Seattle Distraction

Elise of Simply Recipes and I were on her way to meet up with Ruth Reichl at an intimate, private event that we are lucky enough to snag tickets for, courtesy of Keren of Frantic Foodie (thank you karen, smootches to cute baby).  Elise and I had just met up at the airport, I having just flown in from Florida and Elise from California. We were running quite late, as I’m sure that you know whole efficient airport experience is just sooooo like 1999.

We grab a rental car… and armed with my GPS that still thought we were in Florida, Elise and I set out searching for the event location. Finally, we spot the restaurant, scoured the streets to find parking and then decided that both of our “fresh off the plane” look wasn’t that flattering. So, we both stood behind the car, popped the trunk open, opened our suitcase and started touching up our makeup on the streets. Way classy.

The event was held at a restaurant called Olivar, which was right around the corner. A quick glance at my phone revealed that we were indeed late. Guys…I’ve never met Ruth Reichl before, but I can sense that from her books and videos that she’s a pretty direct, no-nonsense woman. Probably the type who’d give us the glare that would instantly slap us with “Imbiciles! How dare you be disruptive and late to my event!?”

So, fearful of Ruth’s lashing, I grab Elise and we frantically stuff our makeup away, close the trunk and lock the car doors. My heart was racing, scared shitless,  because I was trying to figure out how to sneak in the small restaurant, spot an empty seat and scope out where the free wine was (how can you NOT have wine in hand when listening to Ruth?!)

We’re walking fast towards the building and just before the corner…



on a podium.

wearing tight….

…no…let me be more specific…barely-there, muscle hugging underwear.

Elise was just half a step in front of me, so I yanked her arm back towards the window (she just about fell over because I whiplashed the bejeebers outta her by abruptly changing the direction of her momentum) and like TOTAL DUMBASSES, we just stood there in front of the window, staring at bare chested hottie who was near the back of the small store.

And then I waved at him.

Not even a cool, “howz it goin’ dude” type of short wave….but a full on HI! I CAN’T BELIEVE YOU’RE NAKED! WOW I LOVE YOUR MUSCLES! HEEHEEHEE! giddy, full-on foolish type of wave.

Yeah, um and then…Hottie waved back. E

lise and I wanted to go in and really, really check him out. Okay, I’m married….so I mean ELISE to check him out because she’s single and I just wanted to accompany her to make sure that it was a safe environment. Um yeah.

….but…Ruth..the RATH OF RUTH…

So, I signaled to him with my pointy finger and pointed to my invisible watch signaling, “don’t you dare move you bare chested almost naked hottie! we’ll be back in 10 minutes!”

Elise and I begrudgingly peeled ourselves away from the storefront glass and headed to the restaurant around the corner.

But then right after Ruth’s speech (wait. what was the book she was talking about again?), we loaded up on the delicious tapas, gulped down a glass of wine and RAN BACK TO HOTTIE.

I don’t even know how to caption this photo. SERIOUSLY, did  we really have those expressions on our faces?

So, okay, after the initial OH MY F&*%&! GAAAWWWDDDDD reaction of standing so close to Hotness….

We came to our senses and chilled out.

Breathed deeply.


No fondling, Elise.

Calming down.


He was sooo trying to look down my shirt.

Yes, that’s exactly what my caption is for this photo.


The next day, Foodista began IFBC – or International Food Bloggers Conference! I spoke on the “Blog to Book” panel and talked about the experience of publishing a book, and was joined by Molly of Orangette and Kirsty Melville, the Executive Vice President of Andrews McMeel Publishing. Cooking with Amy moderated the discussion and I think it gave people a well-rounded overview of publishing, from a blogger standpoint and from a publisher standpoint.

photo by Seattle Tall Poppy (most photos below are from Traca!)

On day 2, I was lucky enough to be joined by dynamos Cooking with Amy and Simply Recipes in a discussion that we called “Blogging as a Career.” The three of us approached our blogging business in a totally different way, and rather than try to type out a synopsis, why don’t you watch the video for yourself!

Me, Amy of Cooking with Amy and
Elise from Simply Recipes

Elise and I got to hang with one of the sexiest men on earth. YOU JUST WANT TO HUG THIS MAN!!! (trust me, Elise and I have slept with him)


And then we celebrated with SAKE!!! Holy sparkly sake! I just signed on to rep a brand called Sake2Me, which is a beautiful bubbly sake make with premium sake and Vine Connections who distributes fine sake nationwide. More on the sake later, but check the spread:


I invited a few friends to our hotel and ordered FOOOOOOD:


I’ll end this post with a lovely photo I shot of the one and only, Ruth Reichl, the only person in this solar system that Elise and I would hold ABSOLUTE PRIORITY over a hot underwear model:


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Comments 29

  1. Koriann

    Sounds like you were totally busy! Did you get a chance to try out any of the sushi places I recommended

    no, i didn’t have a smidgen of free time at all!
    perhaps next visit! ~j

  2. Carole

    I’m impressed you went into the store to mee the hottie. I would’ve done that, but only after more free wine. 🙂

    The sparkly sake sounds interesting; definitely something I’d like to try.

    Love your writing!

  3. amy

    Great post…I love how your handle “frames” his um…”package” in one of the pics…LOL.

  4. Allen

    OMG — I love your hand positioning in that second pic … it almost looks like you’re cupping him?!?! 🙂

    As for commenting ‘one of the sexiest men on earth’, you were clearly taking a few gulps of sake while writing this post … but regardless, I thank you! xoxo

  5. Jean

    You slay me! I just absolutely love you! How do all of you bloggers get to know each other? I feel like I’m in my own little blogging world!!! My friends are beginning to get that “glazed, eyes rolling back in their heads” look when I get started talking about my blogging. And to segue your blog into a career? That is something I only dream about!!! Llike I said, you slay me!!!

  6. Diana

    That was such a fun weekend! It was wonderful to finally meet you and bask in your awesomeness 🙂 Thanks for the sake party, my husband is a little jealous that I got to have premium unfiltered sake, it was deliciously smooth. See you soon!

  7. RecollectedStephanie

    It’s a bit like comparing the best dark small batch beer (which is really really good and exactly the thing you want sometimes) with crab bisque or something, but I have to agree with you. Ruth wins over the hottie – every time. I’m glad you posted this because now I know why your site is one of my bookmarks (I’ve been confused about the issue – I don’t really like spicy food, you see. My husband has to take me out to eat if he wants any of that fire food … but I love your site – now I know why) We both know Ruth is the Queen!

  8. finsbigfan

    Love this post! What a fun time. And the UPS man even showed up (package anyone!) Seattle sounds like a blast. Hope to go there someday.

  9. Reginald J

    Great post. As always, your personality really shines through your writing. Can’t wait to hear more about the sparkling sake – sounds interesting.

  10. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    Hey Jaden,
    It was great meeting you at IFBC. A good time was had by all, and I certainly learned a lot. You’re as wonderful & fun in person as you are on your blog. Will see you at BlogHer in Sept. Best of luck to you in all of your wonderful endeavors!!

  11. Tina

    OMG!Jaden, I did a double take when I looked at your blog. After I read the situation, you made me laugh so hard. You guys are one lucky pair of women!! *envy* I’m glad you had a great time though 🙂
    Happy Memorial Day weekend!!

  12. Chris

    On the floor…
    Can’t stop laughing, can’t breathe.

    The position or should I say juxtapositon of your left hand in the “he’s totally looking down my shirt” picture is a riot!

    He looks like a buff Keneau Reeves….with a tan.

    Rock on, Jaden!

  13. chunky

    oh steamy, you are indeed naughty…i really enjoyed reading this post! honestly, i would have done the same thing…he’s jaw-dropping body is gorgeous. let’s hope the hubbies don’t read this.

  14. Chrissy

    Did you at least get hottie’s name or should we all call him Hottie in our dreams? Ha! The conference looks and sounds amazing.

  15. Hélène

    You made my day :). I missed the event because I could not get tickets. Watched your conference on internet (that was great). I’m going to Seattle soon, I should check this boutique.

  16. Denise

    Are you sure you didn’t at least graze “the package”???? In photo two with HOTTIE MCUNDIE’S your hand certainly looked too close for comfort… LUCKY YOU!!!

  17. Dr. Biggles

    All my favorite women (You, Amy & Elise)! And, you’re the only one I haven’t fed from my grill or smoker. A shame.

    Cheers and hope all is well!

    xo, Biggles

  18. Kathleen

    and I probably would have done the same thing you did, but maybe bounce back and forth, or maybe dragged him into the restaurant with me 🙂 I’m sure she would have appreciated it. At least I hope she would.

    Keep ’em coming!!!

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