Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that my simple love of food would take me where it did. I am so grateful to everyone at Allrecipes for this amazing opportunity. Actually, amazing doesn't even begin to cover it. I'm pretty sure there isn't a word
in the English language that's strong enough to describe how awesome ALL of the staff at Allrecipes are. From beginning to end, I had the time of my life.
My adventure started with a delayed, turbulent nearly 7 hour jet trip from Akron, OH to Seattle, WA.
Upon arriving at SEATAC I went to wait for my Shuttle to the hotel. (Which was late!)
But that's OK, because I got to meet France Cevallos and her husband, & Donna Turner as we shared the shuttle into beautiful downtown Seattle.
I was so thrilled when we arrived at the Inn at the Washington Athletic Club. The entire place was gorgeous. The staff was incredible, and the view from my room on
the 19th floor was breathtaking! Seeing the Cascades across Puget Sound literally brought tears to my eyes. What an absolutely beautiful sight!
So after a brief freshen-up at the hotel, we all met outside to walk to the Allrecipes Happy Hour and meet & greet. I will admit right now, I had some LOW expectations on what was awaiting us at the AR offices. In fact I was almost
dreading it. Which makes it all the more amazing of how wonderful it was to meet so many great ladies face to face. Like the hilarious, Perri Pender for example!
At the Happy Hour I also finally got to meet Sarah Kornbreck, Laurie Feagan, Lillian Russo, Jennifer Baker, and so many others. My head was spinning! (And no, I wasn't drinking!)
I left early because I was exhausted, but then ended up getting a late dinner at the sports bar at the WAC with Sarah Kornbreck...after we went on a wild goose chase for a tossed salad. (Which I am now convinced doesn't exist in
downtown Seattle. I seriously couldn't find just lettuce & veggies anywhere the whole time I was there!)
I'm pretty sure everyone in that bar thought we were drunk off our butts because we laughed and cackled LOUDLY the whole time we were there. I felt like Sarah & I just clicked and definitely were meant to be friends! <3 After all
of that excitement I was wiped out. I left poor Sarah sitting at the table and stumbled to my room and fell into bed for sweet dreams!
Too bad that my body was still on EST because I woke up at 4:30 a.m. I tried to go back to sleep but that wasn't happening. So I went out to explore the city in
early morning hours. I checked out Cafe AboDegas which was next door to the WAC. GOOOOOOD COFFEE! Incredible homemade bagel. I went for a walk around the block and had a great conversation with a Seattle police officer who told me I had to go to Specialty's
Bakery down the street and get some pastries.
I really wanted a healthy breakfast though, so at 7:00 I checked out the buffet at Torchy's in the WAC. Delicious, I wish I would have taken a pic of the ginormous waffle and fresh fruit plate I had.
Finally, I met some other AR gals (Deb C & Sarah K) who were awake and we made the trek to the AR office to begin Day 2 of our adventure. But first, a stop at Seattle's Best for more coffee of course! And we couldn't walk by without
taking some silly photos with the naked dudes in the park!
(Sarah, where is the one I took of you on your camera?!)
The swag bags that Allrecipes gave us were very cool, and Maria, the body butter is to die for, I'll be placing an order with you very soon! =)
AR Culture Camp and University was something else I went into with some iffy feelings. Of course to my complete surprise I had an amazing time. I learned so much, I had tons of fun, and the whole experience went so fast I couldn't
During our break, I checked out Pike Place Market and aside from nearly losing my lunch due to the fish smell, it was very cool!
Then it was back to AR for the big event, the 15th Anniversary Party with all of the Ambassadors and AR Staff. We made some incredibly fun flip books (France looked awesome as a chicken, LOL!)
and we even got to see Ivory as a keg of beer!
How about those mac & cheese bites on the little spoons? YUMMY! AR really knows how to throw a party!
After another wonderful day it's time for bed again...and an early wake up time of 5:30 a.m. (Thanks internal alarm clock!)
On Saturday morning I walked to Specialty's Bakery and indulged in an EPIC CINNAMON ROLL that was almost as big as my head and melted in my mouth. So good! After
a little internet surfing in the room at the WAC it was time to meet Laurie and her daughter, Colleen.
We rode the monorail to Seattle Center and visited the King Tut exhibit at the Pacific Science Center.
I have no words to describe how awesome it was. I kept getting goose bumps. To be so close to such fascinating pieces of history was breathtaking.
We also went to the tropical butterfly house and saw some dinosaurs!
After that we went to the mall where we ran into Melissa Goff and Keri Warner - Who were wonderful enough to humor me while I went on a two hour mad dash through Pike Place searching for "twisty hair thingies" that I was told about.
We had all but given up hope, when at last at literally the very last stand outside of the market at 5 mins to closing time, WE FOUND THEM! They were super cute and totally worth the hunt. Thanks, ladies, for being such good sports and helping me out!
Then it was time to head back to the AR Office for the BBQ and SEAFAIR Torchlight Parade.
Sadly, I had to leave early and miss the parade in order to catch my shuttle to the airport. Very disappointing. (Seriously, who cared about those "Beauty Queens" down there?) I guess I'll have to come back and watch it another
All in all it was a fantastic final day of my trip! The weather was gorgeous and the company was even better.
So again, I can't say enough good things about Allrecipes, the Allstars, the AR staff and the city of Seattle. I was so sad to leave...and I'm going through withdrawals now!
Thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for blessing us with this amazing opportunity. I probably never would have taken a trip to Seattle otherwise, as I never thought of it as a city to vacation in. Thanks so much for changing
So....Ivory, Cory, see you same time next year? ;)
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