seattle times

As the weekend approaches, I'm taking five from the southern California food scene, and sending my brain to a place on the Pacific I've seldom traveled to, but often think of when longing for peace, quiet + beauty.  Far from the bustling concrete jungle, I find myself in the lush thickets of greener Seattle. Despite casually boasting its own slick metropolis, this humble city also nestles up to the snow-capped mountain range of the Cascades, sitting unassumingly on the crisp, temperate Sound.  

This week, Seattle is host to Foodista's annual International Food Blogger Conference 2013, a spectacular assembly of award-winning food journalists, photographers, chefs, viticulturists, + master millers, sharing their knowledge, stories + successes around their life-long pursuits of passion.  So, as I quietly navigate my way around the Sound, poking my head in the town's best coffee spots, local fish markets, and organic diner scene, I'm also afforded the opportunity of commiserating with a culmination of talented fellow foodies, cooks, nutritionists, wine connoisseurs & culinary poets, sprouting from all over the country.

All weekend long, Foodista's IFBC procured culinary-inspired events, including the Taste of Seattle, food + wine pairings from Chateau Ste. Michelle's culinary director John Sarich, a Bordeaux appellation education by Ward Kadel & Sam Klingberg, an Artisan Olive Oil Tasting by the American icon Bob Singletary of California Olive Ranch, the Taste of Alaska, a photography session led by New York Times food photographer Andrew Scrivani, and of course a beautiful keynote speech from the James Beard award winning author, Dorie Greenspan, who co-wrote Cafe Boulud Cookbook with Daniel Boulud and Baking with Julia with Julia Child.  From Sweet Potato Coconut Curry Bisque to Blackberry Caviar, from a Sipping Carmel with Mescal to a 2009 Chateau Carignan Prima; listening to industry icons and consorting with brilliant new minds on the horizon, the weekend was a gastronomic education + jubilation.

Tapped out from tastings, talking and tweeting, below is a bit of iPhonography, capturing IFBC's weekend in review.