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Friday, September 13, 2013

Olive Oil or Vino? {w/ travel}


Olive oil or wine? How does a food blogger choose?

Some of you would say wine without hesitation. The subtle complexities that make their way from the bottle of merlot to your tongue are just too much to deny.

But oh, have you ever tried a good olive oil?

This is just one of the dilemmas I face as I prepare for next week.

Because you see, next week - Friday to be exact - I will attend my first-ever food blogging conference. Eeek!
IFBC (the International Food Bloggers Conference), the first-ever conference for food bloggers, is being held this year in beautiful Seattle, WA.  I cannot wait to take in the sights, sounds, smells and of course, tastes, of this Pacific North West city. Excited is an understatement. It's all I've been talking about - to anyone who'll listen - for the last few months.

The conference is at the W Hotel in the heart of the city - mere blocks from Pike Place Market. I remember visiting Seattle when I was a kid and being fascinated with the marketplace.

I. Can. Not. Wait.

But, I'm also nervous.

The whole reason I started this blog was to try something new. And this is definitely something new.
And while I like new, the unknown can be unsettling.

What if everyone is like professional, Pioneer Woman status 
and I'm just this little blogger from San Diego? 

What if people don't like my blog design, my blog or worse, me?

What if.....?

I am a mix of emotions, but the overwhelming one is excitement.

Back to my dilemma. How do I choose between Artisan Olive Oil Tasting
 With California Olive Ranch 

Certainly you are familiar with the fascinating world of tasting wine, but have you learned the nuances of tasting olive oil?  Walk with us through a  sensory tasting and educational session with our master miller, Bob Singletary, industry icon for over thirty years.  You’ll learn the subtleties of tasting notes and flavor profiles, as well as explore what oils pair best with your fresh ingredients and menus. Learn how to set up your own DIY Tasting Party with your friends and fans. Join us in this fun and interactive session, hosted by California Olive Ranch!

or Wine & Writing: Live Blogging: An Exercise in Writing with @BordeauxWines

Do you speak wine? Join Bordeaux Wines for an interactive exercise in wine writing! From the basics of blending to taste, tannins and terroirs, come discover your inner oenophile. Our experienced Wine Buffs, Ward Kadel (@drXeNo) and Sam Klingberg (@brokewino), will walk you through the fundamentals of writing about wine, as you taste your way through a variety of reds and whites from the Bordeaux region.

Any ideas? Which would you choose? Or if you're attending, which one will you choose?


P.S. This is my first blog post on my new laptop. I think I'm in love.


  1. This is so exciting Kristin!I vote OLIVE OIL! Nothing like excellent olive oil. Have fun!

  2. Also--don't be nervous....everyone will love you :)

  3. I'm a little nervous too! I don't think I've ever met another blogger face to face... but I think it will be fun! Finally someone to talk to about two of my passions, food + blogging, without their eyes glazing over, lol! It's going to be great. I think I'll be going with the olive oil tasting, just because I think there's more baking-type stuff I could do with olive oil than wine, being a baking blogger. Hope to see you there! ;)


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