Our breakfast on Day Three was very much like Day Two’s, only this time they brought in huge, sinful donuts and apple fritters to add to the sugar-laden feast. I split an apple fritter with Allison but never did get around to eating it, such was my crazy blueberry snacking throughout the day. Because we desperately needed protein, Allison, Catherine, Andrew and I all headed to Roxy’s, a fun little diner located a few blocks from Theo Chocolate Factory. There we enjoyed eggs, eggs, and more eggs (so. many. choices!), and some of the best country potatoes on the planet. Allison also enjoyed her parsley with more enthusiasm than I’ve ever seen given to the leafy green herb. We returned to the conference full, content, and energized with protein instead of the constant sugar being offered.
Day Three’s sessions began with one that I had honestly considered missing: Food Blogging for Specialized Diets. Now, it’s not that I don’t want to learn about these things to bring the best possible content to my diverse population of readers or anything; I just really needed a break to blog and tie all my thoughts together (I’m not like some of the bloggers at the conference, able to blog on the spot without obsessing over the editing process; shame on and/or good for me!).
- The Great Food Blogger Geek-Out: Dr. Nathan Myhrvold of Modernist Cuisine, the hugest, greatest cookbook of all time, led us through the inner-workings of this six-volume, 15 pound behemoth of a food geek heaven. From a video of exactly how a popcorn kernel pops (“Show it again!” many of us cried, and he obliged), to how they massacred certain cookware to show the intricacies of the cooking process, Dr. Myhrvold was our hero for the hour. Though some folks complained that it was an infomercial for these books, most of us happily (and aggressively) tweeted our geeked-out glee at every new photo or technique that was presented. Sadly, at around $500 it’s not a set of books I can buy anytime soon, so I will just have to remain content with my “teaser” booklet, signed by Chris and Max.
- Penny De Los Santos: Featured in publications like National Geographic and Saveur Magazine, there’s no doubt that Penny is a fantastic photographer. What none of us were expecting was how her photos – and her words – would move us. From incredibly delicious food porn photos to shots of people that just pulled at your heartstrings with their captured smiles or frowns, Penny showed us an hour’s worth of the pictures she makes – not takes. We arrived as admirers and left as a worshiping cult, many of us literally moved to tears by her inspirational words and the images of life that she captures so well.
- Pitch to Publish: It’s no secret that I want to publish a book based on PGEW, so this was the one session I felt I absolutely could not miss. The distinguished panel of speakers included Molly Wizenberg of Orangette; Kirsty Melville, president of Andrews-McMeel Publishing; and Victoria Von Biel, executive editor of Bon Appetit. They filled us in on what publishers for both books and magazines are looking for, and I left feeling I finally had a bit more of the information that I’ve been trying to access for the past year. Wish me luck!
Day Three’s lunch was provided by some of Seattle’s best food trucks, giving us plenty of fun, tasty options to choose from. Unfortunately, when you set free 250 ravenous food bloggers, the lines for each truck were huge, making it difficult to navigate or to even see the selections. We’d also been given a few assignments over lunch, and because I’m such a nerd and hate standing in line, I focused on making pictures first. Eventually I was able to enjoy some food…
- Pineapple Curry with Salmon and Chicken Larb Taco from Kaosamai Thai Restaurant - I’m quite familiar with beef larb, so having a chicken version was a welcome change. I still prefer the beef version but this was a fun, inventive little taco that made a fun appetizer for the perfection of my pineapple curry with salmon. Puts some of our Sacramento Thai restaurants to shame!
- Taco Trio from El Camión - Fish, carne asada and my very first pollo con mole tacos all crowded on a tiny plate made for an incredible feast! I am now obsessed with mole and need to find a way to Poor Girl my way through a recipe so that it’s both authentic and affordable.
- Rolling Fire Pizza - These folks are awesome enough to tote around their own wood-burning oven to make sure they serve only the freshest pizza possible. Unfortunately for me – a hardcore pizza topping scraper – their focus is the crust, so there wasn’t much for me to scrape off and enjoy from the smallest sliver I could find. Still, the crust tasted phenomenal and is perfect for all you pizza crust lovers out there.