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Steamy Kitchen Meets Seattle Food Bloggers

My blog has officially moved from Blogspot to WordPress. Thank you to everyone for the encouragement and the nudging. I hope you enjoy my new look.

All Photos by ValentinaVitols.

The last Seattle Food Blogger event was a food blogger party with Jaden Hair from Steamy Kitchen.  I first met Jaden when she was here for the IFBC. Somehow we got connected via twitter and  since I was throwing a blogger event for Ruth Reichl , having  Jaden and Elise from Simply Recipes  join us was such a pleasure.  They were a little late because they made a detour so they could take pictures with an underwear model. Read about it here.

When I found out  that Jaden would be here to promote her new cookbook, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook:: 101 Asian Recipes Simple Enough for Tonight’s Dinner, I knew I had to round-up the bloggers for a chat  with the blogosphere’s steamiest blogger.

The event was held at Bustle, a sweet new cafe that opened in the Queen Anne Neighborhood just a few months ago.  The owners are super sweet and  the cafe has a nice cozy feel.

Jaden Talking to the Bloggers

I asked the bloggers to bring their signature dishes and Jaden chose her favorites. The winners of the best recipes were Sonja’s Kitchen with her Swedish cookies and Seattle Food Geek with his compound butters.

Cookies from Sonja's Kitchen
Butters by Seattle Food Geek

Jaden took the time to really get to know the bloggers and answer all their questions. Everyone wanted to know how Jaden turned her blog into a career.  When you meet Jaden, you understand instantly why she is such a success. She is incredibly charismatic, a hard worker and full of energy. She shared her thoughts on blogging, the blog world and how she got started.

The event was sponsored by Regional Best. Marsha Cade and Caragh Whalen founded and launched RegionalBest.com in July, 2008 to support small producers who champion local foods and flavors.  I really appreciate the fact that they are moms and what they are doing.    They are passionate about good food, real ingredients, fair trade, and sustainable agriculture.  Check out their website and find a whole list of food products. They even have gluten-free options.

I am giving away 2 (yes, 2 chances to win) $25 dollar gift certificates to shop online.  I will choose the winners on the morning of  Sunday, December 6 th. Leave a comment telling me which blogger has motivated you and how.

All photos in this post are by the lovely Valentina Vitols and her hubby Ryan. Check out her upcoming photo session in photo below. Also, for more about my food blogger event with Jaden, check out the mention in Seattle Metropolitan.


8 responses to “Steamy Kitchen Meets Seattle Food Bloggers”

  1. Nice, I like the new setup! I think one of the foodie bloggers that has influenced me quite a bit is Rachael White of Tokyo Terrace. Along with being nice as pie to a total stranger who just started trading random comments and tweets, I love that she’s taken advantage of her amazing situation, living and working in Japan. Along with amazing photos, she shares her thoughts and experiences, showing that food truly nourishes the soul as much as it fuels our lives.


  2. Thank you SO much for hosting the party (and thanks to Regional Best too!)

    It was a blast to meet new faces and reconnect with my Seattle blogger-friends. Can’t wait to come back!

    xoxo jaden


  3. Like the new blog Keren! Jaden is definitely the food blogger who influenced and inspired me the most. It was her blog 2 years ago that gave me the idea of putting my recipes on my blog. Then it was her advice and support that helped me see my blog as a business opportunity and led to my decision to revamp it back in May. I’m so thankful for her!


  4. The blogger that motivates me the most… definitely Molly Wizenberg (http://orangette.blogspot.com)! Orangette was the first food blog I started reading, probably about a year and a a half ago, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Molly is a fabulous writer; her recipes are delicious, accessible, and easy to adapt; and her food photos have a wonderful dream-like quality about them. Thank you for the inspiration, Molly – and thank you, Keren, for hosting this contest and all the wonderful events!


  5. thanks for all the comments! I love Molly, Jessie, Jaden and I have yet to discover Rachel White.

    The winners are Tamara Sellman and Maria. Enjoy!


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