I took a little break from training last weekend and scooted up to Seattle for a quick visit with my dear blogging bests and also to attend the International Food Blogger's Conference put on by Zephry Adventures. I've only been to one other food blogging conference before and I have to say, they were pretty different in comparison. They were both good, just different. Food Buzz seemed to be more focused on the food part, stuffing your face, and networking whereas IFBC had tons of delicious food, but also had several breakout sessions all related to either food, tech, or writing. I was actually really excited about the breakout sessions and eager to learn some new things to help grow the blog and improve my writing in general. There were pluses and minuses about the presenters and the content, but overall, I think the information I learned was pretty useful for my future blogging efforts.
So, here's a bit of the weekend, mostly my favorite parts, in a few words and lots of photos (I took over 300!).
Starting off the trip and heading to the airport. Stretchy pants: CHECK!
Of course, I had a bit of a flight delay, but they gave us these healthy snack packs while we waited. I loved it!
When I finally landed, we headed back to Strudel's house for a nice glass of wine and some fresh caprese salad made with Strudel's garden tomatoes...amazing.
Then we headed downtown for a little touristy fun. The one thing I had on my "to do Seattle" list was to visit Pike Place Market. It was a few blocks from the conference hotel, so it was an easy stop.
Sadly the market was winding down for the evening, so most of the shops were closed. But I did get to see an alley full of chewed gum. Lovely, right? (ew.)
We did a little relaxing before we headed to the opening night for the conference.
But a giant selfie first! My lady blogging bests!
Alright, down to the nitty gritty. Our first night! It was the Grand Opening Reception hosted by Raincoast Crisps and Bristol Bay Sustainable Salmon.
Seriously, the best Salmon I've had...probably ever. They had it prepared four different ways, and of course, I needed one (or 2) bites of each. Starting on the left is a salmon cake with aioli, fennel, and orange salad, moving clockwise next was a peppered salmon on toasted brioche, then the next bite is gravlox, and last, but not least was a grilled salmon with dry farmed tomatoes, sweet corn, and roasted chilies. We went 2 rounds with these guys.
A little wine from Geyser Peak Winery to go with all that delicious salmon.
After we stuffed our faces with salmon, we decided to take a break from eating and head over to the gift suite.
AKA: A huge ass room with a ton of free swag (stuff we all get)!!
Just a few of my favorites!
After grabbing all our goodies, we decided to go back for the dessert round. These beautiful cupcakes from Cupcake Royale were such a treat. My favorite was pumpkin ale flavor!
They also had fresh Washington Peaches.
And more cupcakes and my favorite sign from My Cakes.
Plus my weakness. Chocolate + Peanut Better = <3 from Theo Chocolates.
After quite an eventful evening, we packed up our bags and headed home for the night to dream of the Noosa Yoghurt Breakfast we'd be having the next morning...to be continued.