Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Wednesday Ramblings

As I think you probably know, I spent last Thursday through Sunday in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon attending the IFBC.  There aren’t even enough words to tell you how much I loved the conference and the city.  I am already planning my next trip there.  If you need a destination centered around food, I don’t think you’ll find a much better city than Portland.  I met a ton of wonderful people, (too many to link to here) drank way too much wine and ate so much great food.  Check out the trip in photos, and a few words below…

The lovely Claire and I started the weekend off on Thursday night at Paley’s Place for a dinner hosted by the NW Cherry Growers.  It was a wine, cherry, and conversation-filled evening in, what we came to find out, is a place that locals love! top right: Doubletree hotels greet you with a warm cookie; they know how to treat food bloggers//bottom right: Paley’s Place hosted an amazing cherry-inspired dinner for us//bottom left: cherry, bacon, prune and mushroom-stuffed pork loin on kale and corn polenta. amazing//

Friday morning started with a behind-the-scenes tour of Bob’s Red Mill.  I have been a fan of Bob’s products for some time but after seeing the facility, meeting the people, and hearing the passion that oozes from Bob, I love them even more.  The tour was incredibly awesome.  It was a pleasure to see how some of my favorite baking products are made!  And a big thank you goes to the bloggers who came along on the tour, as well as Bob’s Red Mill, who sponsored my attendance at IFBC! top left: we walked in to Bob’s Red Mill to Bob playing the piano for us. what a treat!//bottom left: a local Oregon berry, the marionberry was so good!//Friday afternoon was filled with so many treats during a “live blogging” event which can only be described as speed dating for food.  It was incredibly fun.

above: corn in the Bob’s Red Mill Factory//below: a section of Bob’s (awesome) office that is full of memorabilia, products and this piece of Scripture from Deuteronomy 8:13-14, 17-18.

MailChimp sponsored the Saturday after party which included chimp hats, a photo booth and wine//actually, the whole weekend was wine filled, Oregon produces some amazing Pinot Noir grapes!

The conference concluded Sunday but before it was over, Claire and I sneaked out for a few minutes to catch our taste of the local favorite: Voodoo Doughnut.  They are famous for their maple-bacon bar and now I know why.  When you make it to Portland, do not leave without one of these.  (see below for a better shot.)  And yes, the half-hour wait is well worth it!  Grab yourself a cup of coffee across the street while you wait. //Friday night Claire and I got a little lost in Portland but we made our way to the well-known Henry’s Tavern which provides an impressive beer list and gorgonzola fries, which we completely devoured.

Thank you to all of the amazing sponsors.  Can’t wait to see you next year in Seattle!


40 Responses to “Wednesday Ramblings”

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    Julia — August 29, 2012 @ 10:28 am

    Looks like fun! And a maple and bacon doughnut, ya, I’d easily wait 30 minutes for that too!

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — August 29, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    Man, my last trip in the US was to Seattle and Portland and somehow I didn’t know that there was all this amazing food there. The maple bacon thing! Oooooh.

    Thanks for sharing your pictures! It’s really fun to see what happens at these things. It looks like tons of fun. 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 8:58 am

      I hope you can make it to one in the future, I’d love to meet you!

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    Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — August 29, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    Ooh can’t wait till the day when I can try Voodoo Doughnuts! Looks like you had a fantastic time. 🙂

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 29, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    I wish I could have been there! Next year is a must.

    • Cassie replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 8:59 am

      Yes! It’s in Seattle in September next year, I’m almost 100% sure I’ll go!

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    Anna — August 29, 2012 @ 10:50 am

    You got to meet the actual Bob?? How cool! Sounds like a great time!

    • Cassie replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 9:00 am

      Yes, he gave us the tour, it was awesome!

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    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — August 29, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    I’m heading out to Portland tonight for part of the long weekend. Your post has me even more excited!!! I cannot wait for my stop at Voodoo Doughnuts!

    • Cassie replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 9:01 am

      I know you will love it!

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — August 29, 2012 @ 11:01 am

    I’ve heard great things about the Voodoo doughnuts 😛

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    Jackie @ Domestic Fits — August 29, 2012 @ 11:16 am

    I wish I could have joined! This month has been way to hectic, but SOME day, you and I will chat over drinks 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 9:01 am

      Yes, someday, and hopefully soon! 🙂

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    Sues — August 29, 2012 @ 11:32 am

    I am jealous of both your visit to Portland and your opportunity to be at IFBC. Looks like SO much fun and definitely 2 things I want to do in the future (um, especially for Voodoo Doughnuts!). SO awesome to meet Bob! 🙂

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    Megan {Country Cleaver} — August 29, 2012 @ 12:10 pm

    I’m so glad you liked PDX!! I’m going down there twice next month and I can’t wait! I love that town. Seattle can take a backseat any day. Sad I missed out on seeing you, but hopefully there will be many more conferences in our future 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 9:03 am

      Yes, it’s a must, can’t wait to meet you!

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — August 29, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    Wow, this looks like it was an incredibly fun opportunity! Good for you, Cassie! Thanks for sharing all these great photos, too. Makes me want to visit Portland myself!

    • Cassie replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 9:03 am

      Yes, it was such a great city!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 29, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

    What a fun weekend, so jealous! I need to find a way to attend of of these!

    • Cassie replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 9:03 am

      Definitely! Next year’s is in Seattle in September! Hope to meet you soon.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 29, 2012 @ 1:24 pm

    What a fun weekend, I love following along via Instagram!

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    Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) — August 29, 2012 @ 3:09 pm

    I had such a blast hanging out with you at IFBC! I absolutely loved the Bob’s Red Mill tour. Looking forward to many more food conferences to come!

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    Cathy @ Noble Pig — August 29, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    It was so fun..what a great weekend. Looks like you had a time exploring PDX, such a great place!!

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    Baking Serendipity — August 29, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    This looks like so much fun! I keep hearing about Vodoo doughnuts…yum!

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    Michelle @Amourbeurre — August 29, 2012 @ 7:58 pm

    What a cool place to visit!

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    Julie @ Table for Two — August 29, 2012 @ 8:28 pm

    They’re going to be in Seattle next year? I might just have to make it out there!! I’ll be in Portland in a month and I cannot wait to go to some or all of the places you went!! so exciting!

    • Cassie replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 9:06 am

      Yep, in September and I’m nearly 100% certain I’ll go. Hope you can make it too!

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    Jen — August 29, 2012 @ 10:27 pm

    I so wanted to go, but after I blew my wad on BlogHer in Seattle it just wasn’t in the cards this year. Portland is definitely at the top of the list of places to go visit though!

    • Cassie replied: — August 30th, 2012 @ 9:05 am

      I understand, they are pricey! But IFBC has announced a reduced rate for 2013, it’s in Seattle too! Hope to meet you. 🙂

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — August 29, 2012 @ 11:21 pm

    Between you and Claire’s photos on Instagram, I am so jelly! It looks like it was a fun and tasty trip!!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 30, 2012 @ 12:16 am

    How fun! Jason and I definitely need to make a trip out there. We love finding cities centered around food!

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    Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker} — August 30, 2012 @ 8:07 am

    I am so jealous of this trip! I’m glad you had so much fun!!

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    sarah — August 30, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    Isn’t Portland fantastic!? I loved our weekend trips down there so so much… and the food!! Loved your pictures, glad you had a good time!

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    Brooke — August 30, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    I was just in Portland too! Visiting family…my latest fave find was “Salt & Straw”. OH MY!!!

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    natalie@thesweetslife — August 30, 2012 @ 2:05 pm

    i’m dying to get there–heard such great things about Portland! glad you had fun!

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    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — September 12, 2012 @ 12:29 pm

    i can’t believe I missed this!! SUCH A FABULOUS time with you!!

    • Cassie replied: — September 12th, 2012 @ 1:33 pm



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