A few weeks ago I spent my weekend in Seattle at the International Food Blogger's Conference. This was my second year attending and, as I expected, it was overall pretty great. I found it interesting to see the differences from year to year actually. Last year seemed so much bigger and maybe even a bit overwhelming for me as it was basically my first conference. This year was on the smaller scale and didn't seem to offer as much food (which might not be too bad for my waist line), but it was a little surprising. However I liked the actual content of the conference much better this year. I mean, I got to spend the weekend with my good gal pal Morgan in lovely Seattle - can't complain too much here, am I right! Any way, like last year, I agreed to write 3 post in exchange for a hefty discounted blogging rate, so here is second one! IFBC packs a ton into a short weekend, and it is full of eating, drinking, gabbing with other bloggies, and lots of learning! I could write a post of each day, but I decided to keep it sweet with just my favorite bits (and bites) of the weekend.
Well as soon after I landed, Morgan and I headed to the opening session, which was called the "Taste of Seattle Grand Opening Reception." It was surprisingly, not very grand, but nonetheless, we browsed over the swag, grabbed some goodies, and had a few bites to eat. Now last year, we basically had our dinner at this session, but this year, it was a little lackluster. Which in the end, is fine, because M took me to one of her favorite spots, Porkchop & Co. I'm not sure if I mentioned this to M, but I think it is pretty funny how she loves this place, given she is a vegetarian, and it's called Porkchop & Co. Ha! Small things make me laugh...
We caught up on old times over dinner and I inhaled the delicious Cauliflower sandwich she recommended. It was little a grown up ass grilled cheese with roasted cauli. Yum! After our bellies were full, we headed back home for the night for a cocktail and bed!
Day two opened up with a breakfast from Stonyfield and Kim Severson from the New York Times Cooking section as our key note speaker.
I can't tell you how much I loved Kim! She was witty, funny, honest, and gave some great advise. She kept me engaged and got me excited to be there. One quote I remember her saying was about how you start writing a post and the first sentence...she said something like, "don't be afraid of throwing it away; it's like the first pancake." Yes! Loved it. Any way, her talk gave me energy for the long day ahead.
After the key note and our first session, we had a little break...and the Krusteaz session had extra cookies! Score. I fueled up and headed to the next session called What Do You Do After You Hit Publish? Which was a workshop that covered the best practices for marketing your blog though popular social media and evergreen content, editorial calendars, and how to build a social media marketing plan for your blog. It was really helpful and I am already trying to plan my calendar for 2016!! This was my most helpful session of the conference, I grabbed a lot of real tips that I could start using right away.
But my favorite session of the weekend, for the food at least, was the Bubbles and Bites: Why Sparkling Wine is the Best Food Wine Presented by Italy’s Best Bubbles session.
I honestly didn't learn a damn thing, but I sat and chatted with some new lovely people and let me tell you, the food and sparkles were so. damn. good. I had several servings of the crudo spearfish above. It was topped with lime and spicy pepper.
I was so fresh with this pop of lime and spice. So, so, so good.
There was also Dungeness Crab + Granny Smith Apple + Pistachio + Bubbly Rose. FTW.
Plus this truffle gnocchi that was like fluffy pillows the melted in my mouth.
After that, I was sufficiently tipsy. We then proceeded to the Culinary Expo, which is basically a big ass room filled with food and drinks like these gems:
On the way home I got a great shot of the Space Noodle (Needle).
And the next morning coffee was very much needed.
We went to Lighthouse last year and I asked M if we could go back!! I asked for the larrrrrgest latte and the prettiest art. :)
We headed to our last sessions for the weekend. I choose the food trends one. Did you know flavored butters and cauliflower are the next big things? Well there you go.
Another success in the books! M and I hugged and bid farewell. I loved spending the weekend with her and I'll be looking forward to our next visit! We were really excited to hear next year will be in SACRAMENTO! That's right, IFBC will be sorta local for me. Score!
Oh and I found these space noodles in the airport on the way home. The look like weiners. Hehe.
Disclaimer: In exchange for a discounted rate, I agreed to write three posts in relation to the International Food Bloggers Conference. As always, the opinions of each post are sincerely my own.