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The road to Seattle ~ Day 1 ~ All-stars visit 2012. 
 
Jul. 29, 2012 9:09 pm 
Updated: Jul. 31, 2012 10:07 pm
So the last few days have been the Allrecipe’s  all-star trip to Seattle, and what a wonderful but tiring trip we have had…
 
Day 1  

Firstly I began to think I was not ever going to get there.  Its like drama just likes to come on any trip with me.  Firstly this time as it was just a short visit I decided I would park my park at O’Hare rather than take the usual limo.  So the night before (I know, talk about last minute) I decided to book car parking at the airport.  As I didn't know the company I decided to pay via paypal thought that was safer than actually entering my credit card (I’m totally obsessed about credit Freud), anyway I had a paypal receipt but no email confirmation.  The next morning when I woke at 5am there was still no confirmation (now I’m starting to panic), so rather than turn up and hope for the best I decided to call reservations, it sounded like I had woken the representative up and dragged her out of bed, spent most of our conversation yawning! Any way as it turned out due to a computer glitch my space had not been reserved and basically there was nothing they could do for me now. Teaches me to try and save money!!!

So I took my chances and found a space at the airport, so at least the day was not going too bad.  Because of my panic over parking the car I was at O’Hare a good 3.5 hours before my flight (This British girl is obsessed with Punctuality).

Needless to say I checked in, battled everyone through security and did a little shopping. Stopped off a chili’s for a few early morning Margaritas (Starting as I meant to go on) which were excellent even at 9am (must have been 5 O clock somewhere!!!  When I eventually made it to the gate (or was that staggered to the gate) the flight had been delayed for 3 hours, storms in New York!  Oh well I guess when you get given lemons you make lemonade right? So it was no biggey it just meant an extra 3 hours of Margarita time ~ lol.

Anyway we eventually touched down in Seattle the time is now 4:30 pm and I am running around the airport like a woman possessed.  I have to be at the AR offices in downtown at 5pm for a cocktail meet and great, with other All-star Ambassadors, and AR Employees.  So much for my plan of having a leisure afternoon in the hotel to pamper myself before I met my fellow food-addicts.   I finally found the shared transport that had been booked for me but the wait was 30 minutes, wow no time for that, so I hopped in a taxi.  I know so much for saving money, but no way I could be late!!!

So I arrived at 5pm at the AR offices looked like I had been dragged through a hedge backwards, in my clothes since 5am and lugging my huge suitcase.  The moment you walk out of that elevator, all the panic of the day just goes away.  I am here at AR where all the magic happens, to be greeted by so many smiling faces and finally meet all those cooks that have been talking to me and giving me advice and of course sharing much laughter and even the occasional tears for many, many months was like a dream come true.  They really are the All-stars J

the food was delicious, but I'm sure anything that was cooked in the AR test kitchen would be fantastic anyway!!!  Oh boy, I think I had to pinch my self so many times, YES I am in actual AR the test kitchen!!!

The party was only until 7pm, and I had still yet to check in to the hotel, as I am about to leave when Maui girl (Julie) tells me that a few people are taking a boat trip, to see the Seattle Skyline form the water.  It leaves in 20 minutes and I still have my case towing behind me. Not one to ever want to miss out on fun.  I run to the hotel (Ok, so anyone who has seen me knows I can't run ~ But it was a fast walk) up the hill to the hotel and thrust my case on the nice bellhop. In reception I meet Paul (Yes, The Paula ~ can you believe it???) anyway I talk her in to coming on the trip with myself and Occasional Cooker (Michele F.).  We jump in a taxi the three of us and just make the ferry.  I mean literally just made the ferry.

So we are walking around this big old boat and I don't see any of the faces from our AR group.  Oops look likes we took the wrong boat, there was a choice of two!  I get on my cell phone and finally get hold of the wonderful Maui girl and they had missed the Ferry!!! That’s a story I will let Julie share with you in her blog.

The three of us are on a boat, have no idea where I'm going but the view is stunning.  We arrive at the other side about 60 minutes later (which I later find is Bremerton) and on the way back we see the gorgeous Latinacook (Wilnellys).  OMG she has the most gorgeous accent ever!

What a day.  It was long and tiring but totally fantastic.  I finally checked into the Washington Athletic Club where we are staying one very tired but happy girl!
 
And best of all, we do it all again tomorrow.
 
To be continuted….
The 2012 ALLSTAR Ambassadors gathering at AR
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The 2012 ALLSTAR Ambassadors gathering at AR
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The 2012 ALLSTAR Ambassadors gathering at AR
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The 2012 ALLSTAR Ambassadors gathering at AR
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The 2012 ALLSTAR Ambassadors gathering at AR
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The 2012 ALLSTAR Ambassadors gathering at AR
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Paula and Occasional Cooker ~ A little windswept but having so much fun!
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The 2012 ALLSTAR Ambassadors gathering at AR ~ The city from the water
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Comments
Jul. 29, 2012 9:21 pm
apple-strudel, the good news is... you got there. And, I know you had a most wonderful time. I spent the day today with Lora and Julie and LOL, LOL, LOL, I heard the story. Thanks for sharing Day 1 with us.
 
Jul. 29, 2012 9:27 pm
It was so good to meet you - to put a face with a name & to give you a hug. What a great time we had!
 
Paula 
Jul. 29, 2012 9:59 pm
The pic you have of Occasional Cooker and me is great! The wind must have really whipped up when you got my camera. We look like our hair is being ripped from our heads! I loved our ferry ride together. Hey, you enjoyed latinacook's accent...imagine the joy I had hearing yours and hers!
 
Jul. 29, 2012 10:25 pm
I agree with Paula...I enjoyed your accent as well! MauiGirl and the rest of us JUST MISSED that ferry. The whole thing was surreal wasn't it? It was such a pleasure to meet you and hang out at the Happy Hour! Looking forward to your posts about the rest of your trip!
 
Jul. 29, 2012 10:37 pm
So wonderful to meet you! I am so pleased you were able to make the chocolate tour.
 
Jul. 29, 2012 10:57 pm
It was great to meet you in the elevator on Friday morning! I am a fan of yours! I almost went on the boat ride and decided to walk around downtown instead!
 
Jul. 29, 2012 11:00 pm
Wow, what energy you have. A whirlwind trip and blog and pictures already posted. Thanks for sharing your adventure.
 
Jul. 29, 2012 11:03 pm
If you enjoyed reading about day one. Please stop by and read day 2. Its just been posted!!!
 
Jul. 29, 2012 11:10 pm
*~Lissa~* It was so good to meet you to and thank you for sharing your news with me! MySweetCreations ~ I was so pleased to meet you and your gorgeous daughter too. (wrote all about it on my second blog). Thank you for stopping by Marie C
 
Jul. 29, 2012 11:12 pm
MrsFisher0729 ~ It was so good to spend time with you and your friend, I can't thank you enough for inviting me on the chocolate tour. Paula ~ I loved our boat trip, seeing the city from the water was stunning as well as that sunset. So pleased that I got the opertunity to spend the evening with you and Michele. It was so good to meet you.
 
Jul. 29, 2012 11:14 pm
Baking Nana ~ I have wanted to meet you or so long and it was wonderful to finally get that chance. Thank you for stopping by Candice, It certainly was a fun time.
 
Lela 
Jul. 30, 2012 5:37 am
Apple Strudel-It sounds like you are going to make some great friends. Enjoy the trip. I hope all your comments to AR help better this already great site.
 
Jul. 30, 2012 6:06 am
What fun! Glad work settled down so you could make the Seattle trip! So much fun meeting other AR peeps!
 
Jul. 30, 2012 8:16 am
Lela ~ Thank you for stopping by, we really did have such a wonderful time. CAT HILL ~ Good morning, nothing has settled at work and it was very touch and go to whether I could make the trip. It was by shear luck that my facility had a shut down in the end that week. Talk about perfect timing!!!!
 
Jul. 30, 2012 10:57 am
So glad we finally found you! XOXO
 
Jul. 30, 2012 11:17 am
Morning Cindy ~ You have certainly found me, wish I could make your Southern Roundup its going to be a hoot...
 
Jul. 30, 2012 3:14 pm
Our trip out went exactly as it should, no delays, no troubles. However, my daughter and I were with Mauigirl as we arrived after a 15 block near jog to the ferry terminal just to watch it pulling away! Great trip all the way around, despite the mishaps!
 
Jul. 30, 2012 3:21 pm
Wyattdogster ~ Such a shame you didn't make our ferry, but it sounded like you had a very good evening any way.
 
Jul. 30, 2012 4:49 pm
I am so glad that you were able to make it to Seattle. I really enjoyed your company. Very nice to hear another English accent. (I think that after all these years of being here I have lost mine somewhat) Looking forward to the next Allstars bash to spend some more time together. Hope the strike ends and you can come to Florida
 
Jul. 30, 2012 11:25 pm
Apple.strudel, I was tired and out of breath just reading about your escapades! So glad you were able to make the trip, I'm sure you'll have these memories forever of the fun and great folks you got to meet! ?
 
Jul. 31, 2012 11:14 am
Apple.strudel, I was so glad to see familiar faces on the way back to Seattle! It was great to sit with you guys and get to know more about you. We did barely make it to the ferry but I am SO glad we got to do this. It was beautiful! It was a pleasure meeting you! :o)
 
Jul. 31, 2012 2:44 pm
LatinaCook ~ So pleased we did make that ferry, and it was an absolute pleasure to have met you. Good luck with the job hunt. NEENIEJAN ~ Thank you for stopping by and reading my blog. It was an exhausting time, so much to take in but totally fun.
 
Jul. 31, 2012 2:45 pm
pelicangal ~ I can't tell you how wonderful it was to meet you. I just wish I could make your southern roundup, hopefully I will get there last year. I know I will be missing out on one fantastic time. Have fun, I will miss you all.
 
Jul. 31, 2012 8:10 pm
Loved the tales you had to tell! Thanks for your photos and insight! Loved meeting you!
 
Jul. 31, 2012 10:07 pm
Thank you for stopping by Marianne ~ it was such a pleasure to meet the lady behind the birthdays ~ lol
 
 
 
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