It’s coming… IFBC 2014

Last year around this time, we went over IFBC; the great food blogging conference put on by the good folks at Foodista and Zephyr Adventures. I was able to attend last year and loved it. Had a great time. Even had dinner with a few fun bloggers and Dorie Greenspan at one of Seattle’s best restaurants. Not too shabby.

IFBC 2014 is almost upon us, next weekend in fact. The agenda and speaker list is almost finalized. The attendee list is growing. Sponsors are lining up. Registration is still open. Look forward to seeing any and all food bloggers next weekend. If you’re not able to attend, follow along with the #IFBC hashtag. It should be a decadent and delicious weekend.

 

Going for Seconds at SAM Remix #SAMRemix

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Going off script as this post isn’t Seattle food-related, but it is Seattle culture-related. You see, this Friday is Seattle Art Museum’s SAM Remix; their quarterly shindig where Seattle gathers to revel in music, art, dance, and style convene inside the museum. And yours truly will be there. I was fortunate to be asked to be one of the guest tweeters at SAM Remix. What does this mean? The Seattle Art Museum folks will give me the reins of their Twitter account for a portion of the evening and I’ll be tweeting up a storm from the @iheartSAM twitter account. It should be fun. It should be raucous. It should be memorable.

There is still time to get tickets for SAM Remix, in fact, use the code ‘twitterremix0614′ at checkout for $5 off regular priced tickets. Come join, it’ll make for a rad evening. And I’ll be there. I’m looking forward to SAM Remix as what I’ll tweet and share during the evening should run the gamut of what I find interesting. If you wear cool shoes at the event, I’ll probably tweet about it. If the music is inspired, I’ll write about that. I’ll be your ‘man on the street’ for all of the random, awkward weirdness that can happen at any social event. This will be awesome.

The great thing about SAM Remix is that they are never the same. The entertainment, the style, the layout; most everything about each Remix is different. If you can’t be there (but you really should), here are the social channels to follow along in the frivolity.

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On the web: http://bit.ly/SAMREMIX614

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/809025455790786/

SAM’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/seattleartmuseum
SAM’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/iheartsam
SAM’s Instagram: instagram.com/seattleartmuseum

HASHTAG: #SAMRemix

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Seattle Refined

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Over the past few months, I’ve been writing for a new lifestyle site called Seattle Refined. It’s in partnership with KOMO, the Seattle ABC affiliate, and the focus for Seattle Refined is on all the great things that Seattle has to offer. As the tagline says ‘Life is different here.’ And I concur. I’m fortunate to be on a roster with other great writers, like the vivacious GastroGnome. My beat has been mostly about wine and the culture of wine. But there have been some random posts too. Like ‘Where would Aziz Ansari eat in Seattle?‘ Or my farewell to Madison Park Conservatory. So far, so good. Come check me out over there and enjoy the ride. Cheers.

Garagiste’s Lair

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Want to get a special bottle of wine for a gift for this weekend’s dinner party? How about wanting to try a new wine from a region you’ve been curious about? How about a bottle of utterly unique wine from one of the very best wine purveyors in the nation? At killer prices? Look no further, Garagiste has opened up a pop-up shop for the holidays.

If you’re not familiar with Garagiste and you love wine, you really should. Started by Jon Rimmerman and based in a nondescript warehouse in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood, Garagiste is sort of a like a flash sale site but more carefully curated and under the watchful palate of Mr. Rimmerman. Jon writes this lush and rich descriptions of each wine in an email newsletter that goes out a few times a week and you’ll want to order almost every wine. His taste is renowned and his business model is very unique, so much so that The New York Times took notice. You should really sign up for the email list. Some of the wines are out of reach or a bit esoteric, but they are all very interesting and you’ll learn something in each email.

Here is where it gets better; this holiday season, Garagiste has opened a pop-up shop in their warehouse called the ‘Garagiste Lair’. I went on opening day and had to be sensible and not go overboard with buying as much as possible. The wines are segmented in pricing tiers; $5, $10, $15, $20, $25, and so on. At each level there are sure to be interesting wines. I partook in some Morgon for $5 and some Prosecco for $20. Was also able to scoop up some Quilceda Creek for $40. Yup, forty bucks. Some Touraine. A bottle from Mencia. But I look forward to going back to see what else is new. The inventory will be rotated and that is part of the fun about this pop-up; finding treasures amongst the stacks and bottles of wine.

If you’re in the Seattle area, love wine, or know someone that does, a visit to Garagiste’s Lair is in order. Their hours are Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm and Saturday from 10am-5pm at the Garagiste Wine warehouse at 707 S. Lander St, Seattle 98134. But hurry up and head there soon, the pop-up is only open through the holidays.

When to Drink at Seattle’s Tasting Rooms

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We like wine. Using the royal ‘We’, America’s wine consumption is growing by the year.  Join in the imbibing with these Seattle-area wine purveyors. Support local! Here is a quick rundown of area tasting rooms, shops, and retailers and the days where they do some pourings. Cheers.

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-Friday 6-7:30pm

DeLaurenti
-Saturday 2-4pm

Esquin
-Frequent tastings throughout the week, check website

Greenlake Wines
-Thursday 5-7pm

McCarthy & Schiering
-Every Saturday 11-5pm (both locations)

Pike & Western
-Wednesday 4-6pm, $5
-Friday 3-6pm, complimentary

Portalis
-Tue & Wed 3-9pm

Sixth Avenue Wine Seller
-Thursday 3-7pm, $10

The Tasting Room
-During business hours $2-5pm

Vino Verite
-Thursday 5-8pm

West Seattle Wine Cellars
-Thursday 5:30-8pm, complimentary

Wine World & Spirits
-Every weekday 6-8pm
-Every weekend 2-5pm

The calm before the IFBC storm [UPDATE]

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It’s almost here; IFBC 2013 is this week and I, for one, am giddy to attend. When we last convened about IFBC, final details were in flux. That is no longer the case. The attendees have been finalized, the agenda is set, and the afterparties are awaiting. What’s left from now until then? Order new business cards. Get a haircut (I should look presentable for this, after all. Which reminds me; do laundry) Stretch out my stomach for all the eating by eating. Raise my tolerance for the volume of booze flowing. Reserve transportation to get to the events. Figure which sessions to attend. This should be fun. Look forward to meeting my fellow food bloggers. Cheers to that.

UPDATE – The folks at IFBC have released a conference app. Whee to new media!