Seattle, Inspired

I was in Seattle to photograph BlogHer Food a few weeks ago, and decided to arrive a few days before the conference to catch up with dear friends and the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. It was exactly what I needed. The weather was as grey and rainy as you’d expect for the region, but perhaps it’s because I get more than my fair share of sunshine in California that I found the landscape of pine and fir trees a refreshing sight from golden, sun-drenched fields. The other part I loved was being able to walk everywhere. To the coffeeshop. To the bus stop. To lunch. Oh, the simple joys of walking in the city, an activity I used to hate to my core, now viewed as a luxury and a delight. How ironic! It also helped that I was based in Greenwood, one of the city’s cutest neighborhoods, where everyone’s front yards are a testament to their green thumbs. Or they just have really talented gardeners.

As if the graciousness of the people and the city weren’t attractive enough, there is also the question of the food. Oh the food. Proudly local, sustainable and, of course, delicious, but without the self-consciousness and attitude you might find in a big city food scene (naming no names here). Delancey‘s pizza crust is certainly something special, as is Sitka and Spruce‘s homemade yogurt, their sourdough bread and their butter. I realize that it is a little ridiculous to wax lyrical over bread and butter, so I will spare you the horror – just get there already and discover it for yourself.

Then there were the home-cooked treats: Sam‘s red cabbage coleslaw that got better with each day; a dinner with Indonesian friends featuring the tastes and spices of home; and an evening of desserts featuring Ashley‘s essence-of-summer strawberry tart, along with other treats she whipped up in an afternoon. I was so spoilt by the hospitality it was just as well I only had four days for socializing. There were attempts to exert the work muscle as Marge Granola‘s packing elf, but we got distracted by the lure of happy hour cocktails on a chilly Monday evening. By the end of it all, I was well and truly ripe for some hard work!

And work I did, throwing myself into two and a half days of observing and documenting the essence of a conference. Capturing expressions, gestures, hugs, smiles, exclamations, details….there was always something to photograph everywhere I looked. And, being a blogger, someone to catch up with too. I really couldn’t have asked for a better job or a better team to have done it with, and the best part is, I get to do it all again in August, this time in New York! Here are some slideshows of Food 2012 while the Flickr page gets populated. Enjoy the images and I will be back soon with a recipe – it has, indeed, been way too long.

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  • YES!!! Beautiful photos — my goodness. The ones of Sitka are incredible … and you sure catch Lucille’s best side 🙂 Please come back anytime! We loved having you. xoxReplyCancel

    • Danielle

      Megan: Ohh I can’t wait for my next trip. There is beauty everywhere in the city you live in and your adorable home is the perfect example of that!ReplyCancel

  • I second Meg’s comment — beautiful photos! I’ve missed your voice over here and am so glad to hear about your trip and the interactions you had on it. Just lovely.ReplyCancel

    • Danielle

      Shanna: Thank you – you’re too kind. Dusting off my blogging chops with this post, let’s hope this run will continue for a while 😉ReplyCancel

  • beautiful! holy smokes you’re good. I love Seattle so dearly. Part of me still wants to move there. Truly, great job!ReplyCancel

    • Danielle

      Sara: Oh my goodness, don’t get me started about moving there. That city sure is special and absolutely charming isn’t it? Thanks for your kind words xxReplyCancel

  • Gorgeous photos, Danielle! I’ll always remember our shared discovery of the delights of dukka and yogurt at Sitka and Spruce.ReplyCancel

    • Danielle

      Pat: Yes!! And the bit of shopping at the cute little gift shop at Melrose Market, and walking around Capitol Hill chatting about blogging, writing, life, etc etc etc. Looking forward to the next opportunity xxReplyCancel

  • what a great event and love seeing seattle through your lens danielle!ReplyCancel

  • Love the shots as always; Lucille’s is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Please wax lyrical about the bread and butter. There is something fantastic about the simplicity of both! Your pictures are just lovely. 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Danielle

      Eva: Haha, ok, keep your ears peeled for the next time we meet 😉ReplyCancel

  • Wow, great photos. I’m very much liking the combination of bright colors and rusticity. Just stunning. The coffee cup and the blue house are my favorites.ReplyCancel

  • I’m heading to Seattle in just a few weeks and your pics are getting me so excited! Like Sara, I have a secret dream of maybe someday moving up there (if I can handle the rain!) Hope all is well with you, friend.ReplyCancel

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