We really do live in an amazing age. I had the most wonderful time last night, with half a dozen smart, amazing women. We shared food, conversation, and laughed together in the basement of a hidden restaurant on Eat Street. We tried new food, met new people, and left different than when we came. There was a sense of community between us, something shared. Something tangible.
I wouldn’t have met them if it wasn’t for the Internet.
How amazing is that? A dozen years ago, I doubt we would have thought such a thing possible. The Internet was a strange, noisy thing; incredibly slow. We weren’t sure what to think of it.
Not anymore. Now it’s everything; it’s so much a part of our lives that we don’t know where it ends and real life starts.
And that’s okay. As long as real life is more important.
The Internet is an absolutely amazing thing when it comes to two things: the sharing of information, and the connecting of people.
My husband and I got rid of TV a few years ago. I haven’t missed it, not once. The newspaper headlines I see out of the corner of my eye and the few news feeds I follow on Twitter remind me of why I’m glad we disconnected.
The Internet is different. It connects people, unlike TV. It is a seemingly endless, bountiful resource. It’s full of people who care about things that are important, the same way you do.
I’m so thankful for the people I’ve met in this past year, especially the Minnesota Food Bloggers. What a fantastic group of people. It is so invigorating to be connected (both online and in real life) to people that are so passionate about food, and everything else that’s important. Everyone I’ve met is inspiring, creative, warm, and supportive. It’s such a wonderful group of people to be part of.
It was so, so wonderful to have dinner with other people who are as passionate about vegetarian food as I am. If you ever feel like you’re the only vegetarian in the world, you’re not! Hop online, meet some people in your area, and get together for a meal. I can’t wait until the next Big Veggie Night, to reconnect, meet new people, and try new food all over again. If you’re in the Twin Cities area, join us!
Note: In the spirit of sharing information, I do have to let you know that while the food at Evergreen Chinese was flavorful and inspiring, a few people that came last night did not feel well after eating there. If you have noticed you are sensitive to MSG or food additives, it might not be the best choice for you. If you enjoyed this post, make sure you subscribe to my RSS feed!