Saturday, August 28, 2010

International Food Bloggers Conference, Day 1

Wow that was a whirlwind of a day! Up at 5:15, airport by 6, and then the journey began. All flights went surprisingly smoothly, and we made it safe and sound to Seattle.

I am amazed at how well I did with minimal eating today! After forgetting snacks, we grabbed a quick breakfast, and a celebratory cocktail at one of the eateries in the JFK airport, though for the life of me I cannot remember the name of it. I had a "Mexican Omelette" with cheese and ham, and served with warmed plantains and a tomatillo salsa. Was it fantastic? No- but it did hit the spot and filled me up for the rest of the day. Eggs, despite the bad press they've been getting recently, really are incredible.

Once we landed and made our way from the airport to the hotel, we found a great place for lunch, basically next door to our hotel- Blue Water Taco Grill: I don't know if I was starving, or if those tacos really were the best ever but wow, those tacos were fantastic! Fresh corn tortillas, a sprinkle of cheese, a scoop of marinated chicken, and one of pork, pico de gallo, lettuce and some spicy salsa...heaven.

The conference kicked off later in the evening, and featured an amazing artillery of fantastic food eats, from the best lamb I have ever had the pleasure of eating, to a delicious Bahn Mi sandwich created by one of Seattle's best chefs. Wine was also plentiful and I was able to experience some of Washington's best Vineyards.

The highlight of the night? Listening to Morgan Spurlock discuss the state of where Americans stand in the face-off healthy eating, and what we, as bloggers, can do to change it. Interesting topics were raised, from the demise of the "family dinner" to what we see as the next craze in the food world. Many here seemed to think that might be the idea of foraging and finding our own food- what do you think?

Good night all- long day today, and a busy day tomorrow!

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