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How Fast Can You Type? Blogging with the IFBC!

photo (20)IFBC is testing our blogging skills!  Today’s first seminar is Live Food Blogging with Grocery.  We are sitting here with 15 sample food items in front of us.  Each brand has no more then 3 minutes to talk about the product and answer questions, while we blog or tweet about it!   Oy!  How fast can you type?   Wait!  Slow down please!

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“Chef in the Vineyard”: fresh and simple recipes from great wine estates

Chef in the Vineyard by John SarichAt yesterday’s IFBC kick-off event at Ste. Michelle, we were each given a copy of John Sarich’s fifth book “Chef in the Vineyard”.  Beautifully photographed, the book is a visual tour through Sarich’s ten favorite wineries.  With over 140 recipes, each is complemented with the author’s wine recommendations.  The recipes are easy and make great use of Pacific Northwest ingredients.  On first go through, I loved the history and information that John shared about each winery.  This is a man who clearly loves what he does and his passion is evident through his writing.  I can’t wait to immerse myself in his recipes and pairings.  From experience (I have John’s other four books), his recipes are easy to make, use readily available ingredients, are extremely flavorful and great to share with family and friends.  His pairings are usually spot on for my palate.  With more cookbooks on my shelves than I like to admit to, this is a welcome addition and I suspect will become a cooking staple.

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Food, Wine & Film – Kick Off to the IFBC – International Food Bloggers Conference

IFBC 2013 Logo  Revving up for this weekends International Food Bloggers Conference here in Seattle!  IFBC is always a favorite:  great speakers, extremely informative seminars, tastings of amazing new products and a sell-out crowd to network with.  What more could a blogger want?

Today’s pre-conference kick-off events start with a wine & food pairing by Chateau Ste. Michelle Culinary Director John Sarich out at the Woodinville winery.  Why would a Seattle based blogger who has been out there many times want to attend?  John’s passion is always catchy and inspiring.  Washington’s oldest and most award winning winery is set on a gorgeous property, which really shines on a clear, sunny early fall day like today.  There is certainly a wine to fit every palate and I always enjoy John’s inspired guidance on dishes to pair with each blend.

This evening I’ll be attending the first preview screening in Washington State of the documentary GMO OMG – a tale of a six-year olds journey from kitchen table to Monsanto’s doorstep.

Here’s a shout-out to fellow-attendees – can’t wait to meet you!


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Gastronomy and Goosebumps at the International Food Bloggers Conference

The two of us are at the International Food Bloggers Conference in Theo’s Chocolate Factory in Seattle.  We just finished lunch – and what a lunch it was!  When you have 250 foodies gathered together, they’re a hard lot to satisfy.  We had everything on our bambu eco-friendly, recyclable, green plates from paper thin sliced salmon carpaccio with riccotta salata and a peppery arugula salad –  to a spicy chickpea dish with crunchy chorizo and a slightly daunting, barely-miniature grilled mini-octupus with arugula salad (there must be an assumed palate-pleasing connection by the featured chefs between arugula and those who write about food).

This morning we learned how to put the “sex” in food blogging.  You think what you want – especially as we used all 5 senses:  look, listen, touch, taste, smell  and all with a lemon!  Kathleen Flinn, you certainly know your way around a knife.  As the presenter of this session on “Writing With Your Senses”, Kat had us all salivating with our inner writer.  We also loved Joy Victory of who has the great job title of Editor Czar (can we dub ourselves Blog Emperor and Empress?).  Seriously, Joy who was a joy, along with Barnaby Dorfman of Foodista and Matt Dhillon of, filled us in on the not-so-subtle nuances of social media.

Norma & Allan IFBC 8 10 SmallerSo, now it’s back to work.  We might have snoozed through some of our afternoon sessions after the Walla Walla wineries poured some great wines to accompany our lunch, but the cool weather at our indoor/outdoor conference is keeping us bolt upright as we struggle to manage our goosebumps.  Also, there is more than a touch of a sugar high going on here, as Theo’s has generously put out mountains of melt-in-your mouth chocolate to taste (now addicted to the beautifully balanced 70% Dark Chocolate Spicy Chili) , in case our energy flags.  The day’s seminars end around 5 pm and a dinner/reception this evening will feature James Oseland, Editor-Chief of Saveur magazine, followed by another full day tomorrow.  We’ll definately be hitting the gym on Monday….Norma and Allan

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