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Jul. 31, 2012 9:46 am 
Updated: Aug. 2, 2012 7:48 am

What a whirlwind adventure I had! It has taken me two days to sit and write this blog because every time I have tried I teared up. And believe me, this blog is about to be anything but eloquently worded, as I just need to get it out while I can! 

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.

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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 believe it.
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 time.
All in all it was a fantastic final day of my trip! The weather was gorgeous and the company was even better.

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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 my mind. 
So....Ivory, Cory, see you same time next year? ;)

To see my entire 200+ photo set of my adventures, just follow this link!
Jul. 31, 2012 10:33 am
Thank you! I want to see ALL of these blogs! Great pictures! Happy Birthday AR!!
Jul. 31, 2012 10:53 am
I'm glad you had a good time :) It was nice to meet you!
Jul. 31, 2012 11:17 am
I was glad I got to met you and hang out with you on Saturday...hugs, glad you made it home okay
Jul. 31, 2012 11:37 am
Very nice Jewel!
Jul. 31, 2012 11:46 am
nice to see your blog containing nice images and the city of Seattle you visited was very beautiful. logbook loans
Jul. 31, 2012 11:49 am
Such an amazing opportunity! So happy to have met you! (almost wish I hadn't brought hubby!) lol
Jul. 31, 2012 11:55 am
Great photos, Jewel! You were a real trooper cuz I know it was hard on you! All the walking just about did me in, LOL! So glad we got to meet, finally!
Jul. 31, 2012 12:12 pm
Beautiful pics and very nice recap, Jewel! (And I'm glad I wasn't the only one getting up close and personal with the statues) ;o)
Jul. 31, 2012 12:43 pm
Jewel, I just loved the blog. I really liked all of the details. I read so many blogs that just skim over or sugar coat every experience. Your breathed life into what you did. No problem Jewel, you were a trooper for being pregnant! I am so glad, that you got to see all of the different things you really wanted to. I got a pic or 2 of me in front of the funny statues. I am as white as a ghost in them! Yikes, I need a tan bad. LOLOL I will think about posting, we will see!!
Jul. 31, 2012 1:17 pm
Great blog ~ its so wonderful to be able to read everyones blogs and relive the experience all over again !
Jul. 31, 2012 1:22 pm
I love this blog! Having spent a fair amount of time with you, I can hear your voice as I read the words! I'm still so overwhelmed by the Tut exhibit, worth every single cent and more. Can't wait to sit down with the DVD and identify all my photos. Colleen and I loved spending the day with you, and I wish I had half of your energy! BTW, we shared one of those incredible cinnamon rolls on Sunday. Both of us were staring at each other when we finished it, contemplating getting one more. Love you Jewel!
Deb C 
Jul. 31, 2012 3:07 pm
That was such fun! I’m so glad we got to spend time together. Thanks for sharing your experience on this wonderful blog. I enjoyed it very much!
Jul. 31, 2012 3:45 pm
Now see! This is what it's all about. I'm just so happy you wrote this blog Jewel. The Anniversary Event has brought folks to write a blog whom I haven't seen blogging before. Good job, great photos and a wonderful depiction of your time in Seattle. Please continue blogging. And, isn't Seattle the best? I love that town! I'm glad you found some great coffee too! LOL!!!
Jul. 31, 2012 3:46 pm
BTW, we saw the King Tut exhibit years ago when it was in Portland, Oregon. It's fantastic!
Jul. 31, 2012 4:26 pm
Thanks for the comments, everyone. I used to Blog ALL THE TIME, but haven't in a few months on AR or my regular blog because life sort of got away from me for a while. Things are settling back down now and I plan on doing a lot more blogging and cooking! :) It was so awesome to meet and spend time with all of you. I wish I would have become an active member of AR a whole lot sooner. I always used the site but never signed up to be a member until this past September!
Jul. 31, 2012 5:29 pm
Sounds like you had an amazing time, so happy for you! Thank you for the beautiful photos and descriptions, loved it. And don't feel bad, a lot of us with we signed up sooner (I know I do!) Too much of a lurker, lol.
Jul. 31, 2012 5:44 pm
Loved the photos!
Jul. 31, 2012 7:51 pm
Very nice blog, Jewel. I enjoyed reading about others' adventures there. It was great fun, wasn't it? I loved what AR did for us all.
Jul. 31, 2012 8:07 pm
Thanks for the recap on your adventure. I'm not sure I got the chance to meet you. So many great folks and still not enough time. As soon as you saw someone you wanted to meet, the next minute they disappeared!
Aug. 1, 2012 11:09 am
I love seeing everyone's pictures! What a great adventure this was.
Aug. 1, 2012 2:21 pm
I love reading all the Seattle blogs and seeing the pictures. Brings it all back! Thanks for posting!
Aug. 2, 2012 4:39 am
Great pictures and blog! Sounds like everyone had a great time!
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