Monday, October 29, 2012

AppleLooza at U-District Farmers Market - Seattle

As a new resident of the Emerald City, I experienced one of the city's farmers markets. Last Saturday, the University District Farmers Market celebrated one of Washington's most famous and sought-after farm products: Apples. During this AppleLooza, visitors could taste numerous varieties, try cider and attend cooking demos featuring recipes with apples, of course. They could also sample over 15 varieties of unique, local heirloom apples and vote for their favorite.

My knowledge about apple selection extends to the Orange Red, Golden Delicious and Jonagold. During the AppleLooza celebration, I had to taste forty different varieties that included amongst others the following: Winter Banana, Pirus (best for cooking apparently), Black Gilflower, King David, Spigold, Honey Gold, Hawkeye (a Red Delicious heirloom), Pink Pearl, Blue Permain, Belle de Boskoop, Kidd’s Orange Red, Golden Delicious, Ruby Jon, Jonagold and Snow Sweet.

As I am not an expert in this field, I just indulged in the "tasting" and enjoyed the entire process. Some were crunchy, others had more flavor, going from sour to sweet, from green to yellow to red. My favorite? Sweet Sixteen: a sweet apple but with a nice acidity, full complexity and texture.

Disappointed at my ignorance, I left the market intrigued and I promise that I will immerse in this fascinating apple's world. Washington State will provide everything I need. Sweet Sixteen included.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Viventura, campaign and blogging in paradise!

Viventura is moving for a month and has a place reserved for the adventurous blogger. If winter is not your "cup of tea", you just need a vacation in the sun or just want to try "something new" and maybe blue, you may have the chance to win a competition and spend an unforgettable month in Costa Rica!

What do you have to do?

1. Report about the campaign in your blog.
2. In your blog, convince them why YOU should be chosen to accompany them and move your office to Costa Rica for a month.
3. Send them an email with your blogpost url, so they know you are taking part.

What will you win?

  • Flight and Transfer from your hometown to Costa Rica
  • Accommodation for up to one month in the hotel Casa Luna
  • Pocket money of at least 1.200 USD (increases by 10 USD for every participant in the competition)
  • Day trips
  • Possibility to get involved at Viventura

  • Participants may enter until the promotion until 10.18.2012. The winner will be announced on 10.20.2012!

    This promotion is in cooperation with the Central American specialists, Travel to Nature, and KLM Airline.
    Why me?
    A few of reasons are here....
    1. I haven't been to Costa Rica so this will be my very first trip and stay there. I don't know the sound of the rainforest either
    2. I won't miss the Seattle rain
    3. I need a new office anyway and why not that be not far from the beach?
    4. A nice excuse or alternative way to develop my travel writing (just graduated from a travel writing course). I specialize in culinary travel so this will be an opportunity to explore the island's interesting food scene (and maybe do a book about it?)
    5. On the long run, I would look into opportunities to organizing culinary tours in Costa Rica (and not only) from Seattle and the entire West Coast. What do you think?
    6. I like to be and work with people who like to travel just like you and also help you out if needed
    7. Because I am worth it!



    Celebrate Design With Duravit At Design Week 2012‏

    Duravit NYC invites you to celebrate Duravit Design Week
    on Wednesday, October 17th 6-9 PM.

    Celebrate exclusive U.S. launches from
    Philippe Starck, Sieger Design and Prof. Frank Huster

    Enjoy inspiring architectural film clips and trivia,
    and a chance to win tickets to the
    NYC Architecture and Design Film Festival.

    105 Madison Avenue (between 29th + 30th) | NYC
    RSVP: | 212-686-0033 by October 16

    Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    Book signing with Chefs Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel

    Join in at your local Williams-Sonoma store for a special book signing with Chefs Thomas Keller and Sebastien Rouxel. They will be signing copies ofBouchon Bakery.
    Tuesday, October 23, 2012
    Columbus Circle
    10 Columbus Circle
    New York, NY, 10019
    (212) 581-1146

    Monday, October 01, 2012

    One night exhibition and book signing with Laura Owens at KARMA‏

    Please join Laura Owens
    for a special


    exhibit,  book release and signing



    21 Downing Street

    Thursday, October 4th.

    6:00 - 8:00 pm

    There will be champagne & snacks! 

    Bloomingdale's Soho & New York magazine for New York Nights