This year the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) was in Boston, MA! I have never been to Boston so you know I was excited to travel to a new place and of course, see all the familiar and NEW faces in the dietetics profession. But before I go into detail about my trip to FNCE, I am going to elaborate on all the traveling I did before it all started. My mom and I came a day early to Boston and planned a trip to drive over to Yale University to see my cousin in his junior year of college. We drove through Rhode Island (hoping to see my other cousin-- but unfortunately she was out of town that weekend) and stopped at a local restaurants in Newport, RI to get a Lobster Roll and took a bunch of pictures!
On the road we made a few random stops. We were admiring the fall foliage as well as the local flower shops and farms. We saw some signs that said "sunflowers" and followed them off the highway and to a local farm that was selling what was left of their sunflowers for the year. Yes, I was excited and yes, I bought some! We also saw some cute little pumpkins and fall gourds.
As we got to Yale, I couldn't help but think "this campus is gorgeous!". My cousin, Ryan, met up with us and gave us a fabulous tour of the campus (which is like a small town) and didn't judge me for taking a bunch of pictures. haha. But I am so glad I got to see Yale University and feel like I was in Gilmore Girls for a few hours.
After the tour, we went and got dinner at a local pizza place and apparently the first pizza place ever! We talked a bunch, ate some pizza, then headed back to Boston.
IT WAS NICE SEEING YOU, RYAN!
NOW BACK IN BOSTON
I walked around Boston quite a bit on Saturday of my FNCE trip. I loved the architecture of the buildings, the Dunkin Donuts on every corner (like Starbucks in California) and the people walking around everywhere.
There's a lot to see! I ended up walking to the Boston Public Market and bought some goodies. And I also walked the Freedom Trail like the tourist I am. I ran into a few bakeries along the way and stopped at SWEET to enjoy a Belgian Waffle Cupcake since I earned it for walking almost 8 miles that day. Then I enjoyed some live music at the Boston Book Festival and a delicious meal (grilled cheese and tomato soup!). The weather was lovely and the sights were amazing.
NOW AT FNCE
I wandered the exhibit hall on Sunday and attended some sessions. I also ran into a few RDs and rd2bes that I knew and caught up for a few minutes before I continued collecting more free samples. It is so fun to see professionals in person that I have worked with virtually... which has made me realize that me knowing or my experience working with them has definitely inspired me and has led me to where I am today in the profession. I am so happy I ran into Shelly Marie Redmond, MS, RD, LDN, Lauren Pincus, MS, RDN and Neva Cochran, MS, RD, LD, FAND, during the expo!
As I mentioned above, I had the chance to sit in on a few educational sessions that were quite inspiring. One session I attended included one of my favorite speakers and RDs-- Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE, LDN, CPT! I currently virtually intern for her and I am so happy I got to see her in person for the second year at FNCE! The session she spoke at was on "Turning Your Private Practice Dreams into Reality" giving out helpful tools and advice to starting your own private practice in the field of nutrition-- and BOY, was it inspiring. Definitely a path I may consider once I turn RD! haha. But I was happy I got a chance to see and chat with Erin for a split second after the session... and then later on at the expo.
This year I was quite fortunate to have the opportunity to work in the Red Raspberries booth at FNCE. Since I am a super fan of Red Raspberries, I was so grateful that McKenzie Hall Jones, RDN, asked me to help out at the booth, giving me fabulous experience and an opportunity to interact and share info on one of my favorite products. AND it's such a small world, one of my colleagues from my undergrad program was working at the booth too! So we snapped some pictures and supported the #razzcrush giveaway! Fun times...
Since I am currently in my first semester of grad school, I did not want to miss too many days of class...so after working the booth from 9am-3pm on Monday, I then headed straight for the airport and caught my flight at 6pm.
FNCE 2016 in Boston, MA was definitely one of my favorites and I felt like I had more experience and confidence than ever as I wandered around. I cannot wait to finish my DI/MS program and finally become an RD and maybe one day work my own booth! hehe a girl can dream... and I sure do dream of the fall Boston weather.
Until next year FNCE, peace out Boston.