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IFBC 2013 in Seattle: Pike Place Market at 5AM

IFBC Seattle: Pike Place Market at 5AM

On Saturday, a group of us attending the International Food Bloggers Conference, led by the knowledgeable and very friendly Chef Barry of Our Community Table. And even though 4:45AM is a god-awful time to meet in the lobby of the W Hotel, I ended up having a very interesting and enjoyable early morning!

When I first heard about this fieldtrip, I thought to myself – I just live in Portland, I’m in Seattle a couple of times a year. I do not need to get up at 4AM tomorrow and go walk to the market and take pictures. I can do that some other time. But then the more I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that on my own I would never do this. And I would never be able to drag my husband to the market that early to go with me. So, what the hell. I went and I’m so glad I did!

The market is kind of magical in the dark, early hours and it was great to be able to take pictures without crowds of people everywhere. Aside from some cheese-making activity at Beechers and . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle: Pike Place Market at 5AM

FFwD: Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples

French Fridays with Dorie: Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie is a very Fall recipe – Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples. Like so many of the French Fridays recipes, I made a half recipe here and that worked quite well for two fairly generous portions.

Here’s the thing though – while I loved the rice pudding (Oh! and I added 1/ tsp powdered ginger) and used my new IFBC vanilla, I was not super-super in love with the caramel apples. My caramel sauce actually seemed perfect until I added the apple cider. Then, it looked way too liquid-y. And yeah, I remembered to halve that part. So, I’m not quite sure what my problem was or what I did. It still tasted good, though.

I will probably make this pudding again (and jwa really liked it). Although, I think next time, I’ll just start cooking the arborio rice right in the milk — especially since I used 2%. It seems like it might have benefited from a little extra starchy creaminess if there’s a bit less fat.

Here’s a link to Dorie’s recipe at Epicurious. Give it a try and see what you think! . . . → Read More: FFwD: Rice Pudding with Caramel Apples

IFBC 2013 in Seattle + Endive and Arugula Salad with Walnuts and Grapes

Endive and Arugula Salad with Walnuts and Grapes; IFBC 2013

This year, the International Food Blogger’s Conference was held in Seattle, which is only a short $25 (or thereabouts) train ride from Portland. Also, this year Dorie Greenspan was the keynote speaker and since I’m in the French Fridays with Dorie group, this event seemed to good to pass up. Especially since I really enjoyed last year’s IFBC.

I mentioned IFBC and Dorie’s upcoming appearance there to everyone in FFwD and to my delight, a lot of us (Doristas) ended up converging on Seattle to meet up with each other, meet Dorie, eat some food, and drink some wine. It was so much fun!

International Food Bloggers Conference

In addition to all the sessions, food, and excursions, they had a Gift Suite. This is like a crazy black Friday sale where food companies give you tons of their stuff for free (and provide you with cute little canvas bags to lug it all around in). One of my favorite giveaways in the Gift Suite this year were packages of California Endive. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to fly my gifted produce back anywhere, just pack . . . → Read More: IFBC 2013 in Seattle + Endive and Arugula Salad with Walnuts and Grapes

FFwD: Tuna Packed Piquillo Peppers

FFwD: Tuna Packed Piquillo Peppers

This post will be fairly short and sweet as I’m on location in Seattle for IFBC tonight. In fact, just now, coming back up to my hotel room, I walked right past Dorie in the lobby!

Anyway, I liked these peppers a lot. I ended up using a can of Trader Joe’s smoked trout for the tuna, but only because I had that and I didn’t have any tuna (and it seemed close enough). Plus, I think the smoked fish complimented the peppers quite well. The only other thing I did differently, is that I sprinkled my peppers with a little smoked paprika before putting them under the broiler.

Oh yeah, and I added garlic to the fish-olive-lemon-parsley mix. My photos are below and here’s a link to everyone’s posts.

And as always, recipe’s for French Fridays with Dorie can be found in the cookbook, Around my French Table by Dorie Greenspan.

FFwD: Tuna Packed Piquillo Peppers

FFwD: Tuna Packed Piquillo Peppers

FFwD: Tuna Packed Piquillo Peppers

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A SE Portland Brunch at Trinket

Trinket Restaurant for brunch, Portland, OR

2035 SE 39th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97214

Recently, there was a restaurant a mere seven blocks from our house that we never got around to trying — Kingdom or Roosevelt. But, just last weekend it reopened as a neighborhood brunch spot called Trinket, and we tried it right away (well, within a week). I think that says something about my love of brunch over my interest in meat-centric, wild game meals.

Honestly, I really love that there’s a restaurant in this space — I pass by it everyday on my walk to Mt. Tabor. (Okay, most days. I walk most days). Anyway, when I heard that Trinket was open, I insisted to jwa that we go right away (again – love of brunch). So we did.

Stepping into the restaurant on Saturday around noon, it was about three-quarters full, and we got a table right away. A bloody mary and pineapple melon mimosa were soon to follow, as were delicious pistachio sticky rolls and coffee. As I usually do when trying a new place for breakfast or brunch, I got the eggs benedict. Here it’s made with duck eggs and I soon discovered that . . . → Read More: A SE Portland Brunch at Trinket