Friday, September 3, 2010

International Food Blogger's Conference 2010 - Downtown Seattle

The food conference was only one reason we went to Seattle. This year marks our 6th anniversary. I think flying across the county for the first time and staying in a tiny boutique hotel for a few days (we didn't stay in the main conference hotel) was a nice way to celebrate the occasion! 

Michael and I spent hours just walking around the city. Taking a million pictures of the architecture of downtown buildings, hanging out in the public library (we're geeky that way), and trying to find as many gluten-free eateries as possible. 

Pike Place market was the highlight of Friday morning. We walked slowly through the large open air market. The fresh produce and flowers were beautiful. The fish sellers abundant. The scent of fresh breads (sadly NOT gluten free), homemade cheeses, and locally made baked goods were around every corner. 

We actually did find a small bakery/seller that made huge gluten free cookies and cinnamon buns. But they only made cinnamon buns on Saturdays & Sundays, so I didn't get a chance to try then! 

One local vendor sold fresh Washington state apples and created smoothies with them. It took a lot of restraint not to buy a bag of apples! 

People anxiously awaiting for fish to be thrown at the famous Pike Place Fish Market. If you've ever had to endure a fun video during human resources training called, "Fish!" about how to have great customer service no matter what type of job you have... this is where they filmed it. 

Below are pictures of Seattle that touched me the most. Michael took most of these shots. 

The Space Needle had fantastic views of the city in the evening. 

Downtown Seattle 

Downtown Seattle with Mt. Rainier in the background. 

Puget Sound at dusk

I loved just being able to spend time walking around city. Art is everywhere in the old city from the bus stop...

This wall borders one of the bus stations and it had poems running along the bricks. I loved this!

More bus station poetry. 

Even the sewer covers looked like art work. 

A favorite part of sitting in the Theo chocolate factory during the conference was seeing the light play off of the red bricks in the old building. Even the old pipes had character. 

Food trucks from Seattle fed the non-gf food bloggers on the 2nd day of the conference. This particular truck served pulled pork sandwiches. 

The Seattle Urban Farm Company, a unique company that creates rooftop gardens for restaurants and stores. They have a big black farm truck that has a whole garden in the truck bed. These beautiful beets and onions were part of the display on the back of the truck.

Tomorrow will be my final post on IFBC 2010. It will feature some of the incredible food bloggers and memorable meals we had while in Seattle! 

What are some of your favorite sites in Seattle? 

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