Help My Buddy Get His Doritos Commercial Into The SuperBowl

Hi Everyone:

SuperBowl 49 is months away but it’s already time to vote for the Doritos commercials you want to see on the big day! My friend Adam is a filmmaker in his “spare” time. His entry is here: Doritos Crash the SuperBowl by Culture Pop Films If you like please vote and share! Together we could make this happen!

Have a great week everyone!

Happy Bastille Day!

I miss Paris. I think I must go back soon.  Perhaps permanently. Voulez-vous?


Seattle Beerfest is this Weekend (July 1-3)

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If you’re going to be in Seattle this weekend and have a fondness for the hoppy beverage check out my latest article on for all the details on the Seattle Beerfest, July 1-3.

Tulips are Blooming in Skagit Valley

Tulips are my favorite flower and since moving to Seattle in 2007, I’ve planned to attend and missed the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival every year.  Until this year.

I plotted my tulip viewing plan from the moment the daffodils started peeking their heads up in neighboring yards.  Using the handy online bloom map, I waited and waited and waited, for the map to tell me the tulips were finally in bloom. The blooming of the tulips happened to coincide with a singular sunny day so I convinced Jim to leave work alone for a few hours (on a Saturday) and head on over to the tulip fields.

We ditched the long line of cars heading to the tulip fields through an earlier exit and sidetrip to La Conner for an average lunch overlooking the water.  While walking around town we spied The Scone Lady and treated ourselves to a pleasurable groan inducing dessert of Hungarian Shortbread – shortbread filled with strawberry jam with a crumble topping.  We followed the La Conner roads straight to the tulip fields bypassing the highway traffic completely.

The fields were swarming with visitors, most of whom blindly ignored the frequently posted signs asking visitors to please stay out of the tulip beds.

Moderate Level Literacy in the U.S. is 31.4%

As usual, I wasn’t wearing appropriate footwear, but I muddled through anyway.  For your own tulip hunting excursion I recommend rain boots.

Bring Rain Boots

We scouted out Tulip Town but decided to skip it for a trip to the RoozenGarde Gardens and fields.  Entry is $5 per person which admits you to a wonderland of tulip gardens, fair-style snacks and a gift shop.  We viewed the gardens and then exited to explore some of the RoozenGarde fields. 

We brought home five bouquets of tulips (for only $18) in a variety of purples and red, which we distributed in every downstairs room of the house.  A flowery reminder of our sunshiny day in the Skagit Valley.

Make Your Reservations Now For Seattle Restaurant Week

10 days150 restaurants featuring 3-course dinner menus for $28.  So many restaurants, so little time . . .

For the full scoop see my article on

Foodbuzz Festival: The Break-Out Sessions and Tasting Pavillion

The Foodbuzz Festival last weekend started out as any foodie festival should – with loads of wine and gastronomic delights.  Delights I can’t taunt you with because I accidentally deleted all of the photos that same night.  Typical.

Session 1

On the heels of that disaster, it was appropriate that my first “breakout” session Day 2, was “It’s a Snap: Hands-on Photography Workshop.”  The session was led by Laura of The Cooking Photographer and Marc of No Recipes.  They started the session off by showing a clear, colorful, TasteSpotting worthy photo – taken with an iPod.  The point?  You don’t need a fancy camera to take good photos (but it doesn’t hurt). 

Laura’s composition tips were huge for me:

  • To create tension: Pouring, dripping and other frozen movement.
  • To create movement: diagonals and spirals are your friends.
  • Photos benefit from shading.

Laura and Marc also talked angles, macro mode, lighting and shooting RAW.  Then we whipped out our cameras and started practicing.

I Still Need a Lot of Practice!

Session 2: Great Catch!

Session 2 put me face to face with one of my favorite chefs – Mary Sue Milliken. 

I’ve been eating at Mary Sue and Susan’s  Border Grill and Ciudad for years, so watching her cook live was a dream I didn’t know I had come true.  She discussed sustainable seafood use and made two types of fish tacos showcasing Alaskan halibut and salmon.  YUM.

Session 3

The last session of the day was “Food Blogger’s Guide to Success (Whatever That Means).”  Hmmmmm . . .

On to the Tasting Pavillion

After the breakout sessions, I rendezvoused with my sister and friend Julie and we headed off to the Tasting Pavillion where we ate Mary Sue’s fish tacos and this:

Miss Pearl's Spicy Shrimp

And this:

Saag's Sausage

And drank this:

Far Niente Wines

It was shocking and relieving to see an established, high-end, tasty winery at a tasting event.  

I also snagged a shot with Mary Sue Milliken:

 And attempted to get on Food Network by stuffing my face with way too many mini cupcakes – yes, I am shameless.

We wrapped the event by making a 7 second video that was turned into a flip book courtesy of Buitoni.  I’m contacting the company who made the book and seeing if I can snag their video for you all, but if not, at least there’s this:

There’s no way this weekend can top last weekend’s Foodbuzz Festival but that just makes going back next year all the more appealing 😉
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Sunday Supper at the Market is this Friday

80 Restaurants, Wineries, Breweries, Cocktails and More.  Dancing Under the Stars.  Need I say more?  Sunday Supper in the Market is this Friday, August 13.  For more info click here.