wild boar… we loved it.

So, now I’ll offer my sincerest thanks for the great weekend to the city of Chicago! Thank you BlogHer for a truly memorable conference.

I’m going to BlogHer ’13!

It’s my first time ever and I’m excited to be going to BlogHer ’13! It’s an annual blogging conference  and this year it’s at Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center from July 25th to the 27th.

BlogHer is a huge community of women who blog. BlogHer creates exposure, education and economic empowerment for their community and the audiences that they reach.

Yianni and I are driving to Chicago and will be staying at the The Palmer House Hilton. I’m sure there are lots of gals who will bring their husbands. Although Yianni isn’t attending the conference, I am glad to have a mini-vacation with him in Chicago. A lot to do there!

Here’s  the #BlogHer13 hashtag on Twitter. Check out BlogHer ’13’s landing page for the conference Agenda. I’ve connected with other 1st timers with the hashtag, #BlogHer13Newbie.

BlogHer '13

Are you going? Come talk to me at BlogHer’13!

p.s. To all my followers who are looking for a new recipe post, let me say, “I’m sorry!”. I know it has been a while. I have been so busy working at the digital ad agency as the Community Manager for a multi-national brand’s “social-good” project, that I haven’t been in the kitchen very much.

Yianni has been SO supportive. He has been doing most of the cooking for the last 3 months. Maybe I should make a video of him cooking outdoors on the grill!