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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  1. The pike's place market was one of my favorite things about Seattle. I also loved just walking around the city. It's such a beautiful place. You got some really great pictures!! Bravo!

  2. I'm extremely afraid of heights but I LOVE the Space Needle. It's one of the few places I'm not quaking when I look out.

  3. Jenn - It really was... I think just walking around was my favorite part.

    Hunters - Wow, that's awesome that you love the Space Needle, but you're afraid of heights! You go!! It is a really neat place! I loved seeing it!!

  4. Carrie--I think you may have told me that it was your anniversary before the trip and I forgot! Belated happy anniversary! Wow, those are some great pictures. I'm so glad you got to explore so much and have the time together. You guys really maximized your time in Seattle--so cool!


  5. Carrie-

    I had to laugh when you said you visited the public library. When I accompanied dh to a business conference in Seattle a few years back, we headed out to Barnes and Noble one evening for "a date." His boss thought that was hilarious - and yes, quite geeky... but hey, it's just who we are. We love to go, find a pile of books to peruse and just sit next to one another reading. We rarely buy anything, but we always enjoy ourselves. We do this at home, too - when my parents are in town to babysit - it's just something we love.

    As for Seattle sights:

    loved the Pike Place Market, especially the beautiful bouquets of flowers for $5! If I lived in Seattle, I'd treat myself to one a week.

    We splurged on a dinner in the Space Needle restaurant (it was my 35th birthday while we were there). Looking out over the city at night while we dined was certainly a highlight.

    We also had a GREAT time on the Duck Boat tour. Our guide was fantastic: very informative and so funny!

    Of course, my favorite thing was leaving Seattle to drive out to Whidbey Island to visit my cousin and her family. It is just SO BEAUTIFUL! It makes me want to pack up and move out there. My cousin keeps reminding me that there is property for sale right next to her home. SO TEMPTING... if only money were no object.

    Enjoy the rest of your stay and have a safe trip home. Happy Anniversary!

  6. GREAT post Carrie! And I second Shirley, happy belated anniversary!!

    I'm so happy that you and Michael were able to spend some special time together (I have a Michael too, although I am the only one who calls him that besides his mom, LOL!) :-D

    I love the photos, and am envious that you got to go to the Space Needle. I will definitely have to go back one day for a "Sleepless in Seattle" weekend with my hubby. ;-)

    Lastly, good call on the apples...I didn't have the same willpower, I carried home a 15-Lb. box of peaches (not fun to deal with at the airport) and spent a small fortune on a "flying salmon!" Oy!


  7. Happy Anniversary, Carrie!
    Your take on the weekend with Michael was wonderful! I wish I would have had more time just to enjoy the city. I have not had much of an opportunity to spend time in Seattle before.

    It was so awesome to get to know you and I cannot wait for the next chance for us all to just get to hang out together!

    Cannot wait to see you final post about the weekend!


  8. Hi Carrie,

    Lovely pictures. I really like reading all of the posts about the conference. Makes me feel like I was almost there.

    Happy Anniversary! I'm glad you had a great time.

    As far as Seattle sites, I can't really remember too many sites on my trips because I was always visiting certain people or on business trips. I do remember Lopez Island (one of the San Juan) because my uncle lived there and we would visit sometimes. Nice and peaceful.

    Tia :P

  9. What fun. Next time I go to Seattle i will be taking my sweetie and doing the tourist thing. You two looked like you were having a lovely time. Happy belated anniversary.

  10. Thank you for sharing your amazing photos of the weekend. I'll third it on the Happy Anniversary! It was wonderful to meet you both, and so glad you enjoyed visiting Seattle.
    Miss all of you and we just have to have a gluten free gathering soon

  11. I love Seattle. Absolutely love Pike's Market. The photos you shared are gorgeous!