Thursday, June 07, 2012

I'm Cruzing to Seattle and Blogher Food!

Sometimes, you just need to get away, and if you can with good friends, it makes things even better. Alexis and I talk about food all the time, trading tips and secrets (she always educates me in good cheese) on Twitter and when we get to visit in real life.

So why not go on a foodie adventure?

A trip to Blogher Food has been in the works for quite awhile, but finally when I was on the ferry to Lexi's house yesterday it seemed a little surreal.  Today we packed our bags and headed south to Seattle!  (For the record, I packed a few days ago.  Lexi, the stealth "carry on only for 3 weeks in Paris" packer, managed to get her stuff together this morning.)  We cruised in comfort in the cute little Chevrolet Cruze that Chevrolet Canada so kindly loaned us and motored on across the border.

Stop Here
Seattle, please give us a little sun. Love you, Karen.

I've been to a lot of conferences, but this one is different. First, it's the first food blogging conference I've ever been to.  Which means, I hardly know a soul!  Also, Lexi and I have some serious scheduled downtime, which is what we both really need this week.  Cozy hotel? Check.  Chocolate from a store in the neighborhood? Check. Wifi? Check.

Once we arrived, we did a walkabout to Pike Place Market and found DeLaurenti, an amazing Italian Market.  I kinda want to just plunk a cot right in the middle and stay there, noshing on all the wonderful food.  Really, I'll be good.  I'll even work!   You can pay me in cheese. 

Oh, the CHEESE
This is only HALF of that cheese case. Lexi and I considered buying big slabs of cheese and taking them back to the hotel room for lunch. 

We wandered around the market, looking at prawns as big as my hand, the massive bouquets of gorgeous flowers, and listened to the fish mongers yell back and forth as they flung fish to each other.  The market was quite busy, but I think that is to be expected.  We then browsed around Sur La Table (where I just wanted to buy everything in the store), and made our way back to the hotel.

This morning as we were grabbing our coffee, David at the Yaletown Starbucks recommended we have dinner at Matt's in the Market, so we are off again to see what fun there is to be had.  Comfy shoes? Check.  Delicious food? Check.  Great friends? Check.

I have a feeling this is going to be one kick ass weekend.

Ps.  Want to follow our adventures?  Make sure to follow the hashtag #cruze2Seattle on Twitter, where Alexis and I will be live tweeting Blogher Food 2012!  Also, check out Alexis' blog with more of our misadventures over at Wave The Stick.

Disclosure: Thanks so much to Chevrolet Canada, our amazing sponsor who has loaned us a car for the weekend, and also is reimbursing our conference tickets, gas, and accommodation.   We love working with you!

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