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Celebrating Life with Paula

Celebrating AR's 15th Birthday 
Jul. 29, 2012 7:32 pm 
Updated: Aug. 7, 2012 8:09 pm

This past Thursday and Friday, Allrecipes invited their Allstars Across America to Seattle to help them celebrate their 15th anniversary. I was one of those fortunate enough to get to go. It was a trip I will never forget and am very grateful to Allrecipes for providing the opportunity.

When I arrived at the Seattle airport, I immediately went to the Shuttle Express to get a ride to my hotel. It was there in the garage that I noticed a lovely young lady with an Allrecipes lunch tote hanging on her suitcase. I gasped outloud (I think I giggled and jumped up and down too) and introduced myself. And my first, actual face-to-face friendship began with *~Lissa~*. We talked and talked all the way to our hotel.

When we arrived at our hotel as our driver was finding a parking space, we immediately recognized Marianne standing on the sidewalk outside. Again, upon meeting face-to-face, all three of us hugged and laughed and seemed to have known each other forever. As we walked into the lobby, there were mauigirl, Peggy, working azmom of 2, Joey K, and quite a few others who made us feel as though they had been waiting just for us. Again, AR and real name introductions and hugs sealed our friendships and promised a fun time to come over the next couple of days.

Our first large group gathering that night began with a tour of the Allrecipes headquarters. It's a very impressive place with lots of friendly employees.  I heard from several of the employees over the next couple of days, who impressed me with love for their job at Allrecipes, knowledge of pertinent data, and a willingness to listen to our ideas. I feel assured that this coming week they will be discussing all we said and how they might implement those ideas.

I'm sure there are other bloggers who will give you more details about our wonderful time at Allrecipes, so I will just tell you the sessions I attended and key things I learned from them. 1) Gameification - a feedback session of a possible new program AR is considering to make interacting with the site more fun and appealing. Just the idea that they wanted my opinion impressed me. 2) Business Intelligence - I got to hear how AR takes all the data they track and use it to enhance the sight. I learned they can track everything! I realized how my desire may not appeal to the masses, and it really gave me even more tolerance for not getting my way. I think at times in the past, I may have acted like a selfish, foot-stomping toddler, yet the data didn't back up that what I wanted appealed to the majority of needs. This was a very enlightening session. 3) PR - This session was about getting Allrecipes out to my community by TV, radio, and newspaper. I had already learned that Tennessee and Mississippi are among those who use Allrecipes the LEAST. So who knows? Maybe I can be instrumental in letting my area know about this wonderful community of home cooks and their recipes. 4) Social Media - I learned that AR uses facebook, twitter, pinterest, instagram, and many others platforms to reach people. I also learned how I can be involved in that.

We went to the above-mentioned sessions, but we also had time to explore Seattle with our AR friends whose real names we now knew.  Of course, who can go to Seattle without strolling through Pike Place Market? The many vegetable and flower stands, the fish market, the cheese shop, the shop of nothing but oils, and the original Starbuck's were just a few of the places we took in. One of my favorite meals was at Pike Place Chowder where I ordered Seafood Bisque and sourdough bread. And I loved taking the ferry to Bremerton with Occasional Cooker, apple.strudel, and latinacook, where I saw distant Mt. Rainier, the sunset, and then all the lights of Seattle. Beautiful!

Well, I had a wonderful time and am very grateful to Allrecipes for providing this time for all of us. It made me really, really want to go to the Southern Round-Up in Panama City this fall, and I still have another month to convince my husband of it!

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com.  Products received from advertisers are only used for experienced-based reviews on this blog. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely my sole opinions.

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Jul. 29, 2012 7:36 pm
So sorry about the craziness of the fonts, but I worked on this for a couple of hours and finally just gave up.
Jul. 29, 2012 7:48 pm
Paula, this was a great recap! Thanks for doing this, and thanks for including the link for applying to the Allstar program. It was great to meet you!
Jul. 29, 2012 7:58 pm
When I heard you were coming to Seattle, I was going to tell you that you HAD to go to Pike Place Chowder! It is the best! Am so glad you liked it...I have lived in the Seattle area all my life and just discovered them. I have been twice in a month. YUM!
Jul. 29, 2012 8:16 pm
Sounds like great fun! Glad you enjoyed it and that you feel that they listen to your ideas for the site.
Jul. 29, 2012 8:16 pm
Bibi, I enjoyed meeting you "face-to-face" too :) I feel like I've known you but now I can put a face and a real name to you!
Jul. 29, 2012 8:18 pm
TEENA, I try Seafood Bisque any time I see it on a menu. In fact, I have a friend who does the same thing. So I took a pic of it with my iPhone and immediately sent it to her with a little na-na-na-boo-boo look what I've got attitude :) I loved it!
Jul. 29, 2012 8:19 pm
Elle, they asked for our ideas, listened, and even wrote them down!
Jul. 29, 2012 8:26 pm
Hey Paula! (((hugs))) to you! It was a pleasure to meet and speak with you!
Jul. 29, 2012 8:48 pm
Oh, MySweetCreations, I loved meeting you and your sweet, so well-behaved daughter! I love seeing all your sweet creations and can now put a face to your reviews and beautiful photos.
Jul. 29, 2012 8:50 pm
Sounds like your time in Seattle was FUN filled, insightful and rewarding. I'm so glad you had this fantastic opportunity. Thanks for sharing Paula.
Jul. 29, 2012 8:57 pm
Hi Paula :) So glad I was able to meet you! Great blog. Seattle was so much fun!
Jul. 29, 2012 8:58 pm
Nice blog Paula. Standing in the lobby of the hotel watching people come through the doors and guessing who they were was magic. The squeals of joy were magic! AR should have had a video team there. :) I wish we could have spent more time together - it all flew by so fast I still can't believe it is over.
Jul. 29, 2012 9:27 pm
CANDICE - Thanks for reading. Our time in Seattle WAS everything you mentioned. RAE - So glad I got to meet you too! BAKING NANA - I wish I could have spent more time with you too. Age alone makes me relate to you :)
Jul. 29, 2012 10:16 pm
Paula...the first Allstar I met in person!
Jul. 29, 2012 10:19 pm
and it deleted the rest of my comment...huh. the rest of it said something like...You were a joy to be around and it was a pleasure to ride the shuttle with you! I also enjoyed the B.I. "class" and found it very interesting. It was a shame the trip went by so fast! Lovely blog! So glad you had a nice trip!
Jul. 29, 2012 11:03 pm
Wonderful to hear you had so much fun. Thank you for sharing the inner workings of AR. Love the way your photos were put together.
Jul. 30, 2012 5:44 am
What fun! Cool photos!
Jul. 30, 2012 5:55 am
Paula-what an exciting time. How nice to meet people from this site. I love your photos. Your blog was so informative. I was wondering where did Colorado rank on AR participation?
Jul. 30, 2012 6:32 am
wow! i certainly wish the ar one was this week. claire and i are flying into seattle thursday morning before driving nw. to the coast. the southern round-up is ON! folks from all over the us is coming, try and make it.
Jul. 30, 2012 8:05 am
LELA, I have no idea where Colorado ranked. I was particularly interested in TN and MS because it's where I live and I've noticed none of my friends are familiar with AR. GDERR, I knew you would come on here :) I promise, I'm trying to talk my husband into being ok with me coming to the Southern Round-Up. We're going to Orange Beach this summer, so I may not be able to go back so soon. Oh well, I WILL keep trying!
Jul. 30, 2012 2:20 pm
Paula...your such a hoot! I enjoyed meeting you ;-) I can't wait to sit down and start working on my blog....might be a day or so, trying to catch up with my family. Hugs!
Jul. 31, 2012 4:38 pm
Hey, Paula nice to put a face to your name. I was really looking forward to meeting you and enjoy hearing about your weight loss journeys on AR. I went to hug you and Occasional Cooker. I seemed to scare both of you. I didn't know if it was the hug or me. I guess, it was me upon reading this. I just wanted to appologize for that. I feel like I know people from AR and FB, but they might not feel the same instant connection. Great pics., and I am glad to hear you enjoyed your time like. I know I did!
Jul. 31, 2012 5:24 pm
Awesome blog. I have loved reading everyone's thoughts about Seattle. It was such a great experience!
Jul. 31, 2012 5:27 pm
I too, wished we had more time! It seems we only got a brief meeting together but I treasure any opportunity to meet other AR fans! Love the layout of your blog....picmonkey, right?
Jul. 31, 2012 5:28 pm
BTW, I gained 4 pounds while in Seattle..the food was THAT good!
Jul. 31, 2012 5:37 pm
MIS7UP, I had to go back to the FB page and find the list of allstars to remember your real name! Duh, I'm so slow! Remembering 2 names for everybody is hard for this Granna! Now I remember and it was a real pleasure to finally meet you too. I love your blogs and photos and know if you recommend a recipe, I'll love it!
Jul. 31, 2012 5:44 pm
BAKER BEE, you didn't scare me at all! And I loved the hug! I can't believe I didn't figure out who you were faster! That look on my face was simply my DUH look when I'm trying to think and the brain just won't process as quickly as it once did! I feel such a connection to you because you like healthy recipes too and are trying to lose weight. I know I can usually count on you to suggest great recipes for me. Please accept MY apology for what came across as a less than receptive greeting. Can I have a do-over?
Jul. 31, 2012 5:47 pm
RAINBOW JEWELS and WYATTDOGSTER, I loved meeting you both and, yes, I wish I had had more time to spend with you both. Miracle of all miracles, my weight stayed the same. I have no idea how! The collage is picmonkey.
Deb C 
Jul. 31, 2012 6:04 pm
Great blog Paula. That was such fun and great to meet you!
Jul. 31, 2012 6:13 pm
SO good Paula! It was a pleasure meeting you--I wish we could've spent more time together. I've said that several times now!
Jul. 31, 2012 6:39 pm
Okay, accept.
Jul. 31, 2012 7:24 pm
Double like, Baker Bee :)
Jul. 31, 2012 7:26 pm
DEB C and JRBAKER, I loved meeting both of you as well. What I've said over and over is I wish I had had more time! Too many people, too little time.
Jul. 31, 2012 7:41 pm
Great Blog! Darn, I missed the BI one! Yes, so much fun so little time to spend with each every ARpeep! My only regret! I had a blast and what a beautiful city!
Jul. 31, 2012 7:44 pm
Sorry we didn't meet earlier! Yikes, only 3 hours apart and I have never done anything in Memphis (driven thru, flew in)...leaving next Wed for Florida! You are always welcome!
Jul. 31, 2012 8:13 pm
Paula, I could have recognized your dimples anywhere! It was so great meeting up with you. BTW, I'll be getting to the post office this week! Be on alert! Thanks for your wonderful blog. It was wonderful!
Jul. 31, 2012 9:16 pm
CINDYLEPP, so nice to finally meet you! It's a shame we never got together while you were so close. MARIANNE, you are a dear! I knew that about you just from reading your comments here on The Buzz. Include your address and the cost and I will be more than happy to reimburse you.
Aug. 1, 2012 12:11 pm
Great blog, Paula! What a whirlwind trip! Agreed, SO MANY NAMES & FACES! And ya' just wanted to hug each and every one! I'm with you too - Let's rally these MS & TN folks! They have no idea what they're missing!
Aug. 2, 2012 12:50 pm
Fantastic blog Paula! We were both in the same first 3 sessions together! I went to the video session, so maybe we can swap stories on what we missed out on :)
Aug. 3, 2012 4:42 pm
I'm with you on the seafood bisque - life changing! Loved your recap :)
Aug. 7, 2012 8:09 pm
such a fun post... such a fun trip! allrecipes behind the scenes is just as wonderful as the site. :)
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