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What’s Your Foodportunity Contest

Dear Seattle foodies, bloggers and publishers. It is time for another “What’s Your Foodportunity” Contest!

Enter our contest to win the opportunity to represent your blog at our next event alongside world-renowned food entrepreneurs,  Kurt Beecher Dammeier ( Beecher’s Handmade Cheese), Maxime Bilet ( Co-author of Modernist Cuisine),  Dror Daliot & Tal Rosenberg (, Janelle Maiocco (, and Jason Wang (CEO of Caviar).

The winner will get the opportunity to showcase their blog, website, or business at the event.

What’s your Foodportunity?

The Details:

We want you to answer this question in a blog post, a photo or a video.. We just really want to hear your story. What does Foodportunity mean to you? Was Foodportunity the place where you came out of your shell? Is it where you get to eat lots of food and live to tell? Even if you haven’t been to one of the Foodportunity events yet, you can tell your story of what you would like your Foodportunity to look like. Foodportunity may be merely the collaboration of your favorite foods. It doesn’t have to be related to the event, we just want to know what an opportunity in food looks like to you! Be sure to use the hashtag #foodprt and @foodportunityse when you share it.  You can also use a post from a previous event with a little update.


photo credit: Jackie Donnelly Baisa


This Foodportunity  event is sponsored by Kitchenbug is an online platform that gives you nutritional and calorie information for any recipe on the web in real-time. Using a bookmarklet, Kitchenbug has the ability to instantly analyze any recipe, from any website. Within seconds, you’ll know the calorie and nutritional information of the recipe. With Kitchenbug you can organize all your recipes into boxes, follow other users’ recipes, adjust recipes from U.S to Metric and search your recipes with search terms like low fat, cholesterol and heart healthy.


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So sign up for and put together a recipe box with your favorite recipes and call it Foodportunity (either your own or collections of others) and add it to the post so we can promote your boxes and have people follow you. #kitchenbug #foodprt


Luxury food and drinks on wedding table. Shallow DOF
The Prizes:

Grand Prize:

1) Grand Prize

Your own opportunity to showcase your blog or website at Foodportunity. We will have a high table for you alongside some of the biggest food entrepreneurs in the business. Keren Brown (myself) will help you dream up a marketing plan for the event.
This is a huge marketing opportunity. You will be able to introduce people to your blog and share what you do in front of a large food audience and make sure that the whole Seattle  food scene knows all about you.

2) Second Prize: a 50 dollar Amazon Gift Card (sponsored by Kitchenbug)

3) Third Prize : Two Cookbooks from Sasquatch books, Greg Atkinson’s In Season : Culinary Adventures of a Pacific Northwest Chef and  Honey &  Oats by Jennifer Katzinger.

Deadline: July 7- Winner will be announced that week.

greg atkinson

honey and oats



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Foodportunity, a Giveaway and an Announcement.

I just recently announced that Foodportunity is coming up and that there is an awesome line up. What I didn’t mention yet is that we will have a surprise guest flying in for the event.

We have featured authors and chefs at Foodportunity. This idea came out of my own personal need to connect with these people. When I started blogging, I wanted to meet chefs and cookbook authors but I was always intimidated. The first time I had to interview a chef, I was sick to my stomach, like literally so nervous I couldn’t sleep the night before (including sweaty palms and everything).

Fast forward five years later and I don’t get nervous anymore, I have met so many of the people I admire. Yes, practice makes perfect with everything in life. Even meeting new people.

Every Foodportunity we have featured authors and chefs. They hang out in the front room (a.k.a the lounge) between 6:30 and 7:30. And they are there just to talk to you. You can ask questions, beg for recipes if you want, get books signed (bring your books) or just say hi. On October 22, be there. You can meet Brian McCracken and Dana Tough (Spur, Tavern Law, The Coterie Room), Jill Lightner (Edible Seattle: The Cookbook), Leora Bloom (Washington Food Artisans, Cookbook) and Judith Dern (A Taste of Scandinavia, Cookbook).

And now for the surprise. Aran Goyoaga of Cannelle et Vanille is coming to visit. Her photography is gorgeous, like heart pitter-pattering beautiful. Her recipes are delicious and inspiring. Little tarts, cakes and just so many desserts and dishes that are all gluten-free. You might have seen her on Oprah, Martha Stewart or when she was mentioned in Times Magazine, as one of their favorite bloggers. Just look at her blog and you will understand, her photography will make you swoon. She is coming out with her new cookbook the week of Foodportunity.

You get to meet her, talk to her and even win a book here.

The giveaway. Win the book. I have 2 copies!: Just leave a comment to enter the contest, share on Facebook (5 entries) or twitter for an extra entry. Just remember to comment and let me know. The contest is open to anyone in the U.S. but if you can make it to Foodportunity, you can get it signed. Winner will be chosen on Sept 20.
Update: The winners are Tamiko and Helen Anne.


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Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle Book Signing at Barnes and Noble and Sunset Magazine

Is it summer? Sometimes I feel like it is. Sometimes I feel like it isn’t/
That is Seattle summer for you. This year is flying by for me and I am loving the ride.

One of the most amazing things that happened this year was that I was featured in Sunset Magazine. Yes, three whole pages talking about where I like to eat including a full page photo.. This was a dream come true. The article was written by Rebekah Denn, one of my most favorite writers in Seattle.

I am hoping to see you all soon.
I will be doing a book signing at Barnes and Noble at Northgate this Saturday with three other lovely authors, Alice Currah of Savory Sweet Life, Jill Lightner of Edible Seattle Cookbook: The Cookbook and Leora Bloom of Washington Food Artisans. Come out and chat with us. It will be fun. Details are here.

Hope I get to see you!

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BlogHer Food Seattle and Free Restaurant Advice

This year BlogHer Food is in Seattle. You know what that means.

It means that you can learn about food blogging, meet new people, connect with people you want to meet, learn how to shoot video, learn how to incorporate humor into your blog, learn how to build a career in food and much more.

I will be speaking this year too. I am on a panel with Hank Shaw. Yes, Hank is the hunter of all hunters. Really. He hunts for his own food, he shares the stories, he motivates, he is marketing genius and he is just a really awesome guy that has a lot to share. Our panel is all about: BootStrapping a Book Tour: Modern- Day Marketing in today’s publishing environment.

We will be spilling the beans on how to promote yourself, your book, your tour. How to make it interactive, fun and how to fill your schedule with events that will work for you and engage your audience. I will be sharing my ideas about my book promotions for the “Food Lovers Guide to Seattle” and Hank will be telling us about his multi-city book tour for his <a href="“>book and blog “Hunter Angler Gardener Cook“. And even if you don’t have a book, come and learn about ways to promote your brand.

If you are going, comment here. I would love to meet and talk.

Free Restaurant Advice If you need suggestions on what to eat and where, email me. I will be happy to respond. Please make sure to send me a little about yourself so I can cater the suggestions to your style. My email is I also have signed copies of my book if you want to buy from me (at a discount).

And if you are a local food blogger and you are not on my Seattle Food Blogger List, please email me. I throw events all the time that bring the local bloggers together.

Now before you go, I suggest you check out the International Food Blogger Conference that is happening in August. I love this conference and will be speaking there too. I will be posting more soon but here is a little preview,


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Herbivoracious, Michael Natkin’s New Cookbook

When I first moved to Seattle over 5 years ago, I was desperate to meet other bloggers. I didn’t know one person here so I started emailing the bloggers behind my favorite blogs. New friendships blossomed as well as the Seattle Food Blogger Events, my group that brings local bloggers together to talk about food. Michael Natkin of Herbivoracious was one of my first friends here (he came to the first meeting) as well as one of the first blogs that I started to read daily.

I know Michael Natkin from just about the time when he started his blog journey, I remember him staging at Cafe Flora, I remember the day that the restaurant got reviewed and his dish happened to be the one that the reviewer raved about. It gave me hope as a newbie blogger, it was a sign that if you reach for your dreams and you work hard, great things will happen. One of my fondest memories was an underground dinner that Michael invited me to. Michael taught me that vegetarian food can be complex in flavor, he made buckwheat blini topped with asparagus caviar and creme fraiche and a Panko crusted hard-boiled egg with smoked asparagus and sherry gastrique. This was before I was so deeply immersed into food, asparagus caviar was an idea that I had no idea could happen and his menu blew me away.

photo credit: Michael Natkin

photo credit: Michael Natkin

I watched over the years as Michael’s blog grew, his readership grew and now I am holding the galley of his cookbook (it is basically the pre-cookbook, not all the photos are in it but I get to read all the recipes and experiment.)

This book is really amazing. Michael knows how to make vegetarian dishes explode with flavor. I admit that I eat meatless quite a lot, mostly out of convenience. With 3 kids at home, my husband and I tend to divide up the tasks and he does most of the shopping because I do the cooking. I hardly plan my meals in advance so I cook vegetarian because it is convenient and fast. Michael seems to plug the things that I miss into meatless meals in here without missing even a bit of flavor. He gives you that exact ingredient that you need to make a meal pop and that is what it is.

Some of the things that I loved about this book:
– He explains cooking. I am a pretty good home cook but I have to say that sometimes I wonder what I need to add to make my dish pop. He gives explanations about how to add acid, salt and just what would make a difference.
-He doesn’t use fake proteins. There is tofu in it but you won’t find imitation meat or anything of that sort.

– He has some of my favorite Jewish recipes; I am sure that many would have no idea that they are Jewish because they are Sephardic (the polar opposite of blintzes or potato latkes), you will find recipes like Sabich and Mujadara (Middle Eastern rice and lentil pilaf). For me, these recipes
are much more comforting than bagels and lox, which people perceive as Jewish Food.

– There are recipes from all over the world; the recipes are influenced from Morocco to Spain, Italy to Israel, and the Southeast Asian and Indian regions.

– The recipes are tested by a dad of two. They are family- friendly recipes that you can make at home. And there are lots of explanations.

You can pre-order the book here.

Before I end this review, I am going to share his recipe for Sabich. The summer days in Israel (we visit a lot) are often so hot that you feel as though you never want to eat again. On those days, all I can find room for is watermelon and feta or popsicles but suddenly in the deep afternoon, the hunger hits and grabbing a Sabich on the street, a pita full of fried eggplant, egg and lots of vegetables is the best way to hit the spot. Amba, a pickled mango is found in every Sabich but it is indeed an acquired taste, I have always avoided it because it seems to come out of your pores which does not seem the least bit appetizing on a day of sweltering heat (my friend’s swear by it though).

Michael’s Sabich Recipe (with introduction)

Iraqi-Jewish Eggplant Sandwich (Sabich)


Sabich is a popular Sabbath food for Iraqi Jews, who, when they emigrated to Israel and set up a community in Ramat Gan, brought the sandwich with them. It has since gained widespread popularity, and of course, in typical Israeli fashion, there are 100 variations and 200 opinions about which one is best.
There is something about the creaminess of the egg and the fried goodness of the eggplant that works really well together. And the garnishes of Israeli salad (tomatoes and cucumbers with a bit of lemon juice), hummus, onions, pickles, parsley, and amba give your mouth the full workout of sweet, spicy, sour, herbaceous, smooth, and crispy.
Amba is a pickled mango condiment. You may be able to find it at a Middle Eastern grocery, or check the Internet for a recipe and make your own. If you can’t find it or make it, use a little harissa or other hot sauce instead.

2 plum tomatoes, finely diced
Half an English cucumber, finely diced
Juice of 1 lemon
Kosher salt
1⁄4 cup vegetable oil
1 large eggplant, peeled and cut into generous 1⁄4-inch slices
4 large eggs, hard-cooked, peeled, and sliced (omit for vegan)
2 cups hummus (store-bought or make your own)
1 cup pre-seasoned tahini (sesame paste, also known as tehina or tahina) or 1 cup plain tahini seasoned with 1 clove minced garlic and lemon juice to taste
1⁄2 cup loosely packed fresh flatleaf parsley leaves
Half a small white onion, minced
1⁄2 cup thinly sliced or diced dill pickle
Amba (pickled mango; more information in the book)
4 pita breads (omit and serve as a salad for gluten-free)

1. In a small bowl, make a simple salad of the tomatoes, cucumber, and lemon juice, adding salt to taste.
2. Put the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the eggplant in batches until completely tender, turning to brown on both sides, about 7 minutes total; drain on paper towels and sprinkle with salt. (You can also grill the eggplant instead of frying for a different, lighter taste.) Transfer to a serving dish.
3. While the eggplant is frying, put the eggs, hummus, tahini, parsley, onion, dill pickle, and amba in small bowls so diners can build sandwiches to their own specifications.
4. Toast or grill the pita bread.
5. Serve it forth, preferably with a cold beer, and encourage everyone to make a gigantic sandwich

Recipe© Michael Natkin and used by the permission of The Harvard Common Press.


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Tom Douglas Cookbook Social

If you love cookbooks, then you are going to love this event. Tom Douglas is having another one of his cookbook socials. Basically, you shmooze and eat and meet all your favorite authors while stocking up on gifts for your friends. I will be there with my book, the “Food Lovers’ Guide to Seattle” and some tasty bites.

Now look at this list of authors!

Kurt Timmermeister
Amy Pennington
Jessie Olsen
Maggie Savarino
Ethan Stowell
Tom Douglas
Becky Selengut
Julie Hearne and Sharon Kramis
Lisa Dupar
Greg Atkinson
Frank Curtis
Brad Parsons
Mark Klebeck
Dave Hughes

Date: Thursday, December 1st
Time: 4-7pm
Location: The Palace Ballroom, 2100 5th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
Cost: $20 tax included
Ticket price includes entrance into the event, tastes from each author, and one drink ticket.
To purchase tickets, click here!
Kick off your holiday cookbook shopping at Tom Douglas’ 2011 Cookbook Social! Back for another year, this popular event brings some of Washington’s BEST cookbook authors together in one room for one evening only.
Come join us on the first of December to purchase some amazing cookbooks direct from the authors themselves and try tasty nibbles from one of the recipes in their book. This is a great opportunity to stock up on gifts for the food lovers in your life OR to build your own cookbook library at home.

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Bloggers without Borders and a Pie for Mikey

I am quite a positive person. That is something that I have learned to be. When bad things happen, I tend to look for on the bright side. When bad things happen to people I know, I always think to myself, well you only get things that you can handle. I imagine that maybe up there in the sky, someone is handing out circumstances. Like someone is saying to themselves “I have 20 of these situations, I will give them to the strong people.” Let me just explain, I don’t really do anything religious (haven’t been to a temple in more years than I am an adult) but I do believe that things work out in the end. And I do believe that we learn to deal with whatever comes our way. So when I hear a story about loss or hurt or families torn apart, I try to rationalize it but for a very long time, it hangs over my head like a cloud, I go on with my day but there are moments where I just think about it. And nights, that is when it seems to come back into my heart. This year has been full of tough moments, but as I am a private person, I tend to keep these moments to myself.

Just a little while ago one tweet broke my heart. It was from a food blogger that I have been following for years, Jennifer Perillo from In Jennie’s Kitchen. I have been following Jennie and reading her blog, and we have had a few tweets back and forth, but I don’t know her personally.

The one thing I remember is her writing in a post where she talks about her daughter’s breath, I was a new mother at the time, hormonal and exhausted but one paragraph just rang true in my mind.

The way the Virginia pops up in her crib, all sleepy-eyed and joyfully squeals “Mama” is better than a steaming cup of coffee. The smell of Isabella’s morning breath. Well, call me crazy, but I’ve loved it ever since she was a baby.

To this day, every time my son wakes up, I think of how much I love his morning breath, as weird it sounds, I can’t believe that I created him. It’s strange what you remember from people’s posts but when you find something in common with someone that writes, your heart feels like it belongs.

Just over a week a go, when Jennie tweeted something vague about someone being gone, my heart hurt, but when I heard it was her husband, who had a sudden heart attack, the thoughts have not left me since. She is now left with her two girls to take care of and the love of her life is gone. This is one of those times, when it is hard to see the light, but of course I know that she will move on. All she asked after this tragedy was for people to bake a pie for their loved ones and it seemed like instantly people were warming their kitchens, clasping their loved ones and baking pies for Mikey.

That is all Jennie asked for in her hard times, for you to bake for someone you love.

This week, a non-profit called Bloggers without Borders was started by the amazing Three Many Cooks. They started this organization to help bloggers in need, to bring bloggers together and this week everyone is rallying together to help Jennifer. There are beautiful auction prizes, a place to make donations and everyone can give what they can.

Here is where you can donate if you are able to, follow #afundforjennie for the awesome auction prizes or just check out Jennie’s blog and show your support

Donate to Bloggers Without Borders

This is one of those reminders that life is short, cherish what you have. Take a moment to enjoy the little things in life; love, the people around you, people that care and even morning breath.


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